“As an advocate of Birth Control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the “unfit” and the “fit,” admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.

“Birth Control is not advanced as a panacea by which past and present evils of dysgenic breeding can be magically eliminated. Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupidly cruel sentimentalism.

“But to prevent the repetition, to effect the salvation of the generations of the future–nay of the generations of today–our greatest need is first of all the ability to face the situation without flinching, and to cooperate in the formation of a code of sexual ethics based upon a thorough biological and psychological understanding of human nature; and then to answer the questions and the needs of the people with all the intelligence and honesty at our command. If we can summon the bravery to do this, we shall best be serving the true interests of Eugenics, because our work will then have a practical and pragmatic value.”

 

(Margaret Sanger, “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda,” Oct 1921)

Margaret Sanger on Birth Control and Eugenics

“My friend says that life begins when the egg and sperm join together. I say that it begins when a baby takes its first breath. Which of us is right?

“All kinds of people — theologians, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, legislators, and many others — hold very different views about when life begins. In fact, both the egg and the sperm are living things before they meet and join. There’s no real argument there.

“The really hot question is, ‘When does being a person begin?’ Most medical authorities and Planned Parenthood agree that it starts when a baby takes its first breath.

“Some of our oldest religions have changed their views about this question many times over the centuries. Today, some people sincerely believe that being a person begins when the egg is fertilized. Some, just as sincerely, believe that it begins with birth. And lots of others believe it begins somewhere in between.

“What we are all sure about is that a pregnant woman is a person. We know for sure that she has morals, feelings, human needs, and a conscience. Because of this, we know that she is the only one able to make a decision about her pregnancy options. She does it based on her own needs, ethics, and religious belief about when being a person begins. It would be wrong to force her to observe someone else’s religious belief.”

 

(Planned Parenthood, Pregnancy Q & A page)

 

Planned Parenthood Q & A – “It is a Person After Birth.”

“Ask anyone who runs a for-profit business or nonprofit charity if something that brings in one-third of their revenue is “central” to their endeavor, and the answer is likely to be yes. So yes, abortion is central to what Planned Parenthood does. There ARE a few things that aren’t central to their purpose though. As compared with the nearly 334,000 abortions that Planned Parenthood provided in 2011, 28,674 women received prenatal services. And 2,300 were referred to adoption agencies.”

 

(Rachael Larimore, “The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever,” Slate)

Abortion is Central to What Planned Parenthood Does

The US at a Crossroads

Near the end of July, Florida became the eleventh state to investigate Planned Parenthood (PP) and its affiliates. Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Times newspaper reported that four of the sixteen, Florida PP chapters have been cited for violations. Florida’s investigating arm in this matter is the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The low number of violators would seem to suggest that the furor generated over the PP videos is merely smoke and mirrors. Not so fast my friend, the devil is in the details.

Three of the four, Florida, PP chapters cited for violations were guilty of performing abortions in the second trimester. This happens to be the key, time period in the pregnancy for acquiring baby livers, hearts, thymus, and so forth in the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Florida’s AHCA cited the fourth PP chapter for poor record-keeping practices with respect to the disposal of fetal remains (aka aborted babies). I seriously doubt that this news report pleased the powers that be within Planned Barrenhood. It is one more thing for their public relations department to attempt to explain away.

Basically there are two ways to view this report from the Tampa Bay Times. One has to do with saying that citing four out of sixteen PP chapters does not warrant all the recent fuss. Another perspective is to say that four out of sixteen is too many even though it works out to only twenty-five percent. In my humble opinion, the second view is the more realistic one. It shows that PP and its affiliates do engage in spurious practices. This does not help their cause rather it only weakens their already tenuous position.

There is one more thing to mention, too. Three days ago, the United States Senate blocked a Federal bill to defund PP at the national level by a vote of 53-46. For now, the issue lies dormant on Capitol Hill until the Fall. It must be noted that three states have removed funding for PP: New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), and Louisiana (LA). The latter two states were the first while NH joined them one or two days ago. Granted, there are forty-seven more states to go, and some of them will continue to funnel money into PP’s coffer irrespective of their shady practices.

Somehow I cannot escape the notion that my country stands at a crossroads regarding PP and our “partnership” with them for the lack of a better word. We can no longer play dumb about what takes place in their facilities. No matter how much we might want to close our eyes, or desire to wish this issue away, it remains like yesterday’s garbage. In times likes these, the true character of a nation and its people comes into focus. My prayer is that we will do the right thing. We will stand with God and uphold his word by protecting the dignity of the unborn. On this note, I will close with the following passage penned by King Solomon:

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11-12, ESV).

“I think that those who are concerned about “triumphalism” are in fact noticing something that really is happening. That something should in fact be noticed, and — given how our worried evangelical leadership frequently works — defended. What I am talking about is all the pro-life exuberance and joy. The pursuit of Planned Barrenhood has been robust, pointed, widespread, funny, hard-hitting, massive, and driven by what can only be called battle joy. Speaking quite frankly, I have simply been proud of and grateful for the behavior of pro-life Christians. We are scaling the castle walls of Minas Sanger on these little rickety ladders, and so I don’t want to spend any energy tsking at those up ahead of me with a knife in their teeth about to reach the top. Not the time. Wouldn’t be appropriate.”

 

(Douglas Wilson, “And Then Swash Some More,” 1 Aug 2015)

The Castle Walls of Minas Sanger

Cecile Richards on When Life Begins

Ms. Richards says at the end of the video that life begins at birth. If this is a true statement, then ending any pregnancy prior to delivery does not constitute killing an innocent life. Of course, this is the main point of contention that the pro-life camp has against Ms. Richards and all those who agree with her. If human beings are not persons in the womb, then it is arbitrary to say that they are persons at birth. When does a human being have dignity and worth as a person? Who makes that determination? What are the criteria for deciding when human beings are worthy as persons?

Those questions are not to be taken lightly. Human history is chock-full of example after example of human beings denigrating one another regardless of race, gender, religion, etc., etc. When a culture or society no longer bows the knee to its Creator, and accepts the truth that all humans bear the image of their Creator, then all bets are off when it comes to valuing human life. The worldview expressed by Ms. Richards in the above video is thoroughly godless and downright demonic. According to Jesus, the enemy is the one who steals, kills, and destroys. The enemy is the one who was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies.

Abortion steals, kills, and destroys innocent life. Abortion is murder and a participation in the works and ways of the enemy. There are no two ways about it. One key deception in the West that makes abortion possible has to do with elevating personal autonomy over and above anyone and anything else. The individual is god almighty not God Almighty himself. Human beings are the arbiters of right and wrong. We determine the meaning and purpose of our lives. All of this is blasphemy and a recipe for eternal destruction. Ms. Richards reveals how deceived she really is by expressing that the question of when does life begin is irrelevant because it is a matter of opinion.

Ms. Richards is way off with that answer because her response puts another’s life in jeopardy: the unborn child. When she says that life begins at birth, her response has more to do with metaphysics and theology than it does with medical science. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that has to do with the nature of existence, or what makes something what it is. By saying that life begins at birth, Ms. Richards really means that the unborn are not persons until that point. This is a secular worldview, which removes the Lord from the picture. Now, it is every man for himself. Ms. Richards’ view is anti-human, anti-God, and evidence of the spirit of the antichrist (1 John 2:18-22).

My heart grieves for the millions of innocent lives lost due to abortion. I grieve for my nation and what lies ahead unless the atrocity of abortion comes to halt. There is a part of me that has anger toward Planned Parenthood and their affiliates. I see another part of me that aches for someone like Ms. Richards. She has no idea what lies ahead in her future. She might believe that this life is all that there is to human existence. Unfortunately, she is wrong, dead wrong. Unless she repents from her present life of sin and receives Jesus by faith, the lake of fire awaits her. It is a horrific fate, and I genuinely do not want to see her in that place. It is time to stand up and be accounted and intercede for the Lord’s mercy, compassion, and grace.