Monday, April 11, 2011

United We Fall

Once again money proves to be more valuable than integrity in today's society. When we are more concerned with our paychecks than protecting the most vulnerable human beings among us it isn't any wonder why abortion is still legal in our country. We would rather pay for the killing of innocent children and harm women in need with our tax money than lose a paycheck or two or have our tax dollars be used to actually help children and families facing crisis. I'm teetering between sad and angry about the recent "agreement" by congress. Sad for the powerless and angry at the powerful. I believe that the church and well-meaning people all across the country were prepared to help those in the event they lost their job due to a government shut down. We were ready to show the government that we don't rely on them, but we can depend on God and each other and won't be bullied into compromising our morals and violating our conscience. But those in power laid the fear and lies on thick...and we fell right into their hands.

Why do some Americans continue to act like or believe that Planned Parenthood is the only provider of cancer screenings, STD tests, and birth control?! There are only 800 Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States and there are 7,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers all over the U.S. that provide all of the same services as Planned Parenthood - except abortions. In fact, these QHC's provide more extensive services that Planned Parenthood does not offer - like mammograms, vaccinations, dental, prenatal care,  X-Rays and primary care to all members of the family. These QHC's also provide many of their services for FREE to low-income and under-priviledged women whereas Planned Parenthood often turns people away if they cannot pay. Many Crisis Pregnancy Centers that I have personally volunteered with often get referrals from Planned Parenthood because the client had no money and PP knows that CPC's offer all of their services for free. Sending a message that PP cares about long as they can pay for their services. Nice.

 So the question we now face is why should we be funding an organization with our tax dollars who claims non-for-profit status yet charges for its services and is independently wealthy? (According to their latest annual report, PP has nearly one billion dollars in net assets.) Why is our government willing to sell out our servicemen and threaten hundreds of thousands of families with no pay in order to keep funneling our money into the hands of the largest abortion provider in the country? When did Planned Parenthood become more important than American families? And keep in mind that the MAJORITY of Americans (both pro-life and pro-choice) want to stop funding for Planned Parenthood (more than 60%) but clearly these "leaders" in office refuse to listen to the American people and are carrying out their own agendas against our will. But why? What's in it for them? The answer is blood money. Many candidates have been bought by the abortion industry.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s top abortion chain having performed more than 332,278 abortions in 2009.(a number equivalent to the entire population of Cincinatti)  They receive more than one third of their billion-dollar budget from taxpayer subsidies. And, despite being legally registered as a “non-profit” entity, Planned Parenthood reported $63 million in profits in their last annual report. Although they love to throw out numbers on various services they provided, what they don't mention is that these numbers are unbundled to boast in their favor - for example, if a woman comes in for a pregnancy test and birth control they count the testing as 1 service but if she gets 3 packets of pills they unbundle that number and count her visit as receiving 4 separate services. Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director confirms that this was in fact done at her own clinic in Texas. So the numbers are skewed in their favor. However, Planned Parenthood isn't willing to boast about ALL of their numbers - they conveniently ignore the fact that they have aborted over 5, 300,000 babies (the equivalent to the entire population of Colorado) and hurt countless women since abortion became legal in 1973.

These claims that women will lose access to health care and that women will suffer or die without Planned Parenthood is an absolute lie and is not the only way they have grossly misled the public. For years they have given women false medical information about basic human development and misinformation about abortion itself - it's risk and harm to women such as increased risk of breast cancer, infertility, post-abortion syndrome and other physical risks including complications that can lead to death.

Undercover investigations have also exposed Planned Parenthood's willingness to aid and abet in child sex trafficking, which of course they claim to be "isolated incidents" yet SEVERAL of their clinics were caught on tape violating the state mandatory reporting laws and failing to protect children. There are ongoing legal battles that confirm that these are not just unlikely scenarios but actual court cases reveal that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers did not report sexual abuse of children who came into their clinics some as young as 10 YEARS OLD! Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood have proven time and time again that they are willing to violate laws that are put in place to protect women and children.

There is overwhelming evidence against Planned Parenthood confirming that despite their claims, they are not good for women and families. The one lie that Planned Parenthood loves to repeat is this: "We want to make abortion safe, legal and rare." If this were at all true than the majority of facts I just shared with you would not exist but even if you choose not to believe these truths then look at the reality that Planned Parenthood has made a business plan or GOAL to have all of their affiliates providing abortions by the end of 2012. If they want to make it rare then why are they expanding their abortion providing clinics? Why do they perform abortions on 1 out of 4 pregnant women at their clinics? With adoption referrals being significantly lower than performed abortions (80% decrease in just two years) it seems contradictory don't you think? If they are willing to abandon their stand on making it rare, what makes us think that they are going to stand for anything? And if abortion is such a good thing, then why should it be rare? Because abortion is never safe. There are always two dies and one is left wounded. So the conclusion is that all Planned Parenthood is working towards is keeping abortion legal - not safe and rare.

Planned Parenthood supporters love to use what I call "parrot points" where they simply repeat what they are told by Planned Parenthood affiliates and use words like "extremists" "anti-choice" and "war on women's rights" when defending the un-defensible. However, I think there are well-meaning people on both sides of the argument but in the end, the truth is what needs to be acknowledged even if that truth is uncomfortable. I encourage everyone to do your own extensive research and fact checks. The truth is something we must seek out for ourselves and not simply rely on talking points or public opinions. And once we hear and understand the truth it is how we respond to that truth that will define us as individuals and state who we are as a people. The truth is before will you respond?

Have you been deceived? You are not alone. Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson has shared in several interviews how she was deceived by Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates for years. She bought into the empty promises and well-concealed lies and after witnessing the truth revealed to her through an ultrasound guided abortion, she now dedicates her life to sharing the truth with others. Listen to her interview in the following video where she gives insight into the true motives of abortion providers and that "If you go to Planned Parenthood you are supporting abortion. You cannot separate the two - they are not mutually exclusive." Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion, supporting their business is supporting abortion.....and the choice is yours.

I hope that after you do your own research on this subject that you come to the same conclusion that the majority of Americans have come to which is that every life, at every stage of development should be respected and protected. Abortion declares that some lives are more valuable than others and judging whether or not someone is fit to live is a dangerous mindset to have. History has proven this time and time again. (slavery, holocaust...) And abortion does just implies that some lives are less valuable or more desirable than others. This is the very avocation of Planned Parenthood. And because of this I cannot and will not yield on this issue. And will continue to be a voice for the voiceless and advocate for the vulnerable.

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