Last week I offered a post which spoke to the recent revelations of undercover videos displaying Planned Parenthood officials as they trafficked aborted baby parts. Since that post, there have been yet more videos. One of the recent is a most disturbing video with a fully intact baby boy, freshly aborted in the third trimester and still moving with heart beating. That defenseless little boy was laid on a cold, hard table and cut open in order to harvest his brain to be sold to the highest bidder.
Oh, I know this language is harsh and raw. But I have viewed all of these videos displaying the barbaric methods of Planned Parenthood, and trust me, they are more brutal, more harsh, more raw than I could ever express. There is nothing ambiguous about them. The truth is laid bare like that little aborted baby boy.
I can’t help but think about the merciless beheading of men, women and children by ISIS. Our response is revulsion at these horrible acts. As well, I think about the heart-wrenching commercials by ASPCA, showing abused dogs and cats. Again, our response is outrage and even willingness to take action!
How can we react to these acts of barbarism and not care with equal and greater passion about the nearly 60 million children who have been slaughtered in our nation by legalized abortion since 1973? With the release of these videos, gone is the notion that what is being discarded in abortion is just a worthless bunch of cells! The words and actions of Planned Parenthood officials in these videos demonstrate most excellently that these are human body parts indeed! And those human body parts even in the eyes of Planned Parenthood have indubitable, even monetary value. By their own words, $75 for this body part, $100 for this one, even $200 for another like that little baby boy.
Why do I care so much about this issue? It is of course because I believe that God is the Creator of all life and He loves all whom He has made. I believe that life from conception to natural death is sacred to God and should be sacred to us as well. It is because God hates murder, especially murder of the weak and defenseless.
As well, I have lost three nephews who died before birth — two in miscarriage and one in abortion. Though I have not seen or held them, I know they are alive in the presence of God and I will be reunited with them one day. The two who were miscarried are of no greater value than the little one lost to abortion. They have equal value to God and so equal value in my eyes as well. Aborted children have inestimable value!
And for me, life is personal. Death has come near me in the threat of cancer. I realize how precious life is. And how fragile. I have fought to save life. Life must be protected and defended. Why would I protect and defend my own life from cancer and not work to protect and defend life from abortion? Yes, life is a beautiful gift. It should be cherished and treasured. To do anything less is not Christian. To do anything less in my opinion is not human. To be fully human is to love life and to regard it as sacred.
And so I gathered with 1000 others last Saturday on the streets surrounding the Planned Parenthood location in my region. By our bold witness we protested the actions of Planned Parenthood and shouted for its defunding! We prayed. We worshiped God and lifted high the gift of life He has given us. By our witness in the public arena, we said to God, to one another and to all who drove by us on the street that day that we will stand for life and pray for the end to abortion.
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.