Using the cultural sway of more than 130 prominent musicians, Planned Parenthood is pushing its “abortion is healthcare” propaganda. With “Bans Off My Body,” Planned Parenthood is enlisting the help of artists like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus to advocate for abortion and against laws protecting life.
The campaign aims to gather 500,000 signatures for a petition opposing the so-called “abortion bans” by January 22, 2020, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Planned Parenthood acting CEO/President Alexis McGill Johnson told Billboard, “Artists can highlight how out-of-touch some of our politicians are in this space. They can hold up a mirror and say, [to quote] Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s going on?’”
What’s “going on”? Planned Parenthood is getting a little help from their friends….
Despite Planned Parenthood’s fear mongering, it’s getting a big boost from the usual suspects.
In January, the New York state legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act to cheers from its own members, while Governor Cuomo commanded One World Trade Center to be lit up in celebration. Ironically, the Governor chose pink as the color—which is so closely identified with the fight against breast cancer, and not killing babies. The law essentially codified Roe v. Wade into state law, and even legalized abortion up until the moment of birth in many instances.
Barely a week had passed before the Virginia State House was debating a bill that would allow abortion through the 40th week of pregnancy. In an astounding argument in support of the bill, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (a former pediatric neurologist) seemingly supported infanticide: “If a mother is in labor...the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”
According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, New York and Virginia were not alone in the push to protect abortion in state law, as the Institute claimed lawmakers in six more states “protected or expanded abortion access.”
But the good news is that 12 states have recently passed laws protecting life in the womb.
For Americans who believe that life begins at conception and should be legally protected from that point forward, the moral messaging from Hollywood may seem daunting. In a recent episode of his podcast, The Briefing, Dr. Albert Mohler made the critical point that like actors, filmmakers, and novelists, musicians share unparalleled cultural authority. We listen to their albums. We watch their movies. We read their books. They become moral authorities that our legislators, judges, pastors, and teachers can often never be. They shape the narratives we tell ourselves about the world.
But it is the American people, working through their representatives, that should decide the question of abortion. Not celebrities. Not Planned Parenthood. And time and again, polls show that Americans are becoming more pro-life, not less.
Yet, the abortion lobby will not accept this reality. NARAL is sounding the alarm that Roe v. Wade is “in mortal danger.” (The irony of a group that advocates for the right to kill babies in the womb using the phrase “mortal danger” should not be lost on anyone.) And Planned Parenthood ousted its president, Dr. Leanna Wen, in order to “double down on abortion rights advocacy.”
With twelve states boosting protection for the unborn, perhaps it is the artists and abortion advocates who are actually revealing that they are the ones truly out of touch, while our pro-life politicians are actually in-touch with the will of the American people.
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