Planned Parenthood and the Sanctity of Life: How is Our Culture Responding?

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a “group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances,” has recently released a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s dirty little secret — by dirty, I mean depraved, inhumane, and immoral because they are literally “dismembering murdered children for profit” as an author from The Blaze put it.

Video #1 – Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts

The first video released by the CMP is titled, “Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts” In this first video, as The Federalist reports,

Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, is caught on video bragging about how she aborts babies in such a way that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola tells actors posing as organ traffickers. “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

Video #2 – Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods

The second video released by the CMP is titled, “Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods” In this second video, CMP says,

A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.

Video #3 – Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts

The third video released by CMP is titled, “Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts.” This third video as CMP writes,

Episode 1 also shows undercover video featuring the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada. Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where fetuses are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from a fetus will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Video #4 – Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

The fourth video, which is CMP’s most recently released video is titled, “Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen,” and as CMP writes,

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.

This last video is also, I think, the most graphic video because not only can you see an assistant crush an aborted baby’s skull, but you can also see the assistant go through the remaining body parts, such as legs, arms, brain, and eyes. Towards the end of the video, the assistant who is going through the aborted baby’s remains, exclaims, “Another boy!”

On Human Dignity

What has happened to our culture? Why are we becoming deaf to facts and choose to think with our feelings and emotions, rather than engage ideas and views with our minds? Why can’t we value human life in its earliest stages of development? What, indeed has happened to humanity? Human beings, at any developmental stage of life, possess intrinsic worth and value by virtue of who they are as human beings, dignity is not ascribed to humans based on any performative activity. Christopher Kaczor writes in his book, A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience, “Because all human beings are endowed with the same nature as members of the same kind–Homo Sapiens–they all share equally basic rights and dignity.”

The Psychology Behind Defending Planned Parenthood

A Planned Parenthood official has further added, “Anti-abortion extremists are willing to do anything to stop women from accessing the reproductive health care they are seeking.” The typical argument in defense of Planned Parenthood is thus, the supposed fact that they provide health care to women, especially those from low-income households, which explains why most Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities. I used to volunteer at a pregnancy clinic where women would receive free healthcare services. Moreover, presidential nominee, Dr. Ben Carson, responded to this argument too: “I thought that they were supposed to be able to get all those things [healthcare services] based on Obamacare. Why do we need Planned Parenthood?”

A YouTube video called, “Planned Parenthood is Not Selling Baby Parts, You F***** Idiots,” clearly ignores all the content in the videos that have been released by CMP. This video does not at all engage with anything that has been exposed by CMP. Moreover, this video seems to assume that women cannot get or receive free healthcare services anywhere else apart from Planned Parenthood clinics, which is obviously not true. How can someone claim that Planned Parenthood is not selling baby parts when the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde, not only negotiates fetal parts, but also suggests ways to avoid prosecution? (See CMP’s fourth released video).

President Obama’s top healthcare official, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood in light of the released videos by CMP.  Burwell argued,

What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms and cancer prevention screenings.

Also, the White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the videos released by CMP “fraudulent,” even though he has not watched the videos. The White House relies on the claim that the videos released by CMP are highly edited therefore fraudulent. However, CMP has indeed released the full versions of the videos.

How is it that some people can clearly see the evidence and still hold that Planned Parenthood is not selling baby parts? Cognitive dissonance.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines cognitive dissonance as:

An uncomfortable feeling that comes from believing or thinking two different things that cannot both be right. This feeling might be caused, for example, when someone wants to or has to do something that they believe to be wrong.

It seems that some die hard pro-choicers are in a state of conflict within themselves, so the easiest thing to do is ignore the evidence at hand. Defending a non-profit organization whose doctors and officials admit to be in the business of “dismembering murdered children for profit” is morally unjustifiable; it is barbaric; it is repugnant; it is pure savagery; it is evil.

Being Pro-Life

Being pro-life does not mean that we are “waging war” on women. It also does not mean that we want to deprive women of their rights. Being pro-life is about valuing and respecting life from the moment of conception and onward. Being pro-life means speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves, yet. Being pro-life is recognizing that human life matters and our public policies should protect that truth.

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The Power of Words: Why Lecrae’s Music Matters in Today’s Culture

Who is Lecrae? Lecrae is a Grammy-award winning rapper and a Christian, whose latest album, Anomaly, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 88,000 copies its first week. Anomaly, which is Lecrae’s seventh studio album, was released through Reach Records, a music label that he co-founded.

Lecrae seeks to redefine mainstream popular culture through positive and responsible music. Lecrae doesn’t only talk about God, but “gives messages of hope and inspiration”. Lecrae raps about fatherlessness, incarceration, poverty, domestic violence, modern injustices, sex trafficking, the neglect of veterans in America, and the value of life, truth and marriage, amongst other issues that the music culture hardly ever addresses. The Rolling Stones says in their review of Anomaly, “He may not swear, but Anomaly is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now.”

 The Harms of Politically Correctness

In his song Outsiders from Anomaly, Lecrae talks about being fearless and unashamed of living out what we are supposed to be, which is the life where we can speak about social issues, our beliefs, and values without having to sacrifice our conscience or keep quiet to please others or our culture. For Lecrae, it is better to be an outsider than to fit in a culture where you don’t have a voice of your own.

The politically correct view of society is one analogous to a puppet world – people do not have the freedom to be who they want to be, speak what they want to speak, and think how they want to think. As rational and moral human beings, we are naturally inclined to seek truth, but in a politically correct society, such a basic human good is taken hostage by a narrative that masquerades itself as “tolerance”. In reality, political correctness actually results in anti-intellectualism because not only does such a paradigm supply a warrant to target dissenting voices of accepted cultural issues, such as same-sex marriage, but also shuts down all sorts of diverse and critical ideas and views.

The Value of Positive and Responsible Music

Lecrae’s music matters because he brings a different framework to the rap and hip-hop culture. Life is not always full of color and happiness, contrary to what many contemporary artists rap about. A lot of contemporary rap/hip-hop music objectifies women, extols the use of drugs, and promotes a hedonistic lifestyle. A lot of young people need words of inspiration, motivation, grace, encouragement, and hope. How can a teenager be edified by listening to “Oh my God, oh my God If I die, I’m a legend, which is the hook of Drake’s first song, Legend, from his recent mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late who also took No. 1 on the Billboard 200 early this year?

Unlike his contemporaries, Lecrae’s music values women, extols the virtue of faithfulness, integrity, love, and patience, — this is all too evident in his song Special, a song that shares how marriage looks like. New H20 says, “Drake says he wants his girl to look 30 when she’s 81. Lecrae says he can’t wait to date his wife when she’s 60. See the difference there?”

Many young people grow up in single parent households. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, “24 million children in America — one out of every three — live in biological father-absent homes.” What teenagers from fatherless homes need is music that will build and sharpen their character, thinking and lives, not junk, and unrealistic music that corrupts their character. There’s a lot of music that masquerades the existential struggles of humanity and paints a life that does not exist. We don’t need more of it, we need more music like Lecrae’s music — we need more positive and responsible music, after all, words have the power to make the fibers of humanity shake.