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Planned Parenthood’s war on the family

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By Rita Diller
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September 5, 2012 (Stopp.org) - Behind Planned Parenthood’s favorite slogan, “Every child a wanted child,” is a sinister agenda that strikes with deadly force at the child—the very heart of the family.

The late 1960s was a time when our brothers and best friends were disappearing from our ranks as they headed to Vietnam. Many never came back; others were forever horribly wounded—physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The war was front and center in the news every day, and we watched the horrors of war live and in color on our televisions.

At the same time, another war was coming to a head—a war that was hidden behind smoke and mirrors. It was a war that had been brewing like a deadly potion in a witch’s cauldron for decades; it was a war that would disfigure and seek to kill our families and our nation from within—and most of us never saw it coming.

It was a war that would backfire in the face of the women who championed it and who were supposed to benefit from it. In reality, it was a war on the smallest and the weakest in society, a war on morality and a war on the very backbone of society—the family.

It eventually became known as the sexual revolution.

And its most successful weapon looked so small, so innocent, so helpful. The sexual revolution was indeed catapulted into its heyday by a tiny pill.

One woman was front and center in developing and promoting that pill, setting the sexual revolution in motion. That woman was eugenicist and immorality expert extraordinaire, Margaret Sanger—the foundress of Planned Parenthood. Sanger practiced what she preached. She kept a husband and assorted lovers on the line simultaneously, and left her children with “anybody handy,” according to her son, Grant, while she gallivanted around the world promoting her sinister agenda.

Her war on morality and the family would eventually claim among its victories a supposed right for women’s autonomy over their “own” bodies, to the exclusion of the welfare of the new lives they were entrusted with by God. It was a war that pitted mothers against their own children in a battle to the death.

As Mary Eberstadt writes in her book Adam and Eve After the Pill:

A series of popes, some of the world’s leading scientists, and many other unlikely allies all agree: No single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for relations between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception.

Modern contraception is not only a fact of our time; it may even be the central fact—in that it is hard to think of any other whose demographic, social behavior, and personal fallout has been as profound.

Today, the rotten fruit of the pill and the “sexual revolution” it propelled is all around us, as predicted by the Vicar of Christ himself.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI warned in his encyclical Humanae Vitae that widespread acceptance of contraception would result in dire consequences.

Dr. Janet Smith sums up Paul VI’s predictions about the consequences of contraception:

1. Infidelity and moral decline.

2. Lost respect for women. ”[T]he man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”

3. Abuse of power: “Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a ‘dangerous weapon… in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.’

4. Unlimited dominion: The idea of unlimited control over one’s body.

We find ourselves 44 years later in the midst of a society that has lost its moral bearings. Many young women today find that men, in general, are no longer interested in marriage, but are looking for a one-time sexual hookup, a “friend with [sexual] benefits” or, at the very most, a live-in lover. Birth control is expected, and is left up to the woman. When the birth control fails—as it does in the case of half of unintended pregnancies—the woman finds herself being shoved into a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, or often goes there herself to allay desertion by the one who should be protecting both her and their child. When she refuses to do so, she is often left to raise the child alone.

Sexual immorality, spurred on by the pill, is very bad news indeed for families. In 1960, when the pill came on the market, 5.3 percent of births were to unmarried women. In 2010, more than 41 percent of children were born to unmarried women. Among black, non-Hispanic women, that rate soared to 73 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of divorced people increased by 345 percent between 1960 and 1992.

The number of unmarried women of childbearing age who are cohabiting skyrocketed from 439,000 in 1960 to 5.5 million in 2000—an astounding 1,150 percent increase in 40 years. In 2008, there were 6.8 million cohabiting opposite-sex adult couples.

The children of single mothers, overall, fare poorly compared to their peers who have both mother and father intricately involved in their lives. They are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to have problems with the law, and more likely as young adults to be unemployed and less likely to attain higher education.

Planned Parenthood lies when it says it represents the best interests of women and children. In reality, it is a social engineering machine that is intent on destroying the traditional family. Planned Parenthood is the orchestrator of a massive war on families—a war in which we all come out on the losing end.

Now it joins hands with the government to hold hostage Catholics and others who object to contraceptives, sterilization, and abortive drugs, playing the bully that will force us to violate our consciences or to pay huge fines and lose our businesses for daring to object to its mandate.

Visit our website, www.thepillkills.com, for more information on the perils of the pill, and visit our page on Facebook.

To paraphrase St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), contraception is not just homicide; it is also suicide. It is time we heed the words of the popes, saints, and scientists who forewarned us of the monstrosity that is the pill, and join with one mind and heart to overcome the stranglehold of contraception on our nation while working to stop its advance worldwide. St. Pio, please pray for us.

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Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
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Vatican pressing forward with reform of US feminist nuns: Cardinal Müller

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Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says the Vatican is pressing forward with plans to reform the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

In an interview published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said that the reform of the LCWR, which was undertaken after an assessment of the group found serious doctrinal problems, will be carried out with the goal of helping them "rediscover their identity.”

“Congregations have no more vocations and risk dying out," Müller said. "We have first of all tried to reduce hostility and tensions, partly thanks to Bishop Sartain whom we sent to negotiate with them; he is a very gentle man. We wish to stress that we are not misogynists, we are not women gobblers! Of course we have a different concept of religious life but we hope to help them rediscover their identity.”

Moreover, the cardinal said that problems specific to the LCWR are not a reflection of all the women religious in the US.

"We need to bear in mind that they do not represent all US nuns, but just a group of nuns who form part of an association,” Müller said.

“We have received many distressed letters from other nuns belonging to the same congregations, who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which the LCWR is steering their mission.”

Cardinal Müller's remarks confirmed the assertion he and the Holy See’s delegate to the LCWR, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, made in an address to LCWR officials in Rome on April 30, that the theological drift the feminist nuns are taking constitutes a radical departure from the foundational theological concepts of Catholicism.

The Holy See “believes that the charismatic vitality of religious life can only flourish within the ecclesial faith of the Church,” Müller said in the address.

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“The LCWR, as a canonical entity dependent on the Holy See, has a profound obligation to the promotion of that faith as the essential foundation of religious life. Canonical status and ecclesial vision go hand-in-hand, and at this phase of the implementation of the Doctrinal Assessment, we are looking for a clearer expression of that ecclesial vision and more substantive signs of collaboration,” he stated.

The LCWR has openly defied the mandate of reform intended to bring their organization into line with basic Catholic doctrine on the nature of God, the Church, and sexual morality.

Among the CDF’s directives, to which LCWR has strenuously objected, is the requirement that “speakers and presenters at major programs” be approved by Archbishop Sartain. This, Müller has explained, was decided in order to “avoid difficult and embarrassing situations wherein speakers use an LCWR forum to advance positions at odds with the teaching of the Church.”

The LCWR has invited speakers to their Annual Assembly such as New Age guru Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Sr. Laurie Brink, who is particularly noted for flagrantly denying the Divinity of Christ and telling the sisters that to maintain their “prophetic” place in society they need to “go beyond” the Church and even “go beyond Jesus.”

In one of the first public statements of his pontificate, Pope Francis affirmed that the investigation and reform of the LCWR must continue.

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Birth mothers: real heroes of the pro-life movement

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What does it mean to be brave? Is it the doctor who dedicates himself to improving the health of a third-world nation? Is it the woman who faces her third round of chemotherapy to fight the progression of cancer? Is it the teacher who forgoes the comforts of a suburban school to reach minorities in the inner city? All of these are examples of bravery demonstrated in exceedingly challenging circumstances. And our society longs for stories of bravery to inspire us and fill us with hope.

As someone who works day in and day out with those on the front lines of helping rescue babies from abortion, I’m no stranger to stories of bravery. I see courage every day in the eyes of the men and women who sacrifice their time and energy to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. I see it every time a young mom — despite being pressured by her parents or significant other to get an abortion — chooses LIFE. And perhaps more profoundly than in any other situation, I see it when an expectant mom with no relational support, job, or income chooses to place her baby for adoption rather than abort her son or daughter.

This was Nicky’s situation.

When Nicky found herself pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, her life was already in shambles. During her 26 years, Nicky had already given birth to and surrendered sole custody of a little girl, committed several felonies, lived in her car, lost several jobs, and barely subsisted on minimum wage. So when she met up with an old boyfriend, Brandon, Nicky believed she was being given a second chance at happiness. “Our first year together was beautiful. We were getting to know each other and deciding if we would stay together forever.” Unfortunately, a positive pregnancy test result changed everything.

“When I told him I was pregnant, Brandon sat down on the bed, looked me in the eyes, and told me to ‘get an abortion’.” Nicky says those three little words changed everything for her. “I became depressed living with someone who wanted his child ‘dealt with.’”  Like thousands of women every day, Nicky began searching online for information on abortion, hoping her boyfriend would eventually change his mind. Through our strategic marketing methods, Online for Life was able to guide Nicky to a life-affirming pregnancy center where she received grace-filled counsel. “The woman I sat with was beyond wonderful. She helped me to just breathe and ask God what to do….And so I did.”

Nicky left the pregnancy center that day with a new resolve to choose life for her child, even though she still wasn’t sure how she’d financially support a child. “I was alone with just $10 in my pocket…and without any type of plan for what I was going to do.” So Nicky relied on the support of the staff she met at the life-affirming pregnancy center. With their help and through a chain of fortunate events, Nicky was put in contact with the couple who would eventually become her daughter’s adoptive parents.

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After meeting this couple face to face and coming to terms with her own desperate situation, Nicky conceded that the best thing for her unborn child would be to place her in someone else’s loving home. She told Brandon about her plans and he agreed that adoption would give their child the best chance at a happy and secure future. He even returned home to help Nicky prepare for the birth of their child. “The weeks leading up to my delivery were filled with a mixture of laughter, tears, protectiveness and sadness,” Nicky recalls. But one sentiment continued to be shared with her. “Brave…so brave.” That’s what everyone from the life-affirming pregnancy center to the adoption agency to the birthing center kept calling Nicky. “The nurses kept coming up to me and telling me they were honored to care for and treat someone like me.” After several weeks of preparation, Nicky finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl, and she made the dreams of a couple from the other side of the country come true.

Nicky’s adoption story continues to be riddled with a strange combination of pain and joy. “I cry every day, but I know my baby, who came out of a very bad time, ended up being loved by people from across the country.” When asked what message she’d like to share with the world about her decision to give up her child for adoption, Nicky responds, The voice of the mother who gives up a baby for adoption isn’t heard. We need to change that.”

To learn more about Online for Life and how we’re helping to make stories like Nicky and her daughter’s story a possibility, please visit OnlineforLife.org.

Author, speaker, and business leader Brian Fisher is the President and Co-Founder of Online for Life, a transparent, metric-oriented, compassion-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to helping rescue babies and their families from abortion through technology and grace.

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New York farmers stop hosting weddings after $13,000 fine for declining lesbian ceremony

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New York farmers Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who were ordered last week to pay $13,000 for not hosting a same-sex "wedding," say they are closing that part of their operation.

"Going forward, the Giffords have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their farm, other than the ones already under contract," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyer James Trainor. ADF represented the Giffords in their legal fight against New York's non-discrimination law.

Last week, the Giffords were ordered to pay a $10,000 fine to the state of New York and $3,000 in damages to a lesbian couple, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, who approached them in 2012 about hosting their "wedding." The Giffords, who are Roman Catholic, said their religious convictions would not let them host the ceremony, but that McCarthy and Erwin could hold their reception on their property.

Unbeknownst to the Giffords, the lesbian couple recorded the two-to-three minute conversation. After declining to hold the reception on the Giffords' farm, on which they live and rent property, the lesbian couple decided to make a formal complaint to the state's Division of Human Rights.

Eventually, Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords' farm, Liberty Ridge Farm, constitutes a public accommodation because space is rented on the grounds and fees are collected from the public. The Giffords argued that because they live on the property with their children, they should be exempt from the state law, but Pares said that this does not mean their business is private.

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Trainor told TheBlaze that the Giffords' decision to end wedding ceremonies at Liberty Ridge “will hurt their business in the short run," but that was preferable to violating their religious beliefs.

“The Giffords serve all people with respect and care. They have hired homosexual employees and have hosted events for same-sex couples,” he said.

However, "since the state of New York has essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions," Trainor explained to LifeSiteNews. "No American should be forced by the government to choose between their livelihood and their faith, but that’s exactly the choice the state of New York has forced upon the Giffords."

"They will continue to host wedding receptions," said Trainor.

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