Yesterday the fifth video exposing Planned Parenthood was released by The Center for Medical Progress. (I shared videos one and two on my blog, and you can watch video three and video four on Justin Taylor’s blog.)
The video is the fifth by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “This is now the fifth member of Planned Parenthood leadership discussing payments for aborted baby parts without any connection to actual costs of so-called tissue ‘donation.’ Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable.” Daleiden continues, “Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end. There is no reason for an organization that uses illegal abortion methods to sell baby parts and commit such atrocities against humanity to still receive over $500 million each year from taxpayers.”
I appreciate David and his team’s efforts to share the truth, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable to see and watch, as parts of these videos are. (The picture here, a screenshot from the fifth video, is of a tiny hand being held up by tweezers as the staff pick through an aborted baby’s remains.) Consider the Holocaust, which was so evil that words alone couldn’t describe it. Descriptions of Nazi death camps had long been published in American newspapers, but when these papers started printing the pictures of slaughtered people, the American public finally woke up. I pray the Lord will use these videos and the surrounding controversy in much the same way. (If not for the pictures, even today most of us wouldn’t understand or believe the Holocaust.)
I believe it’s important for people to understand the true history behind Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion promoter and provider. Margaret Sanger was the direction-setter and first president of Planned Parenthood. The shocking truth, which I have carefully researched and shared in my books ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments and Why ProLife?, and also in this blog, is that her organization was thoroughly racist and viewed abortion as one more means of controlling the birthrate of those they considered inferior.
This history helps to explain why to this day Planned Parenthood does virtually nothing to promote adoption or help poor and minority women who choose to give their children life rather than abort them. Planned Parenthood has even brought legal action to shut down pregnancy centers that give women other choices besides abortion.
It’s also important for Christians to remember that we are not dealing here with “one more social issue,” but a unique and focused evil in which Satan has deeply vested interests. Abortion is Satan’s attempt to kill God in effigy by destroying the little ones created in God’s image.
Jesus said of the devil, “He was a murderer from the beginning.... When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). It is no accident that Jesus speaks about Satan’s murders and his lies in the same breath. Lies are the wheels that turn every holocaust. To pull off his murders, Satan tells us lies. He is so eloquent, so persuasive in his lies, and we are so gullible, that we fall for his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). He masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), calling right wrong and wrong right, making us think—as many prochoicers do—that they are taking the moral high ground even as they defend something unspeakably immoral.
If some of the prochoice arguments momentarily cloud and eclipse what you know to be right, realize it is simply because the devil is behind the persuasive rhetoric of the prochoice movement. He is fluent in the language of lies and uses the prevailing assumptions of culture, education, and media to draw us away from God’s thoughts about children and abortion and toward his.
We are dealing here with a force of darkness that will bitterly resist every effort to combat it and that requires earnest and sustained prayer and alertness to the spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10–20). The abortion battle is being fought in the realm of thoughts and ideas. Paul says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.