The Christian Right is pursuing a new avenue in their attack reproductive rights in America and the video you just watched lays it out. The title is right on the money, too. Parsley must have have hours of Glenn Beck to get the perfect mix of piety, outrage and fake tears that comes out here. That’s not even taking into account the out-of-context quotes, distortions and flat-out lies thrown about. The right (not just the Religious Right) wants to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and have gone the lengths of slandering Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, whose only aim was to improve the lot of poor families everywhere, through family planning, decent reproductive health care. Sanger, herself, didn’t agree with abortion. In her own words,
“While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.”
She believed that conception was a better, safer way to deal with the issue. She was an advocate of eugenics, but never backed euthanasia as a eugenics tool. Equating her with the Nazi’s is, as I said earlier, nothing short of slander
Right now, you may be wondering what I believe on the subject. A while back, Tony Jones wrote a post that summed up feelings exactly. In it he said,
“The church — both conservative and liberal — should quit trying to legislate and adjudicate this issue and should instead work hard at the meta-level, reshaping American society into a place of love and care so that the teenage moms, like Bob’s, and the other women who contemplate voluntary abortions might be overwhelmed with the amount of support and care they will receive should they choose to carry their fetus/baby to full term.
You’ll notice I don’t call the “Religious” Right the “Christian” right. That’s because Jesus called us as Christians to help those less fortunate than ourselves (in Matthew 25:31-46 in case you’re interested). Demonizing Planned Parenthood so you can pull it’s funding by bamboozling the very people who directly benefit from it’s services doesn’t meet this criteria.