By Joe Carter, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released the tenth video in an investigative series on Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted fetal tissue. The video includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describing the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration.” The video also highlights conversations with Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA; Dr. Vanessa Cullins, Vice President for External Medical Affairs for PPFA; and Deborah VanDerhei, National Director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS) at PPFA.
“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural,” says Dr. Westhoff to a prospective fetal organ buyer. “Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.” Westhoff continues, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this.”
“What I hope happens out of [these videos],” says ERLC president Russell Moore, “is not just that we act in public justice and defund Planned Parenthood but also that we start to shape and form consciences to do away with the violence of abortion.”
I remember holding my precious newborn daughters just minutes after they were born (the older almost four years ago, and the younger earlier this year). They are both beautiful children, fearfully and wonderfully made.
My wife and I have also lost two children to miscarriage (both before our elder daughter was born), and I will never get to meet them this side of the Resurrection. Yet they are no less precious in the sight of God than the two beautiful daughters I now have.
What Planned Parenthood does is perverse and obscene, on par with what the Nazis did to the Jews in the concentration camps. It is my fervent prayer that the government will force them to cease doing business, and that those who are associated with it repent of their sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness for them.