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Texas Baptist church supports Planned Parenthood as a ‘missions’ focus

Susan Michelle Tyrrell
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September 25, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - A Texas Baptist church has its feet firmly planted in sinking Biblical sand.

Promoting abortion, linking with Planned Parenthood. We saw it with the United Methodists, the Episcopalians, the Presbyterians (USA), the Disciples of Christ, but somehow, seemingly immune, have been the Baptists. Now, true Baptists would probably not say that LakeShore Baptist Church in Waco, TX represents them, but most true Baptists would also trust the church sign because “Baptist” is a label that still tends to have some bottom lines (except maybe in the case of the infamous Westboro Baptist clan) — and being pro-life is one of them, across the board: but not across town from the nation’s most famous Baptist university.

Lakeshore’s statement of faith appears as mainstream as most Baptist churches. But, in fact, this church that claims the name of Jesus has a “covenant group” that supports abortion rights. The Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Covenant Group is hosting a seminar this Wednesday called “Standing up for Planned Parenthood: Why Healthy Texas Women and Families Matter,” with Pam Smallwood, the Chief Administrative Officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, who “has been on the forefront of dealing with recent political efforts to cut funding to women’s health programs.”

But this seminar isn’t some random anomaly. It’s actually a central part of this church. In fact, it sounds more like it’s getting kickbacks from Planned Parenthood as it advertises its Covenant Group this way:

The Lake Shore Baptist Church’s Covenant Group for Planned Parenthood supports the local affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, which is a mission of our church.“ The mission of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is to assure that quality, comprehensive reproductive health care and education are available to all.

Notably, in its statement of faith, the church says it values a strong belief in the separation of church and state, even as it vocally battles for the political efforts of Planned Parenthood.

There are so many troubling things about this, but the greatest is obvious: the church considers one of its missions to be supporting and promoting the nation’s number one abortion provider.

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Most church missions groups are focused on things like saving lives and taking the gospel to all people, serving those in need and helping the oppressed. Apparently the pre-born only get to be part of the church’s mission if they don’t get killed in the womb first — and when Planned Parenthood is involved, it’s a safe bet a whole lot of people are getting killed before they take a breath outside the womb.

LakeShore Baptist doesn’t just hosts seminars and small groups, though; it also lists Planned Parenthood as a budget allocation:

Its few hundred dollars of allocation may not seem high, but when compared with the allocations for church ministries, it’s comparable to some others the church funds, such as a local food ministry, “Gospel Café,” which was allocated only about $50 more than Planned Parenthood.

That a church is connected to abortion isn’t in itself stunning, with the advent of groups like the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which use Jesus to support abortion, but what’s extra troubling about this is the other part of the budget where LakeShore shows its affiliation with local Baptist organizations, some of which are mainstream and do not support abortion.

A case in point is the Baptist General Convention of Texas, which LakeShore gives to but who have a pretty strong sanctity of life statement that condemns all elective abortion, which Planned Parenthood, of course, makes its profit from doing.

However, it likewise notes its affiliation with the Alliance of Baptists who declare:

We began as a dissenting voice in Baptist life more than 25 years ago. For more than 20 years we have affirmed the call and ordination of women in ministry and the full acceptance and embrace of the LGBTQ community. Today we are the many voices of progressive Christians seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world.

The divided allegiances show that LakeShore Baptists is trying to appeal to the masses and then press its agenda on the ones who enter its hallowed halls. Its own website shows this:

As I ponder this church’s inappropriately named small group, a “covenant group,” which might be mistaken for a nice Bible study where people make biblical covenant, I can only reflect on what the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 28:17-19:

Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.
19 As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report.”

Indeed, no covenant of death can stand in the face of true justice. His name is Jesus, and He came in the womb as a baby from an “unwanted pregnancy.” No doubt Planned Parenthood would have counseled Mary to abort Him.

Then who would LakeShore Baptist claim to worship each week?

Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com

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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 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, 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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A South African woman has launched a "wrongful life" lawsuit against the Cape Town-based Foetal Assessment Centre, claiming a failure to inform her that the child she was carrying was at risk of having Down Syndrome prevented her from aborting her baby.

A twist in this lawsuit is that, unlike other "wrongful birth" lawsuits, the mother in this case missed the time limit to file the claim on her own behalf, so she is asking the South African Constitutional Court to allow her to sue the center for “wrongful life” on behalf of her now-born son.

“You have a duty to tell my mother carrying me that I'm malformed so that she can make an informed decision as to whether or not to carry me to term,” the statement of claim against the Foetal Assessment Centre reads, according to SABC News.

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The SABC report did not say what compensation the woman is seeking.

The scope of the case is similar to that of a New Zealand couple who won a lawsuit claiming monetary compensation after a routine 20 week ultrasound scan failed to discover that their daughter had spina bifida.

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The mother, whose name has not been released, claimed that the continuance of the pregnancy was a “personal injury,” and, had she been given the correct diagnosis after that scan, she would have aborted her daughter.

"We consider that the continued pregnancy of the appellant following a misdiagnosis in the 20 week scan is capable of being an injury suffered by the appellant,” the court ruled, and directed the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to make the woman eligible for compensation for the ongoing surgical and physiotherapy expenses incurred by their child.

New Zealand disability advocate Mike Sullivan said the underpinning attitude behind the decision is that those with disability, both born and unborn, are seen as a burden on society.

“This is what happens,” Sullivan said, when “the children become reduced to nothing – wrong even to exist.”

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