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Thirty-One and Planned Parenthood

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giveslogo_rIt’s always a sad day to see a proclaimed Christian company support Planned Parenthood, whether directly or indirectly.  I used to be a Thirty-One Consultant.  I loved the company, the products, and the women I worked with.

In February 2012, Thirty-One launched their new Thirty-One Gives initiative with a mission statement that reads, We believe in Her – women and girls. We embrace Her inner beauty and celebrate Her natural gifts. It’s our mission to celebrate and empower Her, helping to strengthen Her belief in herself, strengthen Her family, and to lead a purposeful, thriving life. We do this through Home Office partnerships, Consultant giving, product donations and exclusive Gives products. We believe that by empowering Her, we strengthen families and communities and change lives.”

On the surface, I was stoked to work for a company who gave back to the community.  But I had been fooled in the past donating money to charitable organizations and only later realized my money was being funneled to other organizations that did not fall in line with my biblical beliefs, God’s Word.  What I found on the Thirty-One Gives website pierced my heart.  Was this Christian organization, founded on the Proverbs 31 scripture really donating money to Girls Scouts and YWCA of Central Ohio?  Two organizations who BOAST about their partnership with Planned Parenthood?

When all of this came to light in April of 2012, I made as many contacts as I could and patiently waited for a response.  I was prayerful that Cindy Monroe, founder and CEO of Thirty-One, was misinformed and with the new information given to her, she would address the changes that needed to be made so that her company would stand firm on the Word of God and hold true to their company name of being a Proverbs 31 Woman.  I was sadly mistaken.  Here was their letter sent out to all consultants:

“Recently questions have been raised about Thirty-One and our philanthropy initiative, Thirty-One Gives. Thirty-One believes in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women. Thirty-One Gives is our philanthropic initiative that ensures this mission is carried out through the celebration and empowerment of women and girls by strengthening their belief in themselves and strengthening their families … actions that lead to purposeful and thriving lives.

We support initiatives that align with this mission, which is why we focus our giving on organizations that support leadership and economic independence for women and girls such as Salvation Army, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girls Scouts and YWCA of Central Ohio.

Thirty-One Gives has not provided any direct funding for Planned Parenthood or any other activities outside the scope of our mission.

Thirty-One Gives supports HER, no matter her circumstances, no matter where she’s been or where she’s going. We want to be there in her greatest time of need and in her greatest time of joy. We empower HER.”

My heart dropped.  I was speechless.  I was working for a company who admittedly supports organizations who DIRECTLY fund Planned Parenthood, an abortion mill for killing the lives of millions of innocent babies.  Thirty-One claims they do not directly fund these companies but when you give them support (of any kind) you are supporting them! Renting a booth at their event is the very same as writing them a check.  This game is called a funding shell; it’s satan’s way of deceiving people and funneling money from one organization to another.  It’s a scary game to play and too many times people are betrayed.

I fulfilled my commitment to my hostesses through the end of year, remaining prayerful and never stopping to reach out to the company.  I continued to sell the products MINUS the line that gave money back to the Thirty-One Gives charity.  It was in December that I was able to finally dialogue with the charities Executive Directors who affirmed to me that I would be pleased with the upcoming changes for the new 2013 year.  I was ecstatic!  God knows my financial situation; He knows my heart for the company; He knows my desires to help our family with the finances.

To my dismay, they did not remove Girls Scouts or YWCA of Central Ohio from their partnerships.  And I knew what I had to do.  I stood firm in my beliefs and God’s word.  I stopped selling Thirty-One and am trusting God to financially support our family.  Faith is the bridge between where I am and where God is taking me and I am faithful God will provide.  I made a nice check every month working for Thirty-One; leaving was a big hit to our family.  But that compares nothing to the contentment in my heart when I faithfully follow God’s standards for my life.

Know where your money goes!  I will remain prayerful that Thirty-One opens their eyes to the Truth and especially the scriptures they were founded upon.  All of us at one time were blind to the truth until God opened our eyes and revealed His love for us.   We must always remember, once we know the truth we are then accountable for our actions or inactions with that truth!

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Say NO to Girl Scouts

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Did you know Girl Scouts is affiliated with Planned Parenthood?  Parents pushing those cookies may tell you the money goes towards their daughter’s camp fees or troop fees.  But ultimately, ANY moneys given to the Girl Scouts association (including that $12 registration fee every year) is in the hands of the Organization to spend or donate as they wish.  A parent or troop leader doesn’t have the final say (or any say for that matter) to where those moneys are allocated.

A parent or troop leader may tell you that the money donated to Planned Parenthood isn’t for abortions, but for well woman exams or even birth control.  Girl Scouts does not have the authority to spend Planned Parenthood’s money.  Regardless, any money given to Planned Parenthood frees those funds for exams and birth control so that they can perform more abortions at a bottom price.

Girl Scouts has partnered with Planned Parenthood in many ways – they have distributed materials that promote sexual content, birth control options, reproductive rights, and pregnancy alternatives with Planned Parenthood listed as a “helpful link”.  Girl Scouts also presents many pro-abortion and pro-homosexual role models and guest speakers.  You can also find the Girl Scouts logo on various Planned Parenthood brochures.

Think about that for just a second.  We’re spending money on Girl Scout cookies for the GSA to teach our daughters about sexual education and then those dollars are turned around and spent at abortion clinics?  “From 2008 to 2009, Planned Parenthood received $363 million in government grants and contracts — our tax dollars. During the same time period, they destroyed the lives of 324,008 unborn babies.”  Do you want your money going to the education of sexual promiscuity and pregnancy alternatives to young girls and teens?

I don’t agree with the Girl Scouts agenda and it is our duty to continue telling people about this cause.  I believe in teaching sexual purity, however difficult it may be to attain, and I believe in teaching my children to love themselves as God made them.  I don’t need a troop of any kind to do this for me.

For those seeking alternatives to the fellowship of girls along with Christian fellowship, look into American Heritage Girls or Little Flowers Girls Club.  You can also stand up for your faith and host your own Cookies for Life campaign.

For those who believe Girl Scouts does so much good that it’s okay to ignore the bad, please pray about this.  Rather than spending money on cookies, spend your money wisely and send a youth to church camp.  Spend your time and make a better impact and take a youth horse back riding, camping, or for a spa day.  No troop or organization can take the place of true relationships!

“So then brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones…it would be better if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Matthew 18:6

Other references:
http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/
http://youtu.be/uZKiQub0ZnA – Girl Scouts CEO admits to relationship with Planned Parenthood
http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com/
http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Federally-Qualified-Health-Centers-FQHC-Center.html

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Abortion Q&A

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1. Why do you take such a stand against Planned Parenthood as not every location (if any) offers abortions anymore?  Planned Parenthood does provide abortions.  It is true that not all locations provide this service but some do.  However, all locations are owned and operated as one enterprise.  If you pay for any service at any Planned Parenthood location, those funds all go to one enterprise and are used as they see fit.  I prefer not even a dollar be put into the hands of Planned Parenthood for them to use as they choose.  Click HERE to confirm that Planned Parenthood does indeed still provide abortion options.

2. Do you believe that Planned Parenthood offers a service for women that really can’t be found elsewhere?  Absolutely not.  You can go to any family provider or gynecologist for a pap smear or information on STDs and family planning.  You may pay a higher price but you won’t be paying at the expense of a life,which ironically is the higher price.  There are also local and national agencies that want to help pregnant women with adoption or pregnancy care.

3. What would you do if you found yourself to be in a less than perfect situation where you found yourself with child?  When I was 17 I found out I was pregnant. I will not go into the details of this event but it was less than ideal.  Regardless, a life was forming inside of me and abortion was not an option.  My mom had me at age 17 and I have always been a huge part of her testimony and her redemption story.  How could I end a life when I too was not the ideal situation and saw firsthand how God worked in her (and my) life. Abortion should not be an option but adoption and keeping the baby are.  I choose to keep my baby and through faith allow God to restore my life and use the both of us to spread His good news.

4. Do you feel there are any circumstances that abortion is a viable decision?  No.  Abortion, in my opinion and based on Biblical truths, is never an option.

5. What if you were in a position where you and your husband had to decide between your life and the life of an unborn child?  As a believer in Christ, I would put my faith in God to do what is best for myself, my spouse, my unborn child, and my family.  Whatever the reason, God allowed that child to be conceived and He has not given me the right to end that life growing inside me.  My prayer would be that God heal me and the baby and that through that healing others would come to know Him.  But if that were not in His plans, I am comfortable enough in my faith to trust that God take care of my husband and family without me and would still pray that others come to know Jesus through my life.

6. What if you conceived at an early age….you weren’t ready, it was pre-marital sex, etc.?  As I mentioned before, I was 17 and pregnant.  I wasn’t ready.  I was scared, young, not married, in high school, and had no means to financially provide for myself or baby.  But I knew the risk factors when having sex (pre-marital sex at that).  Regardless of my sinful choices, it was not okay to commit yet another sin, the sin of taking a life.  I knew things needed to change right then for the both of us to fully live life.

7. Your husband has had a vasectomy, you aren’t supposed to ever be able to conceive again….what do you do if you find yourself pregnant? I had many complications with my last pregnancy (the first complication was contractions that started at 17 weeks gestation).  We were told that if we got pregnant again the likelihood of me being able to carry the baby was slim; that I would either miscarry early on or deliver too early for viability.  Because of the complications, my husband and I made the decision for him to have a vasectomy.  Since then I have also had a procedure done that is said to make me sterile.  We have talked about this very situation and I refer back to Question #5.  I will choose life for my child.  At this point, if I were to get pregnant, it would be God’s divine intervention and regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy, or even my own life, this would be in God’s plans and I trust Him to do what is best for our family.

8. How do you feel about birth control if you aren’t in a married situation? I think birth control outside of a marriage is still “birth control”.  You know you are doing wrong and making that sinful choice of premarital sex.  If you are truly living your life for Christ, then premarital sex wouldn’t be in the equation, and neither would birth control.

9. What about victims of rape? Should they have to carry a child that is a product of the rape to term? While a rape is a horrible crime on an innocent person, so is abortion of an innocent child.  The victim is not at fault and neither is the child.  I would suggest adoption in this case.  This child is still a gift from God, no matter how it was conceived.  Through faith, this situation can be a saving grace to someone.  The Bible tells us in Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  If we are truly believers, we KNOW God will do good in every circumstance, even when it’s not ideal.  I recommend reading The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers.

10. What if your child was determined to have some fateful ailment that would cause death upon delivery? Would you choose to carry to term or abort? Absolutely I’d carry that baby to term!  My mom carried a child with anencephaly, which is the absence of part or all of the brain and/or skull.  So many people wondered why she continued to carry him to term.  But he was alive and well in her womb.  He kicked, practiced breathing, sucked his thumb, rolled around.  How do you just end the life of your child when he’s safe and sound tucked away in his mother’s womb?  They were told he may take a breath after delivery but unfortunately he died going through the birth canal.  He never took a single breath on his own.  But that little boys life has been a HUGE part of my mother’s testimony.  And here I am 25 years later still talking about his precious little life.  People hear his story and choose life for their child.  What an incredible life he lived, even if only in our mother’s womb!  So no, I would not choose to end my pregnancy.  I would choose to cherish every moment God gave me with that child.

11. What about women who do not have health insurance?  Where can they go for preventative care or health screen checks?  There are over 10,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers across the United States that offer these services.  There are less than 600 Planned Parenthood clinics and after tests done at PP, they then refer patients to FQHCs for further testing and referrals.  It makes sense to just go to the locations that do not perform abortions and provide the same, and even more, services.

Say NO to Susan G. Komen

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It’s that time of year again when the Susan G. Komen foundation starts wanting your money.  Now what do you do?

In recent years, I’ve learned that Susan G. Komen is NOT the charity company they want to us to believe they are.  The money they are given is sometimes dispersed to other organizations unbeknownst to those of us who choose to donate.

Before I go any further, let me clarify that I support the fight against breast cancer and it is my prayer that one day, all cancers will be healed through a simple cure.  But I do not support my money being given to a charity that’s given to other organizations without my approval or knowledge of.

Susan G. Komen gives millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.  They say they are giving money for breast health and screenings to help women without the needed funds to provide for themselves.  Planned Parenthood and Komen lead us to believe these funds are used for mammograms.  In reality, Planned Parenthood only provides wellness exams which includes a self-breast exam.  You know, the kind we are supposed to do in the shower!   But reality is, Planned Parenthood has to refer their patients elsewhere for mammograms.

Even though Susan G. Komen says they monitor the funds being spent for “wellness breast exams”, Planned Parenthood has free money provided to them which they do not use for its intended purpose and this then frees up their funds to provide more abortions.

Sadly, the founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger’ s original goal was “nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defectives.” As she wrote in The Birth Control Review, “the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the overfertility of the mentally and physically defective.”  These are Margaret Sanger’s words in her 1920 book, Woman and the New Race.

Susan G. Komen also has a mission of finding other charitable organizations and, using the money we have donated to them, sues them for using the term “for the cure” in their names.  Really?  As if breast cancer is the only cancer we want cured?  Shouldn’t we all be united to find a common cure for cancer?  Their agenda is is clearly for THEIR organization to succeed and no others.

There has also been evidence that shows there is a link between breast cancer and abortions.  Although Susan G. Komen has released a statement that disproves this theory, there is much evidence to still believe there are links between the two.  Why even take that chance?  Because Susan G. Komen has ulterior motives – they provide funds for abortions, then more women are at risk for breast cancer, later in life those women fight to support Komen, and the cycle repeats itself.  Makes sense to them!

I am by no means saying we should not fight for the cure for breast cancer.  I’m saying, know your charities and how they spend the money you donate.  Know their true goals and motives while fighting for cures.  Rather than donate to Susan G. Komen and the death of an unborn child, provide that same money to a friend or relative suffering, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, or Relay for Life.

And even if you do not actually give your money to Komen, ANY of the “pink” stuff you buy is ultimately in support of Komen.  We cannot ignore the bad a company does just because they do some good also.  That isn’t an excuse for our children, our employers, or national leaders.  It certainly shouldn’t be an excuse for a company fighting for the cure.

Know where your money goes!  Take a stand for life!

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