The LTI podcast features a pro-life look at news, law and policy.
You can grab the MP3 file here. (30 minutes)
- Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood
- HHS forces religious organizations to cover contraception
- Evangelicals and political engagement
- Barack Obama: women need abortion in order to be equal
- what does the Bible say about abortion?
- do people have intrinsic value?
This podcast does not discuss how Susan G. Komen backed away from their decision to not fund Planned Parenthood after the mainstream media put pressure on them to continue funding the largest abortion provider in the United States. But the LTI guys are smart – they were skeptical about giving money to Susan G. Komen even after the initial announcement. Also note that one of the nice things about Scott Klusendorf is that he is an evangelical Christian – not a Roman Catholic. So it’s nice to see an evangelical Christian taking the lead on moral issues – it makes me proud to be an evangelical. Evangelical men ought to be as well informed about moral issues as they are about politics, science and foreign policy.
Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood
Mary sent me a story on the Susan G. Komen Foundation that analyzes how they are linked to Planned Parenthood from the Wall Street Journal. It’s by Robbie George of Princeton, so you have to read it!
The Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated since 1982 to fighting, and one day curing, breast cancer, decided to extricate itself from the culture wars by discontinuing grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions. The grants Komen had been making amounted to $650,000 last year, funding some 19 local Planned Parenthood programs that offered manual breast exams but only referrals for mammograms performed elsewhere.
The reality is that Planned Parenthood—with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion—does little in the way of screening for breast cancer. But the organization is very much in the business of selling abortions—more than 300,000 in 2010, according to Planned Parenthood. At an average cost of $500, according to various sources including Planned Parenthood’s website, that translates to about $164 million of revenue per year.
So how did Planned Parenthood and its loyal allies in politics and the media react to Komen’s efforts to be neutral in the controversy over abortion?
Faced with even the tiniest depletion in the massive river of funds Planned Parenthood receives yearly, the behemoth mobilized its enormous cultural, media, financial and political apparatus to attack the Komen Foundation in the press, on TV and through social media.
The organization’s allies demonized the charity, attempting to depict the nation’s most prominent anti-breast cancer organization as a bedfellow of religious extremists. A Facebook page was set up to “Defund the Komen Foundation.” In short, Planned Parenthood took breast-cancer victims as hostages.
Komen’s leaders had good reason to believe their organization could disintegrate under Planned Parenthood’s assault. On Friday the charity issued a statement “apologizing to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.” The statement assured Planned Parenthood’s supporters that, like any other organization, it is eligible to apply for grants in the future.
I think the bottom line is this. There are plenty of non-Christians giving money to causes like this. If you are a Christians, you’re much better off giving your money to an organization like Life Training Institute. At the very least, you should all buy “The Case for Life”, which is the best small book on pro-life apologetics.
By the way, I blogged on the previous LTI podcast here. That one was from March 2010. I hope they make more of these regularly.
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Thank you SOOOOOO much for this post and information. I pray you don’t mind me linking to some of your information here on my post? I have a page of Scriptures proofing life begin before birth. I’d also like to buy that book a Case for Life.
I write for a pro-life site that is set to go online within a few weeks. I think they might appreciate that MP3 file. Do I have your permission to link to it?
Yes, please do!
Terrance – of course you may link the podcast.l We’d be honored if you did so.
Wintery – thanks for the mention. We are already working on the next one and plan on a schedule of about every other week.
Rich Poupard (Serge)
I love these podcasts. I really want you guys to make more.