Please, For the Sake of Human Values, Let Us Not Turn From This

America is facing a horrific scandal. No, this is not about Cecil the Lion (though certainly a troublesome story in its own right), instead this is about something a whole lot darker and more depraved. This is not the story of one man’s psychotic lust for animal heads on his wall, but of an entire system of ethics and morals gone awry. Yes, it’s time for Griffwood to cover the Planned Parenthood scandal, because hardly anyone else will give it a thorough examination.

As you may or may not know the Center For Medical Progress, an anti-abortion organization, recently conducted a sting in which it sent actors to pose as buyers of fetal tissue interested in obtaining specimens from Planned Parenthood (an organization that receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year). The “buyers” met with Planned Parenthood higher-ups and engaged them in discussions about the costs and techniques involved in the transfer of the fetal parts. All of it was secretly recorded on video and what transpired in the conversations shocked people across the country on both sides of the political aisle.

In this video we see Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola happily nosh away at her food and sip wine as she casually describes the techniques Planned Parenthood Doctors use during abortions to avoid “crushing” fetuses, in order to remove the parts more intact: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, 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.” We also see her explain how the Federal Law banning partial-birth abortions is up for “interpretation” and seems to imply that some fetuses could be coming out alive.

In this second video we see Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter jovially discussing prices for the sale of fetus parts. Although Planned Parenthood is only permitted to charge a price for the fetal tissue that allows them to break even on costs, Dr. Gatter continually accepts offers of higher prices from the supposed “buyers.”  At one point she decides $100 per specimen is not enough and gleefully chimes in, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.” Gatter, like Nucatola, also discusses changing the abortion technique in a way that vacuums out the fetal brain matter in a less destructive way, calling it a “less crunchy” method.

Other videos are available on The Center for Medical Progress’s Youtube page.

CMP claims to have even more videos to release, but that has been put on hold thanks to a restraining order issued by Judge William H. Orrick, III: who has been revealed to be a big-time Obama donor. Lovely.

What are we turning into? This story isn’t about abortion rights, it isn’t about religion, and nor is it about Republican vs. Democrat. NO. This is about human values. This is also about the callousness of these “progressives” who are running this organization. No matter how you feel about abortion, it is important that you are sickened by these videos. The Planned Parenthood employees involved in this sting discuss destroying developing babies with the utmost callousness. They quite comfortably describe the fetal tissue industry without the slightest bit of delicacy or care. So it’s legal to donate fetal tissue? Fine! But please, can we have some dignity and tact out of the people who are in charge of the organization that handles more abortions than anywhere else in this country, perhaps in the entire world?

Who will we become as Americans if we don’t take this issue seriously? Human life is losing its sanctity day by day and slowly all the writers of generations’ past are seeing their fiction transform into reality. We MUST treat life and any part of it (including fetal tissue) with seriousness and importance, not with smiles and a mouth full of salad. How can one so nonchalantly discuss crushing a fetus with such ease and delight?

The “progressive” media has already come running in to support Planned Parenthood. The Daily Kos framed the story as the “Newest Attack in the GOP’s War on Women.” How sick is that? We can all see the videos for ourselves. We can see clearly what these Planned Parenthood employees said. How could they possibly defend them here? How could they turn this into a political issue? That itself is just as inhuman and callous as the actions of these Planned Parenthood employees. Rather than call out a wrong for being wrong, they dismiss it for political gain and point the finger at Republicans. Two of the most powerful labor unions in the country, the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, both notoriously “progressive” organizations, have also rushed to the defense of Planned Parenthood. This is how nothing ever gets better, this is how we doom ourselves: when people cannot call their own side out when necessary.

I am afraid. Yes, afraid. I am afraid that America can no longer be looked to as a nation that is a model for human values and freedoms if we refuse to take action on this scandal. We must, as a people, send the message to Planned Parenthood, that whether we are pro or anti-abortion, that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Pro-abortionists must condemn this and tell Planned Parenthood that they don’t want these doctors being so empty and cold. Indeed this organization might be completely devoid of morals, and might very well be turning profits out of the sale of fetal parts. That only time will tell, but for now, we must focus on this issue until we fix the things that have made us go so wrong.

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