July 16, 2015

Planned Parenthood and evil

by Jesse Johnson

I have talked to a few people who don’t understand why many pastors are so angry with Planned Parenthood. There are many companies and doctors that do abortion, so why does so much of the anti-abortion effort get directed at Planned Parenthood? After all, they also do cancer screenings, STD tests, adoption referrals and birth control prescriptions…so what gives?

The video released this week provides a perfect explanation. Planned Parenthood is an organization dedicated to making money of the abortion industry. Our culture is a culture of death, and we have institutionalized the idea that a woman can kill a child as long as that child is inside of her. That is sick, evil, and an affront against the dignity of the image of God.

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But Planned Parenthood goes beyond simply participating in the abortion industry. They not only embody the evil of our country’s Moloch worship, but they refine it. This is why:  

Eugenics

Planned Parenthood was founded by Margret Sanger, who had as her goal the control of the black population in the United States. The fact that people whom she deemed as “socially unfit” were able to reproduce was a problem for her, and she set to work to fix it. She saw eugenics as the best approach to handling racial tensions in the United States, and even worked to pass federal legislation that would have allowed Nazi-style sterilization of “undesirables.” Under her proposal, alcoholics, epileptics, and others whom “race recognition experts” determined were undesirable would have been subject to forced sterilization.

When her proposal did not gain traction in Congress, she turned her attention to abortion. She tailored her message for women with several children (“the most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its members is to kill it”). In addition to large families, she specifically targeted black families (she called them “degenerate and defective”). In fact, she saw black families as a threat to the American nation because America had “reached the highest degree of civilization” but was at risk of being “increasingly dragged down” through black couples having large families.

This is why she founded Planned Parenthood.

Racial Exploitation Today

Planned Parenthood has not moved on from Sanger’s views on the moral necessity of abortion. On their website right now is a tribute to Sanger. In fact, their “History & Successes” page says “Sanger’s early efforts remain the hallmark of Planned Parenthood’s mission.”

Now obviously today it is not politically correct to say your goal is to limit the birth rate of a certain race, and Planned Parenthood is not politically stupid. But the fact remains that abortion was main-streamed in American culture by an organization that viewed it as a eugenic tool, and it remains that way to this day. An African-American women is five times more likely to get an abortion than a Caucasian woman. Even studies that control for income variation find the same result.

In fact, according to a website called “Black Genocide,” 78% of Planned Parenthood’s clinics are in minority communities. African-Americans are about 12% of the US population, but about 35% of abortions. The roots of Planned Parenthood are still evident today.

And, by the way, if Planned Parenthood wanted to move away from Sanger’s eugenics, perhaps they could stop calling their annual award for leadership in the abortion industry their “Margaret Sanger Award.

Tax-payer funded

Planned Parenthood is often at the front of the abortion debate in our country because they are funded by tax-payers. They receive about $530 million dollars annually from taxes. They perform around 330,000 abortions every year, and they are the nation’s largest provider of abortions, because they are so cheap. They are so cheap because our tax dollars underwrite the procedures.

They do have the ability to refer people to adoption agencies. But their last annual report said that for every 150 abortions they do, they refer one person to adoption. So our taxes are not supporting their adoption push, but rather our taxes are collected to underwrite the cost of abortion at a clinic that targets low-income people.

Opposition to birth control

Ironically, Planned Parenthood is actually opposed to making birth control such as the pill available over-the-counter. When legislation as been advanced to allow this, they have mobilized their PR machine to oppose it. There really is no rational explanation for making birth control harder to get…unless much of your profit comes from abortions.

Late-term abortions

Polls consistently show that most Americans are conflicted about abortion. While the typical pro-life person is opposed to all abortion, and the typical pro-abortion person is in favor of abortion on-demand, most Americans are neither. Most Americans think abortion should be illegal sometime between 20-24 weeks, but legal before that.

But Planned Parenthood is uncomfortable with that kind of compromise. Much of the entrenched nature of the abortion debate is because Planned Parenthood excels at turning even progressive compromises in abortion legislation (such as birth control over-the-counter) into an all out “war on women.”

The result of this logic is the “abortion on demand” view that abortion should be legal (and subsidized!) at any point in a pregnancy. A 30-week baby is able to be delivered and survive out side of the womb, but that doesn’t matter to them. In their mind the mother should be able to have doctors crush the baby’s skull, vacuum out the brains, and deliver the body. Period.

In fact, just last year, Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, said “life begins at delivery” and that it should be every women’s own decision when life begins for their children.

I could go on. I could write about how the media caters to them be refusing to ask any presidential candidate when they think life begins. I could talk about how after the video was released, some news organizations ran stories that were literally (not figuratively, but literally) the talking points emailed to them by Planned Parenthood. Or how the AP two years ago decided that as an organization they were going to #StandWithWendy Davis, the Texas State Senator who did the pro-abortion filibuster. Etc. But all of this really just leads to the video:

They traffic in baby body parts

The reason the video hit such a nerve is because it brings the whole level of evil in Planned Parenthood into sharp focus. While sipping wine at a 2-hour lunch, the medical director for Planned Parenthood talked about how they (as an organization) have gotten really good at “crushing below, crushing above” babies organs during an abortion. That way they can sell the organs afterwards.

This is illegal on so many levels. It is illegal to sell the organs. It is illegal for a doctor to change the way she does an abortion in order to get the organs. Some have pointed out that there are loop-holes in these laws, but…seriously?

They first make the case that the baby is not alive, then they kill him and harvest his organs for cash. The company they were selling through even offered bulk discounts for any transaction over $1,000.

So, why is Planned Parenthood evil? They are evil because they have roots in eugenics, they disproportionally target minorities, they use our tax dollars to do it, they make birth control difficult to get, they lobby for late-term abortions, and they do this all to make a profit.

I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Planned Parenthood’s director of medical research, Dr. Nucatola says, between bites of salad. “And for that reason, most providers will do [the abortion] under ultrasound guidance so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. He also leads The Master's Seminary Washington DC location.
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  • Thanks for this, Jesse. Have you considered what you believe to be the best steps to dismantle PP once and for all? What would you say Christians should be doing for their part? Would it be anything different or more than what we have been doing for the last four decades?

    • I’m open to suggestions Justin.
      Blogging about it. That’s about what I’ve got. I used to go to a PP clinic in Los Angeles to witness and warn people. But culture wide, I really think it will take more things like this video to turn the side of public sentiment. As Al Mohler said, a culture that tolerates this will tolerate anything. I’m hoping as people learn exactly how developed these babies are, their consciences will be pierced.

      • Karl Heitman

        After the uncovering of the Kermit Gosnell atrocities and now this, if minds don’t start changing as a result, only another Great Awakening will end our holocaust.

      • On several occasions since coming to IBC, I have remarked how thankful we are to hear the sins of the culture and nation being confronted from the pulpit. So I would say that is primary, and more churches need to be doing that. I’m also continually encouraged to see my pastor and the other pastors on the Cripplegate serve as examples in how to engage the culture through the blogosphere. Social media has certainly served to turn the public tide on how the culture understands abortion, and we need to keep the pressure on through this venue.

        It seems we also need to be more bold at the street level, if you will. I’m encouraged to hear the work you did at the PP in LA. I hope we can also reach the mills in and near the Springfield community. But I think to engage the culture we need to go beyond that. More demonstrations are needed on Capitol Hill (for example) than just the March for Life. I think we need to be more proactive on college campuses to incorporate the sanctity of life in our Gospel outreaches. I think this can be done in street evangelism outreaches as well. I’ve actually done that, and it’s amazing what a simple 3 foot medical illustration can do to educate people on what a D and E abortion looks like on a 23-week old child.

        There is any number of different ways we can proactively engage the culture, and videos like this one should be seized upon to expose the darkness.

        So there is engaging the culture and being salt and light in our daily walk, and I’d say the mills across the nation need a significant increase in Christian presence to plead, warn, and demonstrate compassion. The college campuses, for example, are the first line of defense, and the clinic sidewalks are the last line of defense.

        Lastly, churches need to encourage churches. We need to be outdoing one another, collectively, in love and good deeds toward the weakest among us. MacArthur has said “our goal has to be to awaken the church.” I think we do that best by being examples demonstrating mercy for these children, encouraging other churches to be more engaged in the battle, and praying for them.

        To that end, this two-part interview with Sproul and MacArthur is helpful:

        http://www.ligonier.org/blog/john-macarthur-and-rc-sproul-discuss-national-tragedy-abortion-demand/

        There is more, but these are my thoughts in general to reach with the Gospel as many people enslaved in the abortion realm, and to “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11)

        I also wonder how much the next verse applies to us and our collective complacency over the last near half-century:

        “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?” (v. 12)

        Whatever the case, the time to do all we can to save these little ones is always now.

        Thanks again for your example, brother, and we are so thankful the Lord has brought us to IBC for such a time as this!

  • Kathleen A. Peck

    Looks like this has been known to the govt. for a very long time & they haven’t taken it very seriously! http://articles.latimes.com/2000/mar/13/local/me-8334

    If these slaughterhouses stay open after this recent video exposing what they’re really doing, that’s a good indicator of where our society is at.

    • Jason

      I don’t really see this as any more surprising than any of the following:

      1. The low level of lincensing required for people involved in abortions (which generally involve anesthetics) compared what is required for any other procedure half as invasive and dangerous.

      2. The laxing (or outright ignoring) of legal requirements and restrictions leveled against anyone else performing anything near this level of medical procedure in the areas of hospital admitting privileges, cleanliness, regular inspection, etc…

      3. A doctor needs to get parental approval before performing the most mundane of tasks that could save a child’s life, but parents don’t even need to be informed after the fact for anything Planned Parenthood does.

      The story is always the same when this type of stuff breaks. People are shocked at first, but then easily placated by PR spin about how everything was taken out of context, how the motivation is nothing other than to take away women’s choices, and, if all that fails to convince people, they throw the employee involved under the bus and claim they were a “unique case”.

      People need to recognize the pattern here. Otherwise, they’ll keep being bought by the same spin. For instance:

      http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/15/health/planned-parenthood-undercover-video/

      CNN constantly uses words like “they say”(as if they can’t draw the same conclusions from watching the video themselves) and even says that the video documents discussion of “tissue donation” (as if such words can be applied to someone talking about going out of their way to preserve certain tissue because of it’s demand [and even discussing pricing]).

      They also always address the arguments made against PP as coming from “an anti-abortion” organization, but quote PP employees by their organization name instead of calling them a “pro-abortion” organization.

      Of course, this is where people go for “real news” because conservative sites are the only ones that have spin… :-S

  • Heather Chilcoat

    Thank you so much for writing this, Pastor Jesse! I’m so happy you are addressing this head-on. It is truly time for the sleeping Christians to wake up! Can our church start a pro-life outreach ministry? Can we have teams that are involved with legislation? People that regularly go to the abortion mills each week and pray together, sing praises while showing a visible presence of concern for the women bringing their little lambs for slaughter??? I have read many times that women report, “if I had just seen one person there to stop me, I wouldn’t have had an abortion.” So where is our presence on a weekly basis? 40 Days For Life is something our church members need to know about! Save The Storks is a fantastic organization too. Christians have no idea about what’s really going on, and being hidden by the abortion industry. Over 330,000 innocent babies ripped apart each year, just by PP alone?? How can we as Christ’s followers sleep at night? I can’t. My soul is grieved greatly about this terrible tragedy. Let’s gather together and do something about it, Chrsitians. Please join with me.

    • Hi Heather, I agree with much of what you’ve shared. My wife and I would love to hook up with you to visit the little ones at the mills in our area. We’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus the last couple years due to Providence, but are eager to get back out there in our new season of life. We just moved here in May, hope to meet you soon. As a gentle caution, I do have concerns about 40 Days for Life that I would hesitate to encourage involvement with that group. They are similar concerns that John MacArthur had regarding the Manhattan Declaration. I wrote about these things in depth here: http://airocross.com/2012/04/10/40-days-for-life-catholics-and-christians/

      Blessings!

      • Heather Chilcoat

        I read your posting on your blog regarding Christians being unequally yoked with Catholics at 40 Days for Life outreaches. I didn’t realize in the past that they are a part of the RCC. Thanks for writing that post. Where we moved from recently, we lived 2 blks from a very large PP mill, so I’d go there alone to pray, standing with the Catholics who were there faithfully each week. It saddened me though, that Catholics seemed to be the only ones who cared about abortion. Truly, most evangelicals I’ve met are apathetic about abortion, and have little interest in doing or saying anything about it.

        • Thank you, Heather. I’m glad it was helpful. And I agree, it is indeed mind-boggling how few Christians go to stand and speak for our preborn neighbors. My hope is this recent PP controversy will stir more to action.

  • Still Waters

    Margret Sanger’s influence spread beyond the borders of America. She was involved with the formation of the international eugenics programs, such as the Population Council. The organizations’ supporters included not only Sanger, but many others of wealth and influence, such as Rockefeller and Roosevelt. The burgeoning population growth of third world countries was of great concern to them.

    Sanger was unsuccessful in trying to persuade Gandhi to force Indians to use birth control; but decades later, President Johnson refused aid to Indira Gandhi unless she would implement forcible population control measures. Indira’s son headed a program which included the bulldozing of slum areas and rounding up of the inhabitants for forcible sterilizations. Millions were sterilized and hundreds of thousands died as a result.

    Nixon furthered the policy of aid for population control that was begun by Johnson – he and Kissinger perceived the large populations of Asian countries as potential breeding grounds for communism and thus actively sought to reduce those populations. Forcible sterilizations and encouragement of abortion were among the techniques used. China’s one-child policy was influenced by Western propaganda on the need to reduce populations.

    Impoverished women in India are still being sterilized and abortion, especially of girls, is so common in Asian countries that there are millions of missing girls in both India and China. Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue is but the tip of the blood-soaked iceberg of what the so-called Judeo-Christian Western civilization has done to interfere with the fruit of the womb in the past century. We have been more subtle than the Nazis and thus have been able to destroy far more lives.

    For further information, the books ‘Fatal Misconception’ by Matthew Connelly, ‘Unnatural Selection’ by Maria Hvisthendhal, and ‘The Merchants of Despair’ by Robert Zubrin are a good place to start.

    • Kathleen A. Peck

      Too bad they didn’t realize the Washington DC would become the breeding ground for Communism, Marxism it became, particularly in the capitol building & white house. They should have been more focused on what was going on in their own back yards instead of overseas.

  • Emily Dell

    Hi, I just want to say that some of your statements are just flat out lies. Please do better research before you post into the universe lies about people and organizations. Thank you.

    • elainebitt

      What are those “some statements”?

    • Feel free to correct me. The Sanger quotes are from printed speeches I have, but I’m sure I could find them on-line. Most of the rest of this post is all linked to sources (the blue represents links). Let me know which part you are curious aobut.

      • Emily Dell

        I’m not curious about anything. I’m telling you that these blanket statements just aren’t true. I do not want to get into an argument online so this will be the last comment I post. I just ask that you read unbiased information before you post on the internet.

        Tax-payer money NEVER goes to abortions, for one.

        Outdated statements from Margaret Sanger do not hold true for the organization today and she was pivotal in creating the pill, which sounds like you are okay with.

        Most Planned Parenthood health centers do not perform abortions after 20 weeks and those who do, do so because the baby will not be able to live outside the womb.

        If you watch the full video that was released the other day, you would know that the anti group who lied to get involved with PP spliced the video to perpetuate lies. PP does not make money from “selling baby parts”. If the mother consents, they will donate tissue for research and are reimbursed for transportation costs. But NEVER do they make money on such a thing.

        I ask that before you deem the organization as evil, understand that it is a woman’s decision what she does with her body. If you’d like to discuss further, I am happy to do so but will not continue here. Thank you.

        • Actually, I did watch the video, and she said–“We want to do a little better than breaking even.” Is that not making money on it?
          And if you say “Taxpayer money is not used on abortion” I get what you mean…but the group that does more abortions than any other in our country gets a half billion dollars in tax payer money. Do they use that for the building? Their staff? Their software? Did it pay for the lunch filmed in the video? Do you honestly not think that lunch was reimbursed?
          As for Sanger…their website doesn’t praise her for inventing the pill, but praises her “vision.”

          Here is where we may agree. I think our country should have an organization dedicated to women’s health. They should do cancer screenings, give out birth control, and even STD screenings. All the good things. Minus 300k annual abortions. I’d be totally cool with that.

          • Emily Dell

            So your problem with the video has nothing to do with what youre trying to pin it as and just with that one statement? Of course nonprofits want to do a little bit better than break-even. It would be bad business if they weren’t. Since you said you watched the whole video then you know that PP does not do what you said in your article.

            Tax payer money comes in the form of medicaid and is used specifically to reimburse the organization for medical purposes minus abortions expenses. The expenses you listed are paid for by events, donations, and grants for general operations.

            Jesse, I would invite you to inbox me to continue this conversation. I completely understand how you feel about abortions but to outlaw them bring on very dangerous outcomes like we had prior to Roe v. Wade.

          • I completely understand how you feel about abortions but to outlaw them would bring on very dangerous outcomes like we had prior to Roe v. Wade.

            I have to be honest with you, I have never understood how the argument, “But then we’ll have all these dangerous back alley abortions!” could have ever satisfied a thinking person’s mind. When you stop and think about this argument for just a moment, it becomes plain how ludicrous it really is.

            What’s actually being suggested is the following: In the instance in which abortion is outlawed, there are certain people who are so lawless and depraved, and so intent on killing their child, that they will break the law to do so. But because they’ll do it in a way that is potentially harmful to themselves, we should make it legal and easy for them to murder their own children.

            That is utter lunacy. In what other situation do we legalize crimes so that the criminals don’t harm themselves as they commit their crime?

          • Emily Dell

            Don’t judge until you’ve been in they’re shoes.

          • Emily, I don’t mean to treat you harshly by saying this, but that reply is beyond absurd. I don’t have to have been in a murderer’s shoes to pronounce an informed, discerning judgment that murder is wrong and should not be legalized or made more accessible to those who desire to kill people.

            I am not without sympathy for women who get pregnant and who feel so scared and desperate that they’d be willing to risk harm to themselves in order be rid of their motherhood. But if I am to retain any moral responsibility whatsoever, that sympathy cannot lead me to excuse the crime of savagely executing her child. And it certainly cannot lead me to support legalizing such an atrocity so this young woman can perpetrate her crime in a way that is less dangerous for her.

            Please remember that these are children we’re talking about slaughtering. They are not “a difficult situation,” and still less a clump of tissue. They are living, breathing human beings, innocent of any crime, who deserve to be treated with the same dignity as their mother, and advocated for and defended even more than their mother because they cannot advocate in any way for themselves. Destroying such persons is not a notion to which I will become more sympathetic by walking in anyone’s shoes. And it’s ridiculous to suggest such a thing.

          • Emily Dell

            Mike, You have the right to your own opinion and I completely understand why people feel that abortion is wrong. I’m not pro-abortion but I am pro-choice. I personally believe that life starts at birth. I have the right to my beliefs, don’t I? Just like I can believe in God or not. I’m not telling you that your beliefs are wrong but you need to understand that not everyone has those same beliefs. Women who have abortions have their reasons and you don’t know what they are so you can’t judge.

            Let me tell you a story about a close friend who got pregnant and was very excited. Her husband and her had been trying for a long time. Unfortunately, they found out that their baby would not be able to survive outside the womb and most likely wouldn’t live to even see the outside of the womb. They had a choice and it was the most difficult decision they’ve ever made. They had the safe, legal abortion and donated the tissue for research. Having that option to donate fetal tissue to help research cures for Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s helped the cope with everything that had happened to them. Now you don’t have to agree with their decision but it was their decision to make and were able to do so because they had a choice.

          • Emily Dell

            I’d also just like to say that I’ve encountered many people who are pro-life and say that they would never have an abortion but when faced with a difficult situation have chosen abortion (many politicians have done this). You don’t know what you’ll do until your in that situation and you can’t judge until your faced with it.

          • 4Commencefiring4

            I suspect you (or someone you know) have been in those shoes and will regret until your last breath what you did. I hope I’m wrong. But legal abortion may someday be one of those things that future generations will look back on and ask, “You actually used to allow that? Politicians went to great lengths to defend it, and millions of abortions took place yearly as though they were pulling a tooth? Unbelievable. How did you sit still for that?”

            Within my lifetime, and that of many here on this blog, America actually had signs that said “Colored Only” or “White Only” over water fountains and restrooms; a black person trying to get a room for the night was turned away because of race; they were fire hosed, beaten, and even killed. “Colored” casting a vote? Puh–leeze.

            I didn’t go to school with anyone but white kids until junior high, and then only a few, because they had “their own schools.” This wasn’t some third world or unenlightened country, this was in the USA, land of the free and home of the brave. We did this. Not long before that, blacks were owned by whites and kept in chains.

            Recently the Confederate flag was removed from SC’s state capitol building because enough people came to think of it as symbolic of slavery, and now the race is on to find every trace of “offensive” material in other forms. The Redskins’ name is perpetually on the chopping block, some CA congresswoman wants to ban “husband” and “wife” from government materials, on and on. Not saying I endorse those efforts–I don’t–but the point is this generation is on the hunt for anything and everything that they think reflects poorly on us as a society.

            What are we doing today that we think nothing of, but which my grandchildren will think was indicative of our lunacy? Abortion, I hope, will be #1 on that list. The video of this medical director talking openly and without shame about harvesting parts of living babies and how they are carefully dissected during an abortion is absolutely astounding, regardless of profits.

            I can hear my grandchildren–who are not even conceived yet–saying, “What? WHAT?? Your generation cut up children for their body parts? Was this actually done to real babies when you were younger? Tell me you’re joking.”

            I’ll have to tell them we did, just as my own children today can hardly believe I was around to see “white only” diners and polling places. As was true then regarding race is true now regarding abortion: it’s hard to fathom what we’re allowing under color of law. God help us.

          • Emily Dell

            I’m sorry, if you saw my last few posts you would know that the statement “cut up children for their body parts” is completely false. And I’m sorry I can’t see the comparison with racism.

          • Rachel Miller

            Emily, I know that you said you’re finished commenting and so you can accept my questions rhetorical. What are you saying when you use the imperative “Don’t judge
            unless you’ve been in their shoes?” Are you suggesting that those of us who believe abortion is morally wrong regardless of circumstance should not be callous and unfeeling towards the girl, the woman, whose world has just be shattered by a positive pregnancy test? If you are calling people to not just hate an institution, but do the harder thing of loving the people involved in that institution, then that is noble (although I think we’d probably have a hard time agreeing on the definition and implications
            of love).
            Or, are you stating that “you don’t understand my situation”
            can be used as an untouchable defense? If you are stating the latter, how do you determine the boundaries of this defense? Because if the boundaries are already set as far out as murdering your own child, then the prospects should
            horrify you.
            And about those shoes. The shoes I have been in have read 6 positive pregnancy test. Some of which were planned and hoped for and brought joy. Another was unplanned and brought fear and ended in miscarriage and guilt. My shoes have sat across from a doctor telling me that something was wrong with my baby and “a lot of women with the information you have would chose to terminate pregnancy.” (I was not one of those women.) All that to say, my shoes haven’t experienced nearly everything, but they aren’t totally inexperienced either. HOWEVER, although experience makes a great empathizer, it cannot and should not be trusted as a guide of morality.

          • Emily Dell

            Neither, I’m simply saying that not every woman’s situation is cut and dry and it simply should be the woman’s choice. Just like you had the choice. I don’t know what you’ve been through and I’m not about to judge you. You have your beliefs and I have mine. That’s okay, we can still be friends. That’s all I’m trying to say.

          • 4Commencefiring4

            MIlton Friedman once had a very effective response to someone in his audience who dismissed his remedy for poverty because he assumed Friedman had never been poor himself (even though he had been). He said, “Is there any one of you who would not want to be treated for cancer unless the doctor had also once had cancer?”

            That was the end to that objection.

          • Jason

            “So your problem with the video has nothing to do with what youre trying to pin it as and just with that one statement?”

            I believe that statement was simply his reply to your argument that they are only trying to break even.

          • Emily Dell

            Okay, sure, I see what you’re saying. Then let me correct myself that nonprofits goals are to at least break-even and trying to do a little bit better than break-even is okay too.

        • 4Commencefiring4

          Imagine a white separatist organization that infiltrated public schools, handed out literature, and tried to teach kids that segregation was the better path for society, arguing that we should all come to terms with the fact that the races just get along better with their “own kind.” They also sponsored kids’ summer camps, did soap box races, taught survival skills and self sufficiency–things that were, in themselves, not at all objectionable. They made shy kids into capable kids. Great.

          Imagine now that they not only did all that, but received tax dollars in the hundreds of millions. When anyone objected that tax money was being used to “promote hate”, they said, “We’re educators and mentors to the generation to come; we’re not haters. No tax money is used to print materials or put on our seminars or pay our speakers. Our fund raising and activity fees pay for those things. You’re being unfair to us.”

          Would you buy that argument?

          • Jason

            Truly terrifying. All it would take is a single term of politicians who agree with the white-separatist agenda to make this a reality… and then it would be generations before anyone could speak out against it without hearing about how “studies show” and “even minorities benefit from the summer camps” (even if they have to go to a different camp than their peers).

            We need to stop looking for the easy answer long enough to acknowledge a few difficult truths…

    • Emily Dell

      To put an end to this thread…I pointed out that the statements Jesse Johnson made were false. Everyone has their own beliefs and I’m not here to argue against your beliefs. Please just do better research before you make blanket statements.

  • tovlogos

    Right Jesse. In a world where death is a constant, where death never ceases, up and down the food chain, thank God He has a place for the innocent. Yet should we fight against it? We have no choice. The good news is if we want to capture a glimpse of what people are like in heaven, we can look at a child, any child, Matthew 19:14, for one:
    “But Jesus said, Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
    Looking at little children in a park, who just meet each other is a marvelous thing. They don’t hesitate to hug and kiss each other — perfect strangers. This quality is specially attributed to innocent children — they have not been corrupted yet — they have not yet been taught to hate their neighbor. That’s what people are murdering — innocents who can’t defend themselves. Jesus was the perfect cast of the combination of innocence and infinite wisdom; He too was murdered. That’s where we live.
    The ultimate consolation for these young, undeveloped people, is that God will not turn them away. Understanding this fact, I can avoid being jaded like the worldly; and I can still feel enormous empathy without sinking into despair.

  • Vincent

    Aaaaaannnd if Christians wanted to move away from Luther’s antisemitism, perhaps they should stop calling their denominations “Lutheran”.

    Don’t get me wrong, it just seems petty to use this argument.

    • I don’t think thats a good analogy. PP gives an award for Sanger’s “vision of reproductive rights.” That’s exactly where she practiced eugenics! I mean, its called “planned parenthood” for goodness sakes. A better analogy would be if Christians gave an award for someone working on a solution for “the Jewish problem” in Europe/Middle East, and called that a the “Luther award” for “vision in relationship to the Jews.” Then that would be a good analogy. But Christians don’t…probably because they do want to move away from Luther’s depiction of Jews. So pretty much, I think that analogy breaks down at every level.

  • Linda Redondo

    Our country is no better than Nazi Germany!

    • Well, I think we are better than Nazi Germany. For various reasons. But I get the parallel.

  • Vinod Anand S

    Really sad. What’s more troubling is that all mainstream media are neglecting this news or supporting PP. Even the comment sections in those news website are filled with hatred towards those who oppose abortion. The evil of mankind is growing fast. It’s really disheartening to see people inventing and using all kinds of words to refuse to acknowledge the baby in the womb as a person. Should mankind thrive only by the research done on aborted baby tissues? Do we really need such researches and medical advances so that we may live longer? Are not man’s days are numbered by God?

    • I think the MSM’s horrible handling of this (and Gosnell) are sad. But I wouldnt’ call it “more troubling.” I will share your prayer that even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.

  • 4Commencefiring4

    The president of PP has now appeared in a video defending the one in question, saying that even though the doctor’s “words and tone” in the secret vid were unacceptable, PP doesn’t sell body parts; that the “tissue” they salvage during an abortion is “donated” for medical research at the mother’s request…so it’s all good. You know, babies…lab animals..whatever. As long as we can make progress on disease, someone might have to step up and take one for the team.

    Well, that’s so much better. I’d hate to think the child died just because the mother decided it would be best. Oh, wait…

  • TanongSak

    Jesse, your site is a monumental achievement. Your arguments are among the most articulate I’ve ever read or heard. Please don’t go away. We need a few thousand more like you.

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