According to its Facebook page, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA), an abortion chain with a long history of health and safety violations in its various facilities, has the lofty goal of “working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture.” One way they attempt to do this is by bringing in pro-abortion community religious leaders from time to time to “bless” the work of ending human lives at abortion facilities.
In fact, they’re so proud of this that WWHA has shared one of these recent “blessing” events in Austin, Texas, on the group’s page.
The post states:
Our thanks to the interfaith members of the Clergy, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Texas Freedom Network who helped us make this blessing happen.
Today we welcomed members of the local, religious community into our Austin clinic to bestow a blessing on the space and offer up words of solidarity, compassion and love for those who work in the clinic and those who receive its care.
This was a very powerful and empowering moment, complete with ritual, poetry, singing and insight that served to break away from the perception that religious communities are opposed to abortion.
Showing compassion and love to those who work in abortion facilities, and also for the women who enter there, is actually what pro-lifers do when they help workers to leave the abortion industry through ministries like And Then There Were None. It’s what pro-lifers do in offering help for life-affirming resources on the sidewalks outside the facilities. And it’s what pro-lifers do in offering healing post-abortion ministries for women who come to regret their decision to kill their preborn children.
Doing rituals, singing, and poetry over child sacrifice isn’t showing compassion or love.
Whole Woman’s Health has multiple facilities in Texas, and the group was the plaintiff in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the Supreme Court sided with keeping non-compliant, unsafe, and substandard abortion facilities open instead of shutting them down to prevent them from injuring more women. Access seems to trump safety every time with abortion proponents. Health violations at various Whole Woman’s Health facilities have consisted of violations like a lack of life-saving tools onsite, a failure to have licensed nursing staff, bloody medical waste and patient records thrown in dumpsters, unsanitary suction machines, infection control issues, improperly sanitized abortion instruments, and more.
How community religious leaders can choose to bless such unsafe environments for women — not to mention the killing of actual living human beings in the womb that takes place there — requires a powerful level of denial.
This is, of course, not the first time religious leaders have attempted to “bless” abortion facilities. Last year, an Ohio Planned Parenthood facility hosted a similar ceremony, calling the event “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision.” Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, remarked at the time that the idea of blessing an abortion facility is like “priests standing outside the gas chambers at Auschwitz and blessing the murder of innocent Jews. Such evil.” Another “blessing” ceremony has been held at a different Ohio facility where a woman died during a second-trimester procedure.
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