In a lengthy feature, Glamour magazine has tried to do the ultimate head-scratching act of justifying working at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, and being a Christian.
The site recently published Susan Dominus’ “The Quiet, Revolutionary Act of Working at Planned Parenthood,” profiling many employees of a Long Island Planned Parenthood.
Throughout the long read, what was most pressing was the mention of faith.
Fabia is considered “a devout Catholic, who has worked as a youth minister at her church.” Her statements, however, bring into question, how willing she is to abide by her Church’s abundantly clear stance on abortion:
They think it’s a sin, that they are going to hell. I say, no—because I do not feel that if I’d had to terminate, I would go to hell. I feel like I serve here, at the clinic. God has me here for a purpose, and that purpose is to help you know that it’s OK that you made a mistake.
It is okay for Christians to make mistakes about their sexual activity, but that does not mean that they need to make another mistake in having an abortion. God will forgive these mistakes, but it doesn’t make abortion, or Fabia’s “purpose,” more moral.
Lea is a Christian, who “believes her [Catholic] upbringing is part of the reason she chose this job.” She said:
I feel like, spiritually, this is what I am called to do—to support women and respect their personal autonomy, and uplift women in any way, even if it’s small… We as Christians are called on to take care of the most downtrodden people in society. We try to do one thing at a time, and we give care with compassion and love. That is what a true Christian is.
What truly makes such a statement not only shocking, but sad, is that Christians are indeed “called on to take care of the most downtrodden people in society.” It’s hard to consider anyone to be more “downtrodden” than the unborn. Jesus told us that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Again, this includes the unborn, especially in our society under Roe v. Wade, which in 1973 legalized abortion in all 50 states.
The theme of the article, of working at Planned Parenthood overall, is lighthearted, almost comical. No mention is made about how Planned Parenthood performs more abortions than any other organization in the country, or how that squares with Jesus’ above statements.
Glamour’s glowing feature stands in stark contrast to an anonymous Planned Parenthood employee who called into “The Line of Fire” Christian radio show in tears. She expressed concern about being held accountable for what goes on there.
For this anonymous caller, those in Glamour, and anyone else who works in the abortion industry, there is hope and healing. And Then There Were None is an organization specifically designed to assist employees in leaving that industry. It’s the idea of Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist. There are countless others willing to help as well, all it takes is the willingness and the courage to ask.