Friday, September 25, 2015

Reprint from Church of England Newspaper, London: "Abortion provider ‘is doing God’s work’"

LEADERS of the liberal wing of the Episcopal Church have defended America’s largest abortion provider, saying Planned Parenthood employees were engaged in “doing God’s work”.
Planned Parenthood has come under sharp attack after videos were released last month showing leaders of the abortion provider offering for sale the body parts of aborted babies.
To date, 12 states and two committees in the US House of Representatives have launched investigations into the practises of Planned Parenthood, seeking to determine if the organisation broke US law and potentially placing continued government funding of the organisation in jeopardy.
Last week the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board denounced what it called the “politically motivated, heavily edited, and secretly recorded” videos released by the California-based organisation Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing compensation for the potential sale of tissues from aborted pregnancies.
“As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve,” the clergy statement reads.
“Our faiths demand care for those marginalised by poverty and other oppressions. Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person — regardless of income, race, or religion — deserves access to safe, affordable, high-quality health care.”
The letter from the Advocacy Board, whose vice-chair is the Rev Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, a prominent lesbian activist within the Church, said: “Our religious traditions call us to offer compassion, not judgment.”
It noted: “People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God’s work. For this we are grateful.”

One Response to "Abortion provider ‘is doing God’s work’" by Peter Menkin

  1. Peter Menkin   20/08/2015 at 13:23 Edit
    This is a link to another of the investigative journalism project videos that are saying that Planned Parenthood is selling fetus body parts to make money. This is only one part of the ugly practices of Planned Parenthood documented on video in this series that has perhaps ten more videos to offer. Bear with me. We’ll get to that video after some more words of comment and introduction.
    A Court in the United States is requiring the investigative journalistic group The Center for Medical Progress to stop their activities of investigating and showing any of their videos, or so I understand it.
    This link takes one to a recent video being offered. I found it on my Facebook page, posted by a Pastor who has a small Church on the East Coast, I believe.
    Steve Sorenson is the Pastor’s name. The video title is, “Human Capital – Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product.” Though for me, this is a compelling video that I find more than shocking, and really too graphic for my tastes.
    I do get what they are doing through the medical and scientific talk. It appears they have women abort their babies when they are too far along so to get their more favorable body parts that are worth more money.
    This is against the law in the United States of America, as I understand it. It is also so terribly ugly, and for me, a kind of murder. For others, it is murder of an unborn child. That is how late some of these abortions are going, it appears. In any event, the fetus is frequently too far along, whether I am right or wrong about it being an unborn child by some standards that are the accepted legal ones. But their being too far along as an abortion may be too far along legally, too.
    Without doubt, this is bad business and immoral activity by Planned Parenthood.
    This link goes to the video on YouTube.
    Pastor Sorensen asks that Mature Viewers only view this video. It is certainly not for children. He asks that those who view it be Mature Viewers in the Facebook post on my Facebook page. That is my comment on The Reverend Susan Russell’s statement that she and the Episcopal Church are, “…As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty..” This does not seem so, and their moral compass is out of whack.
    Those committed in the manner they state will at the least hold serious reservations on the acts of Planned Parenthood in regard to these immoral abortions they are performing, and the highly questionable fact that they sell fetus body parts for a lot of money to make a profit on their medical work that purports to help pregnant women. This is a nice sideline for Planned Parenthood, selling fetus body parts. That’s what the Center for Medical Progress is reporting.
    In short, Planned Parenthood is an immoral body. They involve themselves in the creation of and activities that perform results and their tasks that are grisly and so much against human dignity These are not Christian acts.
    These awful acts on woman and the fetus taken from the women, even in the manner of their medical work removing fetus cross the line way far into the illegal, are perhaps even criminal, and to some people’s moral sensibility evil. Dare I say the work of the Devil. We hope to be wrong.
    Decadent is another word that can be used, in this case, about select leaders participating in these activities who are with Planned Parenthood and buying fetal body parts. The same for those with the companies buying those parts.
    These horrible facts of the grisly developing in so many way to facilitate in the buying and selling of fetal body parts is what the undercover, investigative videos are telling viewers. The videos show Planned Parenthood executives talking about these activities, and making deals on the sale of fetal body parts. Some are Medical Doctors. Many Physicians have knowledge of these horrible activities of harvesting human beings for sale in this disgusting manner. I wonder if these man say they are Christian. God help them.
    Up to now these videos have been secret in their making and subject. Now they have been released to the public. I have viewed a good number of them through press stories on the internet. I guess millions of others have done the same.
    My remarks here have been influenced by what I have seen as reported in them. And on hearing news reports about both the investigative journalists and Planned Parenthood people speaking to the matters at hand. I’ve watched these people talk on these manners on news programs.
    The Reverend Russell and her Committee she leads of the Episcopal Church in this question at hand has been listening to and responding to some other spirit than that of goodness. How disappointing and even tragic. I pray not; do we not all.
    Please note this video titled, ” is, Undercover Video Shows Planned Parenthood Executive…” It appears in this recent Washington Post story at its top.
    This website finds the story in question in The Washington Post of July 14, 2015:
    The video “…that allegedly shows a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling fetal organs…requires a cautionary note that this is a Graphic Video.
    It like the others is another video produced and released by The Center for Medical Progress, a relatively new non-profit in Irvine, California USA. This is their website:
    The Center for Medical Practice who says they are Citizen Journalist has many detractors regarding the merits of their journalism, who say their videos are a fake, and distorted in many ways.
    These detractors in opposition to their reports and viewpoint are respectable, even powerful and authoritative people in some cases. One might even say, The Center puts out deliberately distorted videos that are more propaganda than reporting of an undercover or investigative journalistic kind. So the people who are detractors say. Though I haven’t heard this said of The Center, it is understandable that they find their work as journalists simply bad journalism.
    The videos may be more than bad journalism, Planned Parenthood recently charged. The Washington Post of August 27, 2015 reports in a headline reading in part, “Videos deceptively edited…” The article reports that Planned Parenthood told Congress, the videos were heavily edited and unreliable. Planned Parenthood claims the activists from the Center for Medical Progress of acting “fraudulently and unethically — and perhaps illegally.” The article by Sandhya Somashekhar reports that Planned Parenthood’s letter by its President Cecile Richards “…was accompanied by a 10-page report commissioned by Planned Parenthood…” The report is here: The Washington Post article is found here.
    Here is what I found was said by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. In this video. it is pointed out the Center for Medical Practice makes the entire video available to anyone who asks for it. This is an unedited video. They also have a full transcript of their investigation for each video available. The report in The Washington Post that says a group finds the edited version of the videos deceptively edited neglects to tell us these facts. The video by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is an interview with National Right to Life President Carol Tobias.
    NRLC President discusses undercover Planned Parenthood Videos
    But then, most of their critics do not consider what they do journalism. They probably believe they don’t want abortion clinics, or Planned Parenthood to be in business. It would not be fair to fail in noting this fact or some of the other facts and viewpoints on the Center and their videos by their detractors and critics.
    This is what this man believes who is writing this comment on the article. I believe the videos show an awful truth. View the few matters of observation and opinion I note here, and I think you’ll be shocked, and more than appalled by this business by me critical of the conclusion taken by the Episcopal Church in the USA Committee and in specific by the Reverend Susan Russell on the matter of the Planned Parenthood failures.

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