By Mary McClusky
JULY 17, 2015
By now you may have heard about, orperhaps even viewed, the horrific undercover video featuring the medical director
of Planned Parenthood. (Warning: the following description is graphic and may
re-traumatize those who have suffered from abortion personally.) The medical director eats her lunch and sips
wine, describing the ongoing harvest and distribution of the organs and body
parts of aborted babies to companies who obtain them for research. She even describes
how they take care to perform abortions in a way that prevents damage to desired
intact parts, such as the liver, heart, or skull of the child. The medical
director never assures her lunch partners that the mother or child is taken
into consideration, or that the mother is consulted about changes to the
abortion procedure in order to harvest body parts. At Planned Parenthood, a
conversation about abortion is a business marketing discussion.
However shocking and disturbing this
recent news, the behavior of Planned Parenthood staff is just an extension of
the damage to women and destruction of unborn babies going on every day at
their facilities across the country. Not only do their headline-making
barbarities destroy life, but Planned Parenthood's "business as usual" in
communities around the nation hurts women and kills babies, divides families
and corrupts our culture.
Planned Parenthood is the largest
single provider of abortion in the country. Some believe their main services
are sex education and health services, but over a third of their income is
raised through abortions. In recent years, they have increased their sales of
abortion to now commit a third of all abortions nationwide. As part of their
strategy to increase the number of abortions, the provision of other services
like prenatal care and cancer screening has declined. The national organization
insisted that all affiliates provide abortions by 2013, and have opened 19
"mega-centers" in the past decade.
All this is partly funded by
millions of taxpayer dollars per year – an average of $536 million for the past
four years. The U.S. bishops have called for funds provided to organizations
that perform abortions to be re-directed to meeting the basic needs of the
poor, including mothers facing an unexpected pregnancy who feel that due to a
lack of resources, they have no other option than an abortion.
Even if investigations into these
newly-revealed atrocities at Planned Parenthood result in a slap on the wrist
for the abortion giant, there is much that individuals can do. Prayer and
fasting can be offered up for an end to abortion and the conversion and healing
of those who perform, facilitate, or advocate for abortion. Contact your
congressmen to urge a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion. Be aware of any
local Planned Parenthood's activities, especially their efforts at schools and
health fairs to promote unrestricted sexual activity to children. Local
businesses can be urged to stop funding abortion providers. Write letters to
the editor about abortion in your community. Efforts like these can shine the
light of truth into the darkness of the abortion business and help raise
awareness that what women, children, and their families need most is
compassion, love, and support.
McClusky is the Assistant Director for Project Rachel Ministry Development at
the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
information on help after abortion, visit www.hopeafterabortion.com.
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