What Concerns Does Assisting Marie Stopes Teams Raise?

Question from a reader:

Randy, I have a question I wonder if you can help me with. Recently, a mission organization made an agreement with an NGO to fly “health workers” to remote parts of our country. They reached out to our aviation department for help, and one of our nurses joined a flight. When she realized they were handing out the morning after pill, she researched and found that the health workers are with Marie Stopes. This set off alarm bells. As evangelical missionaries, we are extremely concerned—for multiple reasons—about whether we should be assisting in the transport of Marie Stopes teams in our part of the world and would greatly value your input.

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

Marie Stopes was a British author who, much like her US counterpart Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), actively advocated for eugenics, championed the right to abortion, and did what she could to provide them. (See this article.)

This article shows what the Marie Stopes organization does in places where abortions are legal.

Eugenics activists believe that selective breeding—using sterilization and abortion as means to that end—weeds out “inferior races” (think Nazi philosophy) along with the potentially weak, poor, and disabled, who are precisely those people we are called to love, protect, and care for. Whether or not the laws of your country allow chemical abortions, that’s exactly what the morning after pill is. If conception has indeed already taken place, it prevents pregnancy by taking the life of an already conceived child.

This article is 13 years old, but as far as I know, it is still accurate.

In short, you are absolutely right to be deeply concerned about any association with Stopes. I’m sure the aviation mission’s motives were good in wanting to help healthcare workers, but this kind of healthcare actually includes taking the life of newly conceived children created in God’s image. There’s a lot of room for differing viewpoints, but in my opinion, that does not include chemicals designed to take an already existing life.

I’ll pray that God will give you wisdom and insight. Thanks so much for what you do.

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries