My wife has started a Facebook campaign to oppose Planned non-Parenthood’s “Pink Out” day on September 29. She has proposed a “Purple Out” day to counteract it. You can find more details on it here.
One person, who claimed to be a pastor, posted his support for Planned Parenthood. His reasoning is fairly typical of things I’ve seen from proponents of abortion, so I think it’s worth responding to. However, the post appears to have been removed, so I’ll redact the names and any personal comments because it’s no longer in the public arena.
X began by saying: “Sorry, I stand by planned parenthood. As a pastor, as a son, as a human being. The only thing defunding planned parenthood will do is cause more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions, and no one wants that. No federal funds go towards abortions, so why the fuss?”
1) If abortion is moral, there is no reason to oppose it, and therefore the statement “no one wants that” (with “that” = “more abortions”) is itself tacit admission that abortion is immoral.
2) If abortion is immoral, then that explains “why the fuss?” right there. I mean, it’s like saying “No federal funds go toward bank robbers, so why the fuss?” It is perfectly right for people to oppose immorality whether or not our government spends money on it.
X continued: “I could give you a long answer, but here is a short one: greater access to comprehensive and affordable women’s health services decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.”
There are thounsands of alternative companies that provide birth control, health screenings, and provide education. There is *no reason* that abortion needs to be included in what is done. And, in fact, if Planned Parenthood came out saying, “We’re going to stop providing abortions but will continue with all other services”, I doubt very many people at all will oppose them. In fact, I (at least) would celebrate that.
X said: “If you dislike our current federal laws regarding aborted fetal tissue, instituted and upheld by President Bush, then go after Congress. Don’t go after a women’s health provider that prevents and/or screens for unwanted pregnancies, STD’s, and cancer.”
No one is forcing Planned Parenthood to provide abortions, and therefore they are a legitimate target for “dislike”. But who says we’re limiting this just to PP and not to Congress as well? It’s a false dichotomy to say that *ONLY* one or the other must be opposed here.
X said: “Only 3% of Planned Parenthood services are related to abortion and no federal dollars go towards abortions. If the goal is less abortions, which I wholly support, don’t shoot yourself in the foot by calling for the crucifixion of an organization that helps prevent unwanted pregnancies every day.”
The 3% figure is a lie, but that doesn’t really matter. Only a small fraction of the Nazi regime was related to concentration camps, but that doesn’t mean you turn a blind eye to it. Even if only 3% of PP is utterly abhorent evil, that evil undoes any other good thing that is doing, especially because *THEY DON’T HAVE TO DO ANY OF THAT EVIL* in order to do the good. They are going out of their way to kill innocent human beings when it is unnecessary. It wouldn’t matter even if that only happened one time in a billion.
X continued: “Congress has found no wrong doing. Again, go after congress, not Planned Parenthood. If you take down Planned Parenthood, some other organization will fill the gap. You won’t have solved anything. You’ll actually cause more abortions to happen in the interim.”
Evil doesn’t become good just because something else would be evil if it was removed. And I’d love to see how the logic of “removing the places where one can obtain a legal abortion” actually increases the number of abortions. Hint: it doesn’t. Proof: look at the statistics before abortion was legal and afterwards. If you limit where people can do a behavior, they will be unable to do the behavior as frequently. This is common sense.
Finally, X said: “I am simply saying, if your goal is less abortions, it makes no sense to crucify an organization that is major provider of contraceptive services for women. If you don’t like the federal policies that allow fetal tissue to be given over for research for a minimal reimbursement for costs incurred, go after the federal government, not an organization that is following the law and helping reduce the number of abortions. Good night, God bless.”
We’re not opposing an organization that is “a major provider of contraceptive services for women.” In fact, apart from some people (like Catholics) who have moral problems with contraceptives, the vast majority of pro-lifers would be perfectly fine if that was ALL that PP did. We are not opposing that aspect. We are opposing the fact that they murder children.
It’s not like PP can’t provide contraceptives unless they can kill unborn innocent human beings.