In particular, he says, those claims come from Planned Parenthood's "clergy advocacy board," whose members are defending the abortion giant after secretly recorded videos exposed the dissection and sale of aborted baby body parts.
"They effectively claim God's endorsement for Planned Parenthood," Walton says of the clergy group. "They say that that employees of Planned Parenthood are 'doing God's work' and they basically say that this is an organization that is providing high quality care that 'does the best of what religious traditions do.'"
The clergy group submitted a lengthy statement last month condemning the videos as a "smear campaign" and claiming that Judaism, Christianity and Islam condemn such "dishonesty and hate."
"Rather than respect religious liberty and individual conscience," the clergy group wrote, "some seek to impose their values and work obsessively to limit access to health care on individuals despite the fact that denial of health care may have a tremendous impact on their families."
The 400-word statement somehow defends Planned Parenthood and women's "fetal tissue" donations without using a key word – "abortion."
Planned Parenthood, in fact, is the largest abortion provider in the United States, performing 327,653 last year or an average of 37 per hour, CNS News has reported.
Walton has an explanation for the radical views of the advocacy board – some of them are homosexual activists and others are former abortion providers themselves. They represent a "far-left group," he says, that really doesn't represent any "thriving" congregations in the U.S.
In fact, several preach to no more than 60 members on a Sunday morning and represent liberal denominations that are dwindling in membership.
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