Posted on Wednesday, May 01st 2013 at 10:39 am
There is a lot of history here in Tucson. I am involved in a project researching the Christian history in our community and it is a lot richer than you might think. Most of us know about Father Kino, but you may not know about Nathaniel Plumer who was a banker who founded the YMCA or Oliver Comstock and Harold Bell Wright who ministered to tuberculosis patients. There is other history in Tucson including our bawdy, brawling, brothel filled Wild West past. And did you know that Margaret Sanger, (the founder of Planned Parenthood), started Planned Parenthood (PP) in Tucson and died here? I thought of Margaret this week when the FDA approved the use of "Plan B" (the morning after pill), for girls as young as 15. These girls couldn't get an aspirin from the school nurse without a parent's permission, but they can now get the morning after pill. The debate concerning abortion is often positioned as those that are pro-choice and pro-life. This masks the origin and intent of Margaret Sanger and PP. Margaret was a proponent of Eugenics, the theory of Francis Galton. His ideas spawned from his cousins (Charles Darwin) theory of evolution. Eugenics in a nutshell involves sifting humanity and separating the wheat from the chaff. Those viewed as superior would be preferred and those viewed as inferior (people of color, promiscuous women, homosexuals, physically or mentally flawed) would be eliminated through birth control and abortion. Eugenics was adopted by the Nazi's and justified the killing of Jews, disabled, homosexuals and mentally unfit. These extreme measures were rejected and replaced with a "kinder and gentler" approach and the racist criteria for elimination was replaced by generic "population control". But, the true purpose of PP is still alive, (even if millions of babies are dead), and that is to eliminate those that are a drag on society. Frankly single mothers having babies don't have much of a future and their progeny are more likely to be drug addicts or in prison. If it is all about survival of the fittest why should we care about the stragglers that are holding us back? Even though this makes practical sense to unburden society with these unwanted children what has it done to our soul? We have been having a conversation about the violence in our culture (focused on gun control) I think that part of the problem is that we no longer value life and are no better than Adolph Eichmann. If life is not valued then killing and violence is justified. Jesus said "I have come to give you life and that more abundantly". This is Plan A and should be preferred to Plan B.