The push to defund Planned Parenthood is picking up steam.
Two senators are introducing different bills to strip Planned Parenthood of federal monies from the organization, while media pundits and such high-profile ministers as Franklin Graham are calling for similar action.
The brouhaha ignited after some undercover videos recently surfaced, exposing two Planned Parenthood officials casually endorsing the harvesting of fetal body tissue. The first video features Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, who thought she was speaking to buyers for a fetal-tissue procurement company in California. Nucatola said, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver … so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
The second video shows Dr. Mary Gatter, past president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council and now an advisor in the organization, discussing “less crunchy” techniques to get “whole specimens.”
Editorials and articles defending Planned Parenthood have already sprung up, but one thing is clear to me: the casual dispositions of these women, while discussing the dismemberment and sale of human life, is disturbing. Over bites of salad and sips of wine, Nucatola chats about selectively harvesting parts like she’s discussing the best technique for dissecting a frog in biology lab. After wrangling over prices for fetal tissue, Gatter laughs about wanting to buy a Lamborghini.
For a lot of people, life is cheap — and getting cheaper. Social media users cheer when an aid worker is killed in a bombing raid, and a cleric dismisses nearly 3000 innocent souls who are slaughtered in a terrorist attack. After Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were killed by bullets, some immediately jumped to the conclusion that “they deserved it” instead of grieving over two young men who could have been redeemed by God. And two doctors chit-chat about the price of aborted human beings over a nice meal.
Human life is precious — all life. Black lives matter. Brown and white lives matter. Gay and straight lives matter. Aged lives matter. Lives bound by sickbeds and wheelchairs matter. And lives in the womb matter: “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14 NRSV).
Lord, remind us of the priceless value of human life. May the Holy Spirit bring us to repentance over our cavalier attitudes when a soul is taken, whether it’s an unborn baby or enemy combatant. Let Christ be lifted up so that all people will come to Him (John 12:32).