When I first saw The Center for Medical Progress‘ Planned Parenthood videos one year ago this week, I was nauseated. I turned away again and again, saying, “Oh my God!” I didn’t want to see any more, but I forced myself to watch. There are some things a man just has to do, such as bearing witness to a malevolent atrocity.
As I saw image after image of tiny arms and legs, and yes, heads of human babies piled together in pan after pan of “pie dishes,” as they called them, I was revolted. I have seen images of Nazi concentration camps, of the lynchings and scarred backs of African-American slaves. I have seen newsreels of blacks (and whites) being beaten, fire hosed, and spit on in the 50’s and 60’s battles against segregation. I have seen the images from Viet Nam of a young girl running naked in torment, her body flaming from napalm. I was in New York during 9/11 and saw the footage of burning human beings leaping from the inferno of the great towers. But nothing ever killed my spirits like this. Nothing.
Planned Parenthood Executive: “I Want a Lamborghini”
Last June, The Center for Medical Progress released the first of sixteen videos made by two undercover citizen journalists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. The project was titled Human Capital, and they posed as research company employees seeking babies’ organs from abortions. Senior executives from Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, and baby organ middlemen StemExpress, among others, were caught on camera blithely talking about trying to get the highest prices for babies’ organs. President of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council, Dr. Mary Gatter, said it was because “I want a Lamborghini.”
PPFA’s Senior Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, spoke of using “less crunchy” abortion procedures to be able to better harvest organs as she chomped away on her salad and sipped wine. Both of the following are crimes: Title 42 USC § 289g-2 makes it a 10-year felony to sell human fetal tissue for a profit. It is also illegal to alter abortion procedures to harvest organs.
Some Babies Born Alive
Some in the videos appear to admit to performing partial birth abortions. Some seem to admit that a few babies survive abortions and are in fact born alive. These children are required by law to be given full medical attention. My question is—what happened to those babies? Were they killed—which is another crime, infanticide—or just left to die? It certainly doesn’t appear that they were given “full medical attention.” Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is in prison for 30 years for killing babies who were born alive.
A survivor of a saline solution late-term abortion, Gianna Jessen, says, “The baby is burned inside and out, blinding and suffocating the child who is then usually born dead 24 hours later.” Gianna has Cerebral Palsy from experiencing oxygen deprivation of the brain as a result of her mother’s attempted abortion. She miraculously survived because, she says, “Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live. I did.”
“If Abortion is about Women’s Rights, What Were Mine?”
Ms. Jessen testified September 9 before the House Judiciary Committee investigating Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and possible selling of baby organs—even from those that may have been born alive. “If abortion is about women’s rights,” she asked, “what were mine?”
Representative Marsha Blackburn chairs the House Selective Investigative Panel investigating Planned Parenthood and its middlemen. She pointed out that according to a StemExpress price list, a baby’s brain can sell for up to $1300. [On one middleman’s brochure it’s $3340. Source: US House Select Investigative Panel] That’s a 500 to 700% profit. Blackburn stated,
…There’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside a woman’s womb. This business contract changes the way both entities view the woman: Her aborted baby is now a profit center. This is precisely why I referred both of these matters to the inspector general of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS identifies and arrests perpetrators of health care fraud.
Some of the organs are even harvested from live babies. In one video, StemExpress ex-procurement specialist, Holly O’Donnell, says that she was ordered to cut through a baby’s face with scissors, “who still had a beating heart,” to harvest its valuable brain.
Planned Parenthood Videos Haunted Me
For months after seeing these horrors, there was a dullness, a dark heaviness in my soul that wouldn’t lift. I thought to myself, this is being done in our beloved country, right now? Not in some third world wilderness? It’s illegal, and no one seems to care? This is the blessed outpost of grace and goodness that my dad and my uncles fought to save against the Nazis and Imperial Japan? “Oh dear God, please forgive us, have mercy on us,” came to my mind again and again throughout the days. And to think that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates were selling these tiny babies’ organs for profit. I have never heard of anything so vile. Nothing.
While the mainstream media has nearly ignored the videos, many others have not. Twenty-four states have enacted some form of legislation defunding or restricting abortion, most of them since the videos went public. On June 23, a group of pro-life leaders sent a letter to Congress asking it to try again to the defund Planned Parenthood. U.S. tax payers fund the organization to the tune of $528 million a year.
Undercover Citizen Reporters Stormed Gates of Hell
CMP’s valiant David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have stormed the gates of hell to shine a light on this madness. And now the bloody forces of death are coming after them with all their fury, as David and Sandra knew they would–as we all knew they would. Lawsuits have been filed against them in Texas (one already thrown out) and San Francisco, and Daleiden’s home in California was searched. Listen to an interview with him regarding the matter on the Kresta in the Afternoon radio show, here.
I thought it was the story of the century. What horrendous deeds had been done right in our own so-called civilized country. Right in our own neighborhoods. I imagined 24-hour coverage with reporters crawling all over one another to get more gristly details, interview the perpetrators, and follow every step of the prosecutions. I could see hour-long special reports day and night about this ghoulish practice of picking through “pie dishes” full of human baby parts to be sold for the highest price. But I was stunned to see the media burying the story, or just giving a one or two minute summary, and their quick pivot to mouthing the Planned Parenthood talking points that they were “highly edited” videos, or “doctored,” or “staged,” or “illegal.” Yet, none of the claims was true.
“The Abortion Issue is the Morally Defining Issue of Our Generation”
Al Kresta, the President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio, said this week that “I think most Catholic listeners would agree that the abortion issue is the morally defining issue of our generation.” I realize now a year later that the media buried it because it didn’t fit the Left’s narrative. “Liberal secularism is the new religion” for the Left, says Robert P. George, “that has its own dogma and ideologies, its own practices, liturgies and saints.” Its own sacraments of abortion, and same-sex ‘marriage’ (Listen here, minute 50).
I also realized that this story came just three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling on so-called same-sex “marriage.” This new story threatened to eclipse that story–another reason for it being tabled.
Truly virile and honorable men, who truly represent the best in manhood, love and protect babies and children, and women. It is such a loss to our society to see some males – I won’t call them men – cackling like witches in the comment boxes about killing little babies and taking out their organs. And to see women arguing that for them to fulfill their dreams, babies must be sacrificed, is horrifying.
Pro-Life Demonstrators outside Planned Parenthood Clinics
A final note: Many of the gallant pro-life soldiers who have demonstrated and counselled outside abortion clinics for 43 years, ever since Roe v. Wade, and all of those who write and speak up for the unborn, see these videos as a new dawn, a new birth for their cause. The clinics are closing, one by one. One day all the clinics will close. And then there were none.
One day historians will write about what a barbaric and evil culture this technologically advanced people had become. And wonder why. And wonder how nine unelected Supreme Court Justices could enact an abortion law that overruled laws that existed in 46 states at the time.
It was not the forces of good. And it would not be the last time.
Case in point: this week’s disappointing U.S. Supreme Court decision nullifying Texas’ abortion clinic safety regulations. A quote from the National Director of Priests for Life Fr. Frank Pavone:
“The abortion industry is in collapse, and that is why we will see the end to it, no matter how the Court wants to prop it up… You can’t practice vice virtuously. If you kill children, you’ll be violating all kinds of other norms as well.”
A number of people have left the industry, some with great remorse. Let’s pray that all of our brothers and sisters one day will come home. And Then There Were None is an organization founded by former abortion clinic director Abby Johnson, who walked away. They help other abortion workers leave also.
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