Planned Parenthood Board Member Says Abortion Is ‘A Sacred Gift,’ Claims Christianity Is Dying

Valerie TaricoIn recent opinion columns, a Planned Parenthood board member has claimed that abortion is ‘a sacred gift,’ and that nonbelievers have ‘reasons to celebrate’ since Christianity is ‘in decline.’

Valerie Tarico is a member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Advocates, which—according to the board’s website—is a 400-member body of individuals “united by their personal integrity and commitment to the Planned Parenthood mission.” Among other responsibilities, Board of Advocates members “writ[e] articles, blog posts, or statements in support of Planned Parenthood.”

Tarico, whose writing has appeared in outlets such as Salon, AlterNet, and the Huffington Post, routinely writes about her opposition to Christian beliefs and values. In an opinion piece last June, she wrote, “it’s tempting to think that Christian conservatives have reached some new pinnacle of hating women and sexuality.”

In a Huffington Post article last January, Tarico claimed that abortion is “a sacred gift.” She also encouraged people to “honor women who decide to terminate pregnancies” and “honor doctors who provide abortion services,” since they are “doing God’s work.”

“An abortion when needed is a blessing,” Tarico posited. “It is a gift, a grace, a mercy, a cause for gratitude, a new lease on life. Being able to choose when and whether to bring a child into the world enables us and our children to flourish.”

In one of Tarico’s most recent articles, initially published on AlterNet in late December, she lists ten reasons why she believes that Christianity is “in decline.”

“Things are looking bright for those who would like to see humanity more grounded in science and reason,” Tarico asserts.

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The facts Tarico cites to support her claim vary significantly, but they include the secularization of millenials, the increasing outspokenness of skeptics, and the society’s departure from Biblical values.

“Today’s young women and men are making the Bible writers look as if they were members of a tribal, Iron Age culture in which women were property like livestock and children—to be traded, sold and won in battle,” Tarico alleges.

Tarico also claims that Christian denominations are declining in influence due to their “cruelty, bigotry and ignorance.”

In response to Tarico’s assertions, Matt Barber, a popular author and freelance columnist, wrote in a column for WND that such claims from nonbelievers are nothing new.

“When the atheist gives voice to his or her God-denial,” Barber writes, “it provides those in Truth a small glimpse into the same dark spirit—old as Adam—that prompted the psalmist to observe: ‘The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good’ (Psalm 14:1).”

Barber points out that true freedom cannot be found in human reasoning or atheism, but only in Jesus Christ—as explained in Galatians 5:1.

“Without Christ, there is no freedom,” Barber states. “There is only death.”

“When God-deniers like Ms. Tarico dig in their heels,” he continues, “a pitiable paradox occurs. While they think they’ve achieved intellectual enlightenment and freedom, they have, instead, been played for the fool. They have become slaves to the flesh, and playthings to the enemy.”

“Ultimately,” Barber concludes, “there is no autonomy. In the end we each belong to one Master or the other. Ms. Tarico, the end is just the beginning. And eternity is a very long time.”

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  • Stephanie

    She speaks with a Wiccan dialect….

    • Sir Tainly

      I was wondering the same thing.

  • Sir Tainly

    “Tarico claimed that abortion is “a sacred gift.””

    Whether or not a person agrees with me or not, when they start claiming access to “sacred things” they have my full attention because the stakes just got quite ramped up.


    Personally; I’d be more interested to speak directly to her ethical framework and statements instead of just talking down at her because of implied (actually it’s not implied, it’s stated outright and expounded upon) inferiority as to her world view.

    Sometimes just saying,”Oh yeah…well you are an UNBELIEVER!!!!!” instead of patiently reasoning with people serves to further drive people from Christ.

  • Amarachukwu Florence Nnamani

    Insanity is not only when one is naked and dancing in d street. It comes in different ways & i think her case is one. NONESENSE!!!

  • Mary Waterton

    She is right that “Christianity is in decline” … at least in Europe and America. The Christianity of Christ has been replaced by a peace-and-love hippie religion from the 1960’s.

  • Karate Kathleen

    I too see Wiccan ideology in her words. I have noticed they often use what we consider to mean holy words in an unusual way, and often the word “sacred”. I also sense some actual hatred from her when she talks about Christianity and I wonder why. I think Sir Tainly is right, talking to her might reveal the roots of her feelings/opinions. For example: did she have a really bad experience in a church or with someone calling themselves Christian or has her views turned basically satanic? Is she angry with God for some reason? What was the motivation for her choice of career? If one could talk to her maybe…

  • Karate Kathleen

    Oh, I must also say she is wrong when she says “Christianity is dying”. It may be in the US but it sure isn’t currently in India! Right now Christianity is the #1 growing religion there!

  • M Saha

    Look at all the comments here … Can you still say Christianity is in decline??

  • Abortions are not from God and Christianity isn’t dying. Im praying for you right now to see the truth and for God to intervene on behalf of all the babies you and your company are planning to abort. In Jesus name. Amen

  • Just Pamela

    When you are paid to kill a human being, isn’t that called a hitman?