Pro-abortionists have the money and the power

Russell D. Moore at Christianity Today on the Susan G. Komen foundation’s caving to Planned Parenthood:

This is an important victory for Planned Parenthood and the abortion rights lobby. First of all, the association with Komen is a key piece in Planned Parenthood’s effort to present itself as a “women’s health provider” rather than simply as an abortion provider. Beyond that, the surrender of the nation’s leading breast cancer awareness group to this kind of political pressure proves the clout of Planned Parenthood and their allies.

Evangelical and Catholic Christians, and our pro-life allies of all faiths, might be tempted to draw some wrong conclusions from this tragic affair. After all our years of trumpeting opinion polls showing a “pro-life majority” in the United States, this demonstrates that, when it comes to money and power, the pro-choice forces aren’t sustained simply by the penumbra and emanations of an old Supreme Court decision.

Some pro-life persons might wish that the Christian churches had as much influence in the public arena as Planned Parenthood, that we were able to mobilize as many callers and threaten as many boycotts. Some might see this as a sign that we need more money and respect. After all, if some Christian foundation had more financial firepower than Planned Parenthood, Komen might have stood firm.

In all of this, though, we can gain an opportunity to see what the abortion culture is all about: cash. Planned Parenthood and their allies use the thoroughly American language of freedom of choice and women’s empowerment, but what’s at stake, as seen here, are billions of dollars. That’s why, despite their talk about adoption as a “choice,” Planned Parenthood and others hardly ever lead women through an adoption process relative to how often they promise them the “fix” of a “terminated pregnancy.” There’s a profit motive involved in every abortion.

Christians shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. Money and power, abstracted from the lordship of Christ, always lead to violence. Pharaoh ordered the execution of the Hebrew children because they threatened his position in “the 1 percent” of ancient Egypt. Herod carried out the same decree because he wanted to protect his kingship, a kingship that carried with it the financial support of the Roman Empire.

No one, Jesus told us, can serve both God and Mammon. In saying this, Jesus personalized money in a disturbing way. When capital becomes God it, somehow, is no longer something, but someone. The demonic force of rapaciousness so distorts the soul that, when it’s threatened, someone is going to die.

The answer for those of us who cherish the lives of women and their children, regardless of stage of development, isn’t to long to compete with Planned Parenthood in the influence that comes with massive amounts of wealth. It’s instead to see, first of all, how our own captivity to Mammon devolves us in the same way.

via The Pink Ribbon and the Dollar Sign | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

The author goes on to exhort Christians to stop their emphasis on money and power.

He is surely right to criticize the worldliness of contemporary churches–manifested especially in those that proclaim the “prosperity gospel,” but also in the general deference we tend to pay to wealth and power.

And yet, if we are to battle legalized abortion, don’t Christians have to pursue the power to change the laws?  Don’t pro-life organizations need more money?  Might we become so spiritual that we withdraw from the world’s concerns and thus become complicit in the institutionalized slaughter that is the abortion industry? Don’t the world’s battles require the world’s weapons, and isn’t this legitimate in our vocation as citizens in God’s kingdom of the left?

By the way, I like Dr. Moore’s phrase” Evangelical and Catholic Christians, and our pro-life allies of all faiths.”  This is not just a Catholic issue!  All conservative Christian organizations will be put into the position of having to pay for not just birth control pills but also abortion pills.

UPDATE:  See also Mollie Hemingway’s more hopeful article in Christianity Today entitled “The Komen Fiasco’s Silver Lining.”   She points out how at least the affair unveils (1) that the Komen foundation funds abortions (2) that Planned Parenthood, contrary to the common assumption, does NOT provide mammograms  (3) that the media is flagrantly biased in favor of abortion (4) that Planned Parenthood practices extortion.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Michael B.

    This hasn’t been exactly the best month for social conservatives. There’s the contraceptive mandate. Then Komen apologizes for stopping to support Planned Parenthood. Romney continues to secure the nomination for the Republican party. And then yesterday a federal appeals judge overturns proposition 8.

    Despite all this, social conservatives can take solace in the fact that the creator and ruler of this universe share their opinions on the status of gays and human embryos.

  • Michael B.

    This hasn’t been exactly the best month for social conservatives. There’s the contraceptive mandate. Then Komen apologizes for stopping to support Planned Parenthood. Romney continues to secure the nomination for the Republican party. And then yesterday a federal appeals judge overturns proposition 8.

    Despite all this, social conservatives can take solace in the fact that the creator and ruler of this universe share their opinions on the status of gays and human embryos.

  • SKPeterson

    Well, I think most of us are right in there with the gays in being sinners. The important difference is repentance and the desire to un-sin sin. Legalizing gay marriage still doesn’t make it right – it only makes it legal. Like divorce and adultery and many forms of lying (except under oath – the government doesn’t like being lied to, but it isn’t very good at practicing what it preaches).

    As to abortion. Despite its legality, it is everywhere and always the taking of a life. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s. It is, in a bit of unintended irony, a celebration of death in the name of the life of the mother. The aborted child is the ultimate scape-goat, the one who bears the penalty and pays the price for the mother’s irresponsibility and desire to be free from consequence. It is, at its very core, akin to an affinity for pagan practices of infant sacrifice. Planned Parenthood is our modern equivalent of Canaanite and Carthaginian religious practice.

  • SKPeterson

    Well, I think most of us are right in there with the gays in being sinners. The important difference is repentance and the desire to un-sin sin. Legalizing gay marriage still doesn’t make it right – it only makes it legal. Like divorce and adultery and many forms of lying (except under oath – the government doesn’t like being lied to, but it isn’t very good at practicing what it preaches).

    As to abortion. Despite its legality, it is everywhere and always the taking of a life. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s. It is, in a bit of unintended irony, a celebration of death in the name of the life of the mother. The aborted child is the ultimate scape-goat, the one who bears the penalty and pays the price for the mother’s irresponsibility and desire to be free from consequence. It is, at its very core, akin to an affinity for pagan practices of infant sacrifice. Planned Parenthood is our modern equivalent of Canaanite and Carthaginian religious practice.

  • Rose

    There’s an ABC hypothesis that Abortion increases risk of Breast Cancer. It hasn’t been proven or disproven. Some studies have been compromised by “Response Bias”: women “under-report” their abortions. I wonder if the Komen Foundation pulled their support because it was uneasy partnering with Planned Parenthood.

  • Rose

    There’s an ABC hypothesis that Abortion increases risk of Breast Cancer. It hasn’t been proven or disproven. Some studies have been compromised by “Response Bias”: women “under-report” their abortions. I wonder if the Komen Foundation pulled their support because it was uneasy partnering with Planned Parenthood.

  • Steve Billingsley

    Michael B.

    I hope that made you feel better.

  • Steve Billingsley

    Michael B.

    I hope that made you feel better.

  • Truth Unites… and Divides

    Lutheran Culture Warrior Dr. Gene Veith: “Might we become so spiritual that we withdraw from the world’s concerns and thus become complicit in the institutionalized slaughter that is the abortion industry?”

    A wonderful understanding of Luther’s Two-Kingdoms doctrine.

  • Truth Unites… and Divides

    Lutheran Culture Warrior Dr. Gene Veith: “Might we become so spiritual that we withdraw from the world’s concerns and thus become complicit in the institutionalized slaughter that is the abortion industry?”

    A wonderful understanding of Luther’s Two-Kingdoms doctrine.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I have had some great talks with a Muslim co-worker of mine. He is from Africa, and has expressed dismay at the cavalier way in which we kill our babies. Moore is right, this is an ethical issue for many peoples and faiths. But how to find a voice? And how does Moore’s view square with James Davidson Hunter’s latest book?

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I have had some great talks with a Muslim co-worker of mine. He is from Africa, and has expressed dismay at the cavalier way in which we kill our babies. Moore is right, this is an ethical issue for many peoples and faiths. But how to find a voice? And how does Moore’s view square with James Davidson Hunter’s latest book?

  • kenneth

    How is it that the pro abortionist can convince women and men that such an insane policy is for their “good’? We entered Huxley’s brave new world decades ago but this abortion/gay misery is beyond the pale+

  • kenneth

    How is it that the pro abortionist can convince women and men that such an insane policy is for their “good’? We entered Huxley’s brave new world decades ago but this abortion/gay misery is beyond the pale+

  • DonS

    This episode has revealed the true heart of the Komen Foundation to many pro-life Americans. In the long run, they will realize that the loud and demanding voices in this country are not its backbone, and will not be there to support them with funds and labor in the long run. They will rue the decision that alienated them from a large percentage of their supporters.

    We have every right as Americans, and as Christians, to use the political processes to fight for the rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution. We need to be mindful, as we do so, that we are the Body of Christ, here on earth for a greater purpose, which should inform our tactics and our approach to these battles, of course, but the fight is a noble and right one.

  • DonS

    This episode has revealed the true heart of the Komen Foundation to many pro-life Americans. In the long run, they will realize that the loud and demanding voices in this country are not its backbone, and will not be there to support them with funds and labor in the long run. They will rue the decision that alienated them from a large percentage of their supporters.

    We have every right as Americans, and as Christians, to use the political processes to fight for the rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution. We need to be mindful, as we do so, that we are the Body of Christ, here on earth for a greater purpose, which should inform our tactics and our approach to these battles, of course, but the fight is a noble and right one.

  • PCXIAN

    Dr Veith wrote, “And yet, if we are to battle legalized abortion, don’t Christians have to pursue the power to change the laws? Don’t pro-life organizations need more money? Might we become so spiritual that we withdraw from the world’s concerns and thus become complicit in the institutionalized slaughter that is the abortion industry? Don’t the world’s battles require the world’s weapons, and isn’t this legitimate in our vocation as citizens in God’s kingdom of the left?” The answer to each of these four questions is undoubtedly “Yes.”

    My wife, whose letter to the editor was published in the San Diego U-T yesterday, wrote:

    “Perhaps the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other women’s health advocacy groups should consider supporting Pregnancy Resource Centers or Birth Choice Centers.

    Strictly in the interests of women’s health and well being, Pregnancy Resource Centers provide free and confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abstinence education, pregnancy options counseling, prenatal and parenting classes, post-abortive healing, Bible study, and parent mentoring. Donated formula, diapers, baby clothes, and baby furniture are earned by clients who attend the classes. Referrals for housing, legal assistance, adoption, and social services are also available.

    It would seem the organizations that truly do not profit from their services, offering them free of charge, unlike Planned Parenthood, are those that are ignored by Michael Bloomberg, the Komen Foundation and others. I believe many good-hearted advocates of “women’s health” are spurning the opportunity to have their monetary donations used in a way that is thoroughly outcome-positive for women and their families. I wonder why.”

    As noted above, there are other alternatives to those of us who are truly concerned about women’s health/welfare and the protection of the unborn child. Actions are imperative, not just words. We need to step up to the battlefield and arm ourselves with the world’s weapons that consist of our checkbooks, time, talents, and votes; as well as our spiritual weapon – prayers. The battle to protect the unborn child can be won but only because of God’s will working through our actions.

  • PCXIAN

    Dr Veith wrote, “And yet, if we are to battle legalized abortion, don’t Christians have to pursue the power to change the laws? Don’t pro-life organizations need more money? Might we become so spiritual that we withdraw from the world’s concerns and thus become complicit in the institutionalized slaughter that is the abortion industry? Don’t the world’s battles require the world’s weapons, and isn’t this legitimate in our vocation as citizens in God’s kingdom of the left?” The answer to each of these four questions is undoubtedly “Yes.”

    My wife, whose letter to the editor was published in the San Diego U-T yesterday, wrote:

    “Perhaps the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other women’s health advocacy groups should consider supporting Pregnancy Resource Centers or Birth Choice Centers.

    Strictly in the interests of women’s health and well being, Pregnancy Resource Centers provide free and confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abstinence education, pregnancy options counseling, prenatal and parenting classes, post-abortive healing, Bible study, and parent mentoring. Donated formula, diapers, baby clothes, and baby furniture are earned by clients who attend the classes. Referrals for housing, legal assistance, adoption, and social services are also available.

    It would seem the organizations that truly do not profit from their services, offering them free of charge, unlike Planned Parenthood, are those that are ignored by Michael Bloomberg, the Komen Foundation and others. I believe many good-hearted advocates of “women’s health” are spurning the opportunity to have their monetary donations used in a way that is thoroughly outcome-positive for women and their families. I wonder why.”

    As noted above, there are other alternatives to those of us who are truly concerned about women’s health/welfare and the protection of the unborn child. Actions are imperative, not just words. We need to step up to the battlefield and arm ourselves with the world’s weapons that consist of our checkbooks, time, talents, and votes; as well as our spiritual weapon – prayers. The battle to protect the unborn child can be won but only because of God’s will working through our actions.

  • DonS

    PCXIAN @ 9: Well said! And bravo to your wife for eloquently speaking out concerning the many free services the pro-life community provides to mothers in need and for the love and support of allegedly unwanted babies. The Komen Foundation would do well to re-direct its support from the genocidal highly profitable abortion mill that is Planned Parenthood to the many truly non-profit ministries dedicated to women’s health.

  • DonS

    PCXIAN @ 9: Well said! And bravo to your wife for eloquently speaking out concerning the many free services the pro-life community provides to mothers in need and for the love and support of allegedly unwanted babies. The Komen Foundation would do well to re-direct its support from the genocidal highly profitable abortion mill that is Planned Parenthood to the many truly non-profit ministries dedicated to women’s health.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    It’s not so much that pro-aborts have so much money as it is that they use their money differently. Pro life folks are going to be giving their money to charities that serve people and are less politically active.

    Planned parenthood for example combines abortion and political lobbying into one organization.

    The National Right to Life does not act as an umbrella organization that lobbies Congress for $$ to subsidize its crisis pregnancy centers. Rather, the two enterprises work much more independently.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    It’s not so much that pro-aborts have so much money as it is that they use their money differently. Pro life folks are going to be giving their money to charities that serve people and are less politically active.

    Planned parenthood for example combines abortion and political lobbying into one organization.

    The National Right to Life does not act as an umbrella organization that lobbies Congress for $$ to subsidize its crisis pregnancy centers. Rather, the two enterprises work much more independently.

  • Michael B.

    @John@6

    “I have had some great talks with a Muslim co-worker of mine.”

    Many Muslims are anti-abortion and anti-gay. You also find a lot of anti-gay sentiment in African American churches. And yet both Muslims and Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Why do you suppose that is?

  • Michael B.

    @John@6

    “I have had some great talks with a Muslim co-worker of mine.”

    Many Muslims are anti-abortion and anti-gay. You also find a lot of anti-gay sentiment in African American churches. And yet both Muslims and Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Why do you suppose that is?

  • Michael B.

    @Steve Billingsley@4

    I presume sarcasm, but yes, it did make me feel better.

  • Michael B.

    @Steve Billingsley@4

    I presume sarcasm, but yes, it did make me feel better.

  • Booklover

    I cannot imagine any other situation in which an organization receives vast amounts of money from a group, then later turns on that group with venom when it no longer receives donations from them. Susan G. Komen is a private foundation and can give money to whomever they choose. When Komen withdrew support from Planned Parenthood, PP should have said Thank You for the previous years of support, then moved on. Instead they were mannerless buffoons.

  • Booklover

    I cannot imagine any other situation in which an organization receives vast amounts of money from a group, then later turns on that group with venom when it no longer receives donations from them. Susan G. Komen is a private foundation and can give money to whomever they choose. When Komen withdrew support from Planned Parenthood, PP should have said Thank You for the previous years of support, then moved on. Instead they were mannerless buffoons.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “When Komen withdrew support from Planned Parenthood, PP should have said Thank You for the previous years of support, then moved on. Instead they were mannerless buffoons.”

    Indeed, and it worked.

    Makes one wonder what went on behind the scenes.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “When Komen withdrew support from Planned Parenthood, PP should have said Thank You for the previous years of support, then moved on. Instead they were mannerless buffoons.”

    Indeed, and it worked.

    Makes one wonder what went on behind the scenes.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “And yet both Muslims and Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Why do you suppose that is?”

    He is a democrat.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “And yet both Muslims and Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Why do you suppose that is?”

    He is a democrat.