When news broke yesterday that Planned Parenthood have been trafficking in the body parts of babies, many of us assumed that this story would gather traction immediately. Surely this is one of the most important news stories of our age? We are exterminating our children, and then selling their body parts. I know we don’t all agree that they are children at all (though I am confident even the most ardent pro-death campaigner will cry bitter tears after a miscarriage). But I also know that many people — journalists, politicians, and influencers — are passionately pro-life.
And so I have been deeply perplexed and angry by the relative silence on this issue. Why is it that no politician wants to touch this? Why are the major news outlets turning a blind eye? Where are all those liberal campaigners for human rights?
Not so long back, when Dolce and Gabbana stated that they felt that two homosexual parents were not the ideal, the celebrity outrage and boycotts that followed bullied them into a retraction. Oh, what courageous campaigning from Elton & Co! Oh, what self-sacrifice in the name of truth and justice!
While prominent Christian leaders have been fast to pick up on the Planned Parenthood genocidal sociopathic corruptions and condemn them, surely we Christians are not the only ones who think this is heartbreakingly, breathtakingly barbaric?
Why, for example, doesn’t the BBC take an interest? In the past couple of days we’ve enjoyed breaking news stories about gay couples holding hands in Moscow, the appearance of Pluto, and a bunch of other relative non-stories. (I say relative because nothing could be more important than a story that sheds further light on how far we have fallen, how twisted and evil our hearts really are.) But no, we are not the righteous deliverers of justice that our fathers were, who fought for the end to slavery, child labour, fascism, and so much more. We are the generation that campaigns for issues that cost us nothing, whilst turning our eyes away from those issues that really matter. How ironic that the BBC has been running a story about a woman with ‘selective mutism’, a fear of speaking, when they are the corporate embodiment of that fear.
Every time I think of abortion — the brutal, relentless slaughter of the innocents that takes place on altars of the Most Holy Places in our temples to health — I grow increasingly confused as to why this is not an issue for ongoing, rigorous debate and campaign. Perhaps we have all grown tired and despairing of any hope for change. And perhaps we’ve grown a little embarrassed by the religious right and their more aggressive tactics that have slurred the pro-life cause (though strangely enough, we still love Bonhoeffer).
While Dr Nucatola continues her sterile crushing of babies’ bodies (oh so carefully, mind you), my heart cries out for justice. Break the teeth of the wicked, O Lord!
Post Script: Watch A Story of God’s Forgiveness in which Jenny speaks of her experience of God’s grace after an abortion.
Update: The BBC have now posted a news article after the decision from Congress to launch an investigation.