by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/13/2012
It’s not often that I simply reprint another article and ask you to read it. But when a highly respected conservative leader in our nation writes something that I believe represents the popular opinion of people while dispelling false notions and stereotypes I just can’t help myself. So it is with this recent article by Live Action president Lila Rose.
Having met Ms. Rose a few years ago I can honestly say that her passion to defend life and see Planned Parenthood shut its doors forever is even greater than my own; and you know how much I want to see Planned Parenthood closed. So I am asking that you take a few moments to read this fantastic article.
And if you want some excellent follow-up commentary on Lila’s article check out what Lifenews.com had to say about her article. Though it might take a few minutes to read them both you surely won’t be sorry for doing so. Articles like these serve as encouragement for us as we realize that the message of life is winning among the youth of America.
In the ongoing debate over women’s health care, one voice has been mostly absent: that of the anti-abortion feminist.
Most cultural conservatives have correctly focused their attention on the constitutional issues at stake, in particular the threat to religious liberty posed by the Obama administration’s mandate that religious employers underwrite their employees’ abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures.
Many liberal women, meanwhile, have eagerly embraced the role of victim, advancing the idea that women are casualties of a “war on women.” Women are now, as various cultural liberals have put it, “facing sexual McCarthyism” from “conservative cavemen” who want to return to the “Dark Ages.”
But women are not a monolith. And there is a growing group of passionate young women who are transforming what it means to be a woman. Allow me to introduce them to you. We are women who reject both the anti-male feminism of the 1960s and the “girls gone wild” mentality that’s pervasive today.
We are women for whom the idea of artificial birth control as “preventive care” is deeply insulting.
We are women who view the intentional killing of children not as a constitutional right, a matter of privacy or a necessary evil but, rather, as profoundly anti-woman and the antithesis of love.
We are women whose lives contradict the idea of an inevitable clash between religious liberty and women’s health. We are women who believe that something precious is lost when fertility is intentionally excluded from marriage, a sacred bond and a total giving of each spouse to the other.
We are women who believe that sex and pregnancy aren’t just health issues; they are also inextricably linked with family, morals, faith and values. And we are women who love everything about being a woman, including being mothers. We have noticed that the rise in the availability and use of cheap birth control coincided with increases in the rates of sex addiction, divorce, unmarried childbearing and abortion.
We have also noticed that while contraceptives and legal abortion promised to eliminate the exploitative attitude of men toward women, they have had the opposite effect.
We shook our heads when we learned of law student/activist Sandra Fluke’s implausible assertion that contraceptives are too expensive for her friends to purchase and that, therefore, her Roman Catholic school should be forced to pay for them. We continued shaking our heads when we heard Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic remarks about Fluke. Perhaps most revealing was his suggestion that she be required to perform in sex videos in return for free contraceptives. Click here to read the rest of the article.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.