Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Abortionist 'Doing God's Work,' Say Liberal Clergy

As a fifth undercover video emerges, this time with a Planned Parenthood abortionist admitting to delivering live babies and then selling the "cadavers" intact, a coalition of so-called christian pastors from mainline denominations have condemned the whistleblowers responsible for the never-ending stream of convicting videos.
“Our religious traditions call us to offer compassion, not judgment. People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God’s work. For this we are grateful.”
-- Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
For background, read Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Babies and read Media, Obama Conspire With Abortionists to Conceal Videos

Also read Liberal Clergy Praise 'Compassionate Abortions'

UPDATE 1/25/16: God Called Me to Kill Black Babies, Abortionist Says

And read President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood as well as God Called Me to Kill Babies, says Mississippi Abortionist

-- From "Clergy Advocacy Board Says Planned Parenthood Is ‘Doing God’s Work’" by Brittany M. Hughes, 8/5/15

Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advocacy Board released a statement Tuesday condemning the pro-life advocacy group that produced a series of videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood officials and employees haggling over the sale of body parts harvested from "intact fetal cadavers," while sifting through dishes of tiny organs and limbs.

A series of videos released over the past two weeks by the Center for Medical Progress shows Planned Parenthood officials discussing the transfer of tissue and body parts from babies who have been aborted, some as late as 18 to 22 weeks' gestation, to people posing as buyers.

In several cases, doctors can be heard saying, “it’s a baby” and “another boy!” while sifting through plates of organs and severed limbs to pick out parts usable for research while discussing the "per item" cost for each "specimen."

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From "Liberal Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood 'Doing God's Work'" by Jeffrey Walton, Christian Post Op-Ed Contributor 7/30/15

A statement released Wednesday by the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board attacks what it portrays as "politically motivated, heavily edited, and secretly recorded" videos released by the California-based organization Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

To date, 12 states and two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives have launched investigations into the practices of Planned Parenthood, seeking to determine if the organization broke U.S. law and potentially placing continued government funding of the organization in jeopardy.

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."

Among the clergy listed are Episcopal Priest Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, a prominent lesbian activist within the Episcopal Church who is listed as Vice Chair. The clergy board also lists Ani Zonneveld of Muslims for Progressive Values among its members. Zonneveld served as a board member of the short-lived Progressive Muslim Union of North America and has presided over same-sex weddings.

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From "Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood for 'Doing God’s Work'" by Sarah Zagorski, 7/31/15

Jeffrey Walton from the Institute on Religion and Democracy reports that the board is made up of religious leaders from the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and American Baptist Churches as well as clergy from Reformed Jewish and Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Thankfully, this group is in the minority and countless prominent religious leaders have expressed disapproval for Planned Parenthood’s outrageous practices. For example, Cardinal Se├ín O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said that the videos reveal “the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion and fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life.”

Additionally, Rev. Franklin Graham and Baptist theologian Albert Mohler commented on Planned Parenthood’s lucrative business after the footage was released. Rev. Graham said, “Abortion is a sin and is clearly murder in God’s eyes. The people who perform it have no conscience, so I’m not at all surprised that they would be selling organs, tissue, and body parts from babies. Planned Parenthood should be put out of business. They’ve done enough damage.”

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From "Statement from the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board" posted by Planned Parenthood 7/29/15

“As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve. Our faiths demand care for those marginalized by poverty and other oppressions. Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person — regardless of income, race, or religion — deserves access to safe, affordable, high-quality health care. . . .

“The fact that the attacking organizations use fraudulent and extreme tactics to spread false allegations about Planned Parenthood’s role in tissue donation is theologically and morally reprehensible. The scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam strongly and repeatedly condemn dishonesty and hate. Planned Parenthood facilitates tissue donation for those who choose it, knowing that it fulfills the donor's wish and contributes to the advancement of medical research. We are grateful to everyone who chooses to donate and fully respectful of all who do not.

“Rather than respect religious liberty and individual conscience, some seek to impose their values and work obsessively to limit access to health care on individuals despite the fact that denial of health care may have a tremendous impact on their families.  This agenda has included restricting access to evidence-based sex education and contraceptives and imposing a view of sexuality that most Americans do not hold. . . .”

To read the entire official statement above, CLICK HERE.