SUNDAY STUDY: In My Mother’s Womb

Compiled from various sources

“Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?” Job 31:15

The Planned Parenthood organization — which celebrated its centennial anniversary in October 2016 — recently released its annual report for the 2016–17 fiscal year. The numbers confirm what rational observers have long known: Planned Parenthood exists to provide abortions, and not much else.

Amid the gloom, there is one glimmer of positive news. Last year, the group provided fewer abortions than it had the year before, though the number is still staggering: 321,384 abortion procedures in one year alone.

Planned Parenthood continues to portray itself as a solicitous women’s health organization that just so happens to occasionally perform an abortion or two, and only when it’s absolutely necessary. This report is no exception, and the astonishing figure of 321,384 is treated as nothing more than a footnote … key facts in this report unveil the brutal reality: Planned Parenthood is a corporation that exists primarily to profit from abortion.

Here are the top myths Planned Parenthood peddles that are debunked by information from its own annual report:

  • Abortion is just 3% of Planned Parenthood’s business. This statistic has been rated false by left-leaning outlets, including Slate and the Washington Post. The claim rests on a deceptive tactic: calculating abortion procedures as a fraction of its “services” — defined by the group as “discrete clinical interactions” — rather than as a fraction of its clients. Example: A woman walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic. She takes a pregnancy test, meets with a counselor, and chooses to have an abortion procedure. While she’s there, she also receives an STI test, a breast exam, and birth control pills. Planned Parenthood would count each of these “discrete interactions” — 6 total — as a service, so abortion would be only 16% of that woman’s visit.

The 321,384 abortion procedures dwarf adoption referrals (3,889) and prenatal services (7,762). Planned Parenthood performed 83 abortions for every 1 adoption referral last year. And its prenatal services have dropped steadily every year since 2009, from over 40,000 that year to just under 8,000 last year. Hardly “comprehensive women’s health care.”

Planned Parenthood performs about one-third of annual U.S. abortions, making it the single largest abortion provider in the country, by far.

As the most expensive procedure provided, abortion underwrites a huge portion of the group’s bottom line. Surely this is why the national organization routinely imposes abortion quotas on its regional affiliates and rewards clinics that exceed their abortion targets.

  • Millions of women wouldn’t have health care if Planned Parenthood didn’t exist. The report indicates that Planned Parenthood saw 2.4 million clients in the last fiscal year. But, as has been shown by the group’s own figures, it doesn’t provide those clients with very many actual health-care services. According to the report, the only significant services offered, besides abortion, are STI and HIV tests, contraception, and pregnancy tests. Planned Parenthood closed 32 clinics last year, leaving the group with just 597 facilities… several states have only a handful of Planned Parenthood centers, and some have as few as one or two. And yet we are supposed to believe that these paltry clinics provide essential care to women who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

The reality is that there exist over 13,000 federally qualified health-care centers across the country that offer a wide array of actual health-care procedures, not just a tiny selection of reproductive services. These centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1.

  • Planned Parenthood both needs and deserves government funding. A plurality of Planned Parenthood’s revenue last year came from government reimbursements and grants, totaling more than half a billion dollars… Planned Parenthood’s political-action wing spends millions each year lobbying to increase its federal funding, essentially taking government coin and using it to push for even more. The Trump administration has been great for business. The group’s private donations went up by nearly $100 million last year, bringing the tally to more than half a billion dollars from wealthy benefactors. Its net assets at the end of last fiscal year totaled more than $1.6 billion, up from $1.5 billion the year before. The group directs more than $174 million annually to management salaries, an ever-increasing number.

The public square is rife with misinformation and outright lies about what Planned Parenthood does. Its own annual report should end any debate. It is, first and foremost, a corporation that profits from the routine and casual slaughter of unborn children.

For the sake of justice, it must be shut down.

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If we say that it is moral to kill any baby in the womb, we open the door for more than even most abortionists bargain for.

  1. Why not kill the defective child after birth?
  2. What level of perfection is required before a baby should be allowed to live? All of us have imperfections.
  3. Who has the power to decide? The doctor? Parents? A panel of experts?
  4. Why not wait and ask the child? Dr. C. Everett Koop, prior to becoming Surgeon General of the United States, did just that. He spent his life as a pediatric surgeon repairing nature’s mistakes. For some children this meant 30 or more operations. At one reunion of the kids he repaired (with all the pain and therapy this implies), he asked if they had to start over, would they want the surgery again? These young people unanimously said yes.

It helps to understand the philosophy of life that those who push for abortion in education and the media have. They are humanists: they have an atheistic worldview where man is his own god [Gen. 3:4-5] (Judges 17:6). He rules his life and determines his destiny. Man is a highly-evolved, tool-using animal whose value is measured by his productivity. The unborn is not productive to society, and if he will never be able to function normally, he is undesirable. From a humanist perspective, taking a useless life is not immoral, it’s practical.

  • The Australian ethicist, Peter Singer, wrote that “the sanctity-of-life view, the religious mumbo-jumbo, should be stripped away. Species membership in Homo-sapiens is not morally relevant. If we compare a dog or a pig to a severely defective infant,” he said, “we often find the non-human to have superior capacities.” To Singer, quality of life is the only guide.
  • Joseph Fletcher suggested using the I.Q. measurement and allow those with an I.Q. under 20 or perhaps 40 to be declared non-human.
  • Nobel Laureate, James Watson, the man who cracked the genetic code: “Because of the present limits of such detection methods, most birth defects are not discovered until birth. If a child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice that the doctor could allow the child to die, if the parents so choose, and save a lot of misery and suffering.” Wait 3 days before declaring a human life is a human life? Save a lot of misery and suffering? Death by starvation, dehydration, and exposure is hardly pain-free.

Our society has come to the belief that the quality of the human race can be improved by controlling human procreation and by excluding those who do not meet certain criteria. This philosophy was adopted by Nazi doctors… To exclude babies that do not fit a particular design is no different than Hitler’s exterminative medicine practice against the Jews and other “undesirables”.

Infanticide is made to look humane. Many in the medical field are willing to let babies die if they are uncertain about their future. Many would say the baby does not know what is going on and does not know the burden he brings upon a family. Such thinking holds very little respect for human life.

This side of eternity we do not know why God allows severely handicapped babies to be born, who will never live a normal life, but it is still wrong to kill what God allowed. We should never forget that because of the sin of the human race, we live in a society that is marred by that sin. This is not saying that it is the direct sin of the parents that causes these situations but the penalty of sin on the entire human race. God told Adam and Eve that if they sinned they would die [Gen. 2:17]. That dying process affects every human being at some stage of life, some even before birth.

Gen. 1:27; Gen. 9:6; Gen. 25:23; Job 31:15; Ps. 22:9-10; 58:3; 71:6; 127:3-5; 139:13-16; Prov. 6:16-17; Isa. 44:2; 44:24; 49:1; Luke 1:41-42; 44; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 1:15.

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