By Dale Christian
I guess you could say I had accepted abortion as the “new normal” since so many efforts to stop it over the years have been thwarted.
However upon seeing them and hearing them I was horrified, disgusted, and deeply saddened. How is it that this could not only be happening in our country but it is tolerated. I am of course talking about the videos that have recently been released showing Planned Parenthood employees and management discussing fetal “extractions” and negotiations to sell this “tissue” to the highest bidder for testing. When my good friend, Pastor Jonathan Newman, called me after seeing the initial videos as well, he convinced me that we had to do something and something we did. Last week we met with our State Representative, Speaker of the House John Boehner, to discuss what could be done.
It turned out that there were quite a few other pastors in the Speakers district who wanted to stand up for the lives of unborn children as well. In fact, over 70 pastors joined together and signed a letter to the Speaker calling on him to defund Planned Parenthood in the must — pass continuing resolution budget and to see if he would be willing to meet with us about this issue.
In a perfect world, we would have liked to meet with him in his Ohio office. After contacting the local office though, we were informed that the soonest he could meet with us in Ohio would be November. With federal funds running out we knew that a budget would have to be passed within the next several weeks and November would just be too far away. So, we said we would come to him.
Which is why last week, I found myself and a delegation of nine other pastors boarding a van and driving eight hours to our nation’s capital to speak with the third most powerful politician in the United States about defunding Planned Parenthood.
I, along with the other nine pastors, met Speaker Boehner at his office in the U.S. Capital building. It was amazing to me that this could ever have been a possibility, to go from little ol’ Troy, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., and meet with Mr. Boehner in order to discuss this matter that is so dear to my heart. I was impressed with the grandeur and history of Capitol Hill. However any nervousness was overcome by the gravity of the issue at hand. We only had 20 minutes with the Speaker so we were bold and brief asking him if he was willing to stand for life and defund Planned Parenthood in the budget. He seemed to imply that he thinks that there was no way that he could win at this point in time so he’s not even going to try.
We asked, “Mr. Speaker, if you, one of the most powerful men in the country, won’t stand up for the unborn and defund Planned Parenthood, who will? Who else should we talk to in order to get this done?”
We were all sad leaving his office knowing that he is nowhere near as passionate about this as we need him to be. We just want someone to stop giving our money to pay for 300,000 abortions every year. Is that too much to ask?
I left Mr. Boehner’s office with the impression that we just spoke to the man who has the most influence over the money in Washington and who could help protect innocent babies from Planned Parenthood right now, and yet he wasn’t going to do it.
We are praying that the Speaker has a change of heart and that he will choose to defend the first right of every American, the right to life. As pastors of the 8th District we are asking voters to let John Boehner know that they are also deeply grieved by the actions of Planned Parenthood. Let Mr. Boehner know that we are watching what happens with the budget in relationship to Planned Parenthood. Ask him to please use his influence to bring about a change that will make a significant difference on a matter that he says that he champions, that of life. Ask him to lead the charge for the complete elimination of federal funding to Planned Parenthood and put an end to this American holocaust.
Dale Christian is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Troy