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How to talk to those pesky pro-life relatives about abortion during Thanksgiving: Planned Parenthood
By Jackie Anderson
Picture Thanksgiving. Thankfully (pun intended), we don’t have to think back any farther than last Thursday to remember a house full of family members we rarely see outside the confines of the holidays, dirty sweatpants that serve as the only tangible trophy from backyard family football, and a turkey the size of the dinner table.
Thanksgiving serves as our reminder to appreciate and hold dear to our hearts the many blessings we’ve received. It also serves as one of the handful of days throughout the year that eating too many courses of homemade food, watching a dog show and a football game on the same day, and waking up early to watch for Santa in daylight are all completely forgivable.
And at my dinner table, after thanking God for my indelible appreciation for Life, my wonderful family, a day off, and the many successes our team has shared at Students for Life, I couldn’t imagine the beautiful scene in front of me being tarnished by an attempt to pass pro-abortion rhetoric across the table after the first round of mashed potatoes.
But, not surprisingly, that’s exactly what Planned Parenthood was pushing on their Facebook page on Thanksgiving, as a shameless plug for its multi-million dollar abortion ring.
Just in time for the holidays, America’s number one abortion provider wanted to make sure you didn’t scathe by another family gathering without bringing up their name in conversation. And following suit with its regular fare of lies and propaganda, their holiday showdown is chalk-full of just that.
The title of their Thanksgiving article, Talking Turkey: 8 Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table, is absurd in itself. My family and I are quite comfortable basking in each others’ company, reliving fond memories, and passing the seconds without having to bring up battle strategies for conversation. We don’t have to – our lines are drawn in love, support, respect, and dignity. But for an organization that makes its millions stomping out these rights by eliminating our very first, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to live, it’s a bit more understandable as to why they felt the need to capitalize on the opportunity to play table-side preacher.
In the article, the disillusioned author runs down a list of “tips for surviving those awkward conversations” and touts points that, ironically, reflect Planned Parenthood’s completely evasive and dishonest business model.
“Remember the big picture. Debating when life begins or whether or not abortion is federally funded may get you nowhere.”
What a serene Thanksgiving image.
The concept of the beginning of life isn’t important to you, Planned Parenthood? Is that why you embark on your annual abrasive fight to continually receive over $300,000,000 in taxpayer money while performing 332,000 abortions every year? As the number one provider of life-ending, surgical and chemical abortions in our nation, this makes total sense. Cloud the definition of when life begins in order to continue raking in the funding for your biggest cash cow yet. Brilliant.
“Create a space for the listener. Ambivalence is normal. Reproductive health is not a black and white issue, and there is no one right or wrong way to feel. Be open and accepting of other people’s personal views, and instead focus on the distinction between your personal beliefs, and what should or shouldn’t be imposed on others.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to the very definition of the word, “indifference”. It’s indifference that causes us to believe that we have no business in the moral fibers that make up the world we share. It’s indifference that clouds our judgment and makes it acceptable for legal injustice to continue in order to avoid stepping on the toes of others. And its this indifference that every statement, article, and piece of literature Planned Parenthood shoves in the hands of our youth is dripping in that allows them to serve as the number one proponent of social injustice via a lack of accuracy, knowledge, and morality. Ambivalence - like slavery, genocide, and terrorism – is not normal.
And if the agenda of Planned Parenthood isn’t transparent enough through the indifference and ambivalence that they pride themselves on, let’s examine a few bold-face lies:
“Question: ‘I don’t want my tax dollars going toward abortions.’
Response: ‘Actually, because of the Hyde Amendment, tax dollars can’t go toward supporting abortion.’”
… But Planned Parenthood continues to receive over $300,000,000 in taxpayer money each year and serves as the number-one provider of abortions in America… at the same time.
So, yes, Planned Parenthood, our tax dollars are going toward supporting abortion.
“Know your facts, but keep the conversation more global. It’s good to clarify misinformation — for example, the misconception that emergency contraception ends a pregnancy.”
Planned Parenthood is so delusional when it comes to this fact that they felt the need to mention it in this article twice. The fact is, emergency contraceptives, like ella, block progesterone receptors in 3 areas, causing hormonal changes within the mother’s uterus that can terminate an already implanted embryo.
So, yes, Planned Parenthood, emergency contraception does end pregnancies.
From a standpoint that respects and supports all life - from conception to natural death, pre-born and outside the womb, from the smallest of us to those who have generations of wisdom to share – dethe argument seems simple to diffuse. Proper sex education means promoting and glorifying what purpose sex really serves, not diluting our right as citizens to stand for a moral and ethical upbringing for our children, and taking a stand against social injustice. As I engage in more and more battles to uphold the sanctity of Life, I become more and more grateful for the gifts of my life, the lives of my family, all of us at SFLA, and the many blessings we celebrate daily. And I am reminded through Gunner, our Executive Director’s oldest son, whose every day battle against cystic fibrosis is overshadowed by his unceasing joy, laughter, and insurmountable fulfillment in the lives of his parents and family, that we live in a world where over 90% of pregnancies involving physical or mental disabilities are terminated. Yet I never stop praising God for our many blessings, and I never stop fighting the good fight for Life.
I ask that women who support Planned Parenthood’s misguided “health care” facade ask themselves whether or not they think it’s important that an organization that prides itself on providing “accurate” and “knowledgeable” care avoids pinpointing when exactly life begins. Or whether Planned Parenthood’s obvious scientific “oversight” that emergency contraceptives can terminate a pregnancy is important or not. Or whether or not a claim that they provide breast exams but don’t actually include a mammogram or cancer-screening procedures and stop short of what you can do in the privacy of your own home is enough to delve into these issues further.
This holiday season, I’m thankful for the strength and courage to continue fighting for Life. And for people like Gunner, who, because of a disability that brings out the strength and courage in him every day, shares a bracket with over 90% other children aborted every day. Above all, I am thankful for the good that will prevail in the continued days after Roe v. Wade and the tide in America, which continues to turn on every street corner and in every piece of pro-life legislation. We are the pro-life generation, and our momentum is gaining.
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