Debra Haffner–Unitarian minister, director of the Religious Institute, and former Planned Parenthood member, is, amazingly enough, aghast that there is a move afoot in Congress to defund the latter vile organization. She wrote in the “On Faith” column in the Washington Post:
Representative Mike Pence’s (R-Ind.) H.R. 217 would deny federal family planning funding to groups that offer abortion services. This is a direct attack not just on Planned Parenthood, but also on the low-income teens, women, and men who depend on their services. Rep. Pence has also announced that he will offer an amendment to specifically prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funding. In reality, family planning mitigates the need for abortion, and that every $1 invested in Title X saves almost $4, yet that seems to be forgotten in this political effort to defund family planning clinics and Planned Parenthood clinics specifically across the country.
The linked evidence is from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, which is for all intents and purposes (if not in institutional linkage) the research wing of Planned Parenthood. The contention regarding what birth control saves over abortion may well be correct, but completely misses the point, which is two-fold. One is that family planning services are readily available from many other sources besides abortion clinics (many crisis pregnancy centers, so hated by the abortion industry and its supporters, offer such services, without the abortion component). The other, and more important, is that this isn’t about money. It’s about the morality of public funding of profit-making abortion providers, and especially the legally questionable if not downright criminal activity of Planned Parenthood, its affiliates, and at least some other abortion providers. (Does the name Kermit Gosnell ring any bells with Haffner?)
It is inconceivable to me that these attacks on access to family planning are coming from those who seek to reduce abortions in the U.S. or overseas. Surely they know that family planning reduces the need for abortion. And yet, just yesterday, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) filed an amendment to eliminate all funding for international family planning and reproductive health for the remainder of the fiscal year.
I think the idea of cutting funding for spreading the abortion culture to the rest of the world is a splendid idea. It’s not, however, just about money for Haffner:
Even more draconian, H.R. 358 would allow hospitals to turn away pregnant women who need abortions, even if their lives are in danger. It is beyond incomprehensible to me that a hospital with a religious affiliation would let a woman die rather than provided a legal service.
How dare a hospital or a provider claim to be pro-life while denying life-saving medical procedures! As the Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Abortion As a Moral Decision says, “when there is a conflict between the conscience of the provider and the woman, the institution delivering the services has an obligation to assure that the woman’s conscience and decision will be respected and that she has access to reproductive health care, either directly or through referral.” More than 1100 clergy nationwide have endorsed this letter.
As one of the high priestesses of the new religion of Moloch, it’s not surprising that Haffner would say, in essence, that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience must take second place to the administration of the sacrament of abortion. For Haffner and all too many in the mainline churches, abortion has become the preeminent right that trumps all others–so much so that it, unlike others, must be supported through the coercive power of taxation by all of our nation’s citizens. Here’s praying that the rebellion against such thinking will continue and grow.