Planned Parenthood's Long-Standing War on God

Judie Brown
April 26, 2011
Reproduced with Permission

The struggle to defund the abortion-marketing giant, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, continues. We find it increasingly absurd that the taxpayer in America is funding this so-called charity that preys on children in the classroom, singles in its clinics and allegedly religious people who are misguided into thinking that Planned Parenthood services are the antidote to satisfying sexual desire while avoiding pregnancy, marriage or the accusation of infidelity.

A recent study from Planned Parenthood's research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, explains the fundamental result of Planned Parenthood's reproductive health gambit. According to a news report,

Contraceptive use by Catholics and Evangelicals - including those who attend religious services most frequently - is the norm, according to a new Guttmacher report. This finding confirms that policies making contraceptives more affordable and easier to use reflect the needs and desires of the vast majority of U.S. women and their partners, regardless of their religious beliefs.

"In real-life America, contraceptive use and strong religious beliefs are highly compatible," says Rachel K. Jones, the report's lead author. "Most sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant practice contraception, and most use highly effective methods like sterilization, the pill, or the IUD. This is true for Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants, and it is true for Catholics, despite the Catholic hierarchy's strenuous opposition to contraception."

Let's unpack that closing comment in order to see why the push toward more and more birth control is really a push against God and His laws. This point is undeniable: members of the hierarchy are obeying doctrine by stressing the reasons why contraception is against God's will. The sad fact is that many of them are not stressing that, so what's in Planned Parenthood's craw?

As long ago as 1921, Planned Parenthood's founder Margaret Sanger was taking jabs at Catholic leadership, even suggesting that somehow Catholics in general were genetically inferior to non-Catholics! The January 20, 1992, edition of Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine reported,

Sanger's attack on Catholics appeared to be an attempt to divert attention from the class politics of Planned Parenthood. The Rev. John A. Ryan wrote: … their main objective is to increase the practice of birth-prevention among the poor. … It is said that the present birth-prevention movement is to some extent financed by wealthy, albeit philanthropic persons. As far as I am aware, none of these is conspicuous in the movement for economic justice. None of them is crying out for a scale of wages which would enable workers to take care of a normal number of children.

Sanger's sexual license was another motivation for her Anti-Catholic sniping. A Sanger biographer, David M. Kennedy, said her primary goal was to "increase the quantity and quality of sexual relationships." The birth control movement, she said, freed the mind from "sexual prejudice and taboo, by demanding the frankest and most unflinching re-examination of sex in its relation to human nature and the basis of human society.

Such statements are provocative and show the depth of Sanger's disdain for people of faith, not to mention the God they believe in. In fact it is quite apparent that, since those early days, Planned Parenthood has made a concerted effort to convince men and women of all ages that there is a distinction that can be drawn between a person's faith and a person's sexual freedom. The result is the enormous market that has been created for birth control and abortion, paid for by U. S. taxpayers and commonly referred to as "reproductive health services."

Catholic prelates of old worked hard to expose Sanger's agenda, but it seems that she got the upper hand via the media's fascination with her arguments that many Biblical characters could serve as role models for birth control. In an attempt to defend her misguided thinking, Sanger stated, "John the Baptist was an only child and his parents were well along in years when he was born."

In more recent times, current Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has publicly decried Catholic bishops and their opposition to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood programs as tantamount to suggesting that women are second-class citizens.

While we cannot blame Planned Parenthood for the exercise of free will that takes people of faith through the front door of Planned Parenthood facilities, we can make this statement. Planned Parenthood's 90 years of consistently defying Christian ideals has had deleterious effects across the board.

Taxpayers should not have to fund the deconstruction of truth that undergirds all that Planned Parenthood stands for.

Taxpayers should not have to fund a deliberate attempt to marginalize Christ and His truth in favor of sexual freedom and its disastrous consequences.

Taxpayers should not have to support hedonism when that same government is striving to deny Christians working in health care settings their freedom of conscience.

Tell your elected officials today: Just say no to tax dollars for Planned Parenthood.