Currently, 666 Planned Parenthood clinics are operating in the U.S. and we cannot deny the beastliness of their function. If you have yet to see the fifth video released by the Center for Medical Progress, watch by clicking HERE.
And don’t cover your eyes – watch it to the end.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday he hasn’t watched the videos. Yet he claimed they lack newsworthiness, insinuating the coverage is propped up by shock value alone.
It is difficult to fathom watching any of the released videos without being shocked. But does that fact alone somehow discredit their significance or relevance? Of course not. Just imagine media sources automatically disqualifying all scandalous content because of its shock value. That would be absurd. Yet, mainstream media has been suspiciously silent on this issue while the news of each new video spreads uncontrollably through social media.
Silence and deception have served the abortion industry well over the decades. Former abortionist and key architect contributing to the legalization of abortion, Dr. Bernard Nathanson has explained in detail how the abortion industry was built upon lies.
Some would say the church has inadvertently gone along with the grand cover-up. Too many of us have quickly turned our heads, dismissing and rejecting graphic images depicting the reality of abortion. But for some reason, when the subject is steered toward the illegal selling of aborted baby parts, our viewing of these disturbing images becomes a little more permissible. Why?
Is it because we can disconnect from this particular subject matter since we have never approved or been involved in the donations and selling of fetal tissue donations? Never knew about it. Never voted for it.
Or maybe we’ve steered away from graphic images out of compassion. After all, who wants to confront the post-abortive with the gruesome, reprehensive reality of what they’ve done? Maybe it’s just a little too close to home.
I want to tell you a story that also wouldn’t be considered newsworthy by most news outlets. It’s a true account of devastation, scandal and grace.
Eighteen years after an abortion in 1987, the Lord reached down for me, took me by the hand and began to untangle the mess of a life I had created for myself. I had pushed the memories of that abortion down into the hidden recesses of my inner being – never to be spoken of again.
In the early months of this newfound relationship with Jesus, the deep, dark place that housed the abortion was stirred during a church service. “That’s never coming out,” I immediately and sternly reminded myself and God.
But the Holy Spirit was with me. And in the weeks that followed, reminders seemed to be chasing me like an annoying stray dog.
Then one Saturday, I sat on my bed flipping through TV channels. A program about abortion got my attention. I stopped.
Moments later, I was viewing a bucket full of aborted baby parts. My eyes zeroed in on perfectly formed little hands – so many of them. It was shocking! There I was, a prodigal daughter with a ghastly “A” printed across my heart. It was there in that moment that I saw light and love like never before. My loving Father came running for me with more extravagant grace and mercy than I could have ever imagined. I saw myself for who I was, and in the same moment, the Son set me free. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NASB)” became real.
It was not a lie that set me free that day. It was the truth.
I cannot help but think of the political leaders who continue to uphold a positive image of Planned Parenthood: a compassionate response to the needs of women. “Healthcare” they call it.
While to some, Planned Parenthood clinics may be outwardly appealing, they are really whitewashed tombs full of dead babies’ flesh and bones – a beastly killing machine. These newly released videos replace images of cleanliness and morality with the truth.
No one wants to look at these horrific videos, especially the footage of medical personnel callously identifying and dissecting the fragmented remains of innocent babies murdered in the preceding moments and hours. But we must. We must face the evil. We must tell the truth. And we must show the truth.
The Daily Signal published a chart this week comparing the number of Planned Parenthood clinics in each state to the number of community health centers that already provide healthcare services. If tax payer funding was redirected, they could expand to provide an even more comprehensive package of diagnostic lab and radiology services, prenatal and postpartum care, well-child care, STD testing, cervical and breast screenings and referrals. The accessibility of community health centers far outweighs that of Planned Parenthood clinics, outnumbering them, 9,059 to 666, according to the chart.
Although the Senate failed to garner the 60 required votes to defund Planned Parenthood while redirecting funds to community health centers that do not provide abortions, shouldn’t we continue discussions? Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves and God, “What else can we do?”
An answer is perhaps found in an AFA Journal interview with Les Riley, executive director of the Morning Center, a ministry bringing the light of Christ in the form of free prenatal care to women in Memphis, Tennessee. I urge you to read the entire article. Riley’s words are straightforward and convicting:
“We must get out of the mentality that the government’s resources are unlimited, and God’s are limited,” he said. The whole idea of the Morning Center is utterly ridiculous. It’s preposterous, but God is in the business of doing shocking things to bring Himself glory – through His church.”