The Secret Evangelicals at Planned Parenthood

Jun 1, 2017

By Laura Kasinof

Elizabeth* is a 29-year-old stay-at-home mother of four. From a young age, her conservative evangelical parents and pastors impressed upon her the values of the religious right: that a woman’s virginity is a gift to her husband, that sex outside of marriage is a sin, that abortion is murder.

Planned Parenthood was the enemy. “My dad instilled in me that we were against that group,” Elizabeth says. “He was the kind of guy that would honk in support when people were outside protesting.”

At 18, Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart in the same conservative California church she had attended every Sunday since childhood. But the marital bliss she’d been taught would follow didn’t—within just a few years, Elizabeth discovered that her husband was having an affair, and she divorced him soon after. Suddenly she was uninsured.

Before long, Elizabeth started experiencing severe cramping and heavy periods—symptoms she would later learn were the result of an ovarian cyst. “That’s when the whole Planned Parenthood thing started,” she recalls.

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3 comments on “The Secret Evangelicals at Planned Parenthood

  • I find this sad and hilarious at the same time. These poor women are more concerned about the judgements of their parents and communities than they are their god who knows and sees all. Does it matter if they are unwedded mothers when they are supposedly going to hell for for any and all of these actions? They can’t be too concerned about the wrath of their real god. Parents are so much more immediate and real I guess ????.



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  • King #2
    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I find this sad and hilarious at the same time. These poor women are more concerned about the judgements of their parents and communities than they are their god who knows and sees all.

    The judgement of their internal god-delusions, just helps scramble the psychological mess their indoctrination has inflicted on them. Resistance to its demands, clears their thinking and greatly improves their lives!
    The judgement of their parents, relatives and community, has serious effects on their lives in the real world!

    Does it matter if they are unwedded mothers when they are supposedly going to hell for for any and all of these actions?

    A mother without a supporting partner and extended family, is definitely a life changing situation, which is a handicap to both mother and child, so having this inflicted on them by other people’s god delusions is a serious threat. “Hell” is a fantasy threat, which mature adult minds can dismiss!



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