Pastors Plan a Blessing of Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Welcome Progressives to Talk about Reproductive Rights

As hard as it is to comprehend, there are some Christians who are for abortion. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 51% of Catholics and 67% of mainline Protestants believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. While these are disturbing numbers, what is even more incomprehensible is that there are religious leaders that not only support abortion, but they go as far as blessing it.

This is exactly what will be happening on November 9 at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility. During a special ceremony called “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision,” pastors and other faith leaders will be asking for God’s blessing upon the abortion center.

The spiritual leaders performing the ceremony are part of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Having a presence in the United States since 1967 under the name Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, the RCRC was officially formed in the summer of 1973 at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C.

Since then, the pro-abortion organization has used scripture and theological perspectives to support abortion and advocate for access to reproductive healthcare. Members of the grassroots organization say they are, “Pro-Faith. Pro-Family. Pro-Choice.” Their mission is “to be the leading religious voice for reproductive justice in the country.”

Besides pastors who claim they are Christians, the RCRC is also made up of Jewish rabbis, Hindu priests, and Muslim Clerics. They are supported by several religious organizations including American Jewish Committee, National Council of Jewish Women, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Women, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Lutheran Women’s Caucus, Catholics for Choice, and Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation.

Reverend Millie Peters, an affiliate of the RCRC who heads Kentucky’s Concerned Clergy for Choice says that under the guidance of the coalition, she wrote a blessing ceremony when Planned Parenthood opened a new state-of-the art facility in downtown Louisville. Clergy from other religions participated in the event. According to Peters, “We are compassionate people who respect human dignity, and our responsibility is to speak for quality healthcare; a basic religious value.”

Reverend Dr. Cari Jackson, Executive for Religious Leadership and Advocacy at RCRC, not only participates in the blessing of abortion clinics, but says that the work of abortion providers is sacred. “For me,” says Jackson, “These are communal affirmations of the sacred medical work they perform.”

According to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, “Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God. Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and godly decisions.”

If these were authentic ministers of God, they would be opposing the killing of unborn babies, not promoting it.

During the upcoming blessing ceremony in Columbus, testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care will also be given. At this particular Planned Parenthood, abortions are provided for babies up to 19 weeks gestation. Another goal of the event is to “create a space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion.”

The event will also feature a message from Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, the former pastor at Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus and founder of Crazy Faith Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice issues. She is also the author of The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. (Wright is best known as the controversial pastor of President Obama).

The mission statement of Crazy Faith Ministries states they are a group of people who believe in the inclusive love of Jesus Christ and in the inherent worth of all humanity. It also states, “What Crazy Faith aims to do is to show the power of the Christ through acts of mercy and kindness and immersion in social justice.”

But where is the mercy and kindness toward unborn babies?

Instead of showing the love and mercy of Christ, these so-called Christian pastors and clergy members sound more like the Ammonites, who sacrificed their children in the name of Molech.

Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal, says, “If you never believed abortion was child sacrifice, think again. These priests of child-killing may not be offering children as a human sacrifice to Molech, a Canaanite deity associated with the practice of child sacrifice, but instead are offering them to a modern false idol called ‘reproductive choice.'”

~ Christian Patriot Daily

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