Give Peace in the Womb a Chance

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Here is what Planned Parenthood is happy about this Tuesday (copied from my inbox):

Washington, DC — Planned Parenthood applauds the introduction of the Peace Corps Equity Act, which would extend to Peace Corps Volunteers the same coverage for abortion services that most other women with federal health care already receive. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) along with returned Peace Corps Volunteers Sam Farr (D-CA-20), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), Mike Honda (D-CA-17), and Joseph Kennedy (D-MA-4), and reintroduced in the Senate by Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on Tuesday afternoon. Current policy denies coverage of abortion for Peace Corps Volunteers even when a woman is the victim of rape or incest, or faces a life-threatening pregnancy. 

“The Peace Corps Equity Act is a matter of basic fairness. It will ensure that a woman serving our country in the Peace Corps has the same access to abortion if she is the victim of rape or incest, or when her life is endangered, as women in the armed services and many other women covered by federal health programs,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Women in the Peace Corps should be able to make private medical decisions without the interference of politicians. We are grateful for the unwavering commitment of these lawmakers — Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Nita Lowey, Sam Farr, John Garamendi, Mike Honda, and Joseph Kennedy — to addressing this injustice faced by Peace Corps volunteers, and look forward to working with them and their colleagues to pass this legislation.”

“No woman should have to sacrifice access to health care in order to serve her country,” said Latanya Mapp Frett, vice president—global, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, I commend Representative Lowey and Senator Shaheen for working to ensure that women in the Peace Corps receive the health care coverage they need and deserve.”

The bill builds on the successful effort Senator Shaheen led to expand access to abortion for military servicewomen at the end of last year, and features 27 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver and his wife Eunice have been well-described by our friend (and former NR intern!) Ross Douthat as “the embodiment of a liberal road not taken.” Instead of reconsidering the culture of death America has embraced for four decades, here we are presented with the choice to double down again — and under the guise of peace.
One is reminded of Mother Teresa’s plea at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., in 1994

I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.

And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.

And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.

Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today — abortion which brings people to such blindness.

And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere — “Let us bring the child back.” The child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things — to love and to be loved. In this year of the family we must bring the child back to the center of our care and concern. This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future. As older people are called to God, only their children can take their places.

But what does God say to us? He says: “Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” We are carved in the palm of His hand; that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love and to be loved, not only now in this life, but forever. God can never forget us.

I will tell you something beautiful. We are fighting abortion by adoption — by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: “Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child.” So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: “Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child.” And we have a tremendous demand from couples who cannot have a child — but I never give a child to a couple who have done something not to have a child. Jesus said. “Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me.” By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.

Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.

From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortion. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents and have grown up so full of love and joy.

Members of Congress best not be distracted by their to-do lists


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