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Last week the U.S. Justice Department opted out of pursuing any legal action against the April ruling of District Judge Edward Korman that eradicated any age-restrictions on the purchase of Plan B Emergency Contraceptive, or the so-called “morning after” pill. Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is quoted in an article on Politico.com as saying that this decision represented a “huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for women’s health and equity.”
I want you to notice how those in the abortion industry are framing this as an issue of “women’s health and equality.” Planned Parenthood wants this drug available to what they refer to as “women of all ages.” Who do they consider a “woman?” Is she 18 years of age or older? Is she 12 years of age? Truth is they want this drug available to anyone who wishes to purchase it, whether they are a man or woman, a boy or a girl. They want your daughter to be able to walk into the local drug store and purchase this drug without your knowledge or consent.
Aside from the possible medical dangers this drug could pose to anyone who takes it without advice from their doctor, there are moral implications as well. First, this makes it easier for adolescent boys, who are being taught by society that consequence-free sex is a rite of passage, to persuade their adolescent girlfriends that premarital sex is perfectly acceptable and safe; and in the event of an mishap, “just pop this pill; no one will ever know.” Preventing pregnancy has now become as easy as treating a headache.
Secondly, the parents have been effectively removed from being a part of the conversation. Not only does this move make Plan B available without the advice and prescription of a doctor, it allows this drug to be purchased by a minor without parental consent. This makes girls more vulnerable to male sexual predation; and it removes a God-ordained restraint to immoral behavior – “what would my parents think?”
Simply put Planned Parenthood is against parenthood, at least in the biblical sense. But it cannot be laden with all the blame. It is a mere reflection of where our society is moving when it comes to the necessity of parental guidance.
For years public schools have been teaching on what is the responsibility of parents to teach, sex education, devoid of any knowledge of God’s design for sexuality and relationships. They are taught the mechanics of human sexuality without the purpose of human sexuality. They are taught how to make it “safe” instead to how to make it right.
This latest development in the war for the souls of our children reveals the great need of parents to involve themselves deeply in the lives of their children. We cannot assume that our morals and values will rub off on them. If you are a Christian, you know that salvation does not come through osmosis, and neither does the knowledge of God’s purpose for human sexuality.
In Ephesians 6:4 we are given this admonition, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” This includes having the difficult conversations, early and often. There isn’t just the one “talk” we have when they turn 13; if you wait ‘til then you have waited too long. We may not be able to stop the world from peddling its snake oil, but we can educate our children to recognize a snake in the grass when they see it.
Brian Owens is an associate pastor with youth and children emphasis at Farmdale Baptist Church. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.