Where Do You Stand?

ExposePlannedParenthoodBus As I write this, two buses are motoring across America. This morning, the "Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood Tour", led by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Live Action President Lila Rose, set out from Des Moines, Iowa, to thank Members of Congress who supported Congressman Mike Pence’s efforts to stop subsidizing Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, with taxpayer dollars.

Yesterday, Planned Parenthood leaders announced a bus tour of their own. As Jill Stanek reported:

"Planned Parenthood leaders revealed yesterday that they, too, are planning a hot pink bus tour to seven of the same stops, on the same days  — a half hour before SBA List and Lila are scheduled to begin their rallies.”

PlannedparenthoodHotPinkBus Well, folks, this is democracy in action. What we have here is an excellent opportunity for both sides of this divide to make their cases and reveal who they are. It's also an opportunity for us voting, taxpaying citizens to evaluate the sides (which are utterly irreconcilable, by the way) and make a choice.

To learn more about the work of Planned Parenthood, I recommend a live webcast tonight at 9pm EST. It's called "For Such A Time As This." Christians and Jews may recognize in that name the allusion to Queen Esther, whose intervention averted the genocide of the Jewish people in ancient Persia. To register for the webcast, click here.

As you listen to the debate, keep one thing in mind. The point of contention is not whether or not Planned Parenthood should be allowed to continue doing what it does. The point of contention is whether or not the taxpayers will continue to help pay for it. As of today, Planned Parenthood as been the recipient of more than $62 million of taxpayer money in 2011. That amounts to about $6.2 million/week, or $11/second so far this year. And they have aborted nearly sixty thousand children. That amounts to about 6,000/week, or about one every 96 seconds.

Handsfeet Planned Parenthood has created a website where supporters can state that they "Stand With Planned Parenthood." I made my choice clear last week in this forum in A Matter of Trust.

Where do you stand?

A Matter of Trust

Baby5mos When I became pregnant with my first child in 1988, I had to find an obstetrician. So I asked friends for recommendations and began making calls. When the receptionist answered the phone, I asked, "Does your practice provide abortion services?"

If the answer was, "Yes," I said, "Thank you very much," and went to the next name on the list.

One answer was, "No we don't, but we can refer you to someone who does." I said, "Thank you very much," and went to the next name on the list.

When one receptionist said, "No Dr. B doesn't do abortions because he objects to them on moral grounds," I knew had found my obstetrician. Dr. B took good care of me – and my children – through my first two pregnancies. My daughters are now twenty-one and twenty years old, respectively.

I knew, even at that young age, that I did not want to support with my dollars anyone who did abortions. Also, something within me felt very uncomfortable at the thought of entrusting the life of my child to someone who would be equally at home preserving or terminating it.

Blood-money This OB search came to mind recently, as America's legislators debate whether to allocate public funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider.

Why We Pray

“Band of Brothers,” a 2001 ten-part miniseries based on the book of the same name, follows a group of WWII paratroopers, E Company (“Easy Company”), through basic training, the D-Day invasion at Normandy, into occupied France and finally into Germany. Author Stephen Ambrose based his narrative on interviews with Easy Company veterans.

In the ninth episode, “Why We Fight,” the soldiers encounter a whole new realm of evil. It’s April 1945, the war in Europe is all but over, and the men of Easy Company are stationed in the German town of Landsberg awaiting orders. One day a few of them venture out to explore the area. They emerge from a forest, and before them stands a high barbed wire fence with a locked gate. Behind it are hundreds, perhaps thousands of dazed, emaciated, starving prisoners.

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The men of Easy Company have seen fierce battle, but this is a horror of an altogether different kind, and they are speechless.

After they set about meeting the prisoners’ basic needs, like food, water, and medical attention, they force the townspeople from Landsberg out to the camp to make them look, straight on, at the human atrocity which has been taking place in their own back yard and presumably with their complicity.

This scene came to my mind the other day as I stood and prayed, quietly, outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. It was Day 1 of 40 Days for Life.