Surely you have heard of the newly-released videos documenting Planned Parenthood's alleged sale of body parts of the unborn babies whom they murder. The videos are quite horrifying. In the first video, Dr. Nucatola, a senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, is sipping wine and eating salad as she casually talks about carefully crushing babies within their mothers' wombs so as to keep certain parts intact for later (apparent) sale. In the second video, Dr. Mary Gatter, President of Planned Parenthood's Medical Director's Council, haggles over the price of baby parts, wanting to make sure she gets at least market price, and joking that she wants a Lamborghini. Utterly disturbing. Not everyone is so disturbed, however. Many media reports defend Planned Parenthood, as usual. What seems to be the problem?
The problem is a problem of the heart. Dr. Nucatola and Dr. Gatter's hearts have become so hardened that they can harvest the organs of babies and talk about it over lunch. Thousands of stony hearts have lost sight of the humanity and dignity of the unborn child, resulting in laws that put us in such an ironic situation--we cannot take someone to court for actually murdering babies, but we can take them to court for selling the remains of the victims. The last 42 years of legalized abortion in our country have desensitized us all--yes, many of us "pro-lifers," too.
How have we responded to the latest news about the fate of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters? Do we simply read the news and hope that the government will do something about it? Or have we asked God to open our hearts and show us the horror going on around us? Have we asked God to show us how His heart breaks over the death of his little ones and the spiritual death of those involved? Or are we afraid to really feel that much pain? Are we afraid that God would ask too much of us if we let Him reveal His pain to us?
Let us respond to this latest scandal by praying for ourselves, for Drs. Nucatola and Gatter, and for all those involved in abortion, that God will "remove [our] hearts of stone, and give [us] hearts of flesh" (Ezekiel, 11:19). And yes, we will feel pain. But with hearts of flesh, we will be able to love. And it is in loving that we find true joy.
Here is the information - 3 to 4PM - please make every effort to be there!
July 28, 2015
ADVOCATES OF LIFE
CONTACT PERSON: Anthony Felicissimo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“WOMEN AND FAMILIES BETRAYED”
YONKERS, NEW YORK – The Advocates of Life will host a special rally outside the Yonkers Planned Parenthood at 20 South Broadway on Wednesday, July 29 from 3 pm until 4 pm.
Answering the call by Virginia-based Students For Life, the Advocates of Life will host a rally entitled “WOMEN AND FAMILIES BETRAYED.” We join with citizens throughout the nation demanding that our state and federal government officials investigate and defund Planned Parenthood. This demand comes in response to the video of Planned Parenthood abortionist, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, casually discussing selling aborted baby parts.
This undercover video was just the latest of revelations about the inner workings of Planned Parenthood. Earlier investigations have caught Planned Parenthood employees covering up statutory rape, double-billing taxpayers, aiding and abetting sex traffickers, scheduling sex-selective abortions, promoting unhealthy and dangerous sexual advice to young people, and accepting money to abort African American children.
Looking down, Selzer first thinks he sees oversize baby birds, then rubber baby dolls, until the realization comes that the street is littered with the tiny, naked, all-too-human bodies of aborted fetuses.
Later, the local hospital director speaks to Selzer, trying to impose order on the grisly scene. It was an accident, of course: The tiny corpses were accidentally “mixed up with the other debris” instead of being incinerated or interred. “It is not an everyday occurrence. Once in a lifetime, he says.”
And Selzer tries to nod along: “Now you see. It is orderly. It is sensible. The world is not mad. This is still a civilized society…
“But just this once, you know it isn’t. You saw, and you know.”
Resolute abortion rights supporters would dismiss that claim of knowledge. Death and viscera are never pretty, they would say, but something can be disgusting without being barbaric. Just because it’s awful to discover fetuses underfoot doesn’t mean the unborn have a right to life.
And it’s precisely this argument that’s been marshaled lately in response to a new reminder of the fleshly realities of abortion: The conversations, videotaped covertly by pro-life activists posing as fetal organ buyers, in which officials from Planned Parenthood cheerfully discuss the procedures for extracting those organs intact during an abortion and the prices they command.
And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.
It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.
It’s not often words escape us. But in the aftermath of the now viral recording(s) raising concerns over whether Planned Parenthood seeks profit from aborted fetal tissue — and the crassness with which its representative discusses how to accomplish it without “crushing” the tissue/organs — that’s where we were left: with no words. We confess to being at a complete loss of what to say in the face of humanity’s brokenness.
Beyond the ethical questions of how an organization receives payment for tissue sales or the debates around the potential benefits of the patients’ donations of fetal tissue, the videos are an in-your-face reminder of our culture’s blatant disrespect for life. That disregard is not unique in our society, of course. Journalism: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Medicine: “There’s nothing more to be done. She’s a vegetable.” Justice system: “He’s gonna fry.” War: “Light ‘em up.” Uncomfortable questions about life and death and ethics are best papered over with emotionless cliché, obviously.
As a society and as individuals, when we fail to recognize the imago dei in others, we trend further away from our uniquely human capacity to empathize and closer to isolated, analytical, and almost robotic assessments of value. In 2008, Sojourners magazine senior associate editor Rose Marie Berger wrote about the Fresh Kills Landfill, which served as a mass grave for hundreds of unidentified victims of 9/11, and the ethics around how we treat our dead. She wrote (emphasis ours):
“Sept.11 has been excessively sentimentalized on one hand, which prevents genuine grieving and authentic resurrection. On the other hand, there is the obscenity of the Fresh Kills landfill where the bodies are kept hidden— because to look at them truthfully may raise questions about America’s existential innocence.”
Those questions linger. How do you show respect for the vessel that once held human life when you don’t — or can’t — recognize it as such?