You have no doubt heard something in recent days about the six video revelations demonstrating how Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the United States, is selling the body parts of aborted babies to the highest bidder. Among others, these videos portrayed Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.
So far, 5 states have taken steps to de-fund the abortion giant with 12 states having launched investigations into Planned Parenthood’s abortion and organ harvesting and trafficking business. This is a very significant time in our nation’s history surrounding abortion! We should be praying that congress expand their investigation since Federal law prohibits the sale of body parts of aborted babies. In fact, the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
For those who follow Jesus Christ and honor the Word of God, we should be deeply disturbed by these videos. All human life is sacred and our Creator loves all whom He has made. We are grateful that the evil which has been held in darkness has now been exposed to the light! Yet, we must avoid any triumphalism and pause to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15), namely the mothers and fathers whose wounds of regret over their abortions have been re-opened by these latest revelations. The sorrow of taking the life of their unborn child has now been made even more grievous by the possibility of that innocent child’s body being sold for money. The Church should be extremely sensitive to those who have regretted their abortion and repented of their sin.
As well, it is a time when it matters more than ever before that the Church stand up against the heinous acts of barbarism by Planned Parenthood. On the momentum created by these six undercover videos, more than 300 cities are gearing up to launch the 40 Days for Life campaign beginning September 23. My congregation will actively participate in this campaign.
More immediately, I invite any Orange County, California folks to join Philip and me along with others from our community as we stand for life in public witness this coming Saturday, August 22 from 9 to 11 am outside the Planned Parenthood located at 700 South Tustin Street in Orange, California. This will be a time of prayer and witness. Planned Parenthood has taken the lives of God’s children and heartlessly trafficked their body parts for financial gain. As surely as we stand to pray for the sanctity of life in our churches, let us now stand to pray for the sanctity of human life in the public square. It matters more than ever before!
“Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all
who are appointed to die.”
— Proverbs 31:8
After more than 25 years in parish ministry, Rev. Cathie retired in early 2018 to pursue a quieter life with her husband Philip in the mountains of Central Oregon. Although no longer a leader in congregational life, she continues to follow her calling and passion to minister to those who suffer, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.