You may have heard that Glamour magazine published their 2015 Women of the Year list. And among the 25 is a man: Bruce Jenner, aka Caitlyn Jenner. That’s enough of an anomaly, but equally or more disturbing is that among the 25 honorees, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood is named.
Lena Dunham, 2012 Woman of the Year, is quoted: “Cecile Richards is a Woman of the Year because … ‘She is fighting for each and every one of us. I would follow her into a burning building and still not be half as brave as she is.’”
What a shockingly ironic statement in light of the 11 videos released in recent months revealing with graphic clarity the heartless murder of innocent and defenseless human beings taking place inside the buildings Richards operates and arduously defends – descriptions and images so gruesome that many cannot bear to watch them.
“I will fight for women’s rights every day,” Richards told Glamour. “There’s not a mother in the world who wants her daughter to have fewer rights than she did.”
I beg to differ with Richards. Mothers throughout this nation do not want their daughters to have the right to abortion. Talk to post-abortion women who have dealt with the emotional and physical consequences of abortion. I would ask Ms. Richards to attend the next March for Life in Washington, D.C. and walk among and listen to the women who live with deep regret over the legality and easy access to abortion.
Nearly three years ago, I stood among thousands of people for hours as woman after woman heroically approached the outdoor podium in frigid teen temperatures and heavy falling snow to tell their stories.
In our generation, we were sold the “clump of cells” rhetoric together with promises of abortion as a safe, legal, and rare option. And let’s not forget the ole “you’ll never have to think about it again” assertion that countless women wrongly believed.
Abortion is not safe at all – at least one life is lost with each and every one. And abortion is certainly not rare.
All the claims and promises were lies. What mother wants her daughter to make a decision based on lies? I am not ashamed to say that “I am anti-abortion,” and “I will fight to make abortion illegal.” I am angry with legislators who continue to spread the lies, who refuse to fight for the lives of innocent babies and hearts of women, who hide their corruption and greed behind terms like healthcare and reproductive freedom.
I would like to remind Ms. Richards that millions of women have been robbed of their daughters. Of the 56 million abortions since 1973, approximately 28 million daughters have been killed in the womb. Those are the babies whose broken bodies are being dissected and salvaged for their organs. In what R-rated episode of “Twilight Zone” are we trapped?
Many of the mothers Richards so arrogantly speaks about are now facing the heart wrenching truth about abortion, and they might be a little too busy grieving to be worrying about Richards' so called "rights."
And as for Glamour magazine, the decision makers should be ashamed of themselves. While the title of the publication may point to an image of allure, charm, and good looks, we find in its content a striking illustration of Proverbs 31:30: "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain. …
“But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
Such a woman, unlike the image portrayed by Glamour, is not guided by a culture that is clearly calling evil good and good evil, substituting darkness for light and light for darkness, and exchanging bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20).
Instead, she finds her direction in words such as these – also found in Proverbs Chapter 31:
Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy (vs. 8-9).