When our biology teacher Jeannie Hendrix gathered us together to dissect a frog at Huntington School in Ferriday, La. some 30 years ago it didn’t dawn on me that one day we would read about dissecting aborted babies.
Then again, Planned Parenthood wasn’t exactly a household name in Concordia Parish when I was growing up. And any discussion about abortion was hush-hush because, quite frankly, it was a bad thing. Still is.
Planned Parenthood, which bills itself as a “non-profit organization that provides reproductive health and maternal and child health services,” is on the radar these days in light of three recently released videos. The videos captured Planned Parenthood professionals and associates, including medical doctors, discussing extracting body parts from aborted babies to be sold to private companies. Supposedly, the little hearts and lungs and livers and kidneys and whatever else wind up in the hands of so-called researchers.
There’s a big difference between dissecting a frog and dissecting an unborn baby. One’s a frog. One is human. And perhaps the notion of dissecting an unborn baby is intolerable because we readily visualize the birth of a child. If you’re a father, you probably recall the emotions you felt the first time you saw a sonogram of one of your unborn children. You’ll never forget the birth.
I can’t imagine what the mother feels. I suspect it’s surreal.
And that raises a couple of questions. How on God’s green earth could any expectant mother agree to have the life sucked out of her own child? And how could any human being bring himself or herself to the point of performing an abortion in the fist place?
It’s murder, plain and simple.
It’s beyond any reasonable doubt that Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business. It operates on fees collected for performing abortions, and Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million annually from the federal government. In other words, U.S. taxpayers are financing abortions from coast to coast.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate had an opportunity to attach an amendment to a highway funding bill that could have eventually stopped any government financing for Planned Parenthood. The Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a Republican, spiked the measure. McConnell claims he’s going to author separate legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.
Let’s hope he keeps his word.
Untold millions of unborn babies probably would appreciate it.
Sam Hanna is a state political writer.