They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood. - Psalms 106:37,38
(Tim: At my request, Josh Congrove submitted this report. Please note that in a city of 65,000, only four Christians protested this use of our taxes. In your own city, dear reader, it's likely the funding goes through without anyone other than Roman Catholics showing up. Who cares about the babies?)
Nearly every year (see here, here, and here), Planned Parenthood makes a request to the city of Bloomington for public funding for their programs, and this year was no exception. This past Wednesday, the Bloomington City Council once again granted this request voting 8-1 (only Councilman Brad Wisler voted in the negative) to disburse public money to an organization that performs hundreds of abortions per year. Though the vote itself was a foregone conclusion, a few of us from Church of the Good Shepherd attended and spoke against the funding.
Each of us took a different approach...
Scott Tibbs wrote a letter to the Herald Times included below; I addressed the council members in broad language prepared beforehand; Brian Bailey made specific, cogent arguments from Indiana law; and Carole Canfield gave a heartfelt, emphatic plea in favor of life.
Here are our remarks.Scott Tibbs:
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Joshua Congrove:Good evening, council members.
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The Council's summary document of Planned Parenthood's request for funding states: "In Monroe County, it is estimated that 14,930 women between the ages of 13 and 44 are in need of publicly-funded contraceptives."
Sex with a 13-year-old is a crime. Indiana Code 35-42-4-3 criminalizes sex with a 13-year-old: "A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct commits child molesting, a Class B felony." Sex with a 14-year-old or 15-year-old is a crime if the perpetrator is 18 years or older. (Indiana Code 35-42-4-9.)
It shouldn't have to be said to grown adults, civic leaders, and public officeholders that sex with a 13-year-old is not a public good. It's not good public policy. It is not in the public interest. It is a heinous crime.
The Council has no moral or legal authority to fund Planned Parenthood's request. To do so would knowingly finance and assist in the commission of sex crimes and the sexual exploitation of children—according to the Council's own documents. The Council has no authority to finance or assist in the commission of crimes under the Home Rule Act or any other statute or ordinance. A vote for Planned Parenthood's request is a vote for child molesting.
Quite to the contrary, the Council has a moral obligation and duty as public servants to protect the weak and the defenseless from the strong. It has a duty to protect the children of the community, including those murdered in the womb at Planned Parenthood.
Each Council member is only exercising the authority delegated by Jesus Christ and thus is answerable to Him. One day each Council member will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ to give an account for his vote on this request.
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My name is Carole Canfield. I am a lifelong resident of Monroe County, and a 40-year resident of Bloomington.
So here we are again: Planned Parenthood asks for your approval for its funds request, and you are ready to grant it. Such hypocrisy!!! You're concerned about protecting the lives and rights of illegal immigrants in Arizona, while supporting the lives and rights of the unborn here in our town to be cut off through abortion. No matter what good services Planned Parenthood may provide, they are tainted with the blood of dead children from the abortions they do. Our taxes should NOT go to support an organization with so little regard for human life.
It is no surprise that PP did not request any funds through this most-public council last year—they had just suffered embarrassment a few months prior when their employee was caught red-handed recommending an abortion for an underage girl, and covering up the alleged statutory rape resulting in the pregnancy. I'm sure they thought we'd forget—hoped we'd forget, and that the people of Bloomington would forget. We DIDN'T, we HAVEN'T, and we WON'T. And we won't go away until the council realizes that supporting Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars is WRONG.
Why would you even think of funding this group that kills people and hides child abuse? I know of no other group whom you would support, that practices such atrocities. Can you tell me of any other group doing this that you would even think of supporting?
Again, funding PP is wrong. I beg you not to give your support to it.