The Episcopal Church USA is already under much scrutiny for its stance on same-sex "marriage" and its acceptance of homosexual clergy. Now, one of its churches is challenging the biblical pro-life stance by celebrating 42 years of abortion on the anniversary of 1973's infamous Roe v. Wade decision.
As part of similar events around the country, St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kansas, is hosting a "Chili for Choice" event on January 22, working hand-in-hand with Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri to bring more money to the abortion giant. St. James is encouraging its congregation to not only buy tickets or sponsorships, but to invite friends and family to endorse abortion-on-demand through promoting the endorsement and participation in the event.
And this is by no means your typical five-dollar church fundraiser or pancake breakfast, as congregants and community members are encouraged to bring loaded pocketbooks to the event, where six different ticket prices range from an "income-sensitive" $20 ticket all the way up to $1,000. Whereas churches in America are more commonly known for soliciting donations to help the local soup kitchen, spread the gospel in Russia, build homes in Mexico, or dig water wells in Africa in the name of Christ, St. James is instead extracting funds from the community to help abort local preborn children.
St. James might be claiming that Planned Parenthood needs its congregation's funds, but statistics show that the global abortion-provider has already dipped into their pockets through taxes.
Even though Planned Parenthood is notorious around the globe for being the world's largest abortion-provider, a misinformed representative of St. James answering the phones told a pro-life advocate that Planned Parenthood doesn't do abortions, according to LifeNews. However, the leader of the abortion industry recently touted its numbers to demonstrate its burgeoning business as of the end of 2014.
An annual report just released by Planned Parenthood disclosed that it earned more than $1 billion in revenues in 2014, with over half a billion of those dollars coming out of taxpayers' pockets. This came at the expense of 327,653 aborted preborn babies – more than the previous year.
Racking in more than $3 billion in taxpayer funds during President Barack Obama's six years in office, Planned Parenthood took in $540 million in 2012 and $528 million in 2013 from taxpayers. Acknowledging and commending Obama's unwavering support of its abortion business, Planned Parenthood has hailed the president as its "champion." Last year, Dr. James Dobson came under fire for calling Obama the "abortion president" – a designation that actually rings true, as abortions have increased eight percent during his presidency. In fact, the amount Planned Parenthood receives from tax dollars has shot up 43 percent since Obama took office.
Planned Parenthood has claimed that abortions only account for three percent of its services, but this highly contested assertion is not taken seriously by most who acknowledge that it has had to shut down numerous clinics when stricter abortion laws don't allow their facilities to perform abortions. Furthermore, it has been found that the figures are actually the other way around, as abortions accounted for 94 percent of Planned Parenthood's pregnancy services in 2013.
More evidence against Planned Parenthood's claim that it is not primarily an abortion business shows that it performs 174 abortions for every one adoption referral. And as the number of abortions administered by Planned Parenthood increased throughout the year, its adoption referrals declined by 14 percent and prenatal care services dipped by four percent.
As many see the Episcopal Church's endorsement for abortion and Planned Parenthood as something new, its support has been witnessed before. LifeNews reported last September that in Louisiana, an Episcopal priest circulated a letter calling Christians to support the construction of a new Planned Parenthood abortion facility in New Orleans – the abortion epicenter of the Pelican State.