Elizabethtown—Kentucky’s largest religious organization is expected to vote on a resolution next week calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
The 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention will take the vote at its annual meeting on Nov. 10 in Elizabethtown.
“The horror of Planned Parenthood’s murder and selling of babies can no longer be tolerated in our society,” said Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood.
The resolution is expected to be unanimously approved by messengers representing nearly 2,400 Kentucky Baptist churches.
Planned Parenthood, which was the target of an anti-abortion hidden camera sting that captured discussions about the selling of body parts from aborted babies, provides about one out of every four abortions performed in the U.S. The organization reported performing more than 300,000 abortions last year.
In nearly a dozen videos, the Center for Medical Progress secretly recorded Planned Parenthood officials acknowledging the selling of aborted baby parts.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has since declared that her organization will stop receiving money for fetal tissue transactions following the outrage of multiple anti-abortion groups.
“In the name of women’s health, Planned Parenthood preys on expectant mothers, many of whom are in desperate situations and looking for help,” Chitwood said. “Instead of help, Planned Parenthood brings unspeakable harm to these ladies and their children.”
The resolution points to tax documents that raise legitimate questions about the need for public funding to Planned Parenthood, considering the organization spends millions on political activities, travel and exorbitant salaries. By example, the resolution notes Richards has an annual salary of $590,000.
One third of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 billion budget comes from the federal government.
“Kentucky Baptists cannot remain silent,” Chitwood said.
Chitwood said Kentucky Baptists will also be taking a stand for justice when they meet at Severns Valley Baptist Church by presenting resolutions about religious liberty and racial reconciliation.
“Our brothers and sisters of color historically were deprived of justice. And now more than ever, believers of every color are being deprived of justice,” Chitwood said. “For the cause of justice we will not be silent.”
More than 1,100 people attended the convention when it was last held in Elizabethtown six years ago. (KBC)