Selective Message

by Jim Byrne


In recent months you have given Barbara Zdravecky, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Florida, ample space in which she explained the convoluted logic which Planned Parenthood uses to explain how it will help the relationships between teen-agers and their parents by assuring teens that their parents will never have to know what they are up to. Just go see Barbara and the gang for all the condoms, pills, IUDs or other paraphernalia you need, and you can do anything you want. If those things should happen to fail, you can always come back and we can kill the baby.

And if you don't tell Mom or Dad about it, Barbara and the gang won't either. I'm sure that's the type of relationship all of us are trying to develop with our kids. And the best part is that Planned Parenthood would like to get involved in our children's schools as early as possible so we can be assured of the beautiful parent/child relationship described above.

Looking at the comments of some of my own kids over the past year or so, I was wondering how Barbara would have had me handle them. We attended the American Life League Conference in Tampa last fall. On the way to the room for children, we passed the Operation Rescue booth which showed an enlarged picture of a baby's head severed at the jaw. My 10-year-old daughter asked what it was, and I explained that that's what happens to some babies who are aborted. Now I imagine that Barbara would have had me tell her that it was a horrible thing for those people from Operation Rescue to show that picture. My daughter was appalled, of course, and you know what she asked me? ``How could anyone do that to a baby?''

She knew that without the abortion there would have been no picture. Pretty good for 10, wouldn't you say, Barbara? Hey, maybe they could show an abortion on The Learning Channel. You know, that show that shows operations. I'm sure all of America would like to watch the abortionist take inventory -- two arms, two legs, torso, head -- to make sure he got the entire ``blob of cells,'' as some of the pro-death people call it. Of course in a 1963 brochure Planned Parenthood itself stated, ``An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun.''

Recently, our 10-year-old who just turned 11, got a tape which was pretty sexually explicit for her birthday. She gave it to me and said that she doesn't think that it's the kind of stuff she should be listening to. Can you imagine that? She doesn't think of sex as a form of recreation. She really listens to us when we tell her that sex was made by God for marriage. Did you know, Barb, that since Margaret Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921 and began her campaign to promote ``free sex'' that the divorce rate has skyrocketed? I guess she just wanted to make sure that all those teens you are so concerned about would come from broken homes.

In her writings, Margaret Sanger also promoted racism (``We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.''), infanticide (``The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.'') and eugenics (``Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.'') We fought a war against a madman, Adolf Hitler, who espoused the same ideas. It is no surprise, then, that Planned Parenthood is anti-God and anti-religion.

Planned Parenthood claims to be pro-choice, yet when the group ``Feminists for Life'' wanted to put information about alternatives to abortion in college clinics, the internal newsletter of PP called it a grave threat to choice. I don't get it. Since when is knowing your choices a threat to choice? It seems that the only choices which Planned Parenthood promotes are the ones that bring money into their coffers. So much for free choice. All of the choices at Planned Parenthood come with a physical, emotional, moral as well as monetary price tag. That is a price nobody should have to pay.

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