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In the 2008 election cycle, there was a phrase one candidate used that was then repeated over and over. The phrase was “putting lipstick on a pig” – meaning, of course, to try to make something that is ugly sound (or look) better.
Nowhere is that phrase more appropriate than in the discussion over the government shutdown that was averted, literally at the 11th hour last Friday evening.
If you were awake and watching, you would have heard the president and leaders from both parties talking about their agreement in glowing terms – each repeating that they had done something “historic” and had “slashed” more than ever before from a current year’s budget.
While that’s technically true, talk about putting lipstick on a pig!
To put it into some kind of perspective – just-released figures show that the federal government borrowed (not spent) $188 billion just in the month of March.
In other words, the amount of this “historic” cut was about 6 days worth of borrowing (not spending).
So, though it was better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, the agreement was hardly anything to brag about.
One of the programs on the cutting block in the House – but spared in the “compromise” – was federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in America.
As you may know, Planned Parenthood has been in the news lately as undercover members of a group called Live Action captured PP staff members helping someone posing as a pimp who trafficked in illegal, underage sex slaves and advising a statutory rape victim how to have an abortion without alerting the authorities.
In addition, PP President Cecille Richards was recently caught publicly and purposefully misrepresenting the non-abortion services that the organization actually provides.
What you may not know about Planned Parenthood is that it was founded by Margaret Sanger. If you don’t know anything about her – you should. Though she died 45 years ago, her ideas continue to have a dramatic (and I would argue, very negative) impact on the world.
Sanger, one of the most racist people who ever lived, was a leader in the Eugenics movement in America in the 1920s and ‘30s, championing the idea of “more children for the fit, less from the unfit.”
For the “unfit,” she said, “Sterilization was the answer.”
(Not surprisingly, the Eugenics movement in America was copied, and many of its ideas put into practice, by Adolph Hitler a few years later.)
Although Hitler targeted Jews, Sanger targeted blacks. Black people were, in her words, “human weeds," "human waste" and "a class of people who never should have been born at all,” and the organization she founded has acted upon those sentiments with frightening success.
In fact, Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King Jr.) calls the abortion business "the most racist industry in America."
Just how bad is it? Have much influence have Sanger’s racist ideas had?
Consider that today abortion is the leading cause of death among African-Americans – with almost half of all American black babies dying from abortion.
Put another way, more blacks are killed every three days from abortion than the Ku Klux Klan killed in the history of America!
As Walter Hoye, founder of the Issues for Life Foundation, has pointed out, this is because eugenic-minded, pro-abortion forces target American blacks by putting abortion clinics in black neighborhoods.
Statistically speaking, Hoye solemnly notes, a black child is safer on the streets of the worst neighborhoods in America than in his mother’s womb.
Nowhere is this truer than in New York City, where nearly 60 percent of all African-American babies are aborted.
To bring attention to this atrocity, a pro-life group recently put up a billboard there with a picture of a lovely little black girl in a pink dress beneath the simple caption, "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb."
Predictably, pro-abortion leaders went into attack mode, saying “common decency demands [the billboard] be taken down,” and that the sign “violates the values of New Yorkers” and was “absurd and offensive to women.”
The creators of the ad were accused of “intolerance and bad judgment.”
Apparently, that the billboard was actually true caused no such consternation.
Indeed, ideas have consequences. In stark contrast to Sanger’s racist, deadly views, the Christian worldview proclaims that God knit each person together in his mother’s womb, and that all life has value because every person is created in God’s image.
Further, the Bible teaches (and science has confirmed) that all people come from one blood – Adam and Eve – thereby eliminating any claims of racial superiority.
From the Christian perspective there is only one race – the human one.
That is a huge difference!
Unfortunately, some on the left continue to support racist organizations like Planned Parenthood and even revere its founder.
As only one example, at PP’s 2009 annual gala in Houston, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton accepted the group’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award.
In her remarks, she said, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision,” and that “Margaret Sanger’s work is not yet done.”
Of course, in a free society Clinton and supporters of Planned Parenthood are entitled to their opinions.
However, that is a far cry from saying they are entitled to our tax dollars. Using tax dollars to support what many Americans believe is murder should be unthinkable, and the fact that this is an issue at all tells you a lot about how far our country has fallen.
To be “fair and balanced,” I should note that Planned Parenthood officials argue that they provide basic health-care services for women and defunding their organization would put many low-income women at risk.
But the facts tell a different story. The reality is that there are almost 8,000 federally funded health-care clinics providing comprehensive health care (not just birth control) to low-income patients, outnumbering Planned Parenthood clinics 10 to 1.
“So,” as Focus on the Family recently asked, “why is Planned Parenthood claiming that if it loses government funding, women will suffer from lack of access to basic health care? Is there something special that Planned Parenthood offers that most other clinics do not?
The answer is yes. And that “something special” is abortion.”
Perhaps you’ve heard it said that the only sure things are death and taxes.
Sadly, if those on the left have their way, these two things will continue to go hand in hand.
Chuck Souder is on staff at Shelby Christian Church. He can be reached at email@example.com.