Planned Parenthood's Assault on the Children

By: Shonda P. Wigington
President, Freedom-Lovers International
5308 Robinsdale Lane
Austin, Texas 78723

Planned Parenthood boasts that it is an organization that is diverse in nature and that it is supportive of those individuals who choose to have children rather than go the abortion route. At the same time, they seek to educate people about having the right to choose.

While going through the material that they offer on their web site at, I really tried hard to find diversity in their teaching about abortion, but could find none. Though they did have links up to the "far right" views on the subject, their mission statement and the material they use to educate with are far from diverse.

Planned Parenthood, for instance, holds that the one way to NOT prevent abortions is by making it illegal. In Statement #3 of Nine Reasons Why Abortion is Legal, Planned Parenthood says this:

"There's an argument these days that a fetus is a "person" that is "indistinguishable from the rest of us" and that it deserves rights equal to women's. On this question there is a tremendous spectrum of religious, philosophical, scientific, and medical opinion. It's been argued for centuries. Fortunately, our society has recognized that each woman must be able to make this decision, based on her own conscience. To impose a law defining a fetus as a "person," granting it rights equal to or superior to a woman's - a thinking, feeling, conscious human being -- is arrogant and absurd. It only serves to diminish women."
I, for one, don't feel that I am "diminished" in any way by being a pro-life advocate. I do feel that a fetus is a human being at the moment of conception, and that, as a human being, a fetus should be granted all the human rights that are granted to any other human being.

Then Planned Parenthood states that the best way to prevent illegal abortion is to keep it legal. Their argument says that women will be more likely to have "back alley abortions" if abortions are illegal, and that could endanger a woman's life.

My argument with that is that it is not whether or not abortion should be legal that is the question. The question should be what are we teaching our children? How is what we are teaching our children going to affect their future decisions as adults?

If we were to make abortion illegal, then schools would be forced to teach abstinence as an acceptable form of behavior, rather than giving them condoms and saying, have fun but be careful. When abstinence becomes acceptable fewer kids will have to make that horrid decision as to whether or not they should murder their own child. Women will be forced to keep their legs shut until they can take full responsibility for their actions and fewer unwanted children will be born.

Parents will not have to worry about whether or not their child is going to make such a mistake because they have been educated to believe that sex before marriage, or at least sex until ready to have a child, married or not, is unacceptable, and all children naturally want to be accepted.

Why is it that while we do not let children have the right to buy a can of beer, we do advocate their right to decide whether or not they are ready to make such life-changing decisions as starting a family, or killing another human being.

Freedom-Lovers International holds that abortion is a war against innocent human beings and that it is the ultimate terrorist threat to the world today. While they don't advocate violence, they cannot ignore the fact that abortion is violent in nature.

In closing, I would also venture to say that it is not Planned Parenthood's job to teach our children at all about sex or the morals that go with the subject. Sex should not be taught in public schools as an option, or as just another form of recreation. Condoms do not belong in the hands of children any more than a can of beer does, and for just about the same reasons.

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