If you want to kick the habit, who do you turn to? Your family doctor? Your local hospital? The American Lung Association?
Chances are that, if you want to quit smoking, you can name off the top of your head a number of medical authorities you can go to for assistance. But I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here if I said that it’s unlikely you would call your local abortionist for help in conquering your addiction to nicotine.
Obviously, though, the American Cancer Society doesn’t see it that way. The organization, which is synonymous with the crusade against lung cancer, awarded a grant to a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa to tell clients to quit smoking. According to the news agency LifeNews.com, the $5,000 grant is meant to “train clinic staff to provide smoking-cessation assistance to patients.”
Lest you think this is Planned Parenthood’s first foray into anti-tobacco politics, you should know that LifeNews.com is reporting that Planned Parenthood of Pasadena began a program last year known as “SmokeBusters.” The anti-smoking program was designed for students in the first through the fifth grades and was supposed to help children “understand about making healthy choices.”
I’ve got news for the kids—if they really want to stay healthy, they’ll stay away from the sexual propaganda pushed by Planned Parenthood. The nation’s largest abortion operation promotes the idea that you can have sex without the natural consequences of childbirth. Teens who follow the “let’s have sex anytime, anywhere” mantra are likely to end up with an STD that cannot only be an inconvenience, but a killer as well. They also may wind up pregnant, leading to the temptation to abort their own offspring.
I think it’s pretty clear what’s happening here. Planned Parenthood is trying to re-position itself in the marketplace. If you hear the phrase “Planned Parenthood,” you’re more likely to think of the word “abortion” than “health.” By engaging in smoking cessation programs and the like, Planned Parenthood is trying to portray itself as a trustworthy health care provider.
But those who engage in the healing arts should be appalled by the idea of doing anything that would harm—let alone kill—an unborn child. Abortion isn’t health care—it’s death care. And it’s important to point out that, when a woman goes for an abortion, her own health can be jeopardized. The Elliot Institute, an organization which studies the after effects of abortion, reports that, in addition to the risk of physical complications such as sterility or subsequent premature births, abortion has been linked to increased risk of suicide attempts, depression, substance abuse, and child abuse.
If you were told that a single act could increase the risk that you would try to kill yourself, land in a psychiatric hospital, become numb with copious amounts of alcohol or illegal drugs, or physically hurt your child, would you still do it? I’m betting that many women who go in for abortions don’t realize the heartache and headaches that they may experience afterward.
And—oh yeah—they may even be more tempted to “light up” afterwards, trying to distract themselves from the fact that their child died—and the death could have been prevented.
I support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to do everything possible to eradicate cancer. But I just don’t think funding Planned Parenthood furthers the cause. If you feel as I do, I invite you to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and urge officials there to stop funding Planned Parenthood in the name of women’s health.
Nathan Tabor regularly appears on radio and is writing a book for Thomas Nelson Publishing. Nathan received his BA in psychology from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and his MA in public policy from Regent University.
In 2004, Nathan ran for Congress (NC5) in an eight-way primary. He raised over $850,000 and received over 7,500 votes in the most expensive primary in American history. Nathan's supporters included Dick Armey, Ed Meese, Steve Moore, Art Laffer, Pat Robertson, Bob Jones III, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Congressman Trent Franks, Congressman Jim Ryun, Beverly and Tim LaHaye, Mike Farris and many others. Dr. Jerry Falwell dubbed him the "young Jesse Helms."