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Angela Bennett, CEO
The recent undercover videos that expose Planned Parenthood selling the remains of aborted babies are shocking! There is an outcry for investigations and to withdraw government funding.
Grassfire said: The "horrific" and "gruesome" details speak for themselves. In mid-July, Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video in which Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, graphically and cavalierly explains (over lunch) how the nation's largest abortion provider generates operating revenue by, essentially, harvesting the body parts of aborted babies.[i] Here are some of Dr. Nucatola's shocking comments about removing pre-born organs in one piece:
"It makes a huge difference. I'd say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they'll know where they're putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium, the head, is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact."
She continued, "We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver ... so I'm not gonna crush that part. I'm gonna basically crush below; I'm gonna crush above; and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact."
House Speaker John Boehner, who also called the video "horrific" and described the practices as "gruesome," immediately promised an investigation. Leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee have called on Dr. Nucatola to appear at a hearing by July 31, saying her statements "raise most troubling questions." Those questions must be answered, and it's up to Congress to compel Planned Parenthood to reply.
Following the first video released Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky, submitted an amendment to immediately defund Planned Parenthood; Senator Ted Cruz called for a defunding and investigation; the house Energy and Commerce Committee is undertaking an investigation; and the Governors of Texas and Louisiana have ordered investigations in their states.[ii] In response, Planned Parenthood claims their actions are legal and believe they are being harassed by anti-abortionists.
About a week later, the Center for Medical Progress released a second video that shows Dr. Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood official, negotiating the price of fetal tissue for medical research. Dr. Gatter actually said they can "bump" up the price because "I want a Lamborghini."
Coming to the defense of Planned Parenthood, the Editorial Board of the New York Times, July 22, 2015 states:
"A hidden camera last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women's reproductive rights any way they can"
Truth is not about "reproductive rights" or "health care" as the NY Times would lead us to believe. Those words are intended to distract us from the real issue regarding the sale of aborted fetal remains. When it comes to abortion, using words to distract is not a new tactic. In fact, three years prior to the Roe v Wade decision, a 1970 editorial in California Medicine states:
Since the old ethic has not yet been fully displaced, it is necessary to separate the idea of abortion from the idea of killing, which continues to be abhorrent. The result has been a curious avoidance of the scientific fact that life begins at conception.
Let's consider the implications of this statement. Science points to the humanity of the unborn yet redefining abortion, and omitting that it kills an unborn human being, makes it more acceptable. Simply stated, we lied and they believed it. How did that happen? And, why shouldn't the intentional killing of an innocent human being be abhorrent?
Abortion, the taking of innocent life, is exactly why the pro-life movement began and what brought the SCV Pregnancy Center into existence. For the last 28 years, we have been sharing the truth of abortion, providing help and hope to those facing unplanned pregnancy decisions, upholding the dignity and respect for the life of the mother and the unborn, equally.
As Scott Klusendorf puts it: The science of embryology tells us that from the earliest stages of development, you were a distinct, living, and whole human being. You didn't come from an embryo. You once were an embryo. Philosophically, there is no relevant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that justifies killing you at that earlier stage of development. Differences of size, level of development, and degree of dependency are not good reasons for saying you could be killed then but not now.[iii]
As we continue this fight for life together, your voice is needed to SPEAK OUT for those who can not speak!
SPEAK OUT to the Governor, Senators, and Assembly members (even the President) and tell them you want Planned Parenthood defunded and a thorough investigation. SPEAK OUT in your churches and/or arrange for a speaker from our Center.
SPEAK OUT with truth about abortion, life-affirming alternatives, the Gospel, healing from a prior abortion, and truth about support and care for those facing an unplanned pregnancy.
SPEAK OUT in prayer and ask the Lord to use you.
And then, volunteer or recruit pro-life workers. It is our collective responsibility to engage as the church in pro-life work. There are few ministries where you can be used to make a life or death difference and experience the fruit of two lives saved in the process!
Imagine a world where abortion won't need to be illegal, it will be unthinkable!
[i] Grassfire [firstname.lastname@example.org] email received July 21, 2015
[ii] The Editorial Board, Opinion Pages, New York Times, July 22, 2015
[iii] Scott Klusendorf, Pro-life Apologist, The Ethics of Abortion Lecture, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, July 15, 2015
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