Title

Is This Our Pro-Life Moment?

Author(s)

Karen PriorFollow

Publication Date

January 2016

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Christianity | English Language and Literature | Religion

Abstract

It’s a baby. . . . The heart is right there.”The doctor speaks these words, caught on a hidden camera, as she sifts through a dish holding the remains of a freshly aborted child.“Was that crack the little bits of the skull?” an observer asks.The abortionist answers affirmatively, continues her probing, then points out, in a tone as casual as that of a store clerk helping a shopper locate items on the shelf, “Here’s some organs for you. Here’s a stomach, kidney, heart, adrenal . . . ” She continues her foraging in the dish, searching for the legs. When she finds them, she exclaims giddily, “And another boy!”This is a scene—one of many such grisly episodes—from a series of undercover videos recording Planned Parenthood officials doling out fetal body parts and haggling with fake buyers over the sale of fetal tissue. As the shocking videos were rolled out one by one this past summer, a movement swelled—despite scant media attention—calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Enough momentum had built by the fall to bring about what before seemed unthinkable: several congressional hearings to investigate Planned Parenthood along with state-level inquiries into the organization’s practices. An attempt by lawmakers to eliminate federal funding, while unsuccessful, was nevertheless a landmark effort in the history of legalized abortion.