On November 9th — per a press release — “faith leaders” will meet to bless an abortion clinic in Columbus, Ohio.
Those in attendance will include the Ohio Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice.
Plannd Parenthood of Greater Ohio put out a notice:
“Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God. Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and godly decisions.”
PP’s announcement is titled “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision.”
The abortion giant describes the blessing thusly:
“During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center.”
Atheism and pro-choice activism may seem a reasonable fit.
As for clergy bonding to bolster abortion, it’s not something often seen.
Nonetheless, people of faith will soon be gathering in Ohio for prayers, blessings, and even testimonials to the greatness of the facility and its work. As stated by the notice, praise will be heaped upon the practice of abortion:
“This clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion”
A reception will follow.
Despite the event’s rarity, this won’t be the first time religious observers have blessed an abortion clinic. In 2015, over a dozen rabbis and ministers came together in Cleveland to speak peace onto the Preterm clinic, with Episcopal Reverend Tracey Lind offering the following:
“Bless this building. May its walls stand strong against the onslaught of shame thrown at it. May it be a beacon of hope for those who need its services.”
At the beginning of 2017, a Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood clinic got the ecclesiastic endorsement from twenty-something religious leaders, prompting Laura Meyers — Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington’s CEO, to note, “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.”
Not long after, Dr. Willie Parker called to “compassion” when speaking with Time magazine:
“I’ve been a Christian longer than I’ve been a physician. When I chose a career as a women’s health provider, I had to think more seriously, more deeply about the fact that I see women on a regular basis who have unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. The compassion that welled up inside me for each woman — each woman had a story, a circumstance — it came to a point where increasingly it was uncomfortable to be saying no. What I believed and what I practiced began to come into conflict.”
Parker said he was led to abortion by a fellow Christian:
“My epiphany came while listening to a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King. In that sermon he described what made the Good Samaritan good. Someone had been robbed, left on the side of the road injured, and multiple people passed that person by. … On that particular day, while listening to that sermon and contemplating my role as a women’s health provider, it became very personal for me. I became the person on the road having to respond to the need of another person — in this case women asking me to help them safely end their pregnancies.”
The pro-choice voice is certainly ubiquitous; last month, “as a deeply religious person,” Chelsea Clinton claimed a reversal of Roe v. Wade would be “unchristian.” In Texas in August, an organization for black women encouraged them to abort their children (here). And in May, the WNBA “empowered” women by endorsing their abortions, via select ticket proceeds going to Planned Parenthood (here):
“This season, your ticket supports more than women’s basketball. It supports women.”
So goes the Left side of the aisle — “supporting” people, “blessing” places, and doing “sacred” things. It’s definitely a very different interpretation of those words compared to the Right.
With a radically different result.
And not only is it the trajectory of the Left, but also — in some cases — religion.
It’s an odd choice for an arena which embraces the following:
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
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