Planned Parenthood is Right! Rhetoric Causes Murder

By Joel Hess


It’s True! Rhetoric Causes People to Murder

It’s true.  Those who believe that it is ok to kill a baby for any reason at any time up to the very moment of birth are probably right.  Robert Dear’s rampage last week at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood was at least partly the result of being under the influence of pro-life rhetoric. Of course he very well could have simply looked at the facts, pictures and all, of what goes on in an abortion clinic.  It’s not ridiculous that such images would be enough to push an already unstable man over the edge.

Rhetoric does indeed have consequences. That being said, no one is out there in the pro-life movement encouraging terrorist actions. So there is no smoking gun. Still, if someone is told often enough that butchers are chopping up babies and selling their parts, it might beg the question – what should we do about such an atrocity?

So, on behalf of those who believe it’s wrong to kill a baby days before it would normally be born, we are very sorry that Mr. Dear took the lives of people he had no right to take.


Of course, now perhaps it is time for Planned Parenthood’s apology. Or have you not heard of the baby found buried alive in Los Angeles a couple of days ago. Or perhaps the famous case of Melissa Drexler who gave birth to a child, only to put him in the trash and return to her prom dance in 1997. There are many similar stories.

These stories should not surprise us. The rhetoric of pro-abortion folks regularly reminds us that a woman should be able to do whatever she wants to with what is in her body logically applies to a baby seconds after her first breath as much as seconds before. The rhetoric that we are only animals, who appear on the earth for no reason except random chance, certainly does not place human life on a high level. If a doctor kills a child moments before birth he is a hero, but if the actual mother of the child kills the baby, she is a villain?

It is true, words have consequences. They influence people even unintentionally. Repeated words even more so! Even if they have no basis in science, logic, or simple observation.

If anyone owes an apology for creating a culture of killing in this here United States, it isn’t those who hold high the value of all life: no matter how viable, disabled, young, old, strong, weak, rich or poor.


Lord forgive me for my words as well, as I break people down even in my own family, as I gossip about others, slander them without trial. Forgive me for my contribution to a culture of death.

Words are powerful. But the words of men are ultimately so empty. So I am moved by another’s rhetoric. Well, more than just rhetoric. I am moved by the words of the One who rose again, even more, the One who died for all men including the leaders of Planned Parenthood, Robert Dear, you, and me.

Unlike anyone else, His Words count. They have power. His Words indeed condemn my words and actions, as well as those of Mr. Dear, Miss Drexler, and the pro-abortion lobby. Yet Jesus also speaks forgiveness not revenge, mercy not punishment, life not death!

May His rhetoric create in me a new heart, continue to mold me to be more like the person He says I am in holy baptism. May His Words have their way with us all.


3 thoughts on “Planned Parenthood is Right! Rhetoric Causes Murder

  1. Not only is the woman a villain if she kills her own child but she’s off the hook for hiring a doctor as the hit man. You cannot look to the pro-choice side for consistency any more than to the pro-life side. Planned Parenthood considers only contraception to be “birth control”. It is not “birth control” to prevent someone from being born. That’s in their published logic.

    On the other hand, the “pro-life” lobby is riddled with guns and capital punishment. Sure, I know that the state may put people to death, yadayada. But that does not mean it must or that a swift death is best for a sinner. Go to the gun lobby which holds to such unchristian tenets as needing to be reading to rebel if the government gets out of hand or needing an assault rifle for protection or seeing themselves as citizen extensions of the state and you find a lot of logic in executing the murderers that the government fails to prosecute because isn’t morality the same as legality? Who cares that we have had 334 mass shootings in 351 days? It’s all OK ‘cause we’re good Americans and conservative and want murderers fried, unrepentant or not, straight to hell with ‘em! And don’t want you killin’ no babies!

    What of the newborn lives we want spared? Will they be adopted by standard husband/ wife families? Who will support them? Do we continue to make excuses for the easy divorces, single parents, grandparents and baby-daddies raising kids as acceptable alternatives? Do we continue to build daycare centers to blur family roles and buy in to modern economics? What then, is our testimony? Do we preach the truth in love to those in the pews, even? Or, are we afraid the membership and offerings will dwindle down when the loving truth sounds like accusation and judgment?

    Neither side is waging the fight for life in a totally committed way. I’ll nod toward Graham on this one and say that my exposure in NJ to Catholicism offers the “seamless garment” – a defense of life against abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. It dovetails with the preferential option for the poor. As Christians, we can do much better. Our eternal lives in Christ began at baptism and those lives are be lived as servants and peacemakers. We can embrace every life brought into this world and the life everyone who bears a child as equal gifts from God, not competing interests, and see to it that those lives are given all the best we have to offer.


  2. Having been,in the past,deeply involved in Operation Rescue,I came to realize the great darkness in my own soul,as well as in others. This being said,the pro life movement in my area tried to help mothers by establishing centers to assist them before and after birth;provided we were able to persuade them to give birth. That didn’t take away the sin;only our Lord Jesus has done that,but we were given the opportunity to both share the Gospel and serve our neighbor. I know of no one that advocates vigilante justice. I sincerely hope that our society will step back from the prcecipice,but as Christians we must realize that God doesn’t need the USA,but the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. That is His nation and society,eternally.


  3. Mr. Hess,

    As you know, I took some issue with one of your recent posts here (“Justification: Shut…”). But kudos to you on this one. Very smart and very needed. Wise words. Thank you!



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