Out of the Woods
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Out of the Woods

I’m a Christian, and I Support Planned Parenthood.

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I’m a Christian, and I donate to planned parenthood monthly.

Stopping the construction of planned parenthood centers doesn’t stop abortion. It stops LEGAL abortion. Abortion has and will continue, at a significantly higher risk to women’s safety.

Abortion is a SERVICE that planned parenthood provides, but it is far from the only service that they provide to patients. Some people are against vasectomies and tube litigation but I don’t see people taking to the streets to try to shut down hospitals.

If abstinence-only education was effective, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Saying “just don’t” or “stop it” is about as effective as it sounds.

I work in human services. If fostering and adoption were viable alternatives, that would be wonderful. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Pregnant victims of rape and incest are not women who just didn’t try hard enough to prevent it. People don’t choose to be raped or violated.

Many of the people who are against abortion are silent about execution by lethal injection, police brutality, and proximity-based crime.

If we cared about LIFE, we’d care about the education and well-being of other people’s children. We’d stop tearing families apart. The church would fight just as hard to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline as it does to ban legal abortion. We’d be talking about racial disparities in maternal mortality rates in the United States.

Like it or not, planned parenthood is addressing the things the church is not addressing. STD’s and STI’s. Birth control. Affordable healthcare. Because the solution is not “just stop it” or “just don’t.” “Just stop it” doesn’t stop the spread of STD’s. It doesn’t stop teen pregnancy. It doesn’t stop unwanted pregnancy. It’s just something that we like to say.

So yes, I’m a Bible believing Christian who supports planned parenthood. That’s something I’m willing to stand in front of other Christians and say. It’s going to take large-scale shifts in thinking and ideology in the modern church for any of this to change.



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