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plannedParenthoodLogo-2And so, Planned Parenthood continues to make its founder, Margaret Sanger proud. You remember her, of course, the racist friend of Woodrow Wilson, who admired Hitler, and wanted to end the black race. But PP has found a new way to make money, actually it’s not new, but it is arguably illegal and certainly immoral. or perhaps the word is amoral since its coldness reminds me more of Joseph Mengele than anything else. PP has decided that it’s an excellent idea to sell parts of aborted fetuses, in my universe murdered babies, to make a bit of extra profit.

You know, I’m both single and likely too old anyway to have kids, and increasingly those are two of the major regrets of my life, and while this story sickens me terribly, some will say it shouldn’t concern me. But as Methodius of Olympus reminds us in his On Life and Rational Action, in the new translation by Ralph Cleminson, commissioned by Roger Pearse:

 

[4.] But what sort of men are we, bearing a burden of filth which besets us?  When we see those things that are necessary, we are glad only of those which give us pleasure, thinking that this is good; thereby we take delight also in fair deceits, and imagine that only these are of use to us. [5.] But God, who created us and made us, as he desires man not to be saved just by being given things, does not bestow on men as much pleasure as they can enjoy (the end of which would be death). [6.] Over-abundant feeding and rich food weaken a man, and those who have made themselves weaker through much feeding are unfit for obedience to the commands of God.

And so it concerns us all. But still, I tend to defer to others, who are better informed than I am. One of these is Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist,

 

At 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a pro-life group released two videos showing Planned Parenthood executive Deborah Nucatola munching on a salad and sipping red wine while discussing the harvesting of organs from babies killed by abortion. One was a nearly nine-minute edited video of the nearly three-hour discussion. The other was the unedited discussion.

Because of the graphic nature of the discussion — Nucatola specifically discusses altering abortion procedures to procure hearts, brains, lungs, and livers from the babies whose lives Planned Parenthood ends by abortion — the video immediately lit up social media. Unlike most significant stories about major hot-button social issues, however, no major media reported on the news until 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. Some are still working on (or working on hiding) their coverage of the story. Let’s look at some of the major media outlets and how they did.

You’ll note, I am sure that both versions of the video are linked there, no question on context, at all. Also via Mollie is a link to John MacCormack at the Weekly Standard who has the background documents from PP’s public relations firm, asserting that this is a humanitarian endeavor. Whatever, is my reaction to that bovine excrement.

A few years ago, I worked in a packing plant. The joke amongst the maintenance people was that it was a disassembly plant for cows. It was never a particularly funny joke, but it described the environment quite well. But cows are one thing, human babies are another, I just can’t get my mind around how a woman (actually any person) can be so cold and uncaring. Mollie also did the Federalist Radio Show about this with Ben Domenech, it’s well worth your time, and will make you wonder even more how this type of story always gets buried by the media. It’s at this link:

http://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/64217/39734302

Mollie, like me, is a Lutheran, but this is not a religious issue really. It is a moral one. Another writer whom I respect is S. E. Cupp of Townhall, who also has much to say. Here is part of it.

Americans, with their tax dollars, are required to pay for countless things they find objectionable. From wars they might oppose to studies they definitely find absurd — just this week we learned we’re funding one to determine why lesbians are disproportionately obese — it’s infuriating to know that we have no say over how the government spends our hard-earned money.

One controversial recipient of government funds, Planned Parenthood, has gone beyond objectionable into the realm of downright unforgivable. A horrific undercover video came to light this week of a Planned Parenthood doctor casually discussing over lunch how she and other affiliated abortionists expertly “crush” babies they are aborting to keep their organs intact for donation (and potentially sale).

I am pro-life. I’m not religious, but I believe that killing babies for convenience is morally wrong, and a society that condones, and in many cases celebrates, the practice has lost its way. But even if you support legal abortion, I have to think it’s impossible to watch the now-viral video without recoiling in disgust at the frankness with which Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describes the destruction of a life. Frankly, as a new mother — and a human being with even the slightest sense of common decency — I found it hard to write this column without getting physically ill.

In the video, Nucatola discusses using ultrasound to know where to crush the fetus with forceps. “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, so I’m not going to crush that part,” she says.

Bioethicist Art Caplan of New York University says altering procedures to get the best tissue is a “big no-no,” telling CNN that “your sole concern has to be the mother and her health,” not preserving fetal organs.

The legality and the ethics of what Planned Parenthood is doing certainly merits serious scrutiny and a national debate. But the more important conversation that we likely won’t have is about the morality of abortion in general, and whether the explicit nature of this video will make us question our embrace of such a grotesque institution.

Along those lines, Planned Parenthood offers a telling defense, insisting now that the donation of fetal tissue is valuable and “lifesaving.” That may be true. But if it’s such a noble cause then why doesn’t Planned Parenthood advertise fetal tissue collection on its website to lure potential abortion customers and brag about its philanthropic contributions?

Planned Parenthood: using tax money for infanticide, and then increasing the profit by selling the leftover body parts of babies.

A Brave New World, indeed.

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