Over thirty Christians gathered outside of a Planned Parenthood rally this afternoon at the Democratic National Convention to be a voice for the thousands of children that are murdered everyday in America through abortion.
The rally, entitled “Women Are Watching,” which is part of a nationwide tour, was meant to speak on political issues pertaining to pro-abortion advocates. According to the organization’s website, the event is focused on what it believes are “attacks” against women in politics, such as the Personhood Amendment that is being petitioned in states across the country, the pulling of state funding from Planned Parenthood, and access to birth control and abortion.
“Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, anti-women’s health leaders in Congress and the states have been spending their time introducing and passing bills restricting women’s access to health care,” Planned Parenthood remarked. “In fact, lawmakers have introduced more than 1,000 reproductive health bills in legislatures across the country, the majority of which seek to undermine women’s health.”
However, the Christians that gathered at the event stated that abortion and birth control have nothing to do with women’s health, and used visual aids to demonstrate their deep concerns with the abortion holocaust in America.
“We’re here to address the consciences of men and women,” stated Patte Smith, longtime pro-life missionary, who came to witness to attendees with her husband Scott. “One of the Ten Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not murder,’ and so we are addressing the sin of murder.”
Smith outlined that while those that had rallied to support Planned Parenthood were generally well-behaved, they were visibly exuberant in their coalition to fight for the furtherance of abortion in America.
“There’s a lot of people walking around celebrating shedding the blood of innocent children,” she explained. “We saw 500-600 women chanting for the right to kill their babies. … They started chanting to drown us out. It’s very obvious these are women who want to kill their children.”
Kris Estep of A Holy Ambition Ministries also described the scenario this afternoon.
“We’re at one of the corners where a lot of the Planned Parenthood supporters are,” he told Christian News Network. “There’s a large group of people across the street chanting, ‘Pro-choice! Pro-choice!'”
“We want to take a stand for the unborn,” Estep said.
The Christians state that they engaged in a variety of outreach methods, from open-air preaching to one-on-one conversation to tract distribution. Many also held signs that depicted actual children that have lost their lives from abortion.
“There is a lot of apathy,” Smith noted. “At least twenty people [told me], ‘I’m a Christian, but I’m pro-choice.”
She recalled one memorable encounter from earlier in the day where a mother and her children stopped to talk to her about abortion and homosexuality.
“Just as you’ve had the blessing of having these girls, [others need to realize the blessing of parenthood, too],” Smith told the woman.
“Yes, and I hope my daughters all grow up and get married to beautiful women,” the mother replied.
The rally was be held at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, but was later moved to East Fifth and College Avenues. It featured a number of prominent speakers, such as Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker; Wisconsin State Representative Gwen Moore and birth control activist Sandra Fluke.
Fluke is most known for her testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in February of this year, when she spoke in support of the inclusion of contraceptive coverage in Obamacare. She claimed that during her time as a law student at Georgetown University, birth control could cost up to $3,000 and that 40% or more of students experienced financial hardship because of their contraceptive expenditures. Fluke insinuated that low-income female students would become pregnant without university insurance plans covering birth control.
“She’s promoting sexual immorality,” Smith commented. “It’s very sickening to me that a woman would promote other women sleeping with men that aren’t their husbands.”
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion empire in the world, was founded in the early 1900’s by Margaret Sanger, who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. Sanger was a proponent of eugenics, and wanted to eliminate the weaker or “unwanted” in society, who she at times called “idiots.”
“We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,” she once said.
Other protests from various groups, including homosexual rights activists and Occupiers, are expected to take place at the Democratic National Convention throughout the week.