In a disgusting turn of events a group of female “pastors” in Iowa have come together to defend Planned Parenthood from legislators seeking to defund the abortion giant.
The group of seven women say that the only arguments against abortion come from religious and moral belief, which is unsurprising, because argument for/against many issues are based in morality. However, they are wrong to conclude that any stance against abortion comes from a “religious” perspective.
Below is part of their recent letter (you can read the entire op-ed here) :
Seven central Iowa clergywomen join together to sign a statement in support of Planned Parenthood and women’s access to family planning services. They sign as individual faith leaders, representing the views of many others in their faith but not speaking on behalf of their denomination or congregation:
- Rev. LeAnn Stubbs, United Church of Christ
- Rev. Beverlee Bell, United Methodist Church
- Rev. Deborah Hill-Davis, Unity Church
- Rev. Erin Gingrich, Unitarian Universalist Association
- Rev. Debbie Griffin, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Rev. Rachel Thorson Mithelman, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Rev. Jean McCarthy, The Episcopal Church
As clergy and as women, we oppose any action by the Iowa Legislature to restrict a woman’s ability to make her own health care and reproductive decisions or to access health care services. Additionally, we support Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the excellent care it provides for any woman who chooses its health care services…
All arguments against a woman’s reproductive choices are based in morality and religious beliefs, using those religious beliefs to change the law and infringe upon the rights of women. Through our faiths, we are joining together to balance those arguments and to assure legislators that the religious community does not speak with one voice.
We are deeply committed to social justice, which includes caring for the poor and oppressed. Defunding and shutting down Planned Parenthood would hurt those struggling to get by and those who already face many barriers in accessing health care.
As clergy and as women, we know that women are well equipped to make their own health care decisions. We also believe that this bill is a matter of legislating inequality and will deny low-income women access to quality family planning services.
It is our hope and prayer that lawmakers will understand the importance of family planning services for low-income women in every district across Iowa. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland plays a vital role in ensuring quality services for them. Senate File 2 is dangerous for our state and will have devastating results. Iowa women deserve better.
Through our faith and ministry with women in our communities, we are standing in support of Planned Parenthood and fighting with women and their right to have access to quality, affordable health care services.
These women have obviously ignored the vast amounts of Scripture that speak against the shedding of innocent blood, they’ve ignored the many passages that speak of caring for the most vulnerable of society, they’ve ignored the Bible’s teaching on the critical importance of caring for children. While the Scriptures specifically denounce violence against children, and many Christians use this as their reason to stand against abortion, it’s not the only reason.
I’ll let Senator Marco Rubio explain:
Outside the courtroom, we must continue winning over public opinion – with science firmly on our side. On certain issues, liberals insist that science is irrefutable and should lead us to adopt policies that destroy our economy and cost workers their paychecks. However, one notable exception to their appeal to science is abortion. Advancements in science have only bolstered the argument for life, and proven that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks in the womb. Despite this scientific conclusion, most Democrats choose to ignore the evidence and support abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy, even 5 months. According to a November 2014 Quinnipiac survey, 60 percent of adults – including 59 percent of women – support restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks.
The more the science of embryology and neurological developments is researched and better understood, the more clear it has become that every unborn child is a person. This scientific fact is why abortion advocates resort to justifying millions of abortions by pointing to the most infrequently reported reasons. In the last two years in Florida, less than one-third of one percent of all abortions were performed due to rape or incest, according to Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Out of 135,687 abortions, only .047 percent were performed because the mother’s life was endangered. The vast majority of abortions (92 percent) were simply elective.
Finally, if the science is accurate then the same MORAL arguments we make for outlawing MURDER can be used to defend the pro-life position. Since, unlike liberal abortion supporters, I am pro-science, I believe that abortion should be outlawed because it is the unjust, violent, and purposeful taking of another human life. Just. Like. Murder.
These women are wrong for so many different reasons. Yes, the Bible clearly enunciates an anti-abortion position and so they are choosing to side with a selfish world over God. Yes, morality demands that we protect innocent life from murder and so they are choosing to side with immorality against morality. Yes, science teaches that a pre-born baby is a wholly separate human life and so they are choosing to side with emotional and self-centered illogic against science. Perhaps most importantly because they are community and faith leaders, they are actively leading others into supporting an immoral, illogical, and anti-God position… and that is simply evil.
These women should be ashamed and their flocks should flee from them as soon as possible.