Abby Johnson’s aforementioned Unplanned, about her leaving the abortion industry, is powerful, in part because she walks you through her thinking — how she first came to work at Planned Parenthood, how she really thought she was helping, and how she came to realize that wasn’t the case at all.
There are people with good intentions who work at these clinics. But when we watch these videos and consider what the graphic reality is, we ought to see the need to reconsider.
In the case of the most recent Live Action video, in D.C., the doctor tells the Washington Post that most of the late-term abortions he does involve “women with wanted but abnormal pregnancies.” That doesn’t jibe with the conventional pro-choice talking point — that these late-term procedures are done when the mother’s life is in danger.
The doctor also tells the Washington Post that he has not watched the Live Action video he stars in because, “I don’t like to feed into these people. I really consider them terrorists.”
Terrorists? Undercover reporters — trying to protect innocent life — doing the work the media won’t do — that’s terrorism?
Let’s quit the name-calling and find better solutions than abortion for a woman facing the life-changing challenge of a child with special needs.
On the House floor on Friday, Representative Sean Duffy of Wisconsin showed a picture of himself with his sixth child right after she was born. He pointed out that she is smaller than some of children who found themselves dead in Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia. In an impassioned speech, the father urged those who consider themselves pro-choice to stand up and to say, at least, “I support abortion but I don’t support this!”
He talked about the overwhelming concern we’ve had about violence against children in the wake of the murders in Newton and Boston. This is “violence against children,” too, he reminded us. We should be “soul searching” and asking “How do we protect them?” here, too.
What does it mean for the soul of a nation when we look away?
“Where are the media, the protests, the congressional hearings?” Duffy asked.
“A poor immigrant mother who can’t speak English” gets a recommendation from a community resource to go to a women’s clinic “known for its filth and health violations . . . and loses her life.”
“Where’s NARAL? Where’s NOW? Where’s Senator Barbara Boxer? Why aren’t they standing up for poor minority women who are losing their lives in Philadelphia at the hands of an abortion provider?”
Duffy suggested — clearly referencing Sandra Fluke and the HHS mandate, though refraining from using her name — that if Karnamaya Mongar, the 41-year-old Bhutanese refugee for whose death Gosnell is on trial had been “a white privileged law student,” something more might have been made of the Gosnell case.
He added: “Where’s the NAACP? Where’s La Raza? Where’s the Congressional Black Caucus?”
Take a look at the abortion statistics in New York, with the highest abortion rates in America, and ask the questions about trimesters. Don’t tell me all these women are freely exercising the perfect ideal of women’s equality and free choice.
And there’s the baby. The baby who in the case of Dr. Cesare Santangelo’s clinic in D.C. isn’t seen as a patient, because the mother intends to have an abortion. “Obviously, you’re here for a certain procedure,” the doctor said on the Live Action video.
“They are voiceless; they’re defenseless; they rely on us for everything,” Duffy reflected about these infants subject to late-term and after-birth abortions, where a child is left to die.
There are “poor defenseless babies who aren’t provided care, that aren’t provided love, but are left to die,” he continued.
There is a “dehumanization” and “desensitization happening” here, he said.
Are we done with looking away?
“We’re better as Americans than that … We have to draw the line somewhere.” Can we start with late-term abortions? And can we examine this whole 40 years poison that is Roe v. Wade?