The Washington Post carried a commentary by my friend, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Michael Gerson, in which he muses, “A doctor, over a glass of wine and a salad, coldly describes the extraction and monetization of fetal body parts. Surely this is some kind of sick parody. But it is not a hoax.”Indeed, as you likely well know, it is not. Gerson goes on to write:
It is Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, caught in a sting video by an antiabortion group. Planned Parenthood’s reaction essentially confirmed the conversation as genuine, but insisted that it concerned the extraction of tissue for scientific research “under the highest ethical and legal standards.”
The full video of the lunch is available online for those willing to risk losing their own.
An excerpt: “I’d say a lot of people want liver,” says Nucatola. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is the calvarium. Calvarium — the head — is basically the biggest part….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. And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex….So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”
Human beings have a biological instinct and a moral imperative to care for their young. And in this calling, birth is an arbitrary dividing line. Most people think of a zygote as something different from a child. But particularly as technology has allowed us to peer into the womb, human instincts for protection have engaged earlier than nine months. And those who have entirely lost that instinct — including, apparently, the Planned Parenthood doctor — seem disconnected from the values of a compassionate society.
In this case, revulsion is not mere sentimentality. It is the sign, and requirement, of our humanity.
In an article titled “Senators plan post-recess markup of late-term abortion bill,” The Hill writes, “Momentum is growing for a GOP-backed bill banning late-term abortions in the wake of the viral video of Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue. The legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was approved by the House in May with a 242-184 vote. Republican senators are planning a markup of the bill – which would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks – in September, with a final vote expected shortly after, according to a GOP aide.”
U.S. Senators James Lankford delivered a moving speech on this topic, on the floor of the U.S. Senate on July 16, 2015:
This comes back to the ultimate irony that we would literally tear one child apart in an abortion with the assumption that that would ultimately help some other child in the future. [They are] missing the significance of the child that is right there that could be helped by protecting their life.
And then the doctor in this particular video gives the details of how … they would be careful to reach in and actually crush the head of the child to kill the child in the womb so that they could preserve the rest of the organs. Because the kidney has value, because the liver has value, because the lungs have value, because the muscles in the legs have value.
I would tell you, that child has value. And that every single adult that can hear me right now was once 20 weeks in the womb. And we can look at each other and understand that the [only] difference between that child in the womb and any of us now is time.
This is a human being we’re talking about.
Maybe we need to start again as a nation, asking the basic question, ‘If that’s a child, and in our Declaration [of Independence] we’ve said that every person, we believe, is endowed by our Creator with the [right to] life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness … maybe we need to ask as a nation again, ‘Do we really believe that?’
Let’s start with some basic things. How about a child at 20 weeks—that we know scientifically can feel pain—cannot have their limbs ripped apart in an abortion?
Maybe we should ask the question again with Planned Parenthood, who we give half a billion dollars in [government] funding to. Maybe this is not a good idea.
- Click here to use an editable letter on the Christian Medical Association’s legislative action site to encourage your senators to support (and thank your Rep for supporting) the House-passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect developing babies from unspeakable pain and death.
- H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
- Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
- CMDA Resources on Abortion
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