“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
Buzz words for the month of July 2015 will go down in history as: Planned Parenthood and Evil. Those words are pretty much interchangeable to anyone who believes in protecting the unborn, right? So we’ve established that: Planned Parenthood reflects Satan’s stronghold on our society. Pro-lifers know it. In fact, people working in the pro-life movement have suspected these despicable actions have gone on for years. Now we just have graphic viral videos 1,2, and 3 to prove it and make people uncomfortable.
If you weren’t already convinced about their heinous level of practices before these videos surfaced, then you probably aren’t aware of the history behind their founding leader, Margaret Sanger, and her hateful, racist agenda. And they’re succeeding with her plan. Take New York City for example, where more African-American babies were aborted than born according to New York City’s Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Many of our first reactions are to blast Planned Parenthood while this current momentum is in full-swing. You know, give it to them where we think it hurts—social media?? After all, crisis brings unity for a short period of time. Think back to 9/11. The days following the terrorists’ attacks were filled with patriotism. Flags were waving on porches across the United States, and love and kindness were flowing out of our mouths to complete strangers. We took a solid stand on uniting as a nation under attack.
Fast forward to last week—Fortunately, we’re seeing pro-life unity all over social media and in our Christian communities because of this Planned Parenthood mess. We’re outraged at such barbaric treatment of tiny babies! However, unfortunately, there is anything but love coming out of our mouths, with hate for abortion workers on constant display. It is so easy to jump on the negativity bandwagon and raise our demanding voices for change.
Yes, we want Planned Parenthood to be defunded!!
Yes, it is unfair that our tax dollars go to an organization that kills millions of innocent lives!!
But here’s the thing– if they stop getting our tax dollars, the evil that Planned Parenthood exudes will still find a way to exist. Maybe that will happen under a different name or nonprofit status, maybe they will have to scale back their operations financially so that management can’t afford Lamborghinis, or maybe they will code their services differently with insurance companies to compensate for lost tax dollars. Don’t forget Ephesians 4:27, “And give no opportunity to the devil.” Satan isn’t going anywhere, at least not until Revelation 20:10!
Abortion is happening all over our country, and it’s not going away, folks, simply by defunding Planned Parenthood. The Devil still has PLENTY of opportunity within the abortion market, even beyond Planned Parenthood. After all, 1 in 3 women are having an abortion in their lifetime, and private abortion practices will continue to thrive with or without Planned Parenthood.
Don’t lose hope—There is a way to bring down Planned Parenthood and every other abortion provider in the country! It doesn’t involve sensational boycotts of businesses and charging the streets with signs. Those things may work, but can we truly measure their effectiveness compared to our time and effort invested?
SUPPORT THE COMPETITION! There are thousands of Pregnancy Resource Centers and Pregnancy Help Centers across the country, many who, unlike our competition, receive no state or federal funds. We are working tirelessly to compete with abortion clinics to keep women and their babies safe. Our centers are solely dependent on God’s provision through the generosity of churches, businesses and individuals. Additionally, many of these centers have changed their approach from years past to a medical focus that is reaching women who are truly considering abortion and equipping these women to choose life for their babies, either by parenting or placing their child for adoption.
Of course, we speak from personal experience here at our center. We will be a part of serving nearly 300 women this year through the various services that we offer. Almost 250 of those women will be helped through our clinic, with 84% of them making a life-affirming decision. That’s over 200 babies SAVED! That’s over 200 women who won’t be patronizing local abortion clinics! These are women who are seriously contemplating abortion or already have their appointment on the abortion clinic’s books, and our pro-life centers can be the reason their appointment books are EMPTY!
Years of research from centers across the country have aided us in honing in on the right methods to reach these women and their babies to get them through our doors before they go through with an abortion. Discussion on that process is a blog for another day. You would also be shocked to know that we are seeing a rush of young, married couples with college degrees coming in who are considering abortion. That’s also a topic for another day— but what you need to know right now is the face of abortion is changing!
If you choose to only raise your voice to defund Planned Parenthood and share about all the sinfulness that they are perpetuating in our culture, these young people with good paying jobs will still find a way to abort their baby, even if it means paying more to a new abortion organization that opens after we triumphantly shut down Planned Parenthood. The answer isn’t shutting down the supplier; it’s shutting down the demand.
We may be able to shut down Planned Parenthood by opening our mouths, but in order to stop abortion we have to allow God to open our hearts and our wallets to support pro-life organizations across our great nation!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak, not to act is to act.”
Are you ready to act? Go to our St. Joseph PRC website to become a monthly giver and save lives every day or do a google search for your local Pregnancy Resource Center. Lives are depending on you, because abortion doesn’t stop with Planned Parenthood’s end!
If you are a woman who has had an abortion, this whole situation can stir some deep emotional issues. Please reach out to our center. We have post-abortion healing classes, and we are here to help you!