Another Planned Parenthood Video—Are You Suffering From Shock Fatigue?

The Federalist writes, “The vast majority of Americans — a whopping 70 percent — have heard little to nothing about videos showing the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the harvesting and trafficking of human fetal organs.”

That’s hard to believe.  The media is not covering this issue – at least not the big networks.  Planned Parenthood is losing support, but there hasn’t been much change in how people feel about the organization.  This could be because “the opponents of Planned Parenthood overwhelmingly think of it as an abortion provider.  For supporters, the image is quite different.  More cite the organization’s role in providing contraception, sex education and pregnancy testing than see it as an abortion provider,” according to YouGov. So many people remain uniformed about the videos and the selling of aborted baby body parts.

The latest video is even more brutal:

Holly O’Donnell describes the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California. “‘I want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”

O’Donnell also tells how her StemExpress supervisor instructed her to cut through the face of the fetus in order to get the brain. “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. I can’t even describe what that feels like,” she says. (Source: ERLC)

This is so much more that whether or not states will defund Planned Parenthood.  This is about the cold-hearted destruction of life.  Jonathan Threlfall writes “How Killing Babies Gets Justified.”  According to LifeNews, “there have been over 56 million abortions since 1973.”

I’m not judging women who get abortions, they have their own stories, wounds and trauma.  I’m asking the church what do we do about this?  How can we take a stand for life without judging others?  How can we open the doors for people who have experienced the pain of abortion?  Chances are they’re already in your church.  Others may be hesitant to come.  Being a voice for the unborn doesn’t mean picketing or shouting, it means embracing, praying, weeping and fighting for what’s right.  So, what’s right?

It is right to defund Planned Parenthood?  Is it right to talk about this in our churches?  Is it right to teach our kids about what’s happening?  Is it right to talk about this in youth group and small group?  Is it right to write about it?

I don’t know what the right answer is.  I know Jesus loved everyone and showed compassion, kindness and forgiveness.  I also know Jesus threw some temple tables and got righteously angry when His Father’s house was made a mockery.

If we hate Planned Parenthood or hate abortionists, then we’re killing with our hatred and we’ve sinned against our neighbor.  If we love, then we’re following after Jesus.  If we stand for truth and get righteously angry, we’re being like Him too.

We’ve heard there may be up to twelve Planned Parenthood videos when all is said and done. But I’m starting to wonder where is the shock and outrage that we saw at first? Are we so desensitized that we forget to weep over the precious lives lost. This is not primarily about defunding an organization. This is about weeping where God weeps and letting him use us to be a voice for the innocent.

How are you guiding this conversation in your own church?

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Esther Laurie
Esther Laurie is a staff writer at ChurchLeaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.