Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 35: Planned Parenthood is scary!
It's All Hallows Eve – a day that should inspire thoughts of the saints
in heaven, but often conjures up images of things meant to scare us.
But what is actually scary is the mindset that drives the largest
abortion operation in America -- Planned Parenthood. And it starts with
In this Halloween podcast episode, we take a look at the genuinely
frightening thoughts that have come from the minds of Planned Parenthood
presidents, past and present.
Just to cite one … they insist that the question of when life begins is
an ambiguous thing, and what really matters is when the mother says the
child's life begins.
That bit of "wisdom" was offered by current Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards.
There's also the dilemma of supporting abortion as a means of "empowering women" … when 50% of all abortion victims are female.
Two babies were saved, but five were lost. So it went on the day that
abortions resumed after a lengthy hiatus at Planned Parenthood in
Columbia. (Over the past five years, abortions only took place there
during a three-month period in 2015.)
"We saw the triumph of God as He saved babies," said Kathy, the local 40
Days for Life coordinator, "and witnessed the horror of what happens
when moms come for the procedure that will end their child's life and
will put a mark on their heart that will never go away."
This Planned Parenthood center wanted to offer abortions the week
before, but the abortionist was a no-show. This time, she arrived.
A video crew from New York was also present. "Their huge cameras and
four people milling about on the sidewalk were very disruptive to our
peaceful prayer presence," Kathy said. "They tried to interview many,
but were rejected as their intrusive cameras were right in their faces."
Still, the attention was on those who arrived for abortions – the woman
whose second child had developmental problems, and feared her third
child would have them as well; the teenager whose mother had no interest
in hearing about other young mothers who had rejected abortion. And the
For her part, Kathy said it's more important than ever for people to
pray outside this abortion business. "We are praying this will end soon
when an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices begins, but we
have to be prepared."
One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers talked with a young man on the
sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood … while his girlfriend was
keeping an appointment inside.
"At the end of the conversation, the boyfriend went in and brought her
out," said Monique, the local campaign coordinator. "At least on that
day, we know the baby was not a victim of Planned Parenthood!"
Philadelphia's Catholic archbishop stopped at the vigil recently. "It
was such a peaceful, beautiful atmosphere," Monique said, when
Archbishop Charles Chaput led prayer with about 30 people. There were
also four clinic escorts present at the time.
"As the prayer began initially there was a respectful silence even among
the escorts," she said, though they later began chatting loudly. That
did not affect the prayer.
The clinic escorts also seemed miffed that the police officers who were present treated vigil participants with respect.
"As we told them how much we appreciated their presence and how much we
were praying for their safety, our officers were simply beaming,"
Monique said. "Thank God for our awesome relationship with these men and
women of the law!"
are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the one to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.
— Romans 4:7-8
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace that
saved a wretch like me. I come against the enemy of my soul who would
have me feel cast down and dejected. Lord, keep your children from
falling prey to the accusations of the father of lies. Turn our mourning
into dancing and may we bring praise to you as we give testimony of
Your healing and restoration in our lives.