Planned Parenthood released a video of four clergy members talking about why they, as the “children of God,” support the organization Monday.
“It is our role as children of God to care for our fellow men and women … and the idea that there’s just one monopoly on a religious voice, that is not true,” said Rev. Darcy Roake, a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves on Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advocacy Board.
The minister seemingly fails to see, however, that Planned Parenthood seeks to instill a monopoly on religious thought condoning the abortion giant with the video.
“Everybody is entitled to dignity … people need more access to healthcare, more access to contraception, more access to education” says Rabbi Lori Koffman of New York City’s Central Synagogue in the video.
Planned Parenthood, however, provides less than 2 percent of manual breast exams, 1 percent of pap smear tests, catches about 1 percent of diagnosed STDs, and provides virtually no education. It did, however, perform 328,348 abortions from 2015-2016, and for every 114 abortions it performed, it gave only one adoption referral. (RELATED: Celebs Sport ACLU And Planned Parenthood Ribbons At Tony Awards).
“Everything about what Planned Parenthood does really speaks in my mind to Jewish religious ethical values,” Koffman added.
“The faith message has been co-opted” and we must “make sure that those being oppressed receive the type of support and advocacy they need,” said Earle Fisher, pastor at Abysinnian Baptist Church.
Timothy MacDonald III, pastor at First Iconium Baptist Church, said in the video: “I believe that everybody should have access to health care.”
The pastor does not elaborate on Planned Parenthood’s largest function as an abortion clinic rather than a health care provider. “Speak[ing] up for reproductive justice … for me that’s ministry,” he said.
The Huffington Post lauded the video and said in its writeup, “Activism has largely been overshadowed by prominent voices on the ‘religious right’ … these leaders are proving that there’s more than one way to be a person of faith.”
This is not the first time religious members have gotten involved with Planned Parenthood. In January 2017, more than 20 faith leaders blessed Planned Parenthood’s newest facility in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was organized by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
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