Welcome to G3 Weekly—a summary of this week’s top news stories on Christianity and the public square.
This week, Planned Parenthood opened its first mobile clinic to offer abortions near the borders of conservative states. A report revealed that “sex reassignment” surgery will soon become a $5 billion industry. Meanwhile, a missionary who smuggled Bibles into communist countries throughout the twentieth century passed into glory.
Planned Parenthood Sends Abortion RVs to Red State Borders
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
National abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood sent its first mobile facility to southern Illinois so that mothers traveling from nearby conservative states, where abortion is heavily regulated, can more conveniently murder their children.
By reducing travel and wait times, the mobile abortion clinic will help parents attempting to take advantage of lax abortion laws in Illinois, according to a press release from Planned Parenthood. A number of conservative states in the Midwest, including nearby Missouri, have pursued more stringent abortion regulations since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“Over the past 100 days, I’ve cared for people from across the country who traveled to southern Illinois for abortion care,” said Planned Parenthood Southwest Missouri Chief Medical Officer Colleen McNicholas. “Planned Parenthood is proud to bring creative solutions to an unjust health care system and doing our best to depoliticize decisions that should be left between providers and their patients.”
The mobile clinic—which includes two exam rooms, a lab, and a waiting room—can be used to kill babies through eleven weeks gestation. Planned Parenthood is also opening a “rural health center” in Rolla, Missouri, where customers can access birth control, vasectomies, and “gender-affirming care.”
Transgender Surgeries to Become a $5 Billion Industry
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10).
The industry surrounding “sex reassignment” surgeries is forecasted to reach $5 billion within the next ten years.
According to a recent report from Grand View Research obtained by The Daily Wire, the sector is growing at more than 11% per year as more individuals seek to alter their bodies while professing to identify with the opposite sex. Beyond insurance companies such as Aetna and Unicare, which may help clients with some portions of the “gender transition” process, Grand View Research added that “government support is also driving the market” through Medicare.
“The rising incidences of gender dysphoria and the increasing number of people opting for gender confirmation surgeries are expected to boost the growth during the forecast period,” the group explained.
In a recent exposé of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, doctors admitted to selling “chest reconstruction” procedures for $40,000 and “female-to-male bottom surgeries” for $100,000. Because transgender operations often come with a high degree of complications, physicians can generate additional revenue through follow-up appointments.
Evidence points to social contagion as a cause for the uptick in transgender surgeries. More than 20% of Generation Z identifies as LGBTQ, according to a poll from Gallup, while roughly 11% of Millennials and 4% of Generation X say the same.
Dutch Missionary ‘Brother Andrew’ Passes Away
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).
Andrew van der Bijl, the founder of nonprofit Open Doors, fell asleep at his home in the Netherlands at ninety-four years old.
The missionary, known as “Brother Andrew,” spent years smuggling copies of the Bible to churches behind the Iron Curtain. Beginning with daring missions into Eastern Europe using his bright blue Volkswagen Beetle, which he stuffed with illegal copies of the Scriptures and drove across border checkpoints, a team led by Brother Andrew once brought one million Bibles into China under the cover of darkness using a custom-built barge. After the Soviet Union collapsed, Brother Andrew turned his attention to the Islamic world.
“Our very mission is called ‘Open Doors’ because we believe that all doors are open, anytime and anywhere,” Brother Andrew often explained, according to a press release from the organization. “I literally believe that every door is open to go in and proclaim Christ, as long as you are willing to go and are not worried about coming back.”
Brother Andrew, who was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-nine years, is survived by his five children and eleven grandchildren.