The most recent—and perhaps most emotionally charged—debate yet is burning over the accusation that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, is engaging in the sale of tissue from aborted babies. Videos went public exposing graphic and disturbing conversations among Planned Parenthood representatives, in which they discuss the commercial value of parts of aborted infants and methods for keeping the valuable parts intact for sale.
The videos are sickening to people who recognize that abortion is the murder of the most vulnerable and innocent among us. While witnessing firsthand the callousness of abortion providers is disturbing, the revelation may be important in reframing the abortion debate.
The Economist reports: “Surveys find that most Americans support keeping abortion legal within the first weeks of conception,” but “sympathy [for abortion being legal] plummets once the woman enters her second trimester, and nearly disappears when she reaches her third” (“The Tissue Trade,” Aug. 1, 2015).
A procedural vote in the U.S. Senate that would have barred all federal funds for Planned Parenthood failed on Aug. 3. It actually passed 53-46 but didn’t get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster on bringing the bill up for debate (“Senate Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails,” CNN, Aug. 4, 2015).
The American public needs to wake up to its great sin in condoning and supporting murder through abortion. Perhaps more will come to see that with these awful videos and will turn in repentance to God. Some, though, will strive to justify what’s happening and become more hardened to the ongoing atrocity. (Sources: CNN, The Economist.)