The Planned Parenthood Video

The Price of Sexual Freedom

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How can anyone defend Planned Parenthood after the sickening video that came to light this week? I’ll tell you how.

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Eric Metaxas

By now, you’ve probably heard about the video released by the Center for Medical Progress featuring Planned Parenthood’s Director of Medical Services, Deborah Nucatola.

There are so many things you could say after viewing it, but all I could come up with was “Lord, have mercy!” And I meant that as a prayer, not merely as an interjection.

In the video, Nucatola describes “how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses.”  She tells actors posing as potential buyers that “At the national office, we have a Litigation and Law Department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue right now . . . But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates.”daily_commentary_07_17_15

Even more chilling than the admission that Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted fetuses is the care that Planned Parenthood doctors take not to damage the “product.”

Speaking calmly while she ate, Nucatola said that “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, [and] liver.” She talked about how abortionists, as they destroy a young life, are careful not to “crush” certain parts of the fetus so as to “get it all intact.”

Unfortunately, there’s more. But you get the sickening drift.

You would think that there’s no way anyone could defend this, short of alleging that the video is a fake. But you would be wrong. The Daily Beast assured readers that “the transfer of human fetal tissue is not illegal in the United States . . . provided that payments are for processing and transportation costs.”

Over at Slate, Amanda Marcotte told readers that the problem isn’t what Planned Parenthood is doing, it’s our squeamishness. As she puts it, “abortion is gross, no doubt about it . . . But so is heart surgery. So is childbirth, for that matter.”

Comparing childbirth or heart surgery to killing children and selling their body parts prompted my friend Rod Dreher to ask, “Is there any vile, inhuman thing people like Marcotte won’t embrace to defend the Sexual Revolution?”

The answer is, alas, “No.”

Let’s be honest: If this video had been made in China or North Korea, Americans would denounce these practices as a kind of barbarism. But the dirty, not-so-little secret is that many Americans have come to see abortion-on-demand as a kind of birthright, and actually depend on its availability.

Don’t only take my word on it – take the Supreme Court’s.

In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the majority admitted that it disagreed with the Court’s analysis in Roe v. Wade. Yet it upheld what it called Roe’s “essential holding,” that a woman has a constitutional right to abortion. Why? Because, in the two decades after Roe, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

In other words, Americans came to rely on abortion to preserve their “right” to sexual freedom.

This is why some people insist on defending the indefensible and many more insist on not looking at all. To see things as they are requires people to acknowledge the horrific, abominable price being paid for that “freedom.”

That price, as the video proves, includes treating human beings as commodities to be bought and sold, which, after all, is what the slave trade was all about. And I can’t help but think of the Nazis’ ghoulish use of their victims’ body parts.

Too many Americans don’t want to hear this. Unfortunately, it needs to be said, whether they want to hear it or not.

Lord, have mercy.

Further Reading and Information

The Planned Parenthood Video: The Price of Sexual Freedom
Mother Teresa said, "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." Do your part to end this fight against the unborn and to make the truth known. You might also use the Care Net website below to find a crisis pregnancy center near you and to learn about donation and volunteer opportunities.


Dr. Mengele’s Brunch Buddy
Rod Dreher | American Conservative | July 15, 2015

Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts
The Center for Medical Progress | Youtube video | July 14, 2015

Care Net


You missed this BIG TIME

You are a pretty sharp group at Breakpoint, so I wonder how you missed including Heartbeat International (https://www.heartbeatservices.org/worldwide-directory) in your resources!

As the executive director of a pregnancy help center, with two locations in the inner city of a major U.S. metropolitan area, I turn to Heartbeat International regularly for feedback, resources, referrals etc. Their Option Line service, for women (and men) dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and related issue is a Godsend! They have staff answering phones 24/7 and 365 days per year!

Yes, Evangelicals run Care Net, but Heartbeat’s leadership is a wonderful blend of Catholics, Evangelicals, and folks in mainline Christian denominations!

Did you mean to exclude Heartbeat International? If not, how did you miss them? Their work and presence is critical to those of us on the ground trying to save and change the lives of women, their preborn babies, and men from the mistake and tragedy of abortion!
Lord have Mercy?
Mercy : kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly (Merriam-Webster)

I'm sorry Eric, you have no right in this situation to ask God for Mercy for our nation. We do not deserve Mercy from God. Now I know when Mercy is given it is always to those who don't deserve it, but not after continual lack of acknowledging wrong (Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil), or of blatantly continuing a practice (sin) with total dis rearguard for wrongs done. And in this case even planning on doing further harm, as soon as the supreme court swings our way?
Galatiosn 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
I personally pray for Mercy for myself, that God spares me from the fallout of the inevitable destruction we have brought upon this nation. it's been sown, the harvest is inevitable. Mercy on our nation is no longer an option. Asking for it is inappropriate, don't mock God
The Planned Parenthood Video THE PRICE OF SEXUAL F
Of course PP considers their selling of fetal body parts as legal and normal; weren't these fetuses going to be discarded anyway? It is hard to hold someone morally guilty for profiting from something what we have already allowed them to treat as mere garbage. After all, do we prosecute those who salvage items from our weekly garbage at home? The old saw, "One man's garbage is another man's treasure" has been an acknowledged proverb for a long time. Now it has been extended to this new, darkly disgraceful extreme. It is hard to argue this issue on moral grounds once you have allowed human beings first to be murdered in the womb and second to be discarded as trash. Selling the proceeds of abortion rather than discarding them must seem rather thrifty and financially efficient after the first two logical steps (i.e. murder and disposal). I don't at this point see how our moral outrage can have more than a passing impact. The real tragedy is still the legalization of abortion in the first place! This is just one further step on the way to the inexorable complete moral degradation of our already disgustingly decadent society. It is just one more reason why so many muslims are persuaded that the United States is indeed "the great satan."