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Honor diversity and value life

I admire your courage, Doreen Lodge, and your honesty (Letters, Oct. 12). Therefore, I believe that you are a competent manager of a hard-working staff. That’s why I pray that you and your staff can find employment with an organization that truly honors cultural diversity and values human life.

Like Margret Sanger, an early leader in what has become Planned Parenthood, you have focused on prevention; she opposed abortion because of the danger to the mother, and also because (as she wrote in her autobiography) “no matter how early it was performed it was taking life.” I pray that you are unlike her in another aspect; she believed that lighter-skinned races were superior to darker-skinned races, and agreed with the eugenics movement in their efforts to “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”

Planned Parenthood clinics are often located in areas with high concentrations of ethnic minorities – such as Bemidji, which is amid several American Indian communities. What does Planned Parenthood do to help prevent or alleviate the sexual abuse suffered by Indian women? When clients are pregnant underage young women, does Planned Parenthood report this in addition to preventing “unintended pregnancies?” Does Planned Parenthood report the numbers of women who have died or been injured from taking the abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone, also known as Mifegyne, Zacafemyl and Mifeprex)? How does Planned Parenthood support women (and men) who choose to continue a pregnancy and become responsible parents?

Doreen, the story in “Octoberbaby,” a DVD I’ve recently viewed, offers hope for you and your staff. I pray that you and your staff will desire to provide positive alternatives to what your employer advocates. May you be welcomed by life-affirming organizations that support, encourage and assist women in carrying their pregnancies to term and caring for their babies after birth – including the possible difficult and loving choice to give up their babies for adoption.