Planned Parenthood recently released a "pastoral letter to patients" in which the organization's clergy advocacy board tells prospective clients that the Bible is silent on the issue of abortion, and further asserts that it's not even mentioned in the Scriptures.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says that Planned Parenthood's claim is a "ridiculous attempt to justify abortion."
According to Jeffress, Planned Parenthood's assertion is "tantamount to saying that there is nothing wrong with an intoxicated driver killing another motorist because the Bible does not mention 'drunk driving.'"
The second paragraph of Planned Parenthood's letter, which as of Tuesday was removed from the Internet, states:
"Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures — Jewish or Christian — and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision."
Planned Parenthood's clergy advocacy board's page notes that its members "believe that each person is endowed with the God-given gift of free will. … We are all created in God's image, and all of us share as responsible agents in being good stewards of our bodies."
The statement on their page continues, "Women should be able to treat their bodies with reverence and respect in order to plan pregnancies," which includes "comprehensive reproductive health care including the full range of contraception methods."
The clergy's page adds that each member has counseled women facing unintended pregnancies, and believes that all forms of birth control are "an important part of healthcare."
Jeffress, however, contends that "abortion is a violation of one of God's most basic laws: 'You shall not murder,' which is cited in Exodus 20:13."