By Judie Brown
If the game were chess, Planned Parenthood would have just checkmated the king. The Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood appears to have stalled again. Thanks to an all-but-salivating media, PP has won the contest of words and public perception.
Lest we overlook the obvious, there is little sound information coming from the press, including the ever-obnoxious Los Angeles Times. Recently the Times’ editorial headline “Note to Republicans: Drop the Crusade against Planned Parenthood” announced the paper’s position in favor of PP’s claims that, without it, women would suffer. In its defense of the organization, the paper opines that PP’s abortion business is no reason to cut off the federal tax dollars it receives because the government does not allow tax dollars to be used for abortion services. Yet we all know that money is fungible.
Furthermore, the newspaper fails to report that when President Trump announced that if Planned Parenthood would stop aborting babies, its funding would not be cut off. To this, PP was quick to respond. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of PP said: “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. . . . Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
The mainstream media ignores the fact that, when Planned Parenthood defines aborting a living preborn baby as a “healthcare service,” it is equating the direct killing of a person with ethical medical care. We see this in a New York Times letter to the editor that states: “In keeping with the reproductive justice framework introduced by black women more than 20 years ago, all people have the human right to make their own decisions about contraceptive use and whether or not to continue or end a pregnancy.”
The diabolical human right to kill your preborn child appears to be at the heart of Planned Parenthood’s game. Whether in Congress, on the pages of daily newspapers, on the Internet, or in the media in general, PP’s rhetoric has become the popular language by which it expects to maintain federal funding. Planned Parenthood’s playbook contains all the trigger words needed to create the idea that a right to abortion is the equivalent of a human right, a social justice right, a reproductive right, and even a civil right. The facts regarding what abortion actually is and why it is wrong simply are not addressed.
This is why it is imperative that federal dollars be denied to Planned Parenthood once and for all. Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, talks about the reality: “There is no more time for delay. Every day Congress fails to redirect tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood, the abortion chain gets another $1.5 million from taxpayers to keep its doors open and kill 887 more preborn children.”
In addition, we know that Planned Parenthood’s marketing of chemical contraception not only leads to abortion, but that those products can cause abortion as well. In other words, there is nothing in the PP playbook on so-called reproductive rights that is life-affirming for the preborn or safe for women and families.
Clearly it is an immense challenge to cut the head off this monster, to end the game by deconstructing the playbook, and to ensure that reality replaces the fiction. Though it’s a difficult task, we must teach the truth.
We must know the enemy and go forward armed with facts. ALL makes this easy. Learn the truth about Planned Parenthood and use the tools provided by the Culture of Life Studies Program to educate children on the facts of life before birth and why abortion is always wrong. Encourage young people to be pro-active in defending life by joining with Life Defenders.
Do all things in a spirit of love and charity knowing that we will overcome the darkness as long as we keep our light shining. Nothing is impossible with prayer and hard work.