As an organization usurping parental roles and undermining the basic structural unit of society, the family, Planned Parenthood (might it not more appropriately be called Planned Barrenhood, or Banned Parenthood?) is a threat to our nation's welfare. By its own admission, the organization includes among its primary purposes and goals the promotion of promiscuity among our youth.
PP's Purpose and Plan
Take for example, the following words, as expressed by Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning PP's purpose and planned course of action: "... to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these ... feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy." ("Psycho-Sexual Development," quoted in
Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10)
Such corrupt values seriously threaten our nation's heritage and moral health. Scripture teaches that ... sex outside of marriage is sin. PP's attitude toward premarital sex, however, is perverted in every sense. Attempts to cover the guilt of sin by bypassing the physical consequences (pregnancy) do not deal with the cause; they condone it.
Pregnancy: A Disease?
Furthermore, PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as "an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition ... May be defined as an illness ... Treated by evacuation of the uterine
contents..."("Is Pregnancy Really Normal?" Family Planning
Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9)
Of course, PP plays down its anti-family philosophy, particularly its historic roots in the science of eugenics (to which its founder, Margaret Sanger, was adamantly committed). Though they call themselves "pro-choice," they are in practice exclusively "for women's choice." (Abortion is certainly no in the baby's best interest!) And for every father of these children, "pro-choice" means no choice. It matters not whether the woman is his wife, or the unborn baby the heir and only offspring of the family tree; the same man who would be required by law to provide support for the child's first 18 years of life, were the mother to opt against abortion, possesses no rights whatsoever in determining whether that child should ever see the light of day. Who has decreed that the rights of fathers should be waived in support of the "woman's choice" -- and by what authority?
Another inconsistency that defies logic is this: If a man, in a fit of anger or drunkenness, beats a pregnant
woman or drives so carelessly as to cause an accident, and the child in her womb dies as a result, he may be found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to prison. (State laws vary regarding "feticide.") If he is a doctor, on the other hand, and -- in his clean, white coat, with the pre-meditated intent of killing the child -- performs a procedure that, in effect, brings on the same result, he receives great community respect, is addressed with no less honorable a title than "doctor" and is even afforded compensation for his "job well done"!
Roe v. Wade laid such a snare in American society. Since the legalization of abortion in the US, "mercy-killing" (another euphemism) and infanticide have sought to wedge their way into our courts of law. Like the unyielding claws of a ruthless killer, these devilish doctrines are gaining a foothold into American life. We must not give strength to their evil cause. Providing such organizations the funds to continue (and thereby condoning the massacre of innocent human life) will surely incur upon this nation the awesome wrath of Almighty God:
"For whoever offends one of these little ones... it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea ... Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." (Mat 18:6, 7, 14)
Proponents of abortion, such as Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and [others], repeatedly refer to "back alley" abortions as the only alternative to abortion on demand. Such statements are an insult to the general public, as they are based on the assumption that humans are brute beasts and simply incapable of controlling their sexual desires. Such statements imply that morality is impossible, and all who think otherwise are "extremists" of the most dangerous breed.
However, God could not say, "flee youthful lusts" (2
Tim 2:22) or "thou shalt not commit adultery" (Exo 20:14), if it were impossible to abstain from such sins.
Like it or not, sex belongs in marriage. (Gen 34:1-7, 31) With the present threat of AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, it appears today's America, in rebelling against the commandments of God, is learning its lessons the hard way.
It's not a highly publicized fact, but the legalization of abortion has by no means eliminated maternal morbidity consequent
to the abortion procedure. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 164 maternal deaths were
reported between 1972-80 as directly resulting from complications related to legal abortions in the US. (Annual
Summary of the Centers for Disease Control -- Abortion Surveillance Report, issued May 1983, p. 44) And death
certificates do not always list abortion as the direct cause. [The cause of death often is listed as "Infection," "Hemorrhage,"
etc., and therefore not included in the count of abortion-related deaths -- even when these were the direct result of
abortion.] Still others are left comatose, paralyzed, sterile or otherwise permanently impaired -- not to mention the
psychological and emotional trauma -- following an abortion.
Even if medical science were able to reduce the maternal morbidity rate of abortions to zero, the rate of infant mortality for
all abortions, legal or otherwise, would remain the same: 100 percent. Where these deaths take place -- "back-alley" or
Madison Avenue -- should not be so much an issue as the fact that they occur at all.
If someone is assassinated in the aseptic atmosphere of a hospital room, is he any less dead there than if the killing had
occurred in the mud marshes of Vietnam? Might the fact that it was a "clean" job, performed by trained physicians, make
the act any less a murder? Less painful? Or any less sin?
More palatable, perhaps; less disturbing to the conscience. It looks better. But looks can deceive. Human slaughterhouses
in Nazi death camps -- where some of the most diabolical experiments in history were inflicted upon human life -- these,
too, were headed by respected doctors of medicine, well-trained in their trade. Genocide, infanticide, abortion, euthanasia:
Murder, by any name.
In keeping with their subtle methods of deceiving the public,
pro-abortionists call themselves "pro-choice." But what's in a name? An epitaph, though eloquent and elegantly engraved, still speaks of death.
Diane S. Dew Copyright © 1987
in The Arlington Catholic Herald
Diane Dew P.O. Box 340945 Milwaukee, WI 53234
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In their own words
"We are not going to be an organization promoting celibacy or chastity."
Faye Wattleton, President,
Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 1986
"If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood."
Planned Parenthood advertisement,
Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder,
Women and the New
"There are only 2 basic kinds of sex: sex with victims and sex without. Sex with victims is always wrong. Sex without is ALWAYS right."
You've Changed The Combination,
Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo.
"The question of whether or not to sell ourselves to men is a false one: The real question is how to sell ourseves in the way that is least destructive to ourselves and our sisters. Prostitutes don't need our condescension. What they need is our alliance. And we need theirs."
The New Our Bodies,
Boston Women's Health Collective, p 113
"Sex is too important to glop up with sentiment. If you feel sexy, for heaven's sake admit it to yourself. If the feeling and the tension bother you, you can masturbate. Masturbation cannot hurt you and it will make you feel more relaxed."
The Perils of Puberty, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo.
"At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won't tell your parents you've been there. We swear we won't tell your parents."
Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986
FACTS on Planned Parenthood
* Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world.
* 88% of teens don't approve of school clinics dispensing
contraceptives, according to a Louis Harris poll.
* Of 6,000 clinic visit records examined from a Texas PP clinic, only 3 referred for adoption.
(Aborting Planned Parenthood, by Robert H. Ruff, New Vision Press, 1988)
* PP has encouraged homosexuality and advocated compulsory sterilization of all who have two children.
(Family Planning Perspectives (a PP publication), June, Oct. 1970)
* Seven percent of teens who always use a contraceptive prescription will become pregnant within a year. Using other means of contraception, the chance of becoming pregnant within a year is 12%. So there's a 44% chance a girl who using the pill throughout high school and college will become pregnant before graduating (64% chance if she uses means other than the pill. (Alan Guttmacher Institute, "Issues in Brief," 4:3, Mar. 1984)