By Heather Clark
Speaking at a gathering in New York City celebrating the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood, a United Church of Christ clergy woman delivered a prayer thanking God that the organization made way “for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine [their] right to choose.”
Neichelle Guidry Jones currently serves as the associate pastor to young adults at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and is a member of the clergy advocacy board for Planned Parenthood. She opened Sunday’s gathering at New York’s City Hall, which included a proclamation from the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“God, we thank You on this day. We thank You for the miracle of another day and for our lives,” Guidry Jones began after greeting those gathered, “and for drawing us into this sacred space and time of celebration.”
“We celebrate today that on October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic right here in New York City. And with this act of courage and resistance, the doors were opened for women to overcome the silence, and the shame, and the stigma inflicted on our sexuality,” she said.Guidry Jones then continued to praise the organization as opening the door for women to stand against those who oppose abortion.
“The doors were opened for women to know, and understand, and be agents of our bodies. The doors were opened for women to receive affordable reproductive and life-saving gynecological health care,” she asserted. “The doors were opened for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine our right to choose and decide what happens to our own perfect, beautiful and holy flesh.”
“And 100 years later, we celebrate the millions of girls and women who have received care. The millions of lives that have been saved,” Guidry Jones continued. “The millions of healthy, wanted children who have been born, and the millions of ways that have been made for women and girls to live strong, healthy and fulfilled lives.”Clergy woman's remarks continue
This clergy woman's prayer is blasphemous. God is the creator, not the destroyer of life.
"You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born." Psalm 139:15-16
These "champions for choice" are hypocrites as they peddle their one and only choice, abortion. There are countless stories of young women, in a crisis pregnancy, who walked into Planned Parenthood. They were not given information about alternatives to abortion. Instead, they were pressured and told that abortion is the right decision. The only "choice" that Planned Parenthood wants these vulnerable women to choose is abortion.
There are 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) across the country. They offer comprehensive help to meet the needs of these mothers before and after the birth of their baby. This includes housing, education, job training, life skills, and ancillary needs. Some allow the moms and their babies to stay for up to two years.
Adoption services are available to those who choose to give their baby a loving home. These CPCs and mothers' homes, unlike Planned Parenthood, depend on the generosity of private donations. They give these women an opportunity to chose life for themselves and their babies.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Deuteronomy 30:19
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