Curious: Teen pregnancy drops dramatically when Planned Parenthood leaves town

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Photo credit: Christian Post

When Planned Parenthood left town in the Texas panhandle, a curious thing happened. Teen pregnancy dropped dramatically — by 45.7 percent, according to state records.

Pregnancy rates among 13-17-year olds during the years 1994 through 2010 fell through the floor, while Planned Parenthood Federation of America facilities for the 16-county region shut down, going from 19 family planning facilities to zero, according to Christian Post.

The study, titled “A Longitudinal Analysis of PPFA and Teen Pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle” appears to contradict Planned Parenthood’s long-espoused claim that it serves a vital public need to educate teens on safe sex practices to reduce pregnancies.

Indeed, the teen pregnancy rate “reached its lowest point in recorded history two years after disaffiliation of the last two remaining facilities,” according to the report.

“In 1996, the year before opposition to Planned Parenthood began, the average teen pregnancy rate in the 16 counties where Planned Parenthood operated facilities was 43.6 per 1,000 girls aged 13 to 17,” the study said, analyzing Texas Department of State Health Services data. “By 2002, the rate had dropped to 28.6. In 2008, the year the last two Planned Parenthood facilities disaffiliated from PPFA, the teen pregnancy rate was 27.2. And in 2010, two years after the Texas Panhandle became Planned Parenthood-free, the teen pregnancy rate had fallen to 24.1.”

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Planned Parenthood’s 2012 fact sheet, “Reducing Teenage Pregnancy,” proposes to reduce pregnancy among adolescents by:

Incorporate responsible, medically accurate sexuality education and information in the schools and in the media.

Incorporate improvements in funding for and access to family planning services.

Incorporate youth development programs to improve the life options of impoverished teens.

Noticeably missing from the list is abstinence-based education. In fact, in response to questions posed to the organization from teens, it claims that promiscuity isn’t a bad thing.

Coupled with the number of abortions Planned Parenthood perform each year, I can only imagine that it places sexual pleasure among the nation’s youth on a higher plane than it does life.

And for this we paid them $542 million in taxpayer funds in fiscal year 2012.

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  • SpeakTruth

    It is great that the Texas teen pregnancy rate declined in those years. The problem is that this article and the Christian Post would like to credit Planned Parenthood leaving the state. What is not mentioned in these articles is that the US teen pregnancy rate has fallen significantly in the last 20 years. In fact, in states that Planned Parenthood continues to operate, the teen pregnancy rates are LOWER than Texas. I wonder why those statistics were not mentioned? It is curious, although, I am sure it was just an oversight.
    http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

    • Joe Vigliatura

      Another small problem with planned parenthood (what a misnomer), is that under their programs, over 6 million babies have been aborted. “God Bless them”, is what Obama said about them. Are you people dense or what?

      • curmudgeon

        Actually over 55 million since Roe V wade. The only positive result of government (taxpayer) funded abortion are the 55 million potential liberal democrat voters being removed from the equation.

        • rhonan

          There were lots of abortions before Roe v. Wade. Roe was not the beginning of abortion. It was the end of women dying from back alley abortions.

          • Steve Harmon

            Really? How many died, exactly, are we talking? Can you say canard? Roe was the beginning of “Legal” MURDER. How many Dr.’s are in prison for murder of these, supposed, “back alley deaths”?
            DON”T BUY THE LIE!!!!!

          • Trutherator

            They told the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade it was 10,000 back-alley abortions, which the very same doctor who said it to them later said they “made it up out of nothing”, “because it sounded like a lot”.

            Later he saw an ultrasound and repented, now narrates pro-life film “The Silent Scream” that describes an infant’s struggle inside the womb to survive an “abortion”.

          • JHorvathJr

            Name one right that we all share for which government pays the tab. I want a free press so I can use my free speech. I have no problem with abortion. I just do not want to pay taxes because someone can’t keep her knees together.

          • curmudgeon

            Frankly I could care less about abortions as the majority reduce the numbers of future liberals and democrat voters, but kindly pay for your sloppy failure at using birth control out of your own pocket. The taxpayer owes you nothing.

    • John Campbell

      What? You mean Planned Parenthood’s message of it’s OK to sleep around with anything with legs isn’t getting a positive response around the nation either? Imagine that.

      It must really upset you that the old “if it feels good, do it” theme of the left got upstaged by individual responsibility. I wonder if maybe God had something to do with that. Hmmm ,………. naw, ………. couldn’t be, ……… could it?

      • roblimo

        Um… this is not Planned Parenthood’s message. You can spew invective if that’s how you get your rocks off, but you might want to start with actual facts, not ones you make up.

        And “the left?” I’m a leftist by your standards: married for many years to a good woman, a productive worker until I retired (and I still work, just less), a gun owner, and a veteran.

        • John Campbell

          You’ll have to tell that to Planned Parenthood.

          From the link in the story you seem to have so much to say about:

          After a laughable attempt to muddle the definition of promiscuity, to
          include suggesting the term could mean “a person who goes on a lot of
          dates,” a commentary posted on Planned Parenthood’s Tumblr page stated:

          “Since the number of sexual partners you’ve had doesn’t
          say anything about your character, your morals, or your personality – or
          about anything at all really– there’s nothing bad or unhealthy about
          having a big number of sexual partners.”

        • Steve Harmon

          Really rob? please tell us what their message is. Let me guess, “Now you girls, be responsible with your bodies and don’t ever Kill a baby, we’re here to help you deliver and find a good home for your “Mistake” (as Obama-bin-Lyin’ puts it). Is that it, rob, is that the message they send out? Wow, blind much? Or is it just your agenda?

          • Doug

            Better to bring an unloved and uncared for child into the world.

          • Steve Harmon

            Yup, beats the merde out of murdering the poor little innocents.

          • JHorvathJr

            Many couples I am sure would adopt such a child. Now that my biological children are adults out of th house, I might consider doing it myself.

      • Steve Harmon

        Yup, “Hose bags unite, spread em”. “Don’t worry, we’ll kill that mistake (as Obama-bin-Lyin’ put’s it).”. Just like the commercial, “Like it never even happened.”.

    • homer1057

      SpeakTruth: what do YOU know about TRUTH? Have you never seen the verse in the Bible that says GOD hates those that shed “INNOCENT” blood? Pro 6:17KJV There is “NO” justification for taking an innocent life! God gave the life, and ONLY He can take that life! You had better get that, sir! If a man will not go against the wrong, than he is for the wrong and as guilty as if he had done that wrong! How does P/P plan to do anything but abort innocent lives?

      • Eric

        You can bet this clown has never picked up a Bible and his god is Barack Obama.

        • curmudgeon

          Liberalism or Statism is their religion, Barack Hussein Obama it’s “Lord and Savior”.

          • LeSellers

            “Statism”, as a religion, is correctly named “prytaneolatry”.

            Mr. Magoo O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

          • roblimo

            As soon as we have stiff (20% or better) tariffs on all imported goods and services. Sing with me:
            ——-
            Tariffs were good for the founding fathers,
            They were good for the founding fathers,
            They were good for the founding fathers,

            And they’re good enough for me!
            ——
            You knew that tariffs were one of the first taxes enacted by the men who wrote our Constitution, right?

          • NoCrud

            Ron Paul…is that you?

      • SpeakTruth

        What are you talking about?!! You do not have to like the fact that teen pregnancy rates have significantly declined, but most people find it something to celebrate! Why are you quoting from the Bible and “yelling”?
        You jump to conclusions and throw accusations as if you know anything about me. Perhaps if you took the time to ask what I thought about abortion or Planned Parenthood, or anything else, you might could have saved your tantrum for someone else! And, by the way, Planned Parenthood does indeed provide other services than abortions.

        • Steve Harmon

          Oooooo, sorry, we forgot, it’s all about you, not murdered children. Sorry, how insensitive of us, please proceed.

          • SpeakTruth

            No, sir. I think you missed my point. I was responding directly to a person that accused me of a few things. He actually “screamed” at me. I was just letting him know that if he had bothered to find out what I believed first, then he would have seen he/she was mistaken. He/she could have given his/her screaming fit to someone that it applied to.

          • Steve Harmon

            Okay, I guess I don’t know your stance on abortion, my fault for not understanding. Let’s clear that up now, murder or life?

          • SpeakTruth

            Neither. I think we should do everything we can to prevent teenage pregnancies. My mother got pregnant with me at 17. She was in love with my 18 year old dad (’67). So, believe me when I say I do not like abortion. She didn’t have a choice then, but I don’t think it would have made a difference to her. Not a single girl or boy I knew in high school was a virgin upon graduation (’86). And we were the “good kids” that did not sleep around. I volunteer at my children’s private high school where the average educational level of their parents is at least one undergraduate degree, average income is in the six figures, and the vast majority of students come from two parent religious families. Most of the kids that graduate are not virgins. Teenage sex is not going away, so we need to arm them with education and birth control. I have never witnessed a celebration of a teenage pregnancy. But, they are a fact too often. I hate abortions. But, I am not bound by Biblical teachings, because I do not believe in the Bible. I am bound to what I think is in the girl’s best interest, and I believe that it is usually not becoming a mother at 16. Giving a child up for adoption is one of the most selfless things I can think of, but many women remain guilt ridden for doing so. I do not view abortion as murder. Is it killing life? Yes, but not murder. Having said that, it is an extremely traumatic thing to have to go through. It is a matter of deciding where to draw the line. Destroying fertilized eggs in Petri dish? Pulling a brain dead woman off life support? Killing one nonviable twin to save the viable one in utero? I believe all of those things are justified. All sad, hard decisions. I am a woman, by the way, with three teenage children, happily married to their father, and I am a stay at home mom who volunteers at their school. My niece and nephew are adopted.

          • Steve Harmon

            Okay, you say neither, how convenient for you. No excuses, premeditated murder. I wasn’t referring to the extremely rare cases you brought up. You mentioned none of your friends were virgins and you were the “good kids”, huh? I’m sorry but the “good kids” are those with self-esteem, can control their urges and know that sex is for after marriage. Moral people don’t go through life giving in to their urges. Those without a good set of morals don’t have to worry about murdering babies as long as it makes their selfish motives make their lives easier. Life shouldn’t be about, “What’s good for me.”. It should be about weak and most vulnerable. So Speak, we will disagree and leave it there.

          • SpeakTruth

            Mr. Harmon, my friends and I did and still do have self esteem. There are certainly people of all ages that are promiscuous because of low self esteem, abuse, etc. But many, many teenagers and adults have sex because they are in love or think they are. It has always been so. I am assuming you have the same low opinion of teenage boys and men that premarital sex.
            I do not believe in murder. The fact that you think abortion is murder does not make it so. I realize others feel as you do, and recognize how repulsive abortion is you. Although I hate abortion, I do not think it is murder. It is an invasive, sometimes painful procedure. It is extremely stressful on the girl/woman and is unpleasant all the way around for the person having it. But, I do not think it is killing a baby.
            Your idea of morality is very different than mine because your is derived from the Bible. Mine is from logic, reason, empathy, and compassion. Therefore occasionally we are at odds. A person is neither good or bad based on the fact they they had sex unmarried. It is not convenient for me to think abortion is not murder. It is a conclusion drawn from logic and reason. I dislike abortion because of empathy and compassion for the person having one.

        • Steve Harmon

          Who cares? We all know why they exist, Murder babies.

      • rhonan

        We are discussing facts and science here, not iron age superstition.

        • Steve Harmon

          Iron age superstition? Wow, if ignorance is bliss, you must be the happiest mass of cells on the planet.

        • John Campbell

          Well then, if that’s the case, the only thing you have protecting you is a law. No rights to self defense or the like. God certainly has nothing to do with it. After all, if someone decided to perform a post birth abortion on you it’s just “facts and science here, not iron age superstition.” Right?

          • rhonan

            Sorry, thanks for trying to play. Human reason alone is sufficient for solid, compassionate ethics. The Bible, by not condemning slavery in all its forms, proves it is not useful in reaching a moral conclusion. Reason, not superstition, is the only sound basis for one’s life.Besides, if one were to base their life on god(s), there is just as much reason to follow Dagon or Odin, and follow their rules as there is for the Christian deity.

          • John Campbell

            Ah! So the truth finally comes out. Lucky for you the founders didn’t see it that way. Rights, being a gift from God, are the only thing that protects you. Such morality, that you hold in such disdain, is the only thing keeping you from a post birth abortion. Of course with views like yours I suspect that will likely be short lived because it’s only a matter of time before you decide there’s little to live for since you don’t have any belief in your soul carrying on in the next world when you depart from this one. More likely you’ll decide to be the ultimate quitter and then violate the rights of everyone else on your way out. Typical leftist and another cowardly murderer in the making.

          • SpeakTruth

            The belief that you should treat others as you would like to be treated is a sufficient basis for morality. It is a concept that predates Christianity and can be found in almost all cultures in some form. It has been found in ancient writings as early as 2,000 BC.
            As far as how the founding fathers saw god, it is difficult to tell with some of them and clear with others. Some of their writings are quite interesting. God is not mentioned in the Constitution, and the First Amendment is clear. But their beliefs do not matter. They provided all of us with a document allowing us to believe what we like.
            As far as having little to live for, that is just ridiculous. We have spouses we love, children, extended family, friends, careers, hobbies, the desire to learn, etc. human beings managed to figure out ethical codes through reason way before Christianity, and continue to do so without it.

          • John Campbell

            Partially true, but humans didn’t learn any of this before God made them. Give credit where it’s due.

          • SpeakTruth

            Well, I do believe there is a slight possibility of some omnipotent being, but I don’t think so. My biggest issue is religion itself. I think if there is a God, and he questions me why I didn’t believe the Bible was divine, or why I didn’t believe what the clergy told me the Bible meant, I would answer that I always tried to be a good person, loved well, gave of myself to those in need, gave of my monetary wealth to those in need, and I read, and listened, and used this wonderful brain you gave me to come to the conclusions I did.
            I am not worried, Mr. Campbell. But I am respectful of the fact you came to different conclusions.

          • John Campbell

            Bravo! Even if we don’t agree, that was nicely stated. I’m actually surprised.

            One must keep a couple of things in mind when considering religions. You can’t blame God for the actions of man. Life here is a proving ground for the soul. One only finds out whether or not they passed when it’s over and done and the only way to prove ones self is with free will.

            The other is that God himself admits to having made a mistake. He proclaimed he would never again bring forth the great floods due to all the damage that it did. I suspect also that there might have been more than just that one instance of such as having sent his only begotten son, Jesus, to change a few things is a pretty good indicator.

            One thing I do know. I’m not about to argue it with God. When my time comes I’ll be facing his decision, not God facing mine.

          • SpeakTruth

            Thank you, I think, lol. I have been accused of being a troll, a libtard, a libturd, racist, a bigot, etc. I do try very hard to state my case based on reliable sources, and to refrain from personal attacks. But, alas, I am human and slip from time to time.
            I do get more angry at the biased ways information is presented, though. Both sides do it, but it is surprising at the number of posters that immediately swallow the info without looking for supporting info. I post on the liberal sites as well, defending the conservative point or questioning the source material.
            But sometimes, I converse with a nice person that I disagree with, but that made me think about something I hadn’t before, or that reminds me that we are better than the pundits.

          • JHorvathJr

            Liberals like to point to crusades and other church wars (basically in WESTERN Europe) but they don’t mind supporting baby-killing. Hypocrisy thy name is LIBERAL

          • SpeakTruth

            Which liberals? And are you calling me a hypocrite? If so, why?

          • Trutherator

            There is LOTS less “reason” to follow one man’s rules he makes for himself as he goes along than to believe the Biblical God. Stalin or Mother Theresa?

          • SpeakTruth

            Neither. Stalin did what he did because he was a bad person. He was raised to be a Catholic priest. He tried to rid Russia of religion until he came to power. But once he captured it, he revived the Russian Orthodox Church, theological schools were opened, as was the Seminary. But he did what he did because he was a bad person, not because he was an atheist or Catholic.
            Mother Theresa did dedicate herself to helping the poor, but because of her religion would not consent to her charges being given birth control or condoms for AIDS prevention. I know she has a right to her religious convictions, but these people were starving and continuing to have more children and spreading diseases. So, the question of what is more charitable or loving

          • JHorvathJr

            Stalin did all you say he did; however after he appointed a new Moscow patriarch whn he exiled the one giving a talk at the UN. The church was then infiltrated by communist henchmen.

          • SpeakTruth

            Yeah, he was an opportunist. Religious when it suited, not when it didn’t. Just a bad person.

          • Trutherator

            That’s exactly the idea behind the so-called “faith-based” initiatives of Bush and Obama both. Use religion and corrupt clergy to make them depend on the hand that oppresses them.

          • Trutherator

            You see, you make my point for me. Stalin made it up as he went along and used religion to subjugate and deceive without really believing, obviously.

            Theresa cared for people who were alive, but very rightly said that murder is wrong. She realized that poverty is no excuse for murder. Prenatal infanticide is exactly that.

            Campaigns of compulsory abortions like in China are brutal violations of what abortion apologists like to call the “right to choose”. Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control (now aka Planned Parenthood) and Hitler’s eugenicists agreed that abortion and birth control was just fine for eliminating inferior races.

          • SpeakTruth

            Plenty of bad people do things in the name of religion. Bad people come is all colors, genders, religious affiliations, etc.
            I said nothing about abortion regarding Mother Theresa. I said birth control, as in preventing a pregnancy, not terminating one. The sick and malnourished women she nursed often had several starving children already. The compassionate thing would have been to tell them about birth control and to provide the sick men with condoms to prevent AIDS spreading to the wives. It could be argued that Mother Theresa sent her patients back to their villages to spread disease and poverty by sex without protection. This was done because of her religion. You may call that morality, but I do not.
            I don’t know why you mentioned China and compulsory abortion, as I mentioned nothing about either.

          • Trutherator

            My point is that the birth control pushers in general are abortionists also and that some “birth control” methods are also abortifacients, despite misinformation.

            China and ethnic cleanser groups like Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood also consider abortion as form of birth control, avoiding birth, since clearly they pretend babies don’t die.

            If you know Mother Theresa opposed birth control, you probably also know that she opposes any sexual act outside of marriage. This is completely consistent with her views. I support respect for the right of conscience, like refusing the compulsory military service, or birth control.

            Who are you to decide? Where’s the right to choose with that?

          • SpeakTruth

            I do, indeed, know that Mother Theresa considers opposes sex outside of marriage, however hundreds of per patients were married. The Catholic Church like some others promotes additional children through their no birth control policy. How is it humane or compassionate to encourage additional births when the parents are already starving as well as their living children? How is it humane to knowing let a man spread a deadly disease to a future wife thus possibly his future children instead of telling him how best to prevent doing so? This is what happens when someone’s morality is biblically or religiously based. Morality should be based on logic, reason, compassion, and empathy.
            Disqus is not letting me edit or move my curser to correct grammatical mistakes or typos. I apologize.

          • Trutherator

            Well, according to logic, reason, compassion and empathy, then, you are blaming the innocent party (Mother Theresa) and not the ones who pass deadly diseases around. And yet I’ll bet you’re one of the first to condemn the effective birth control of Biblical remedies for exactly that for the guy (and remember it’s either the WOMAN that infected the guy, or if a sodomite, another GUY..

            As to birth control and population, the main reason people are poor is that the cronies don’t let them do business on the same playing field as their crony buddies.

            But you forcing your arrogant depopulation ideas on others reflects the attitude of the experts of prenatal infanticide which started this discussion, Sanger’s legacy of the aborticide holocaust.

            Besides, the devil’s people are preparing a holocaust to pale in comparison the atheist birth-control freaks of the 20th century. Stay tuned.

          • Trutherator

            Besides, paying attention? Planned Barrenhood went away and teen pregnancies went down. Former abortion clinic owner (she had four) said they loved giving “safer sex” lectures about birth control in high schools because business multiplied for abortions. So if you want to reduce pregnancies for real, (1) close down the abortion clinics, (2) stop the fraudulent “birth control” talks to the high schoolers, (3) do what has proven to work, and that’s abstinence-approached education.

          • Trutherator

            Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
            19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

          • rhonan

            “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
            -Gene Roddenberry

            “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
            -Edward Gibbon

            “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
            Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
            Is he both able and
            willing? Then whence cometh evil?
            Is he neither able nor willing? Then
            why call him God?”
            -Epicurus

            “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy,
            education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would
            indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment
            and hope of reward after death.”
            -Albert Einstein

          • Trutherator

            My reply to these famous ones who had a fault of logic was too long to put here, so here:

            http://trutherator.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/answers-to-quotes-by-famous-atheists-and-agnostics/

          • JHorvathJr

            I recall liberals during ‘Nam called soldiers including myself, “baby killers”. So how are they NOT “baby killers” themselves? I guess denial works powerfully in the weak minds of liberals. Pro-abortion baby-killers should own up to what they truly are.

          • Trutherator

            C. S. Lewis said that the worst tyrants are the ones who are motivated by “good things”, because their consciences do not bother them in their abuses.

    • Dave Duty

      What also happens in Planned Parenthood offices are more abortions than anything else. Over 300000 abortions by Planned Parenthood alone in 2012. And while this number reflects a drop in abortions from years before, its only 4.5% drop. While other service they “offer” dropped 32%. Even offering contraception fell by 14% that year. So by those numbers it seems they prefer the money making abortion to the adoption consoling and handing out contraception. Now thats speaking the truth.

    • Eric

      You believe the gov numbers? You arent very bright.

      • SpeakTruth

        Actually, Eric, I am very bright. And there are plenty of other sources reflecting a similar decline. Are you suggesting every administration for the last 20 years conspired with the CDC or Department of Health? The decline in teenage pregnancy rates should be something everyone celebrates.

        • Steve Harmon

          I must agree, this one time Speak. Less murders = better Country.

          • Trutherator

            Yes, fewer teens (lost to prenatal infanticide) is one factor in declining teen pregnancies.

    • tdwfl

      I agree. The article is misleading. The story makes the point that the pregnancy rate dropped even though PP pulled out, ending the educational programs they claim are necessary. As it is written it seems like they’re attributing the drop to the exodus of PP.

    • rhonan

      Exactly! The more women can control their own fertility, and make informed decisions, the lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies at any age. The sad part is that the forced-birth movement is not about preserving life. It is all about making abortion potentially fatal again. Global data is very solid. Even where abortion is highly criminalized, abortion happens at rates near what they occur at in most areas where it is legal, and even government provided. The only difference is the much higher fatality rates where it is illegal. The only areas that show a difference in the rates is Eastern Europe and Russia, where abortion is legal and inexpensive, but effective birth control is hard to get and expensive, and sex ed is largely unheard of. There abortion rates are through the roof. Still, as the American Taliban is not interested in facts or reality, trying to educate them is a waste of time.

      • SpeakTruth

        I know. It is sad, really. The teenage pregnancy rate was at the all time high in 1957. It has been on a decline since then, but a rapid decline since we started educating our children about sex. My mother was taught nothing from adults and had to hear about periods from girlfriends. Some might prefer to offer Biblical versus on virtue to their children, but I will offer truth and condoms to mine!

        • rhonan

          Remember, we are talking about people who let Iron Age superstition rule their lives. A superstition that had no problem with Christian owning other people, especially if they forced those people to become Christians too. They are not open to reason, and avoid reality all they can. Fortunately, modern education and communications is leading more and more people in each generation to reject primitive superstition in favor of reason. Once we get a national health system that makes sure all Americans get mental health when they need it, the American Taliban will fade away.

          • SickOf BeingCoddled

            I am sad that your life experience has given you these opinions on “Christians”. People who call them self Christians or republicans or democrats or Wikens or what ever, are all just PEOPLE! Flawed people. I am a christian, and I have never thought it OK to enslave people. I love to learn and serve others. I do not see how a “government controlled” health care system will be the answer to the issues of the day but it’s an interesting idea. I think we all need to be more aware and more pro active in recognizing each others difficult times and be better prepared to help.

          • Trutherator

            The abolitionists were Christians.

            The Underground Railroad were Christians.

            William Wilberforce of England made ending slavery in the British Empire a lifetime mission field, encouraged by Christian minister John Newton.

            John Newton was the Christian who had been a slave trader and wrote Amazing Grace the song, as testimony to how great God’s mercy is to the greatest and vilest sinners such as he had been.

            St. Patrick’s legacy is his own and his disciples’ preaching against slavery, which poked the conscience of the continent in early years of our Lord Jesus Christ.

            Christian missionary Dr. David Livingston’s fierce outrage against slavery and abuse in Africa moved one tribe to beg him to be their king.

            Meantime, ATHEISTS enslaved entire nations in Asia and Europe during the 20th century and committed mass murder of resistant populations.

          • SickOf BeingCoddled

            thanks for the details to back up my point. people choose to be bad or good. God says to follow him means to try to be GOOD all the time, And if you fail, try again.

          • JHorvathJr

            Your ego/superego/libido are the constructs of a man named Freud. The one thing he most vigorously denied was a seat for spirit and soul. Materialists can not imagine anything greater than their own minds. The idea that everything in the universe was an accident, including your own perceptions doesn’t seem to give you pause about the ‘reasoning” that accidentally occurs in your brain cells.

        • SickOf BeingCoddled

          biblical truths and beliefs are the only sure way to prevent abortions and unwanted children. However the person has to follow the directions and many do not. This is sad, but is not a reason or excuse to STOP teaching the ideal. Because it is shameful to be pregnant and not married, that is still no reason to not have compassion for someone who is raped or taken advantage of. Good religious teaching doesn’t mean that physical functions don’t need to be explained and .explaining physical functions doesn’t mean there is no room for moral and religious values and standards to be stressed. Also some economic statistics and daily life reality education is very helpful.

          • SpeakTruth

            I appreciate your considerate and respectful comment, thank you. I disagree, however, that it is shameful to be unmarried and pregnant. In some instances, perhaps, but certainly not all. I would consider it much more shameful to be a married couple that continues to have children they cannot afford, and that relies on the taxpayers and the charity of others to support them. It is much more shameful to be a man that left his pregnant wife or girlfriend. But, we agree that it important to educate our children using all the tools we have to ensure they grow up to be kind, respectful, and responsible.

      • Trutherator

        Tax extortion to fuel free abortions for poor girls is also forced abortion, and the same demagogues that preach “choice” in the USSA (Planned Barrenhood) are the same ones who told China to force abortions there of all second pregnancies.

        • rhonan

          No moron, providing free abortions is not forcing anyone to have an abortion. Not that tax dollars pay for any abortions, thanks to right-wing politicians pandering to the forced-birth movement. Just like I’m not forcing anyone to join the military when I pay my taxes, which pay the military.

          • Trutherator

            I never said “providing free” was “force”. But it is extortion to make me pay for them with taxes, and it is delusional to defend the Planned Barrenhood’s use of the word “choice” to support prenatal infanticide (the baby cannot agree, is not asked), especially when they are the ones that designed China’s one-child and forced abortion policy.

            The Clinton administration made three Chinese women wait three years for asylum, based on their history of forced abortions. Thanks to depopulation advocates at the PB (aka PP) with their Sanger-inspired ethnic eugenics programs.

    • Steve Harmon

      Thank God, whatever the reason.

  • Michelle Evans

    It was a very good day when I saw the Planned Parenthood building was shut down! The demon has left the building! Praise to our everlasting God!!

    • Doug

      Then pregnancy rates must have gone down. Your town was very fortunate.

      • NoCrud

        Planned Parenthood is getting into the business of getting women pregnant? Does that make sense?

        • Doug

          The article states that if they leave pregnancy goes down. Why, I have no idea.

        • Trutherator

          They give talks about “birth control” in high schools and include a mention of abortion. After their talks their abortion business goes up.

  • John Campbell

    Just imagine the result if we could get the pedophiles out of the public school system who thrill to teach sex education.

    • curmudgeon

      Whoa there, these are guaranteed democRAT voters. Eric Holder would be so upset at you.

    • PleaseGoAwayDWS

      I’m sure they all go into the catholic church where they are welcomed.

      • John Campbell

        Sinners are generally welcomed into any church, just not normally into the hierarchy. The Catholic church is working to correct it’s failings no different than any church that finds such events taking place. I wish them well.

  • woofpacker75

    Imagine that- when folks are FORCED to be responsible, THEY ARE!! How about this- FORCE folks to support themselves- pay for their own food, housing, heat, childcare, phones, etc etc. It WILL WORK. But no, Democrats would rather BUY VOTES with OUR money.

    • curmudgeon

      Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? What’s interesting is, the first group “worked for” their money, but the second group didn’t.

      • woofpacker75

        So let’s get a roaring economy going circa 2017 and turn off ALL those FedGov money spigots. Oh, and close ALL FedGov departments that are NOT listed in Article 1 Section 8. That’ll motivate a bazillion useless socialist bureaucrat weasels to go get a productive job generating real wealth in the private sector. Maybe all the EPA thugs around DC will move to CA. They’ll deserve each other!

        • NoCrud

          The EPA needs to not just go to California, they need to go BEYOND California — and take a lot of Californians with them.

          • acers2

            Mariana’s Trench, would be my suggestion for a home for EPA and Californicators, NoCrud.

        • curmudgeon

          Well stated by yourself, NoCrud and acers2 as well. Throw them all out along with their enablers in the special interest groups and Kalifornina would be a good place to segregate them. Sure would not lower the collective intelligence of that state.

      • Doug

        Involuntary sterilization of women on welfare who bring forth another child.

        • curmudgeon

          Beautiful idea. I can hear the screeching of liberals from here. While we’re at it you must name the stud muffin who knocked you up and left the taxpayer to support your spawn so he can be neutered as well.

  • Sunshine Kid

    This just goes to show the despicable lying that was going on. The PP was “providing a service” – yeah, a way for a mother not to have to work to rear her children. When confronted with the fact of a pregnancy without the ability of a quick out, a whole different set of values kicked in – as it should have.

  • http://yahoo.com/ DustyFae

    Close all of Planned Parenthood places and see more lives saved in more ways then one…

  • homer1057

    PLANNED Parenthood: Now, let’s look at the Misnomer, can we? Planned…to do what, Parenthood? how can anyone plan parenthood when abortion is what these people are doing? Aborting Innocent children in the womb? You plan to be a parent w/the absence of any children and aborting the same! You plan to “Assuage” the potential “LIFE”! One last thing: People always say: God is Love, and yes He is, however; how can one rectify the verse in Pro 6:17 KJV where it says, GOD “HATES” those that shed innocent blood! Go ahead, how is that verse justfied where a God of “LOVE” HATES? I am waiting for an answer!

    • Doug

      It’s kind of like when compassionate conservatives want to deny help to welfare moms.

      • SusieQ

        Doug, when conservatives try to make more people responsible they get shot down. There is never a process to just help the ones who really need it because of the runaway welfare system that is perpetuated by this admistration, especially now. I do not think your post was being fair, sorry.

  • Eric

    Its time this abortion mill was put out of business.

  • Rob

    It’s the same thing that happened when the New Deal was passed – the country went to hell in a handbasket because now they had a backup plan.

    Take away the safety net and people have no choice but to be a LOT more careful.

    • Doug

      You’re still agitated about the New Deal? How do you feel about the Monroe Doctrine?

      • NoCrud

        And how do you feel about staying on topic and not trying to Alinsky the topic and shift to some other area and thereby disrupt the blog? What comes next? Isolate and Ridicule?

        • Doug

          Rob brought up the New Deal not I.

    • SpeakTruth

      A careful teenager? Granted, there are some. But, the vast majority of teenagers are not careful. Some of those teenagers that are not careful just get lucky. The lucky ones don’t crash their vehicles when they text, or drink. The lucky ones don’t get arrested for underage drinking. The lucky ones don’t get pregnant when they forget or decide to risk it and not use birth control.

  • psychosally

    abortions drop drastically too