When Prepared Parenthood opined recently that the Bible is silent about abortion, the surprise and dismay of Evangelical Protestants and standard Catholics was — rightly — exceptionally large. The explanation? OF Program the Bible speaks, at length, about the sanctity of human lifestyle inside the womb.
My pal Casey Mattox of FRC’s ally Alliance Defending Flexibility has created a quick but decisive refutation of Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive misstatement of the Bible’s training it is copied beneath. Let’s pray for Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and those in her circle of affect who assert that Scripture is silent on the personhood of the unborn child.
Pricey Ms. Richards:
I lately realized that Planned Parenthood has printed a “Pastoral Letter” which tells women:
“The fact is that abortion is not even talked about in the Scriptures — Jewish or Christian — and there are clergy and people of religion from all denominations who help ladies creating this complex selection.”
It seems that this letter is no for a longer time offered on your website, but an archived version can be discovered below for your reference (website page three). Even though I disagree with Prepared Parenthood’s exegesis of Scripture, I am not writing to debate that level. As an alternative, I publish to categorical my agreement with Planned Parenthood, reflected in the publication of this pastoral letter, that for numerous ladies their religious beliefs will be really pertinent to their decision about regardless of whether to have an abortion.
On that frequent floor, on behalf of Alliance Defending Liberty, I would like to offer Planned Parenthood one particular free duplicate of the Bible for each Planned Parenthood facility in the nation. Prepared Parenthood could location these Bibles in their waiting rooms and permit girls the possibility to check out for themselves what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures have to say about abortion. There is no question that we are on opposite sides of this theological and ethical issue. But as we are in clear agreement that Scripture and its teachings (or deficiency thereof in your check out) on abortion would be pertinent to numerous women’s abortion selections, producing these Bibles available to those ladies would definitely advantage your potential customers.
To allay any worries you might have, the Bibles Alliance Defending Independence would give to Planned Parenthood would be new unmarked copies. For instance, we would not emphasize Psalm 127:3 (“Truly youngsters are a present from the Lord the fruit of the womb is a reward”), Psalm 139:thirteen (“You knit me with each other in my mother’s womb…”), Psalm 22:10-11 (“You have been my guidebook because I was initial formed … from my mother’s womb you are my God”) or Jeremiah one:five (“Before I fashioned you in the womb I realized you, prior to you have been born I established you apart”).
We would not puppy-ear Exodus 20:13 (“You shall not kill”). Nor would we even location a bookmark at Luke one:41, forty four (the place the “baby [John the Baptist] … leapt for joy” in his mother’s womb when the child Jesus was close by in Mary’s womb).
Instead, we would make these Bibles available, unedited and without emphasis of any sort, enabling those women browsing a Prepared Parenthood facility to review them themselves.
We seem forward to aiding you in this work to make sure that women are empowered to decide for by themselves what the Bible teaches on this important question. Please enable me know at your earliest usefulness the addresses to which every single Bible must be sent.
Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom