Planned Parenthood has received negative press recently after some of its representatives were filmed negotiating prices for the sale of organs from aborted babies. Many have expressed outrage, and rightly so, because it is an abomination. Not only does Moloch want his child sacrifices, he wants to turn a profit on the deal! But why is it evil to sell tiny livers and hearts? Of course, the answer is, because a tiny human being was killed in the process.
Created in God’s image
There is an innate recognition that the unborn child is precious, far more than the $100 price negotiated for his or her liver. This is because the child is created in the image of God, and to kill the child intentionally is murder—even if this form of murder has been sanctioned by the laws of the nation.
That is why mistreatment of fetal remains provokes outrage—even moreso sometimes than the murder of the tiny child in the first place. Another recent example was the discovery that fetal remains were being thrown in the trash and burned to heat UK hospitals.
But if the child were only a tumor, or if the tissue was just a part of the woman’s body, why should selling his or her remains for medical research provoke disgust and outrage? HeLa cells have been used in many research applications—derived from the cancer that ultimately killed Henrietta Lacks. But the Planned Parenthood actions are more like the work of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who performed grotesque experiments on the Jews in Auschwitz. Indeed, many of the aborted babies would be developed enough to suffer intensely as they are dismembered alive, just as Mengele’s victims suffered as he inflicted cruel and needless suffering on his victims. However, abortion has killed many millions more people than the Holocaust did.
The common pro-abortion response, at least to the public, is that the unborn baby is not a human being. They realize that much of the public still have a revulsion (God-given—Romans 2:15) to murdering any humans. For instance, many women have decided to have their baby when they saw how human it really is after a good ultrasound scan. (No wonder that pro-abortionists often oppose laws that require the mother to have an ultrasound before an abortion—the only time they opposed providing patients with full information before treatment.)
Indeed, the Planned Parenthood action shows a typical hypocrisy of abortionists: they will proclaim earnestly that the aborted baby is not human, but then the whole reason they sell the baby’s parts is precisely that it is human.
However, some people have consciences so seared that they think that even if the child is human, it is okay to kill him or her if the mother chooses to do so. This can occur only when people totally replace the Judeo-Christian sanctity-of-life ethic with an evolutionary one, where humans are just another animal, no more value than a dolphin, according to Dawkins. Sometimes, instead of the real scientific evidence for humanity, pro-abortionists appeal to nebulous quasi-religious claims that the unborn baby hasn’t attained ‘personhood’ yet. This sort of argumentation is popular with ‘ethicists’ like Peter Singer, who even approves of infanticide.
Legality vs. Morality
Note that legality and morality are not the same thing—the Holocaust and slavery were also legal in their time and place, approved by the legally elected representatives and the courts.
While some claim “you cannot legislate morality”, all laws in fact legislate morality. Laws against murder and rape impose on murderers and rapists the moral view that murder and rape are wrong! The only question is whosemorality is legislated? As Martin Luther King Jr. said:
Certainly, if the problem is to be solved then in the final sense, hearts must be changed. Religion and education must play a great role in changing the heart.
But we must go on to say that while it may be true that morality cannot be legislated, behaviour can be regulated.
It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important, also.
The example of William Wilberforce is a model: thanks to his conversion to the Gospel, he both changed people’s hearts and minds against the evils of slavery, but also fought hard to legislate against it. Similarly, the early church that eventually abolished the widespread infanticide in the Roman Empire. The modern church is unfortunately largely complicit by its silence in infanticide’s resurgence.
What can we do?
There have been many calls to remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. We totally agree. But then why did it take this latest revelation of baby parts for sale to prompt this, rather than the killing of the babies in the first place?
Meanwhile, many pro-abortionists accuse pro-life people of caring more about the unborn child than his or her mother, or not caring for children after they are born. However, this should never be the case, and in fact, has not been the case. Increasingly, pregnancy centers and other pro-life ministries are gaining visibility as an alternative for mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Churches and individual Christians should support these, because they are saving lives. Abortion clinics don’t offer such alternatives to take care of mothers and live babies.
Furthermore, pro-abortionists ignore how Planned Parenthood has shown willingness to abet statutory rape, and abortionist Kermit Gosnell killed babies after birth and caused the death of at least one mother because of the hellish conditions in his clinic. There are many more testimonies of the callousness of the abortion providers, who often neglect to take even the most basic steps to ensure the mother’s ‘safety’ in this barbaric procedure. This shows that abortion is actually an act of violence against the mother as well as her baby.
Scripture speaks of the special care and love God has towards small children. As Christians, we should be as concerned for their welfare as God is. But the most important thing we can do as Christians is to pray, and to share the Gospel, which is the solution to all sorts of evil.