‘Isn’t it time to defund Planned Parenthood?’

The videos are shocking, sickening, appalling and deeply disturbing. The videos to which I am referring are those released by the Center for Medical Progress revealing how Planned Parenthood employees admit that they harvest and sell fetal tissue and body organs from aborted babies for profit. It is a fact that a 17-week-old baby has all its body parts and can be seen sucking its thumb in an ultrasound. Therefore, one of the most disturbing parts of one video entails Dr. Deborah Nucatola speaking about the retraction of a 17- week-old baby in a certain way so that her heart, liver, lungs and brain can be useful to the buyer. How can this type of an abortion at 17-weeks not be called murder, the destruction of human life? Every decent minded American should be outraged by these activities of Planned Parenthood. This activity is evil as is all destruction of human life, a gross manifestation of sin, and entirely against the will of God.

As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. Sacred Scripture affirms this moral truth. In Psalm 139 we read: “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:13-17)

Or as we read in Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si, The Creator can say to each one of us: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason “each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary” (LS #65).

Therefore the right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace. People can pretend that babies in the womb are just blobs of protoplasm. But it is God who reveals the truth. As science advances in this field, it is becoming much harder for any American to ignore what their conscience already tells them, life begins at conception.

The Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade is perhaps the worst, most tragic and evil decision ever made in the history of the United States. Statistics show that 55 million babies have been aborted since that Supreme Court decision. Abortion is a violation of human rights incomparable in magnitude and an atrocity for the whole human family. We must find a way to end these atrocities.

In the aftermath of these videos going public, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards tried to downplay these videos by blaming the “militant wing” of the anti-abortion movement. Perhaps it is always easier to blame others when getting caught in a scandal as horrendous as this. In the end, this organization has absolutely no respect the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person.

Following the revelation of these practices of Planned Parenthood, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice announced plans to investigate the group that produced the videos instead of investigating the alleged criminal activity in harvesting and selling baby parts.

Planned Parenthood claims to be a non-profit organization. Yet they take in enormous revenues. Here are a few facts: During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $528.4 million in taxpayer funding in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. It is important to note that taxpayer funding consists of almost half of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue.

In 2013, Planned Parenthood performed a record high 327,653 abortions. During the years 2009-2011, Planned Parenthood performed nearly one million abortions (995,687). In 2014, abortions made up 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals dropped 14 percent and 4 percent, respectively. For every adoption referral made, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions. Planned Parenthood reported $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.2 billion in net assets. These are statistics from 2013-2014. Year after year, government subsidy (your tax dollars) and abortions are the lifeblood of Planned Parenthood. Are they really a non-profit organization? Isn’t it time to defund Planned Parenthood?

Despite this massive taxpayer support, Planned Parenthood is a highly political organization as well. During the 2012 election, Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on advertising and get-out-the-vote activities, according to the Washington Post on November 14, 2012. Planned Parenthood and its affiliates lobby at both the state and federal level to block any legislative proposals regulating abortion. They spent $33.6 million lobbying elected officials in 2013-2014, opposing legislation to put in place simple commonsense safeguards, including laws that would inform parents before their minor daughters obtain abortions as well as safety standards in abortion clinics to protect the women receiving services there. Is this organization really good for society and America? Should taxpayers continue to fund such an organization?

Perhaps Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) said it best, “You can’t say in one moment that’s not a human and then sell it in the next moment as a human organ and say now suddenly it is. It was a human all the way through. There was never a time that wasn’t a child, never a time that wasn’t a human, and it seems the ultimate irony to me that we spend time talking about humane treatment of animals being put down and a lion being shot illegally … and we completely miss children being ripped apart in the womb and their body parts being sold.”

On their website, Planned Parenthood claims to be an altruistic health care provider for women and girls. It says, “Care. No matter what.” But when one looks at their annual report, when one views these disgusting videos, it seems that their bottom line is not about women’s health but about the destruction of human life and selling body parts for profit. Those who participate in such activities have completely lost any moral compass. The real Planned Parenthood has revealed who they really are.

Do we, as taxpayers, really want to support such an organization that commits such heinous crimes against humanity? Please contact your congressmen and legislators, demanding an end to Planned Parenthood funding. They should not receive our money for their immoral activity, but our prayers for their conversion. This is what God desires!