Last week, in an event that was stranger than fiction, faith leaders gathered to “bless” a Planned Parenthood mega-abortion mill in Washington, D.C. A news website, the DCist, captured the scene in an article of fawning praise. The article didn’t pretend that abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does (a now thoroughly debunked myth). To the contrary, the article openly celebrated the fact that Planned Parenthood commits abortions and presented abortions as the very reason that Planned Parenthood deserves blessing.
The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Laura Meyers, told the DCist, “In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work.” She felt that last week’s supposed religious blessing “confirms the sacredness of the work we do.” In case you didn’t follow: the work they do that she is describing as “sacred” is killing preborn babies in abortion.
The article went so far as to say that “for many of the speakers at the ceremony, their religious faith was precisely why they stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood.” In the Orwellian double speak of the anti-Life worldview, religious faith does not contain any inkling of the sanctity of Life but is instead a mandate to take the lives of the most vulnerable. The rabbi leading the service prayed saying that abortionists “serve as instruments of [God’s] hands.”
Until recent years, all major world religions were uncompromisingly opposed to the evil and violence of abortion. Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother, and abortion undeniably takes the life of a human being. Despite the eclectic “religious” representation at the Planned Parenthood gathering, the vast majority of people of religious faith and faith leaders oppose abortion on the grounds of human dignity and the sacredness of all human Life.
The diabolical faith ceremony at Planned Parenthood last week underscores the insidious attempt to “normalize” abortion. The anti-Life movement has long tried to silence the countless men and women who continue to suffer from abortion decisions. Even more disturbingly, the abortion industry continues the effort to erase the memory of the tens of millions of preborn lives ended in the violence of abortion.
No matter how the evil of abortion is packaged and sold in America’s abortion mills, the abortion industry cannot change the truth. The medical director of the D.C. Planned Parenthood said, “Now I can tell patients that this is a blessed space,” and that she was excited to tell women that “those of faith also support your decisions.” Sadly, this is another grotesque example of an abortion business betraying women with a lie about what abortion is, taking the life of a human person, and ignoring the longstanding faith traditions (and secular organizations) that are and always have been opposed to the evil of abortion.