According to an article on the web site of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, two different PCUSA organizations have written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives opposing efforts to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They write:
We are writing to you with regard to attempts in Congress to deny Federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers if they also provide abortion services – even though these services do not involve the use of Federal funds.
Irrelevant. Money is fungible, and Planned Parenthood is a profit-making enterprise that makes a good deal of its money off of abortion. For the federal government to give it money for other servides simply allows it to use more of its own to support, advertise, and implement its abortion business.
We think that it is important for you to know that the Presbyterian Church (USA) recognizes and respects the different positions that people of good will may have on the question of abortion. However, for almost 20 years, the policy of this denomination has stated: “We affirm the ability and responsibility of women, guided by the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, in the context of their communities of faith, to make good moral choices in regard to problem pregnancies.”
“The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly not the only or required, decision.”
This is also irrelevant. Whether women want to decide to have abortions has nothing to do with whether Planned Parenthood gets to suck at the federal teat. After all, we aren’t talking about money that goes to abortion services, are we? Hope that petard feels good.
“The Christian community must be concerned about and address the circumstances that bring a woman to consider abortion as the best available option. Poverty, unjust social realities, sexism, racism, and inadequate supportive relationships may render a woman virtually powerless to choose freely.”
So? Those factors result in all kinds of restrictions on women. Why is it that abortion, of all the possible choices women have to make that might be restricted by their circumstances, should receive federal subsidy?
Consequently, Presbyterian policy opposes public policies that would “limit or prohibit public funding for necessary abortions for the socially and economically disadvantaged.” Presbyterian policy instead advocates for public policies that would provide universal access to healthcare and full and equal access to contraceptive methods. These are policies intended to reduce women’s need to choose abortion.
Once again, supposedly the funding in question doesn’t go to abortion–they said so themselves in the first paragraph. So why the concern about abortion restriction. It sounds like what they are actually afraid of is that Planned Parenthood, which is coming more and more to look like a criminal or at the very least a criminal-enabling organization, might have its profits cut into.
Family planning providers, including Planned Parenthood, do much to teach responsible sexuality and safe and effective family planning practices. They provide necessary reproductive health services, often to the most vulnerable of women. These programs are vital to the desire we all share – that the number of abortions be reduced as much as possible. Attempts to reduce funding for these services are tragically misguided. We urge you and Congress to reject these attempts and the devastating impact they would have on the lives of American women.
They can think that if they want to. But anyone who has ever perused the Planned Parenthood web site, or seen their teen site (which has been cleaned up after some adults took a look at it), or seen the literature that they put out, knows this isn’t so. Planned Parenthood does not teach responsible sexual behavior, but basically says anything goes as long as you use birth control. It does not want to reduce the number of abortions, which are their financial bread-and-butter. It stands in absolute opposition to any form of regulation of abortion, and as such is an aider-and-abettor of criminals such as Kermit Gosnell (whose name has still not been uttered by anyone connected to the RCRC or any of its constituent denominations or religious caucuses). As Live Action continues to document, Planned Parenthood is an organization shot through with employees who have no regard for the law, no sense of responsibility, and even less sense of morality. I would love to see it shut down entirely, but in the absence of that, there’s no question that it should be required to run its tawdry business without taxpayer subsidy. I suspect they would do just fine without us having to underwrite their killing.
UPDATED: Here’s an example of what these two Presbyterian organizations are defending, from LifeSite News:
A police investigation report reveals that staff at a Kennewick, WA Planned Parenthood abortion facility held a pregnant teen and victim of statutory rape hostage against the wishes of her father.
The September 2008 report, recently obtained by pro-life blogger ‘Abortion in Washington,’ documents the police investigation of the case of a 14-year-old un-named teen at the hands of Planned Parenthood (PP) staff worker Andrea Smasne. The girl, 22 weeks pregnant, was held by Smasne at the abortion mill against the express wishes of her father and even police directives.
The police report indicated that the 20-year-old father of the girl’s unborn child was under police investigation for sexual misconduct in relation to the young girl’s pregnancy. By law, the young girl’s pregnancy would have been considered statutory rape and her father would have been legally responsible for her.
However, according to the report, Planned Parenthood staffer Smasne defended her right to refuse the father access to his daughter, saying the girl was afraid of her father and did not want him to be there. Police officer Wayne Meyer indicated that he asked the staff worker to release the teen to her father and was told she was “emancipated” according to the legal staff at PP.
One of the things that never ceases to amaze about Planned Parenthood, and lots of other abortion clinics, is the way they consider the law to be a rubber putty nose to be be bent, spindled, and mutilated at will. Apparently the 14-year-old was “emancipated” merely by virtue of being pregnant–or maybe it was being in the presence of a Planned Parenthood hack that caused her legal status to change.