By Tom Quiner
A Quiner’s Diner reader took me to task for criticizing Planned Parenthood’s Christmas gift certificate promotion. My gripe: gift certificates promoting abortion is offensive. Her counter:
“Gee, I wasn’t aware that women’s health services are a desecration of Christmas.
Perhaps you are unaware that women’s health services aren’t restricted to abortion. Not aware? Well, here’s a newsflash – women use the services of Planned Parenthood for things other than abortions – services such as pap smears, annual OB/GYN exams, breast exams, birth control, and the like; services that are for women who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the services of a private physician.
But, please. Don’t allow these pesky facts to get in the way of your hate-filled and ignorant fantasies.”
Her assertion is that PP is about more than abortions. In fact, PP claims that less than 5% of their clients get abortions.
Is this really true? No, according to Jill Stanek. Ms. Stanek is the former nurse who blew the whistle on botched abortions resulting in babies being born alive, but allowed to die by withholding medical care (a practice that then State Senator Obama thought was permissable).
Ms. Stanek explains the deception used by PP in minimizing their abortion statistics:
“PP makes this claim due to statistrickery. Say 10 mothers come to a PP to abort. In the process they will get a pregnancy test, pelvic exam, 2 STD tests for the 2 most common STDs, a PAP smear, a urinalysis to test for UTIs, an ultrasound, a batch of birth control pills, a couple morning after pills for whoopsies, and finally the abortion. 10 line items. So PP will say 90% of those mothers got “basic health services” even though 100% got abortions.”
So to my critic above, first of all I thank you for reading my post and taking the time to comment. But I need to be clear about the pain Planned Parenthood’s Christmas promotion causes Christians. You see, if only one woman used the certificate for an abortion, we would still consider it a tragedy of unspeakable proportions. Our Savior tells us why in Matthew 18:12-14 ESV:
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
The lesson to His followers is that each soul is of incalculable value to God, whether they’re lost in the mountains or found in a womb.