By Mark Maynard
A Kentucky faith-based organization born out of ties to Planned Parenthood will be posting billboards supporting abortion in three cities in Kentucky over the next two months.
The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice paid for the digital billboards that are on display at the Expo Center in Louisville as well as in Nicholasville and Paducah.
The rotating messages on the billboards read:
“Walk in my stead before judging my abortion.” “
“The right people have abortions. God knows you and loves you.
“Abortion: a personal decision between you and God. “
Katey Zeh is the CEO of the Religious Coalition for Nationwide Reproductive Choice, which is made up of liberal religious leaders. She told Religion News Service that her ministry call came while she was working with Planned Parenthood.
Zeh is linked to the Clergy Advocacy Board within Planned Parenthood which advocates for abortion. Many coalitions are located in the South or in states controlled by the Republicans. They are described as “dedicated religious and religious leaders of various denominations and communities across the United States who work with Planned Parenthood at the national and state levels to advance the goal of full reproductive freedom for all women and all. men, ”according to the Planned Parenthood website. .
“As a member of the clergy who discovered my call to ministry in family planning, it was obvious,” Zeh said in a statement to RNS. In another interview, she said, “I really felt my call to ministry by volunteering at a reproductive health clinic that provided abortion services.
Zeh is identified as a member of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, which is the church that ordained her. It is a Baptist church, but not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Pullen was kicked out by the SBC because the church was organizing same-sex unions in 1992.
The scrolling messages that billboards are broadcasting in towns across Kentucky are a “misuse of God’s name and a misrepresentation of His character,” said Dr. Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“Exodus 20: 7 in the Bible teaches that the Lord will not hold him guiltless who uses his name in vain,” said Gray. “These billboards planned by the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice imply that God tolerates abortion. To suggest that the God of the Bible agrees with the death of innocent people by the human rights atrocity of legalized abortion is clearly a misuse of God’s name and a misrepresentation of his character.
Gray said those who have made the decision to have an abortion should also know that God’s forgiveness is available through the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
“Christians are able, thanks to the grace bestowed on us by Christ, to condemn the horrible practice of abortion while providing care and compassion to the women and men who live with the guilt of having already done so. this choice. ,” he said.
The Reverend Diane Snowa, board member of the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and campaign spokesperson, said more than 100 donors have contributed $ 8,000 through a Go Fund Me account. The cost of the panels digital signage was $ 12,000.
“For many Kentuckians who have had an abortion – a medical procedure one in four American women will have undergone by the age of 45 – this may be the first time they’ve heard anything other than God. would disapprove, ”Snowa said. “Our message is that of a loving God who understands and offers free will. Those who choose abortion deserve compassion and love, not shame and harassment. “
Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Addia Wuchner made the statement.
Supporters of Kentucky Right to Life and ProLife in the Commonwealth do not disagree with the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (KRCRC) billboard statement that says’ God loves women who have had abortions “. But we certainly don’t agree with their intention or the philosophy of the KRCRC, ”she said.
“Pro-life or pro-abortion, no one is the keeper of the love, mercy and grace of God! The pro-choice organization that erects the billboards targets women affected by abortion, but does not provide women and men who have had an abortion with information or resources on postabortion healing.
Wuchner said Kentucky was not the only affected state.
“Abortion support groups and organizations are committed to a goal of de-stigmatizing abortion, sending positive messages,” she said. of the love of God, putting aside the unborn child whose life and humanity are extinguished by abortion. This precious unborn child, created in the image of God, is also the recipient of God’s constant love.
Wuchner said Kentucky Right to Life has always been and always will be an unwavering love and support for a mother and child, for mother and father facing difficult circumstances and considering abortion, and for the woman who has. had an abortion.
“God is the author of life and our mission and the work of ProLife is a reflection of the love of God,” she said. “We believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of every life and that all life is sacred. We believe that one cannot love the child without loving the mother and that is why postabortion support and postabortion healing is an essential part of the mission, movement and pro-life ministry. .
In the November 2022 general election, Kentuckians will have a chance to weigh in on the abortion issue after the General Assembly passes a law proposing a constitutional amendment on abortion. He states: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be interpreted as guaranteeing or protecting a right to abortion or requiring the financing of abortion. “
There are no elections this fall in Kentucky.