Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is once again on defense as it faces significant cuts from the federal government. In attempt to cast itself in a positive light, the organization posted “5 biggest myths about Planned Parenthood” on their website. All five so-called “myths” attempt to change the narrative that defunding them is an economic issue.
But Christians must be capable of seeing through these errors. Here is how churches can counter Planned Parenthood’s five myths with truth.
Myth #1: “Other providers can absorb Planned Parenthood’s patient base.”
Planned Parenthood posted a chart in an attempt to show that they alone can provide healthcare for woman. However, they neglected to mention the option of the large number of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) which outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics in America. Kristen Day with Democrats for life stated:
There are 9,000 Community Health Center sites across the country; almost every single Congressional district has at least one. They vastly outnumber the 700 Planned Parenthood facilities, and they provide fuller services for families.
The Christian community has immensely aided the spread of CPCs. These non-profits facilities do not charge for any services and do not perform abortions, unlike the supposedly irreplaceable healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. National organizations such as Care Net operate CPCs, and also challenge and equip churches to get involved in the pro-life movement. CPCs such as HOPE Pregnancy Center in Texas receive funds only from local churches and businesses.
Planned Parenthood deemed CPCs as “not having the capacity to absorb their 2.4 million patients.” But many of these CPCs provide not only services for women, but also shelter and parenting classes. And according to the Gospel Coalition, CPCs see about 2 million women every year, with each center averaging about 350-400.
Myth #2: “Planned Parenthood is unpopular and should be defunded.”
Planned Parenthood claims 80 percent of Americans oppose “defunding” it because it would block “preventive and essential healthcare.” But the entire premise is based on a false assumption. Planned Parenthood forgot to mention that healthcare is a minuscule portion of its actual services. For example, screening services and other prevention programs has decreased 64 percent. According to Family Research Council, in 2015, “Planned Parenthood committed 35 abortions for every prenatal service it provided.”
Where is the church outcry? Life Site News exposed that:
More than 150 liberal organizations, including the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as Presbyterian and Jewish organizations, signed a letter calling for U.S. senators to keep Planned Parenthood on the government dole.
Christians must be at the forefront of this moral battle. Pew Research noted 76 percent of white evangelicals, and 51 percent Catholics believe abortion is a moral issue. However, 45 percent of white mainline Protestants and unaffiliated do not think it is a moral issue. There is still a lot of work to be done; churches cannot stay silent.
Myth #3: “Planned Parenthood uses federal tax dollars for abortions”
The biggest farce that Planned Parenthood touts is that they do not use federal tax dollars for abortions. Their annual revenue is $1.3 billion, and $528 million (41 percent) comes from taxpayers via the government. Planned Parenthood says it doesn’t violate the Hyde Amendment (which bans federal funds from paying for abortions), but the truth is that money is fungible. Students for Life released a helpful video explaining this concept of Planned Parenthood uses federal money to free up funds to direct their donations to increase their abortion services, and more.
As Christians, it is our duty to render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s. But that doesn’t let us off the hook for holding the federal government accountable for how it spends our money.
Myth #4: “Planned Parenthood has its own line item in the federal budget.”
While Planned Parenthood is not lying when it describes this as a myth, it conveniently avoids discussing the reality that they receive a hefty amount of money as discussed above. Defunding Planned Parenthood means cutting federal money from going to to the organization. States, however, can still give Planned Parenthood clinics funds through Medicaid. There are 17 states that allow their Medicaid to go directly to pay for all or most medically necessary abortion services.
Myth #5: “‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood will save the country money.”
Let’s be clear. The current administration’s decision to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood is not primarily an economic decision. It is ultimately a moral decision. Planned Parenthood will lose any remaining moral legitimacy if churches raise their voice.
Christens must pray and speak out to prevent Planned Parenthood aborting 887 babies per day. Churches have to continue to be the safe haven for mothers of unborn children, not an ally of an organization that ends a baby’s life every 97 seconds. Christians need to be the voice for the voiceless. I challenge Christians to debunk the most important myth that has stained our culture today: that Planned Parenthood must remain in business.