A religious organization in Kentucky has announced the placement of three billboards, which tell women various abortion-positive messages, including that God supports or approves of the procedure. It’s part of a new Clergy Advocacy Board that Planned Parenthood has brought together in order to try and influence vulnerable, church-going women that there is nothing wrong with abortion, despite scripture’s clarity on the topic.
“Walk in my shoes before you judge my abortion.” That’s what one in a series of billboards will read in three Kentucky cities, including Louisville, Nicholasville and Paducah. They’re being paid for by the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which is made up of religious leaders and has close ties with Planned Parenthood.
Sadly, that could be considered the most innocuous of the billboards, as the others use God’s name to justify abortion. One says, “Good people have abortions. God knows and loves you,” and the other, “Abortion: A personal decision between you and God.”
Katey Zeh, who is CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice nationally, said in a statement to the Religious News Service, “As a clergy person who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was really a no-brainer.”
In a different interview, Zeh explained how she became involved in the abortion industry. “I really felt my call to ministry while volunteering at a reproductive health clinic that performed abortion services.”
According to a report conducted by Kentucky Today, “Zeh is identified as a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is the church that ordained her. It is a Baptist church, but not one affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Pullen was expelled by the SBC because the church was conducting same-sex unions in 1992.”
Other religious groups were not as impressed. Dr. Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said that the billboards were a “misuse of God’s name and misrepresentation of His character.”
“Exodus 20:7 in the Bible teaches that the Lord will not hold guiltless the one who uses His name in vain. These billboards being planned by the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice imply that God condones abortion. To imply that the God of the Bible is in agreement with the taking of innocent human life through the human rights atrocity of legalized abortion is clearly a misuse of God’s name and a misrepresentation of His character.”
For any woman who chooses abortion, the Savior offers forgiveness, mercy and love to those who repent—however, this Kentucky pro-abortion organization is twisting this offer of grace and replacing it with one of approval.
Dr. Gray explains as much, “Christians are able, because of grace that has been extended to us by Christ, to condemn the horrific practice of abortion while at the same time providing care and compassion for women and men who are living with the guilt of having made that choice already.”
But God’s word means little to Zeh or others associated with Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advocacy Board, who want to continue the abhorrent practice of abortion.
In a statement from the chair of the board, Reverend Burl Salmon states, “We are thrilled to welcome the new members of the Clergy Advocacy Board to help raise awareness around the ways clergy leaders and faith communities have long been driven by their faith to support sexual and reproductive health care. A strong majority of people in the U.S. support access to safe, legal abortions and other sexual and reproductive health care, and a multitude of faith communities stand with them. These advocates know that caring about the health and rights of their communities is essential, and they stand with those across the country fighting for reproductive freedom. With our new members, we are energized and eager to carry our work forward on behalf of all people.”
All faith leaders want their church members to have access to the appropriate health care, but for many that does not include abortion. And a religious organization can’t “work forward on behalf of all people” if they are not even interested in protecting the most vulnerable among us, preborn babies.
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