Liberal Clergy Call Upon Texas Governor to Restore Planned Parenthood Funding

800px-PlannedparenthoodHoustonAUSTIN, Texas — A group of over 50 liberal clergy members have signed a letter calling upon the governor of Texas to restore Medicaid funding to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

“We write as concerned faith leaders from diverse religious traditions and communities across Texas to protest the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding in our state,” the open letter to Gov. Greg Abbott reads.

It asserts that access to “reproductive health services is a moral and spiritual good,” and that women should make their own decisions about “reproductive healthcare.”

“The decision to end Medicaid funding to a reliable, trusted provider like Planned Parenthood undermines these values – and puts families in our state at risk,” the letter states. “We urge you to reinstate Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood so that the women, men and teens of Texas may have access to lifesaving health services.”

Signers include Larry Bethune of University Baptist Church in Austin, Valda Jean Combs of Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Tom Heger of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Richard Bates of Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Neil Cazarez-Thomas of United Church of Christ in Dallas, Ken Crawford of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Dallas and Laura Harari of Temple Rodef Shalom in Waco.

As previously reported, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in October, providing the entity with a notice of termination of its Medicaid contract.

“[T]here is reliable information indicating a pattern of illegal billing practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates, including you, across the state,” the letter read. “Our prima facie case of fraud is supported by related cases involving fraudulent practices identified by whistleblowers from inside the Texas Planned Parenthood network.”

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It asserted that the organization also violated safety protocols surrounding the spread of infectious diseases, as it allegedly “allowed individuals posing as commercial buyers of fetal body parts to handle bloody fetal tissue while wearing only gloves.”

Planned Parenthood then sued Texas officials for terminating the organization’s Medicaid contract.

“By cancelling Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract, these politicians are telling women where they can and cannot go for reproductive healthcare,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America told reporters last month, asserting that the termination was illegal.

Richards is the daughter of Ann Richards, who was the Democratic governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995.

But Gov. Abbott welcomed the lawsuit. He had stated prior to the filing that he hoped Planned Parenthood would bring a legal challenge so that he could place officials under oath and get to the truth.

“I hope for a legal challenge here because I want to put these Planned Parenthood officials under oath and get them to swear about the practices that they were conducting in the state of Texas. Either, their horrific practices will be revealed or they may be found in violation of laws for perjury,” he told Fox News. “Texas does have hard evidence showing Medicaid fraud.”

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  • The Skeptical Chymist

    This action by the liberal clergy will not do any good to change Gov. Abbott’s mind, but at least it shows that Christians are not all of one mind regarding this issue.

    • OneBreadOneBody

      That is sad but true. Since Protestantism’s doctrine of “sola sciptura” inevitably leads to different interpretations of Scripture, there are bound to be those who see nothing sinful about abortion. This is borne out when we see even Baptists (of all people) becoming liberal.

      • Oboehner

        Since it is the job of the Holy Spirit to interpret scripture to the reader, that and the Bible clearly speaks of “vain traditions of men” as well as the fact that the scripture is “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” With the vain traditions of men, there are bound to be those who see nothing sinful about bowing to graven images of dead people.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Indeed. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are most dead in our transgressions, and totally unable to understand, much less interpret, Scripture whether we call ourselves Catholic, Christian, Baptist, etc. The pastor of the Bible church I used to be in converted a number of pastors and preachers to Christ, including a few Baptist ones too. It would seem that they had had some head knowledge, but had never actually submitted fully in obedience to Christ Jesus, nor desired to truly follow Him.

    • afchief

      They are NO Christians, PERIOD!!!!

      • gizmo23

        So you speak for God ?

        • afchief

          I sure do!!!!

          Revelation 21:8 (NASB) But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

          • gizmo23

            All hail the great and powerful afchief!

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    The term “liberal clergy” is an oxymoron in Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy. The Christian Church has, for nearly 2000 years, consistently relegated abortion to be clearly and repugnantly outside of its doctrine-based practice.

    (see http://blogs .thegospelcoalition .org/justintaylor/2009/01/22/abortion-and-early-church/ take the spaces out)

    The fact that some who claim to be Christian are themselves outside of orthodoxy and orthopraxy and have ex-communicated themselves from Christ Jesus is merely proof of fulfillment of Scripture (regarding spiritual wolves) and bears no warrant on the anti-Christian falsehoods and moral depravity associated with abortion. Kudos to the author of this article for calling out the apostate “pastors” who wrote this letter, so that any sheep who are attending their churches will now be fully informed in making their choice to serve God or the angel who masquerades as light. Attendees of these churches should immediately flee the devil who is in their midst, or else be complicit with him.

    If any of the apostate “pastors” are reading this story and its comments, I hereby formally rebuke you in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and call upon you to come to know the God of Life and Light (John 14:6) and abandon your devotion to the devil of death and darkness, for your Eternity is surely at risk. I also encourage you, if you have the courage, to investigate what abortion really is at the Grantham Collection (abortioninstruments .com – take the space out) and other sites that will show you the horrors of abortion. Failing that, you are willfully ignorant, and God will surely show you no mercy whatsoever in your siding with the barbaric evil of abortion.

    “Thou shalt not murder.” Exodus 20:13

    “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” — Matthew 18:6

    “Let true Christians then, with becoming earnestness, strive in all things to recommend their profession, and to put to silence the vain scoffs of ignorant objectors. Let them boldly assert the cause of Christ in an age when so many, who bear the name of Christians, are ashamed of Him: — William Wilberforce

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    • afchief

      Well said!!!

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Thanks, afchief – keep up the great posts yourself!

        • gizmo23

          None of these funds go to provide abortions.

    • thelordlives2011

      You are right Worldgonecrazy. These preachers are apostates and can not read their own bibles. Let God judge them. I would hate to be one of these apostate preachers and stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and explain to Jesus “Lord I thought it was okay to kill babies.” Then the Lord will say “I know you not.” The will get the next train ride to Hell. May God be True and every man a liar.

  • 201821208 :)

    “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 & Deuteronomy 5:17
    “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment” Matthew 5:21

    • gizmo23

      Does that include members of the military?

      • Frank

        No. There is a difference. Two different words and meanings in the original language. It gets muddled because English translates both words into the same word.

        • gizmo23

          Naplaming an innocent person is no different than an abortion

          • Nidalap

            Interesting. So, basically you’re saying that women who have abortions should be charged with war crimes? (^_^)

          • gizmo23

            I’m saying both acts are immoral

          • Nidalap

            So, they should be locked up then? 🙂

          • gizmo23

            We would all be locked up if all immoral acts were treated equally

          • Frank

            Like I said there are two different words and meanings and applications. Napalming an innocent person is not a defining action of what your question was.

  • acontraryview

    Liberal Baptists? I didn’t know that was even possible.

  • Nidalap

    Hey guys, here’s a hint. If the anti-God crowd starts giving you ‘atta-boys, you MAY have taken a wrong turn somewhere…

  • Cady555

    The state does not “give” money to PP. They reimburse PP for services provided. So much for a well baby visit or a breast exam or long acting birth control. By removing a major provider of health care services, people will die. What is pro life about that?

    • OneBreadOneBody

      First, please look up the word “fungible.” PP receives vastly more than mere reimbursement for “services provided” unless you include abortions. Do you seriously contend that they spent half a BILLION dollars providing breast exams and well-baby care?

      The funds received by PP could just as easily be given to the states’ Medicaid programs which would be a more equitable way of providing health care services to under-served populations. I can’t imagine a scenario where redirecting these funds is going to cause deaths that would not otherwise have occurred.