This past Saturday, October 10th, another nationwide Planned Parenthood (PP) protest happened. Last time, I went as a protestor. This time I went as a co-leader and speaker. Why? Because I’m convinced that to stand by and do nothing and play the “God-is-sovereign” card as an excuse just to stay inside our cozy homes while babies are being murdered in our back yard is akin to the false theology of “Let-go-and-let-God.” Yes, protesting should never go over Gospel ministry.
Yes, protesting won’t save souls. Yes, my duty as a Christian is to make disciples, not pro-lifers. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can to work for the greater good of society either. Therefore, just as William Wilberforce was used as an instrument to infiltrate the government to help abolish human slavery (a good thing), I believe that God can use human instruments in our day to help slay the Goliath that is human abortion. To stand by and be a watcher is to disregard James 1:22.
We must watch, pray, and do! I and my fellow protestors went to call the all governments, local and federal, to wake up and take action and to stop using tax payers’ hard earned money to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization that slaughters countless babies in the womb and then sells their parts for profit. As part of my speech, I tried to address some common arguments heard from PP supporters:
1. We’ve heard from PP supporters that the $450 million in federal funds they receive each year cannot be used to perform abortions.
Even if that is the case, the atrocious, immoral, illegal, unethical, and downright evil acts that PP associates have been caught doing—red-handed—on camera should and must not only disqualify them from receiving any federal funding at all, especially when there are countless other legit women’s healthcare facilities that can be federally funded as an alternative, there should and must be a criminal investigation at the highest level against PP due to the clear evidence that’s been made public.
Just because Uncle Sam’s money (yours really) isn’t supposed to be used to murder children, doesn’t mean the money they receive doesn’t enable them in some way to do the evil things they do.
Consider this example: a pharmacy gets a million dollars to provide medicine to cancer patients and they are only allowed to use that money for that intended purpose and, as far as anyone can tell, they fully comply with that condition. But here’s the thing: that million dollars is the only way that pharmacy can keep its doors open! Without that money, they couldn’t afford to exist. While the pharmacy complies with the proper use of their grant, they are doing something illegal on the side. You name it. With regard to PP, let’s say their honest, and maybe they don’t use a dime of the $450 million to kill a child, yet that money still allows PP to be the Goliath it is. What would happen to PP, America’s largest supplier of abortion services, if they didn’t get that $450 million? Intriguing thought, isn’t it?
2. We’ve also heard from PP supporters that the videos—created and published by The Center for Medical Progress—have been “highly edited” and therefore, should hold no weight in court.
To which I respond with this question, “In what context is it acceptable for a medical professional to say ‘I want a Lamborghini’ when talking about procuring ‘fetal tissue?’” If what PP says is true (that’s a big ‘if’), if the money they get is a “reimbursement for donated tissue,” why in the world would a PP representative negotiate a price so that she could one day purchase a ‘Lamborghini?’ It’s so asinine that it’s laughable, but, more than that, it’s despicable.
I’ve read that the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993 allows for “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.” Note the key words: “reasonable payments.” Now, I’m no physician or lawyer or scientist. I’m just a passionate, Gospel-preaching pastor with an average intellect (some might say below average), but it doesn’t take a Ph.D or a M.D. to smell a rat.
If the law allows for “reasonable payments,” wouldn’t that diminish the likelihood of saving enough money to buy one the most extravagant, expensive sports cars known to man? But then again, I’m just a pastor who’s making a judgment based off “highly edited” videos…so I guess my question doesn’t deserve to be addressed. After all, who am I to stand in the way of one woman’s dream of getting so rich that she can afford a Lamborghini?!
3. We’ve also heard from PP supporters that we who want to see PP defunded and ultimately shut down, are driven by a political ploy spawned by an ideology of “right-wing, religious bigotry, whose goal is to limit a woman’s access to safe & affordable healthcare.”
Well, I believe I can speak for all the protesters spread throughout the Nation as I say, “That’s a bold-faced lie!” We are not driven by our politics! When it comes to the American Holocaust that is human abortion, we are driven by our God-given conscience and love for all people, whether they live in the womb or out. We don’t fight to end abortion because we’re conservative Republicans; we fight because we feel compelled to speak up and stand up for the persons, who are created in the image of God, who cannot speak for themselves. We are not attacking “women’s rights.”
If that were the case, there wouldn’t be any female pro-lifers! We protested to defend the rights of those whose rights have been stripped away in the name of “choice” by a death-sick, self-absorbed culture. So, again, let me be perfectly clear: we protested October 10th not because we take part on the “war on women”; we protested so that we could speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. We protested so that we could speak up and judge fairly and defend the rights of the poor and needy (Pro 31:8-9).
What do you think? Did you participate in the nationwide PP protest? If so, how was your experience? If not, why and would you in the future? If you’re against protesting altogether, besides praying, how can you be a “doer” with regard to ending our American Holocaust?