I became incredibly ill this weekend when I started sifting through some historical information that had somehow slipped my mind. I recalled that, in 1993, Professor Dianne Irving and I testified before a National Institutes of Health hearing on the subject of fetal tissue use in scientific research. At the time we honestly believed that testifying with factual evidence to the truth of how a human being must be killed for such research would resound with the panel in a way that would result in a total ban on such practices. I was terribly naïve.
This is why I am compelled to tell you that the whole grisly business has been going on for a very long time—with the government funding a whole lot of it.
Back in those days the Clinton administration ended a five-year ban on fetal tissue research with a simple stroke of the pen. Shortly after that, efforts began in earnest to see to it that restrictions were put in place to make it illegal to pursue the type of practices the Center for Medical Progress is accusing Planned Parenthood of as we speak. The resulting law, known as the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, contains restrictions that make it clear that Planned Parenthood is violating that law and should be investigated.
Planned Parenthood is involved in criminal acts. The onus is on the organization to prove otherwise and apparently it is afraid to do so.
The New York Times recently attempted to sanitize Planned Parenthood’s guilt by suggesting that its assurances that it does not profit from these sales should be enough to settle the matter. In fact, the Times cloaked this grisly business in an aura of respectability by reminding its readers: “Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue—clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.”
Does the federal government’s not-for-profit evil practices make it okay for Planned Parenthood to make big bucks by killing babies and selling their body parts? Apparently the disgusting New York Times writers think so!
The Center for Medical Progress Human Capital Project has prepared a fully documented fact sheet sharing the extent to which the government itself is involved in such practices. You may be slightly disturbed to learn that, in addition to that $76 million in government grants mentioned by the New York Times, nearly $1.4 billion was spent on stem cell research grants during that same year. According to the report: “These figures represent minimal estimates because the NIH category definitions ‘do not reflect the entire NIH research portfolio and budget’ and projects under $500,000 many not be reported.”
Oh my goodness! But it doesn’t stop there. The fact sheet lists studies funded by our tax dollars involving 17-22 week aborted fetal brains, beating fetal hearts, and 24-week fetal eyes “harvested within minutes of death.”
So you see the stakes are much higher than you thought. Our tax dollars are legitimizing practices that irreverently ignore human beings and their dignity as human trafficking in baby body parts occurs at Planned Parenthood facilities for profit.
I am convinced this is one of the many reasons why the National Abortion Federation slapped the Center for Medical Progress with an injunction claiming CMP illegally recorded conversations at their “educational” meetings. CMP responded to this, saying, “The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work. The National Abortion Federation is a criminal organization that has spent years conspiring with Planned Parenthood on how to violate federal laws on partial-birth abortion and fetal tissue sales. The Center for Medical Progress will contest any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the freedom of the citizen press.”
Enough of this horror show! I am sick AND tired of it. Here is what Americans can do to make a difference:
• Sign the petition for Congress to investigate Planned Parenthood and stop all government funding to it.
• Go online to find your representatives and your senators. Contact them and ask them to do two things:
1. Investigate the illegal activities of Planned Parenthood and its cohorts.
2. Move to withdraw all funding from Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliate groups immediately.
• Pray for an end to this horrific evil. And yes, pray for all those involved in the grisly abortion industry. As Lincoln, Nebraska, bishop James Conley recently said, “These men and women were made for eternal life, and for unity with Jesus Christ. . . . Behind every depravity there is a soul, in danger of being lost forever.”