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Copyright: ©2007 Debbie Thurman
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND 'THE LEAST OF THESE'

By: Debbie Thurman

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) appears bent on a course of self-destruction. Maybe PPFA operatives now can relate to the pain of an unwanted, aborted infant.

Missouri recently banned PPFA from its public school sex-ed curriculum. A UCLA journalism student drew headlines for catching the partially taxpayer-funded organization -- it was far from the first time -- winking at the prospect of statutory rape. A judge in Aurora, Ill., has suspended the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic because the organization, claiming boycotting contractors in other cities justified its stealth tactics, deceived city planners through a front corporation that claimed it had no tenant for the building.

Could PPFA actually not see the coming backlash? There is no morning-after pill for such ill-conceived plans. With suicidal PR efforts like that, PPFA won't need enemies from the outside.

Planned Parenthood recently reported record abortion-driven profits. The past year was also the first in which PPFA did not refer one single expectant mother seeking its services to an adoption agency. How telling.

As certain presidential candidates intone to voters about the need to keep abortions minimal and safe, a large segment of the country wonders who is speaking for the many disenfranchised, too-easily discarded unborn children in what should be the sanctity of their mothers’ wombs.

Planned Parenthood wants us to divert our eyes from their role as the nation¹s largest providers of abortions and focus instead on the “good” they do, particularly for underprivileged women in providing "sexuality education" and assistance with birth control. The most eye-opening information about Planned Parenthood is on the organization's Web site. Its duplicitous claim of maintaining a so-called balanced approach to sex education appears throughout.

This gem appears at ppfa.org in a document entitled “What You Should Know about Sexuality Education:”  “It is unreasonable to suggest that sexuality education by itself will have a dramatic impact on behavior when no other educational intervention is held to such a standard. . . To truly reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy, we must address many other contributing factors, including poverty, low expectations for educational achievement, decaying social institutions and hopelessness.”

Never mind that abstinence education has a “dramatic impact” when given a real chance.

Just how do Planned Parenthood mouthpieces address “decaying social institutions” and “hopelessness?” They don't. Do they talk of the positive  benefits of marriage, one of those decaying institutions? They do not. To their credit, they do offer some of the benefits of abstinence, but they
also offer misinformation right alongside it.

According to two studies by the journal “Family Planning Perspectives,” a poor, sexually active or cohabiting teenager using oral contraceptives has a failure rate of nearly 50 percent. Over 70 percent of these same teenagers relying on condoms will be pregnant within a year. Yet, the federal government spends roughly $12 on contraceptive-related programs for every $1 spent on abstinence education.

Like all purveyors of a secular, self-indulgent Nirvana, Planned Parenthood operatives fail to understand where hopelessness comes from or their role in actually promoting it. They fail to address the growing rates of sexually transmitted diseases and naïvely promote "outercourse" (sex without intercourse) as a form of abstinence having no adverse medical side effects!

Rather than express contrition after repeatedly demonstrating a prejudice against young teen girls brought by their adult partners to their clinics for abortions, Planned Parenthood has instead undertaken a campaign to push for the sexual privacy of all individuals -- even minors. That's on the Web site, too.

So, what “good” does Planned Parenthood do? Seems to me the organization is particularly good at profiting from misery and extolling the "virtues" of sexual liberation. Meanwhile, it is miserably failing those it claims to serve. Most of all, PPFA is neglecting to even consider a future for the unborn -- those who truly qualify as "the least of these," in the words of Jesus Christ.

There has to be a day of reckoning for all this God-playing and reckless gambling with women¹s health -- both physical and spiritual. Thank God for the people and the ministries that pick up the pieces to these shattered lives and work to prevent such heartache.

Debbie Thurman is an award-winning commentator and author who writes from Monroe, Va. Her e-mail address is debbie@debbiethurman.com.

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