The gift of death? Planned Parenthood offers abortion gift cards for Christmas
Published: 16 December 2008 (GMT+10)
This Christmas, residents of the US State of Indiana can give their friends and loved ones the gift of contraception with Planned Parenthood gift certificates. These vouchers could be used towards abortion, various contraceptive devices, or any of Planned Parenthood’s other ‘family planning’ services (a misnomer, since the goal of family planning is to not end up with a family).
This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has tried to link the slaughtering of unborn children to the Christian celebration of our Lord’s birth. For several years, Planned Parenthood offered sacrilegious Christmas cards reading ‘Choice on Earth’, which thankfully show no sign of reappearing this year. It is difficult to see how such marketing ploys could be anything but the deliberate attempt to offend pro-life Christians.
One is puzzled as to who the nation’s largest abortion provider is targeting with these abortion birth certificates. Perhaps they think that loving ‘John dear’ will forgo diamonds this year and give the gift of contraception—how romantic! Or maybe Mom can show just how much she cares, giving her daughter the means to destroy her grandchild.
Mike Fitcher, the President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, said, ‘The tragedy is that almost 6,000 fewer children will be celebrating a first Christmas this year because they were aborted in Planned Parenthood’s Indiana clinics.’ However, Indiana Health Commissioner Dr Judy Monroe praised the abortion vouchers, calling them ‘really a meaningful gift’. One can imagine how ‘meaningful’ it is for the baby to have its limbs torn off as he is dismembered in the womb, or to be burned by saline until she dies.
Planned Parenthood defended the vouchers, saying that only around 5,000 of the 92,000 people who receive Planned Parenthood’s services get abortions. However, a great deal of the other 87,000 would also result in the end of a human life, because Planned Parenthood lumps the ‘morning after’ pill and other contraceptive pills in with the non-abortive treatments. But the ‘morning after’ pill prevents the implantation of the blastocyst into the lining of the uterus, and all other contraceptive pills, if they fail to prevent conception, may act in the same way.
The fact that Planned Parenthood is offering contraception and abortion as a possible gift makes their philosophy about abortion very clear, as well as how they want the American people to view it. This isn’t the action of a group of people who want abortion to be ‘safe, legal, and rare,’ as the popular phrase goes. They want the death of the unborn child to be seen as a positive thing, not a regrettable but sometimes necessary procedure as they claim. Of course, this is not surprising, since Planned Parenthood makes its profits from abortions; they are just another company trying to push their main product.
This concern to promote abortion at all costs leads Planned Parenthood to engage in behavior that is demonstrably illegal. Recently, a video surfaced of a college student posing as a 13-year-old girl who claimed to be impregnated by a 31-year-old, who went to an Indiana Planned Parenthood clinic to obtain the ‘morning after’ pill. By law, medical personnel are required to report such instances of statutory rape, of which this would be a clear example. However, the nurse told the girl she would not report the crime, and even gave the girl advice on how to avoid Indiana’s parental consent laws by going across state lines, and told her to lie about the father’s age, telling her to say that he was 14, not 31. If Planned Parenthood really cared about women, they would not be covering up abuse and sending girls back to their abusers.
The contraceptive certificates also reveal the way they want the average person to view new life. Instead of being a gift, the unborn child should be seen as a nuisance at best, a parasitic invader of a woman’s body at worst, according to their evil worldview. While this view is evil, at least the adherents of this view acknowledge that the child constitutes a separate life from the mother. Even more evil are the people who deny that the blastocyst, embryo, or fetus is even a human child, and who exploit the ignorance of teenage girls and women who lack all the facts.
The evolutionist and racist roots of Planned Parenthood
One of the papers in the current issue of Journal of Creation concerns one of Planned Parenthood’s founders: Birth control leader Margaret Sanger: Darwinist, racist and eugenicist by Jerry Bergman. It is a fact that Sanger, an ardent evolutionist, promoted ‘race hygiene’ and getting rid of ‘human weeds’.
Yet the current President-elect Barack Obama, although half African-American, is good friends with Planned Parenthood, promising to support abortion rights (see also Obama’s Abortion Socialism). It is no accident that Obama is also an ardent evolutionist who voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, a vote that would allow babies born alive—from a botched abortion—to die by withholding treatment (see Blurring the line between abortion and infanticide?). It is especially bizarre that he reportedly gained 95% of the African-American vote despite his support for a historical enemy of African-Americans (see also Margaret Sanger Would Have Loved Barack Obama from blackgenocide.org).
This view of life could not be more opposed to the biblical worldview. In the biblical world, children were unequivocally seen as gifts from God, and to be barren was something to be mourned and was thought to be a curse. Rachel, Rebekah, Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth are only some of the women in Scripture who God blessed by removing their barrenness and granting them children. Psalm 127:4–5:
‘Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame … ’
At Christmas time, we celebrate the greatest gift of life to mankind in the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (see Christmas and Genesis). To associate abortion in any way with the Christmas celebration is absolutely antithetical to the entire meaning of Christmas and to the Christian faith.