A Google search titled "1963 Planned Parenthood Birth Control Pamphlet" will bring up a Planned Parenthood pamphlet from 1963 explaining birth control and how it might benefit a couple wishing to plan their family. On the pamphlet is a question, "Is it an abortion?" The answer goes like this. "Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun. It (abortion) is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child, you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life."
There is debate about whether birth control actually causes an abortion, and I will not address that debate in this letter. Others can if they wish.
What has happened to the language of the Planned Parenthood organization since 1963, when it was much more forthcoming and honest about what abortion is and can do to a woman's health?
Along with this admitted health risk that abortion can play in a woman's life, there is the emotional toll that abortion takes on a woman's life for possibly the rest of her life, if not for many years after the abortion.
For evidence of this, please go to YouTube and look for "Pro-life march on Washington." That is the event that happens every Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, when women and men testify publicly about how abortion has negatively affected their lives. This Jan. 22 is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
A society that kills its children deserves the judgment of almighty God.
I am writing in support of the Buddy Program in hope that people will realize the value of mentoring. For more than five years, I have participated in the school-based mentoring program where adult volunteers from the community mentor students in the school setting during the school day, for one hour a week, throughout the academic year. I got involved because I wanted to be a consistent, positive influence in the life of a young person.
Over the past five years, I have experienced firsthand the positive impacts I have had on the life of my little buddy. We play games, I help him with his homework and reading, but mostly I am someone for him to talk to; I set an example to follow and provide guidance. As a result, I have watched him grow into a wonderful young person.
Mentoring has significant effects on the likelihood that a younger person will avoid negative behaviors and participate successfully in school and community life.
I encourage anyone looking to make a difference in the life of a child to volunteer with the Buddy Program. Learn about yourself, learn about someone else, and become a better friend, parent and person.
Mentoring is a powerful way for young people to develop competence and character and plays an important role in a child's life. There is no greater gift than the gift of time. Call the Buddy Program at 920-2130 or visit buddyprogram.org to discover more about volunteering.