Grotesque. Immoral. Atrocious. Evil.
These words have been holstered in the political rhetoric of pro-lifers since the first days of Roe v. Wade. Abortion has been a legal reality in the United States since 1973. Heralding equality and female dignity, Planned Parenthood has been the primary abortion-conducting institution in the abortion industry. Claiming they are about much more than abortion, Planned Parenthood loves to promote the many healthcare services they provide for women. They have defended their existence and work with gusto against pro-lifers for decades. They are not simply unashamed of their abortionists and their practices, but they are loudly proud of them. One look at their Twitter feed (@PPact) will show the pride they have in the abortions they conduct.
Their primary tactic is to control the language and keep the rhetoric characteristically political. They know that by playing political victim to vicious Republican attacks, Democrats will run to their defense, just because. But the reality is that abortion transcends politics.
For years, and even centuries, Christians and others who fight for the unborn have argued for the dignity of an unborn baby, and his or her right to life from the point of conception. On the other end of the spectrum are those who believe a pregnant woman should have the choice to carry her baby to term or terminate (a political word for kill) her baby. Choice over life. Or life over choice. These have been the political positions for decades.
The debates, news segments, trending topics, and platforms have become so commonplace that many people just turn the other cheek. Nothing seems to change. Those who are pro-choice accuse pro-lifers of degrading women. Pro-lifers accuse their opponents of being immoral baby killers. The extreme rhetoric that is always used in this debate has numbed many Americans, including many Christians.
But with the release of yet another undercover video of yet another Planned Parenthood senior executive discussing their abortion tactics and techniques, including their distribution of baby parts, it seems we cannot find words strong enough to adequately describe this revelation.
In this new haunting video, a Planned Parenthood senior executive discusses improved abortion techniques for retrieving tissue in a less “crunchy” way. Then, as she discusses prices over baby parts, she jokes, “I want a Lamborghini.” Baby parts for Lamborghinis. The calm morbidity in this woman’s voice is horrifying. It was difficult for me to watch this video. As soon as it was over, my heart sank, and I immediately left my home office to just hold my 3 month old son.
This is not an anomaly. This is logically consistent with abortionist worldview. What’s most depressing is that Planned Parenthood sees the parts of a baby to be more valuable than the whole. A living, breathing baby is an inconvenience, if his or her mother says so. But the baby’s body parts are useful, so long as the baby himself is killed.
Grotesque. Immoral. Atrocious. Evil.
I hope these words have not been emptied by political rhetoric. I hope that through watching and sharing these videos, more and more people would see that these are not just words. They are institutions. They are flesh and blood. They are flashing before our eyes. They are killing our children. They must be stopped. This debate transcends politics. It is about the salvation of unborn children. They cannot speak. We must.
I genuinely challenge anyone, conservative or liberal, to watch these videos and not stand horrified. I am appalled by the silence of so many, but especially from Christians who love to speak out against various other injustices. Christians know that all humans, unborn or otherwise, have been created in the image of God, and as such have inestimable worth and right to life. With that in mind, I invite my friends, but particularly my Christian friends to do the following three things.
1. Pray and work for justice. Pray that Planned Parenthood would be brought to justice. Pray they would lose government funding. Pray through these videos, we would be one step closer to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Pray we would see the end of legal abortion in the country we all love. But even as you pray, work for justice. Use whatever platform God has given you to speak out against these atrocious practices from Planned Parenthood. Share the undercover videos. Then, share them again. Tweet #DefundPP. The more people who see these videos, the more people who will see the reality of the abortion industry. Petition your Congressmen to fight to defund Planned Parenthood. And if nothing else, use these videos as gracious, yet serious talking points at coffee shops, beauty salons, and ballparks.
2. Pray for and show mercy. This can easily get lost in pleas for justice. As we cry out for justice for the unborn, we must also cry out for mercy for abortionists and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood executives, doctors, and employees are sinners in need of a Savior. This is not because they are involved in the abortion industry. It is because their hearts are dead and they are united in fallen sin to Adam. This is the case for all who are outside of faith in Christ. So, we pray for mercy. Pray that God would reveal the life-giving Christ to these life-taking doctors and executives. And we should also show mercy. In your conversations, political activism, and online activity, be gracious and merciful to those in support of abortion and Planned Parenthood. We are trying to win them to Christ and convince them of their error. This can only be done in love and through grace.
Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.