It has become sadly unoriginal for abortion doctors to use religion as an excuse for killing unborn babies.
Mississippi abortion doctor Willie Parker regularly defends his abortion practice with religious references, claiming his abortion career is “a ministry” and the parable of the Good Samaritan inspired him to abort unborn babies.
Young abortion doctor-in-training Carolyn Payne also recently wrote a column, claiming that her Christian faith motivated her to pursue a career as an abortionist. And in November, pro-lifers in Chicago filmed an unnamed abortionist as she knelt and prayed on the sidewalk, thanking God that she can abort unborn babies.
The latest faith-based justification comes from Des Moines, Iowa abortion doctor Jill Meadows, who said it is her “God-given calling” to abort unborn babies at Planned Parenthood.
Meadows, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, used the phrase in a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register last week, defending her abortion business in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.
I am an abortion health care provider, and I am proud of what I do. It’s a privilege to be a positive presence in a person’s life at a time when she most deserves care and compassion.
Recently, a fraudulent video smear campaign against abortion providers was used to justify political attacks and violence against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland does not participate in fetal tissue research, but not because we don’t believe it is important.
Fetal tissue research has led to medical therapy that has helped to save the lives of millions of people. As a premed student, when touring the labs at the University of Iowa, I learned that fetal tissue research had contributed to the development of a medication used to help infants born prematurely to breathe. This is just one example of the vital life-saving results of this type of research.
Planned Parenthood provides evidence-based, compassionate, non-judgmental, high quality, affordable reproductive health care. It is time for people who are anti-abortion to stop using terror, lies, hate rhetoric, misinformation and violence against us. Regardless, we will not be bullied and intimidated into abandoning the people who depend on us. I will continue to follow my conscience and God-given calling of being an abortion care provider. Our doors will stay open. No matter what.
Another interesting fact about Meadows comes from Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for Operation Rescue.
She previously told LifeNews: “Meadows is known for aggressively defending late-term abortions. When going by her maiden name of Vibhaker, she sued with [late-term abortion doctor] LeRoy Carhart to defend the grisly late-term Partial Birth Abortion method that has since been banned in the U.S.”
Apparently, Meadows believes her calling is to defend aborting unborn (and partially born) babies for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. No matter what.