By Marie Bowen, Presbyterians Pro-Life.
“Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast organized the “Stand with Women” rally in support of a new abortion facility in Crescent City. The rally took place at the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans affiliated with the PCUSA. Rev. Fred J. Powell, III is the church pastor.”
Novielli’s article includes this link to video of the rally. Rally speakers present a familiar well-scripted message intimating that Planned Parenthood cares about women’s health, women’s bodies, and women’s rights, and “reproductive justice”—especially the “full spectrum” of reproductive justice. What they don’t say but what “full spectrum of reproductive justice” really means is abortion.
How should pro-life Presbyterians and pro-life Presbyterian churches respond?
Rev. Gerrit Dawson, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge (EPC) located about 80 miles from the planned abortion facility had this to say in response to the PCUSA church’s rally:
“My heart always hurts when I read about people who bear the name of the Lord of life supporting the ruse of Planned Parenthood. It’s all so Orwellian to me: language of “health” covers what all but the most gullible know: Planned Parenthood not only provides but encourages and profits from abortion. By contrast, I am so thankful for our ministry partners which truly love the pregnant women who come to them, caring for them through every stage of pregnancy and even in the early years of parenting. They work bravely and tirelessly to show with costly action the value of every human life.”
I believe his response touches exactly the right balance between truth and care, both important components if we are to effect change and ministry that leads to life.