Skip to comments.PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Good deeds documented
Posted on 02/16/2009 12:04:22 PM PST by narses
When I became a board member at Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest a few months ago, I was trained in my calling; but nothing could have prepared me for the letter to the editor by Hans Neumann of Spirit Lake that appeared on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Mr. Neumann, whom I have not met, began with a rant, "Elections have consequences. We lost; they won, so they can do what they want for now."
As a clergyman for most of my adult life, I do not accept "them and us" divisions among and between people with differing views. Planned Parenthood supports keeping abortion legal because it protects women's health and lives. However, we never try to convince someone who opposes abortion they are wrong. Instead, we trust people and seek the middle ground. We understand that the only way to reduce the need for abortion is to ensure people have the family planning information and services they need to apply their own moral compasses and make their own decisions.
Hans Neumann may want to focus on abortion, but at Planned Parenthood our focus is on health care and prevention. Is there really anyone out there who is against the breast and cervical cancer screening we do, the testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, the testicular cancer screening, the annual exams for women who are often too financially disadvantaged to afford anything but the sliding scales we offer to both Washington and Idaho residents? I trust not.
It is pretty clear that the voters of this nation are tired of vitriol being passed off as truth. I will say, however, that from my point of view there is no "we" or "they." And I have seen no indication that "we" have any intention of trying to run over our opposition on any issues.
FATHER PAT BELL
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I was totally floored reading the letter to The Press by Father Pat Bell published Feb. 1 as "Good deeds documented."
It is not my intent to attack the good father, as he did Mr. Neumann, but Father Bell is very, very wrong in asserting that there are no "we" or "they" when it comes to the issue of killing children in the womb. There is a tremendous division when it comes to pro life vs. pro choice Americans. For you to say that Planned Parenthood urges the "client" to take the middle (neutral?) ground is disingenuous at best.
At least a full one-third of PPFA's revenues for the year 2006 (2007 and 2008 stats are unavailable) were from abortions performed in their clinics. The other "services" performed by PPFA are barely incidental. Prenatal care? There were 96 abortion patients for every four receiving prenatal care at PPFA clinics in 2006. Adoption? The same year saw abortions vs. adoption referrals at Planned Parenthood at a 120 to one margin. Infertility? There was a total of only 316 infertility patients from all of PPFA's clinics for the same year, yet there were 289,750 abortions performed at clinics associated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. These are your figures taken from PPFA's annual reports and tax returns.
Did you really mean to say, father, that "... at Planned Parenthood our focus is on health care and prevention?" I would contend that figures cited above are evidence that PPFA isn't much more than an abortion mill.
Father Pat, you are in a most enviable position right now to do God's work. You sit as a board member on Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest. Why don't you use your position to urge your fellow board members to consider giving up this vile, detestable practice of killing children and concentrate PPFA's efforts in all of the other areas that seem to shine for PPFA? Then again, with revenues looking to be in excess of $1 billion for 2009, of which more than one-third will come from your clinics, I guess I'm just dreaming.
I'll close with this shocker, father. Since it was God who said "I knew you before you were in the womb," it may very well be that He is a pro lifer. In fact I'll bet my life on it, just as you have.
RICHARD E. ALBERTS
Strawman arguments are all the abortion lobby has left in their repertoire, it would appear.
“However, we never try to convince someone who opposes abortion they are wrong. Instead, we trust people and seek the middle ground.”
What kind of “middle ground” can there be? Isn’t this kind of like saying, “We never try to convince someone who is opposed to genocide that they are wrong. Instead, we trust people and seek the middle ground”?
Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God.
SMOKE SCREEN ALERT!!!!!!!!!
I can envision this guy saying something like this whilst pressing the button for the gas chambers at some “Anti-Human Being Concentration Camp” run by the DNC.
“Father Pat Bell” is an Episcopalian, if anyone was wondering.
Planned Parenthood supports keeping abortion legal because it protects women’s health and lives.
Half the lives that are lost in abortions are women’s lives...
Where’s the barf alert for this article?
PP is the biggest abortion provider in the country. That’s how they make the bulk of their money. So stop with the cervical screening crapola, they can go other places for that stuff, and to doctors and midwives who do NOT do abortions.
Unfortunately, many churches and members of the “religious” community have rationalized their support of PP. The fact that our taxpayer dollars are going toward the murder of innocents is something that should eat at every American with a conscience.
Pray to end abortion.
In my area, PP was one of the lowest cost womens health clinics in the area and a help to those broke and/or without insurance.
I did go there when I was fresh out of college and without insurance and they provided a ton of cheap health care and birth control to a lot of people I know (including myself), so this guys argument is not entirely without merit.
They caught and treated my friends cervical cancer - she couldn’t afford a regular doc and would have been in deep doodoo without treatment.
In no way do I approve of the abortion side of their business, but at least in my AO they’ve likely prevented more unwanted pregnancies than they’ve ended (from the local stats I’ve seen re: # of abortions vs # of women treated and provided w/BC).
I’m no more a fan of abortion than you guys are but PP does have some value in its non-abortion services and discounting those ends up undermining the cause and makes people discount your arguments.
And some of those non-abortion services prevent the unwanted pregnancies that would be in danger of being terminated if they happened.
And the Third Reich inspired and built the autobahn and the VW. Evil is still evil.
So the fact that they provide services that prevents the evil from occurring in the first place means nothing to you, then.
Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I’d rather see them just shut down the abortion side and keep the other side of the business open.
The common sense solution to abortion is to prevent the unwanted pregnancies from happening in the first place.
So the fact that they provide services that prevents the evil from occurring in the first place means nothing to you, then.You talk about "services that prevents the evil from occurring in the first place" - meaning conception is evil?
No, the abortion is evil. But if someone who would have an abortion if they got pregnant avoided getting pregnant in the first place, how is that a bad thing?