For 25 Years, the Thousands of Members of Samaritan Ministries International Have Defended the Sanctity of Life
‘I Love Helping Others with Their Needs, And I Appreciate Not Having to Help Pay for a Service Such as Abortion’—Joan from Arkansas
PEORIA, Ill.—Thousands gathered in the nation’s capital last Friday to mark this week’s 46th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America, speaking for the many individuals and organizations that continue to pray for the end of the practice.
Among them is Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America. More than a quarter of a million Samaritan members know that their monthly financial shares will never be used to help pay for abortion or other practices that violate Biblical teaching.
For 25 years, Samaritan Ministries has enabled its 81,000-plus member households to honor God through their health care, which also means Samaritan members do not dishonor God by funding abortion or other unbiblical practices.
“Throughout our 25 years of ministry, Samaritan Ministries staff and members have affirmed life and supported growing families,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “We respect the sanctity of human life and have never asked our members to share in the medical expense of an abortion or an abortifacient that would end the life of a pre-born baby. Millions of Americans can’t control where their health care dollars go and don’t have a say if they are indirectly funding ungodly practices like abortion. But Samaritan members can know they will not be asked to send any of their monthly shares to help pay for anything that dishonors God.”
Samaritan members like that.
“I love helping others with their needs, and I appreciate not having to help pay for a service I don’t agree with, such as abortion,” said Joan from Arkansas.
Luana from California loves that not only can she avoid network restrictions, referral requirements or pre-authorizations, but she can engage in health care in good conscience as a member of Samaritan Ministries.
“I’m also so glad that I’m not paying into an insurance organization that supports abortion or any unhealthy lifestyles,” she said. “So whether it’s an issue of conscience or superfluous red tape, I can be happily relieved!”
Brian and Scharlie of South Carolina say they are blessed to participate in Biblical health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries.
“We are thrilled and so thankful to be able to partner with likeminded believers and not have to support so many Christ-dishonoring practices,” they said.
In December, Samaritan and five other Christian organizations won a religious freedom case after a four-year legal battle to defend operating their ministries according to their deeply held Biblical beliefs when a U.S. district court issued an order that “permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s abortion-pill mandate against six Christian organizations,” reported Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the groups.
Samaritan was joined for this case by the Association of Christian Schools International, Taylor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary and ADF in the specific objection to sharing in expenses or providing coverage for abortifacients.
Samaritan Ministries members say overwhelmingly they are “happily uninsured” and appreciate that Samaritan has provided a way for them to pray for and send monthly financial shares directly to their fellow members all year long while also blessing them with encouraging personal notes and cards.
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $28 million in medical needs person to person, yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households. This direct-sharing approach also allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs, but also connect personally each month in prayer and encouragement.
Samaritan Ministries offers two membership levels, Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Samaritan Basic has a lower monthly share coupled with a higher initial unshared amount than Samaritan Classic. Monthly shares for Samaritan Basic start as low as $100 for one person, $200 for two people and $250 for a family of any size, depending on age. Some guidelines differ between Samaritan Basic and Samaritan Classic; contact Samaritan Ministries for details or visit this link.