You Will Be Like God

How did we get here?

By now you’ve no doubt seen more news of the atrocities at Planned Parenthood, which, the evidence shows, is business as usual in the abortion industry. Maybe you’ve watched the videos, as hard as that is to do.

As I watched them and tried to express the outrage we all feel, I keep coming back to that question. How did we get here?

Maybe you’ve seen Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, interviewed on TV. I look at her and ask the same question. How did she take this step and the next step until she’s there on television, well dressed and well spoken, saying in all sincerity that her own children’s lives didn’t begin until she gave birth?

Didn’t she wait for that first flutter? Didn’t she feel them kick? Didn’t she try to gently push a tiny foot out from under her rib? Didn’t she see her pregnant belly roll like an ocean swell as her babies turned and moved within her?

Gift_of_LifePlanned Parenthood started out in 1921 as the American Birth Control League to promote birth control among the “unfit”—Blacks, the impoverished, disabled and such. Founder Margaret Sanger was notorious for her belief in selective breeding, or eugenics. She wanted “a cleaner race,” “a better distribution of babies” and to “protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.” She wanted to require people to apply for permits to have babies. She suggested a choice for the “unfit”: segregation in camps or forced sterilization.

Eugenics was a fashionable topic in Sanger’s day. The idea lingered until the Nazis showed the world its logical end. Since then, Sanger’s involvement in eugenics has been carefully airbrushed out of Planned Parenthood’s history.

Sanger was the first to use the term birth control, but it certainly wasn’t discussed in polite company. So Planned Parenthood produced educational materials. What did they say in their 1951 pamphlet The Gift of Life?

“If one of the new male sperm meets and unites with an egg cell, a new life begins.”

Yes, back then Planned Parenthood said life begins at fertilization—what we pro-lifers say today!

In the early ‘60s Planned Parenthood produced another brochure about birth control that included a Q & A section. Included was this question:

1961_BrochureIs [birth control] an abortion?

Planned Parenthood’s answer:

“Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life.

That statement rips the mask off Planned Parenthood—the one we’ve seen in the videos. They may say, Oh, you know, medicine has improved since then, so abortions are no longer dangerous and infertility is no longer a risk. They’re wrong, as we’ve shown time and time again.

And there’s no getting around that babies are still conceived and still grow in exactly the same way they always have. Nature hasn’t changed. Science hasn’t changed. But Planned Parenthood changed. Why?

The Nazis followed an idea down a path that led inevitably to the gas chambers. Planned Parenthood followed an idea that has led to tiny hands and hearts in casserole dishes like the ones people bring to potluck suppers. Both ideas began in the search for the holy grail of control.

And don’t forget the money. Piles of it, taken from tax dollars, hours of your life, handed to people who think the definition of life is theirs to—there’s that word again—control.

But their lust for money wasn’t satisfied with a mere half-billion a year in tax dollars. So they looked for other avenues of income that led to unspeakable acts against unborn babies. As a result, the videos speak of “intact cadavers,” “It’s a baby” and “Another boy!” as they cavalierly poke and prod the dish full of human carnage.

I started out by asking, “How did we get here?” The answer is that some kept believing the first lie ever told, way back in the garden of Eden: “You will be like God.”

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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