We all lead busy lives... we all have different passions... we all see the world through our own filtration systems and perspectives and so it makes sense that in many respects, our priorities will be different, our order of things important distinct and dissimilar.
Despite those differences however, there ought to be some things that rise to the top of what we as humans deem to be significant and meaningful and one would think that one of those significant and meaningful things, despite our diversity in passions and perspectives, is in fact not a thing at all.
We call them babies.
I'm a father of two, a grandfather of one. I've held all three within moments of their respective births. I suspect many of you reading this have done the same with your children, your grandchildren. I recognize, in the miracle that is the birthing process, that the mother's vagina isn't some magical or enchanted organ through which something passes initially as inhuman and subsequently as human. Any thinking person, despite their backgrounds, their origins, their passions and perspectives, would have to agree. To disagree is to be considered a fool, an idiot, a buffoon. The product of conception, that tissue mass, that clump of cells is a baby... a baby in the womb.
In the wake of the release of the fifth of a series of uncover videos revealing what it is that Planned Parenthood is doing, and profiting from in that doing, I ask the question posed in the title of this post.
What's it going to take? What events have to occur before we as human beings raise our collective voices in condemnation and denunciation?
In the fifth of a series of videos from the Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses contributing to the organization's "diversification of the revenue stream" and the potential to "get creative" with conditions for procurement needs. The video was reportedly filmed in April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.
"Just depending on the patient's anatomy, how many weeks, where it's placed in the uterus ... we're going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact and then some that will not be," she says.
"But it's something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance," she adds.
"And we've had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that.
"If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it's all just a matter of line items," she says.
No Ms. Farrell, it's not just a matter of line items. these aren't merely intact fetal cadavers. These are human babies created by God with innate dignity and and worth that you and your cohorts are killing and butchering for profit.
To date, I have not embedded any of these videos for a variety of reasons. One, you can find them yourself pretty easily. Two, I'll confess that I've not watched one in its entirety yet. I can't stomach it frankly.
Nevertheless, we must be shaken from our complacency. Our lives cannot be so busy that we don't see this for what it is. Our perspectives and passions must come together for the sake of the innocent... for the sake of these tiny human beings in the womb who represent the essence of innocence.
With nearly 60 million abortions over the last 43 years, I understand that we are very likely at any given moment to be within earshot of someone directly or indirectly involved in an abortion and that because of that possibility, we are inclined to do or say nothing that might be deemed to be offensive or off-putting to them.
I'm also very much aware that many of these same people are likely haunted by that involvement and deserve the kind of mercy, forgiveness and healing the Church and those affiliated with the Church can offer.
Much care and prudence is called for here, this I know with certainty. But we cannot remain silent any longer, we can't allow our fear of offense to quell a much needed public outcry.
We cannot allow our fear of offending each other override our fear of offending God Himself.
Today, I call heaven and earth to witness against you: I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live...
It's time for people of decency to let others hear about what Planned Parenthood is doing. It's time to speak up. It's time to say something to our representatives in Congress, to those tuned in to social media, to our family and friends, that enough is enough.
No self-respecting person should allow themselves to remain silent.
For Christ's sake, speak.
Crossposted at Wizbang.