I was absolutely shocked and heart-broken to read the news about a senior official with Planned Parenthood casually discussing the best way to perform an abortion so that the baby’s tissues and organs could be “donated”/sold for medical research. Even that first sentence seems too shocking to be believed, doesn’t it? But the story has appeared in numerous places and has even been confirmed by Planned Parenthood themselves (sidenote: as always, you should take all news from all sources with a grain of salt and be aware of whatever “spin” might be present, but even this video aside, abortion is a horrific practice that we need to spend some time reflecting on this morning).
I’m at a loss for words as to how despicably heinous, evil, and wicked this is. Al Mohler provides the particulars:
“Yesterday’s release of a video showing the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies is a moral challenge thrown right in the face of all Americans.
The video reveals Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and other tissues from babies aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics. While reaching with her fork for salad, Dr. Nucatola openly tells a group she believes to be medical researchers that there is a great demand for fetal livers, but ‘a lot of people want intact hearts these days’.”
So, where should we land on this? Clearly, Planned Parenthood disagrees with what the video itself is claiming. Specifically, their president (see link above), claims the following:
“Recently, an organization that opposes safe and legal abortion used secretly recorded, heavily edited videos to make outrageous claims about programs that help women donate fetal tissue for medical research.”
Talk about doublespeak and ad hominem attacks. So an organization who does an undercover investigation simply shouldn’t be listened to? I’m all for knowing your sources, but simply disagreeing with them doesn’t magically sweep their argument away. “Ahh…” supports of Planned Parenthood will say “…they shouldn’t be listened to because they edited the video.” Yes, let’s talk about that, since the entire conversation has been released in unedited form. Sure seems pretty clear to me. Including the parts where the official speaks about the payments involved for such “tissue” donations as well as how to best to perform an abortion for the sake of being able to donate tissues and organs.
Bottom line: this is a massive moral issue in our country and around the world. And what doesn’t help is the fact that there is a giant smokescreen of politics and deception over everything Planned Parenthood does (and I would add that this same “fog” shouldn’t be limited simply to Planned Parenthood, but applied to all abortion providers). It seems that anytime an organization like Planned Parenthood is challenged on what they actually do, they quickly deflect the conversation to whatever services they provide that are least offensive. Cancer screenings, basic health care, etc. As if that makes it any better? Isn’t that a bit like showcasing how the military does relief projects during disasters so that we can pretend that they don’t fight wars? The entire purpose of Planned Parenthood is right there is their name.
This is also why we always hear about how Planned Parenthood is all about “women’s rights” and “women’s healthcare.” Of course, that needs to be defined, since the nearly 28 million girls who have been aborted since 1973 certainly didn’t receive “care” or have “rights.” Not to mention the boys. And of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg about how Planned Parenthood and their advocates carefully select language and redefine it to confuse. George Orwell would be pleased with such double-speak.
To be frank, I’m sick and sickened of how our nation – and many around the world – tolerate what amounts to nothing less than killing the most defenseless and helpless human beings in our society. What does that say about us morally and ethically? And now we find that – whether intended for profit or simply for “research,” the result is the same – killing babies can be made into something “good” because, after all, their tissues can be used in labs to help others. The amount of moral equivocation here is absolutely horrendous.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I could care less about the politics surrounding abortion. My issue has nothing to do with either “side of the aisle.” No, my issue has to do with the fact that we as a nation – and your and my tax dollars – are directly supporting this sickening enterprise of murdering babies. Murder is condemned in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:13), the Bible calls us to protect the weak (Psalm 68:5, Psalm 82:3-4), and Christ Himself shows great value for children and infants [same Greek word as used for an unborn baby in Luke 1:41] (Luke 18:15-16).
Pray against this monstrous evil – not simply for these latest revelations, but for the practice of abortion overall, which was evil long before revelations like these even came to light. Speak to friends and family by using this news report as an opportunity to cut through the smoke screen with facts. If you are able, act politically to support legislation that will outlaw abortion. Yes, I realize all the debates will come up about “what about this random, almost-never-happens scenario?” And the answer must always be the same: of the three people involved, the baby is definitely innocent. So how come we ignore the parents and only punish the baby? If you are looking for tips and ideas on how to engage this issue, see Joe Carter’s helpful post here (which, I’ll note, sounds a good warning that the issue of abortion is one which should be addressed regardless of the veracity of this particular video).
Pray with me for an end of this horrible practice. And pray as well for an end of all sin, when Christ our King returns. “Come Lord Jesus!”