Drudge Report has this article about a YMCA run program in Manchester, New Hampshire that took middle school aged children on a field trip to the local Planned Parenthood. It was reported that this Planned Parenthood office does offer abortions and the young people encountered pro-life demonstrators and sidewalk counselors outside the facility. As this program is run in conjunction with the public school system, an investigation into how and why this happened has been launched.
Most troubling to me are the comments in defense of this field trip that accompany this article. The STAY program focuses on “at risk” children. Many people feel that if children fall into the “at risk” category then we need Planned Parenthood to help them find the appropriate birth control and family planning options for when they inevitably do what those “at risk” kids do. We have to take action to help these people because their parents can’t or won’t do it themselves. Does it end with birth control provision and “family planning?” The slippery slope ought to be obvious by now. After all, the Ron Weddington call to arms, “We don’t need more poor babies” so lets "limit" their procreation through abortion approach is the only realistic option, right? If you do not see it, I invite you to read an excerpt from the Weddington plan championed in his letter to then President-elect Clinton looking to fast track the RU486 option through FDA approval DATED January, 6 1992:
And, having convinced the poor that they can’t get out of poverty when they have all those extra mouths to feed, you will have to provide the means to prevent the extra mouths, because abstinence doesn’t work. The religious right has had 12 years to preach their message. It’s time to officially recognize that people are going to have sex and what we need to do as a nation is prevent as much disease and as many poor babies as possible.
Condoms alone won’t do it. Depo-Provera, Norplant and the new birth control injections being developed in India are not a complete answer, although the savings that could be effected by widespread government distribution and encouragement of birth control would amount to billions of dollars.
No, government is also going to have to provide vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortions…RU 486 and conventional abortions. Even if we make birth control as ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be unplanned pregnancies. (EMPHASIS ADDED)
[TO READ THE ENTIRE LETTER, CLICK HERE AND GO TO THE LAST 4 PAGES]
Notice that all the family planning in the world is not going to stop the need for abortions. The ridiculous argument that pro-aborts are more interested in limiting abortion through sex education than pro-lifers is rhetorical nonsense. If you do not think the practice of elective abortion is morally wrong, you will always reserve it as an option for dealing with “tough” situations. If you reserve it as on option, it will always be the seemingly easiest alternative.
To his credit, in another part of the letter Weddington does clarify that he is “not proposing that you (Clinton) send federal agents armed with Depo-Provera dart guns to the ghetto.” That is a relief, because for a second there this line of thinking sounded ghoulish and creepy. This is the argument that these people are proposing in their defense of the field trip to Planned Parenthood. We are going to use our persuasive ability to convince these “at-risk” kids that they WILL have sex, that their procreation is bad for society, and that we will provide them with anything and everything we can to help curtail their breeding including terminating their pregnancies for them.
While we’re at it, lets swing by Planned Parenthood and show the kids where we will kill their future children they are bound to produce because they are “at-risk” and incapable of sound judgment. They might get a kick out of it. PP promised not to use the “Depo guns” while we were there.
Killing the poor is a great way to end poverty. It is also morally reprehensible and evil, but hey we gotta do something.