SBC President Ronnie Floyd Urges 'Moral Courage' as Congress Debate Defunding Planned Parenthood Today

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, speaks on the opening night of 2014 SBC Pastors' Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. | (Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)

NASHVILLE – As thousands of Southern Baptists converge in Nashville, Tennessee for a missions conference today where the 15.5 million member denomination is headquartered, Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the denomination, issued a call for Americans to "Stand Up With Moral Courage and Address the Planned Parenthood Debacle."

Senate Republicans are expected to bring legislation to the floor today in Congress to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the focus of a series of graphic undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress.

The videos feature medical and administrative personnel discussing how fetal tissue is procured and used for medical research, and what compensation is expected for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America.

President Barack Obama has said he will veto any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Writing in a blog post dated Aug. 3, Floyd said that "Now is the time for moral courage in America," explaining the definition as, "Moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse actions."

Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for its actions, Floyd said, citing FOX news analyst Brit Hume on how the "stomach-turning" sight of watching doctors discuss "the market for fetal body parts in between bites of salad and sips of wine," cannot be justified or rationalized.

"The reported actions by Planned Parenthood should result in an immediate outcry. Unquestionably, if Planned Parenthood does not decry what has been exposed as immoral, brutal, and barbaric, then it is time that the mighty Planned Parenthood should fall," Floyd wrote.


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