OpinionWed Sep 5, 2012 - 4:34 am EST
Planned Parenthood’s war on the family
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.
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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