Planned Parenthood 'Attacks' Pope Francis
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2015-10-07

Planned Parenthood has always seen the Catholic Church as its number one enemy. In the 1920s, when every major church denomination condemned the use of contraception, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was fighting for its acceptance. She decided that her best chance was to pit the Protestants against the Catholics.

She was a clever woman, and through a great deal of rhetoric and activism, accomplished her goal in 1930 when, at the Lambeth Conference, the Church of England became the first major denomination to accept contraception—under limited circumstances—for married couples. This victory was followed by years of pressuring other non-Catholic churches to also accept contraception. It was particularly galling to Sanger that she could not get the Catholic Church to change its position.

In the 1950s, Sanger changed the target of her animosity from Catholics in general to the “hierarchy of the Catholic Church.” She contended that it was the leadership of the Church who opposed her ideas and concepts, not everyday Catholics.

Sanger championed the development of the birth control pill, and after it became available to the public in 1960, worked to get the Catholic Church to approve its use, so the Vatican set up a commission to study it. A Vatican official later revealed that, while the study was underway, Planned Parenthood offered the Church a million dollars if it would approve the pill. Planned Parenthood lobbied members of the study, and that body eventually recommended the Church approve use of the pill. Much to Sanger’s dismay, the pope rejected the recommendation and issued Humanae Vitae—which condemned the use of all contraception, including the pill. 

Through the years, Planned Parenthood has continued to condemn the leadership of the Catholic Church. As recently as 2011, the International Planned Parenthood Federation published a pamphlet entitled Contraceptive Security in Challenging Contexts: Opposition from the Catholic Hierarchy.

It is not surprising, then, that Planned Parenthood used Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States and his talks before Congress and the United Nations to further its attacks. Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger, and board member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Western Hemisphere Region, issued the following statement on the day Pope Francis talked to the United Nations:

Despite Pope Francis’ progressive stance on climate change and economic equity, he has taken a back seat when it comes to reproductive health and women’s rights. . . . The pope and the Catholic Church must acknowledge the fact that 99 percent of Catholic women use contraception and have abortions at the same rate as other women. His pursuit to stifle contraception access reduces women to basic purveyors of biological materials and denies them the right to plan their own families. The pope has to listen to what women want, and women all over the world want access to contraception. 

You got that, right? The pope, who is the successor to Saint Peter and has the responsibility to shepherd the Church established by Jesus Christ, “has to listen to what women want.” 

What arrogance!

That a man who is the leader of an organization that has killed over seven million innocent human beings in its own death chambers thinks he can lecture the pope shows how Satanic Planned Parenthood really is. This is the same organization that leads millions of young girls into lives of sexual sin that endanger their immortal souls.

This latest volley from Planned Parenthood should give pause to every Christian in our nation. It is time Planned Parenthood closed its doors and got out of town.

To further understand how Planned Parenthood is the enemy of all Christians, read The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood. It is available, in four languages, at no charge at all.org/programs/defend-the-family/report-for-the-vatican