Daniel Doherty

It seems Planned Parenthood will go to great and absurd lengths to defend its business practices. For example, in a recent “pastoral letter” sent out to prospective “clients,” the abortion giant actually sought to justify abortion…on religious grounds.

After all, according to the organization’s "clergy advocacy board," it’s not even mentioned in the Bible, so how could terminating an unwanted pregnancy possibly violate God’s will? The Christian Post explains:

Planned Parenthood recently released a "pastoral letter to patients" in which the organization's clergy advocacy board tells prospective clients that the Bible is silent on the issue of abortion, and further asserts that it's not even mentioned in the Scriptures.

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says that Planned Parenthood's claim is a "ridiculous attempt to justify abortion."

According to Jeffress, Planned Parenthood's assertion is "tantamount to saying that there is nothing wrong with an intoxicated driver killing another motorist because the Bible does not mention 'drunk driving.'"

The second paragraph of Planned Parenthood's letter, which as of Tuesday was removed from the Internet, states: "Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures — Jewish or Christian — and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision."

In other words, if you’re a person of faith and find yourself with an unwanted pregnancy, obtaining an abortion is morally permissible since it’s not explicitly prohibited in the Bible. This line of reasoning, however, is deeply problematic -- which is perhaps why the abortion mill has already taken the letter down. As the article notes, for many Christians abortion clearly violates one of the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not kill. What’s more, it is a barbarous procedure that unquestionably terminates a life and hurts women. “It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life,” Pope Francis wrote in his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium -- a sentiment shared by many if not most Judeo-Christian faith leaders.

For what it’s worth, Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million annually in taxpayer subsidies. But it’s also a business. And like any business, profits are both essential and necessary.

The only difference is that in this particular case, profits come at the expense of both frightened women and unborn children.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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