Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release
July 31, 2015
Contact: Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail: jwalton@TheIRD.org
“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction.”
-IRD President Mark Tooley
Washington, DC—A clergy group who advise the largest abortion provider in the United States have praised employees of the organization for “doing God’s work.” (See Jeff Walton’s coverage.)
A statement released this week by the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board attacks videos released by the California-based organization Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The videos, of which a fourth installment was released this week, reveal Planned Parenthood officials negotiating compensation for the potential sale of organs from bodies of aborted children.
Twelve states and the U.S. Congress have launched investigations into the practices of Planned Parenthood, potentially placing continued government funding of the organization in jeopardy. Planned Parenthood has annual revenue of $1.3 billion, of which over $500 million is provided by federal and state governments.
“People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God’s work,” the clergy statement reads. The statement does not mention abortion, instead portraying Planned Parenthood as an indispensable provider of “high-quality care” that “does the best of what religious traditions do.”
The Advocacy Board includes 14 clergy from the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal Church and American Baptist Churches as well as from Reformed Jewish and Unitarian Universalist congregations.
IRD President Mark Tooley commented:
“These clergy outrageously claim God’s endorsement of Planned Parenthood but avoid mention of abortion or trafficking in baby parts, a seeming acknowledgement of the unsavory nature of Planned Parenthood’s grisly work.
“Every denomination these clergy represent unsurprisingly has rapidly declining numbers.
“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction. By embracing Planned Parenthood, these clergy serve an amoral deity of their own design, not a loving and just Heavenly Father.”