Bishop Seitz on Planned Parenthood returning to El Paso: ‘I was very disappointed’

El Paso News

Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz is weighing in on Planned Parenthood’s plans to return to El Paso.

As KTSM reported, the women’s health clinic announced that it will begin providing services including cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests, and more this month.

Seitz, who has previously voiced his displeasure with abortion, sent the following statement to KTSM following the announcement:

I was very disappointed to hear of plans to open a large Planned Parenthood Abortion facility in El Paso.  With their presence in our border region our children in the womb will be facing a new and menacing threat to their existence. 

Planned Parenthood will say that it is going to offer a wide range of health services to women but the truth is that as former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director, Abby Johnson has pointed out, all that they do is geared toward their primary money-making operation which is aborting children.  Planned Parenthood performs close to one out of every three abortions that take place in our country, over 320,000 every year.   Planned Parenthood performs 160 abortions for every one mother that is referred to adoption. 

The related services which they do offer should concern especially parents from our region as Planned Parenthood will enter our schools and teach our children from a young age a morality that is contrary to that held by the majority of our families.  Planned Parenthood claims they will check for and help curb STD’s, but the approach to sexual activity outside of marriage that they promote increases the proliferation of STD’s, which is presently at epidemic proportions among our youth.   

Although they claim to provide many other women’s health services they do not offer mammograms and they perform less than 2% of all women’s cancer screenings in the U.S.

We in the Catholic Church and many of our brothers and sisters of other churches stand ready to provide a true choice to mothers who feel that abortion is their only choice.  We are ready to provide the support they need so that they may give birth to a baby boy or girl.  Abortion is not a solution.  It is violence against the most vulnerable and innocent human beings.  Abortion leaves physical and emotional scars on women and men involved that may never heal. 

Every life matters, from the child in the womb until death and everything in between.  The life of a child takes precedent over any choice.  In El Paso, women’s comprehensive health needs are better served by our existing community health centers.

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