An Abortive Stab at Justice
Where were you when news broke that for the price of filling up your gas tank, you could purchase a newly-formed, human organ? A video released on July 15th by a pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress, revealed Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatolah, coolly discussing the dismemberment of unborn babies, and the harvesting of their organs. “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, 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,” (breitbart.com).
My initial reaction was not quite what you might think; I found myself horrified, and yet not at all surprised. After all, what did you think they were doing with them, these ripe innocents torn from their mother’s wombs—heaping them in the dumpsters, or tossing them by the crateful into an industrial incinerator? Is abortion really more palatable to Americans as long as they can guarantee that the remains are not parceled out to various willing purchasers? What happens to the violated remnants of these children is much less important than what happens to them while they are still living. And yet, abortion has remained a grisly reality, continuing unabated every single day since 1973, while the majority of our citizens rest on their laurels humming Taylor Swift tunes.
Planned Parenthood has turned the illegal and repugnant practice of hocking livers and lungs like they were recyclables into a profitable side business. Yet, on the 16th of July, liberals all over the nation woke up ready and anxious to defend their precious guardian of child-slayers, Planned Parenthood. Progressives roundly condemned the video as a sting operation, claiming that it had been heavily edited (this, in spite of the fact that the full two-hour version was simultaneously released, totally unedited and equally incriminating). Conveniently, the Center for Medical Progress’ work was not done; they had astutely anticipated such doubt, and were prepared to nail the proverbial lid to the coffin. Another incriminating video was released, featuring Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, on tape negotiating with prospective buyers (actors) about selling “fetal” body parts. “You know, in negotiations whoever throws out the figure first is at a loss, right? I just don’t want to lowball.” Minutes later, she reiterated this point, adding, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini. (townhall.com)”
Such callousness is nothing short of mercenary, and demonstrates that we are no less barbarous than our ancestors who jeered at captives fighting for their lives in the gladiatorial arena. However, the real offense is not the story that is currently making headlines. It is not some shady character in scrubs handing a nondescript package to a guy with a truck that is backed up to the business end of an abortion clinic.
Yes, we should be horrified; yes, something needs to be done. My only question is, why did we as a nation have to be slapped in the face with bloody baby bits before we decided to speak out loudly against abortion? Our collective outrage is clocking in decades too late for millions of innocents. Was cold-blooded murder really not enough of an incentive to see justice satisfied? Apparently not. The gruesome details of abortion’s aftermath seem to motivate us towards compassion more effectively. Perhaps distributing dismembered baby parts makes for a more scintillating headline than the actual act of dismemberment.
Dismemberment—that is what abortion is. Of course, no one wants to dwell on that concept for too long. To do so is jarring, unsettling, disturbing. That avoidance is perhaps the real reason legalized abortion still endures today, in spite of obvious ethical issues. Good people shrink from it, while the raging tide of mutilated children swells.
The very existence of Planned Parenthood is a monolithic blight on our society, but we can at least be grateful that their over-reaching greed and complete disregard for human dignity has finally led to a surge of opposition. #Plannedbutcherhood is a movement for life that is just beginning to gain traction. The blinders have been unceremoniously stripped away, so that more people than ever before see abortion for all its harsh realities. The debate is raging, but to anyone with a shred of common sense, pro-choicers forfeited the legitimacy of their stance when they acknowledged (via back-room wholesaling) that the organs of the unborn are indeed capable of supporting life. Many fuming advocates for life are asking how abortionists can decry babies as “clumps of cells” when those same “clumps” are viable organs, capable of sustaining life. Clearly, these blood-mongers deny the science they pretend to uphold.
Bioethicist Art Caplan of New York University was troubled after watching the video and hearing Dr. Nucatolah’s comments, but not for the reason you would assume. In his professional opinion, altering procedures in order to preserve tissue is unethical. “In abortion,” he says, “the primary goal is to give the safest abortion possible. Your sole concern has to be the mother and her health (cnn.com).” In one breath, he refers to the women on the operating tables as "mothers ", and yet he and legions like him callously condone the systematic murder of that mother’s child. They simply decree that this is no child, but rather mere tissue. Inconstancy—that is the word. Even simple rhetoric trips these truth-twisters up, betraying their convoluted logic. And yet, they cling to the "fetus" argument as if it were a lifeline. And it truly is, for without that justification, these medical professionals are reduced to soulless minions, accepting paychecks for the work of the devil. Really, are the forceps and scalpels wielded to rip a child from the womb all that different than what one imagines Beelzebub and Belial use to torture souls trapped in the lake of fire?
Abortion is the black hole of humanity, sucking us dry of compassion and empathy, so that we care more about the ESPY’s than the frail protests of a baby attacked in its sanctuary, struggling to live. Compassion is awakening, however. Those who oppose abortion have seized the opportunity to raise their voices and stand for the unborn. That resistance is our greatest chance of success. As long as good people are willing to eschew evil in all its forms, hope is not hopeless.