Who is more pro-life AFTER birth: Planned Parenthood or Christians?
Abortion advocates accuse pro-life groups of hypocrisy. They claim we only care about limiting abortion instead of caring about kids after they’re born.
The claim raises an immediate question: what does Planned Parenthood do to help kids after they’re born?
Planned Parenthood doesn’t care for kids after birth
The question was clearly answered publicly a few years ago in Florida. In testimony before their legislature, a lawmaker asked Planned Parenthood lobbyist, Alisa LaPolt Snow, what should be done about babies who survive an abortion. Here is the exchange, as reported by the American Center for Law and Justice:
“[I]t is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow. . . .
Rep. Jose Oliva followed up, asking the Planned Parenthood official, “You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”
Again, Snow replied, “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”
So how do you help a baby after she’s born? According to Planned Parenthood, ‘Let her die or let her live. We don’t care. It’s up to you. It has nothing to do with us. Oh, and here’s your bill for the abortion.’
Pro-life Christians care for kids after they’re born
By contrast, an entire industry of faith-driven organizations provides tangible outreach for these kids AFTER they’re born. The Wall Street Journal ran an entire piece today on an incredible organization called the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) providing tangible assistance to children.
Groups like Catholic Charities, Lutheran Family Services, Focus on the Family, and Bethany Christian Services have been around for a long time. Dynamic new groups, members of CAFO, have launched in recent years, such as:
- Replanted Ministries: they offer post placement support for adoptive and foster families.
- Patty’s Hope: they provide counseling, training and housing for biological mothers of kids in foster care.
- Reece’s Rainbow: they advocate for children with special needs and awards grants to families who adopt them.
Pro-life Christians don’t receive public funding
The WSJ points out that these groups don’t receive public funding. Abortion cynics sneer that these ‘do-gooders’ are only doing it to gain converts to the faith, which is kind of rich.
Think about it. Big Abortion and their political, media, and Hollywood allies try to gain converts with a club. The latest is their insistence that we scrap the Hyde Amendment and require pro-life taxpayers to fund abortions through their tax dollars.
The power of love
By contrast, pro-life Christians use love, not a club, to gain converts. Jedd Medefind, the president of CAFO put it this way:
“If you just want to proselytize, you can go to the park and pass out tracts. Adopting or fostering or becoming involved in the life of a struggling family is far more costly than cheap proselytizing.”
So why do they do what they do? Is it out of guilt? Is it just a duty? Mr. Medefind says it’s more than that:
“Being loved is the most transformative power on earth. The Christian gospel said our God welcomes us amidst our great need. We seek to reflect that same heart.”
This blog writes about local groups providing compassionate outreach to women dealing with crisis pregnancies, such as Agape and Innervisions. What’s interesting is the loving support they provide even after the baby is born. And they’re just two of many groups here in Iowa doing the same in the name of Christ. And national/international groups like Catholic Charities, CAFO, and the Knights of Columbus are but a few working on a larger scale.
Big Abortion is built on lies. One of their most cynical is that pro-lifers don’t care about babies, kids, or moms after the baby is born. What bunk. Pro-life Christians expose the lie.
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