Today another undercover video was released in which a Planned Parenthood doctor, Mary Gatter, casually discusses the sale of aborted baby parts, including the use of “less crunchy” techniques to extract “whole specimens.” This follows an earlier video of Deborah Nucatola describing how they can “crush” other areas to preserve prized organs for research. I must confess, I am not surprised. I am saddened and disturbed, but I am not shocked. To anyone who is, I have this question: “Well, what were you expecting?”
How would you imagine the people whose daily business is death to treat the “byproducts” of their “procedures?” Did you think that, after crushing their tiny bodies and suctioning them out of the womb, the staff would then stand around in a circle and say a little prayer? That the bodies of these children—babies with heads and hearts and lungs and legs—would be given something approximating a funeral, that they would be treated with any measure of respect? After all, doing so would expose the Big Lie of abortion: that unborn children are not human beings with dignity and worth.
I say this not to dismiss or criticize those who are shocked and surprised by these recent videos. It is good for you to be educated and outraged about the true nature of abortion. Perhaps you missed the other secretly recorded video where a Planned Parenthood representative facilitates the sex trafficking of immigrant children, or the phone call where another rep ensures a caller that his racist donation will only go to the abortion of black babies. Maybe you didn’t hear about “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell’s late-term abortion house of horrors in Philadelphia, where low-income minority women were injured and occasionally killed by his negligence and babies born alive were mercilessly slaughtered, some even kept as trophies. It’s not as if the mainstream media was eager to cover these stories, many of which I find even more disturbing. So you could be forgiven for not knowing about them.
But once you scratch the surface of the abortion industry in general and Planned Parenthood in particular, you discover something more than “choices,” “women’s rights,” “reproductive health,” and any of the other euphemisms they hide behind. You see the face of evil. And once you see it, it is not something you can easily forget.
This is not to say that everyone who supports abortion is evil, just that they have all fallen to some extent under its spell. Because the obvious truth about abortion is that it ends a human life. We are not talking about religion here, but simple, elementary science. When a woman discovers she is pregnant, she knows it is not a parasite or a lump of cells or a “potential” human growing in her womb, but a unique human being that, if simply left alone, will inevitably acquire all the attributes we associate with human life. Though not all unborn children are allowed to develop naturally, this is where we all began. At one point all of us were as innocent and helpless as the “parts” being so casually sold by Planned Parenthood, and this innocence and helplessness did not end when we emerged from the womb.
But to the abortion industry, the humanity of the unborn is the ultimate inconvenient truth. I have never encountered a moral argument for abortion that was even remotely convincing. Logically, to support abortion is to support the contention that some lives matter less than others and therefore can be ended for no better reason than convenience. No one really thinks getting an abortion is the same as getting an appendectomy or a tooth pulled, unless they are mentally unsound.
Therefore, proponents of abortion can be divided into two camps: those who view abortion as a necessary evil, and those who hold it up as a moral good despite the fact that it ends a human life. Notice how the “necessary evil” camp is the group that most desperately tries to deny the humanity of the unborn. They don’t want to see the pictures of aborted fetuses. They don’t want to hear the procedures described. They don’t want to contemplate the possibility that a woman might be pressured into having an abortion against her will. They simply don’t want to think about it at all. Let someone else make the decision. Let the blame fall on someone else’s shoulders. Leave them out of it. In fact, a better name for this camp might be “the Pontius Pilates.”
But the “abortion as good” crowd is different. They see nothing morally questionable about abortion, and believe women should be open and unapologetic about their abortions. They oppose even the most sensible regulations and restrictions, including bans on late-term abortions that are present in most other western countries. Often, they are the ones who work in the abortion industry or its lobby, like the women on the recent videos. I’m going to say something that might surprise some readers: I do not believe Planned Parenthood sells baby parts to make a profit. Mary Gatter might have joked about wanting a Lamborghini, but she knows this will never happen. Maybe someone is getting rich from selling fetal tissue, but I doubt it. So? You might ask. If not for the money, why is Planned Parenthood doing this?
Evil is difficult to understand because it lacks the truth and internal logic of good. Evil is the negation of good, and therefore can’t be studied on its own. But it does follow certain predictable patterns. If I were to try to explain what Planned Parenthood gets out of selling these unborn baby parts, I would say that it furthers the idea in their minds that the work they are doing is good. It also feeds their egos. The mothers of these babies don’t want them. Society, if our laws are any indication, doesn’t want them. In the minds of the abortionist, both are better off without them; the abortionist simply takes something unwanted and rejected and then extracts value out of it. When I hear the women in these videos, I hear women in love with their own power: the power to determine life and death. Their arrogance is unmistakable.
The Devil’s greatest lie is: Don’t worship God; worship yourself. In a world built upon self-worship, there are no limits on what the individual can do. Destruction, decadence, and desire are glorified. Abortion is celebrated as a sacrament. In the Culture of Death, bodies are not respected, but treated as commodities. Therefore, parts can be bought and sold. People can be treated as means, not ends.
Maybe you think I’m going overboard with the whole “evil” thing. If so, I invite you to listen to this video of abortion supporters interrupting a speaker with chants of “Hail Satan” as pro-life demonstrators sing Amazing Grace (skip to the 5:00 mark if you are pressed for time).
Evil does not like to be called out by its name. It prefers to masquerade as Necessity, or Tolerance, or Freedom. But the act grows tiresome. Every now and then, the mask slips. And once you see evil’s face and hear its voice, you know it is real and must be denounced. I am not shocked or surprised by these recent videos, but I am encouraged by the fact that so many others are. Maybe this is their moment. Maybe it is yours. Now that you know the truth about abortion, what will you do?