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Planned Parenthood and God

In a Pastoral Letter to Patients, US abortion giant, Planned Parenthood (PP) tells women and girls in a crisis pregnancy that there is nothing in the scriptures that says abortion is wrong and that many clergy think abortion is okay.  The letter is headed, “Clergy Advocacy Board Statement –Pastoral Letter to Patients” and goes on to say, “Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures—Jewish or Christian—and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision.” The letter concludes, “If you'd like to speak with a clergyperson, your local PP health center can refer you to someone who will be supportive of you and your decision.” 9

Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom(ADF) has responded in an open letter to Cecile Richards, president of PP. He writes, “While I disagree with PP’s exegesis of Scripture, I am not writing to debate that point. Instead , I write to express my agreement with PP, reflected in the publication of this pastoral letter, that for many women their religious beliefs will be very relevant to their decision about whether to have an abortion.

“On that common ground, on behalf of ADF, I would like to offer PP one free copy of the Bible for every PP facility in the country. PP could place these Bibles in their waiting rooms and permit women the opportunity to explore for themselves what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures have to say about abortion. There is no doubt that we are on opposite sides of this theological and moral question. But as we are in apparent agreement that Scripture and its teachings (or lack thereof in your view) on abortion would be relevant to many women's abortion decisions, making these Bibles available to those women would certainly benefit your potential customers.

To allay any concerns you might have, the Bibles ADF would provide to PP would be new unmarked copies. For instance, we would not  highlight Psalm 127:3 ("Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward"), Psalm 139:13 ("You knit me together in my mother's womb ... "), Psalm 22:10-11 ("You have been my guide since I was first formed ... from my mother's womb you are my God") or Jeremiah 1 :5 ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart"). We would not dog-ear Exodus 20: 13 ("You shall not kill"). Nor would we even place a bookmark at Luke 1 :41, 44 (where the "baby [John the Baptist] ... leapt for joy" in his mother's womb when the baby Jesus was nearby in Mary's womb). Rather, we would make these Bibles available, unedited and without emphasis of any kind, allowing those women visiting a PP facility to review them themselves.”  10

9 http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/planned-parenthood-uses-god-to-sell-abortion/

10 http://www.adfmedia.org/files/OpenLetterToCecileRichards.pdf

JULY 2014

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