When it comes to Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish crimes, are we all guilty?
written by Carole Novielli.
I am sitting at my desk, taking a moment of reflection over the past week, what I have witnessed, listened to and read.
I am disturbed – even haunted and somehow – I am not surprised.
The news of Planned Parenthood’s grisly baby parts operation has been a daily source of news, social media posts, blogs, and videos. I have been caught up in it all…and now…I reflect.
I think about what is happening in this nation. Of 42 years of legalized abortion on demand.
As I ponder what has taken place this last week, I am not shocked that babies are being chopped up and sold for parts as if an old car in a junkyard. Sadly I write this sentence.
I am not shocked because, every day, over 3000 beautifully formed, innocent babies are snuffed out in their mother’s wombs by abortion.
What shocks me more than hearing what groups like Planned Parenthood are doing with their remains, is the lack of concern for these tiny humans on a daily basis. Yes, this shocks me.
I have witnessed the gruesomeness of abortion up close. I am one of the few who has held their broken bodies, their dismembered and bloodied corpses barely cold from being tossed in a dumpster outside an abortion clinic.
I wrote about that day in detail here, it is forever entrenched in my mind. The smells, the images, the tears.
But, I am also a student of history, and we have repeated this tragically many times over.
Think back to WW11 and the Nazi experiments on the Jews. Think to today and the way that ISIS callously slaughters women and children and Christians by the hundreds.
What has happened to America?
Why do we refuse to speak out about such atrocities until we are consumed with the dead corpses around us?
I am disturbed. I am emotional. I hold back tears for what I see going on.
Is the harvesting of aborted baby body parts so horrific that we are now awakened to the pain and suffering of these tiny babies?
Are we not moved to tears by the mere ripping apart of their innocent arms, legs, and yes lungs and kidneys on a daily basis in an early suction abortion?
Can we not envision the horror of the abortionist’s knife grasping the limbs, torso, and head of the second trimester unborn child in a D+E abortion?
We have to ask the tough questions.
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King once said:
“The time comes when silence is betrayal- that time has come for us….men do not easily assume the task of opposing the government’s policy….Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often the vocation of agony, but, we must speak….”
I ask you this: Who is more evil?
The abortionist who figured out a way to profit off every aspect of the bloody procedure or those of us on the sidelines who scold him/her for his business savvy but not for his murderous actions?
Let me clarify, I wholeheartedly condemn Planned Parenthood for their Mengele-like conduct, but I also refute them for the taking of that same human life just seconds earlier.
Have we become so accustomed to abortion that the real crime of it, the taking of a valuable human life, created in the image of God, is not the overall cause of our outrage?
In 1889 Gilbert Haven said it best when he described the reaction to slavery of his day.
In his National Sermons, Speeches, and Letters on Slavery and its war, Haven said:
“We are so familiar with the word Slavery, that its real scope and character do not smite the eye with true horror. If this nation stood today, perfectly free from this iniquity, and could behold it approaching its shores, and demanding the sovereignty, we should rise up as one man against the hellish foe. …How horrible it’s sin, how horrible will be its punishment !”
In 1852, former Negro slave, Frederick Douglas described what should be our reaction to the abortion trade:
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be denounced.”
I recently wrote a blog where I researched the Church’s reaction to Hitler as depicted in the newspapers.
Although it is by no means a comprehensive study, in the articles I found you read headlines noting the following:
- “anti-Jewish atrocities have been exaggerated.”
Hitler’s election brought about largely thru support of evangelical churchmen
Churches express readiness to corporate with Hitler’s government but demand right to preach
Hitler controls German Churches
Song of Nazi School Children “we need no Christian virtue”
German theologian Eberhard Bethege once stated, “There comes a point when you can only say yes or no and in this case: NO !”
That time has come for America!
But sadly, just as in Germany, people will rarely speak out.
Renate Bethge daughter of an executed Christian resister to Hitler’s Nazi regime and niece of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, once stated:
“When people know enough to know to learn more it will require some risk…then it is surprising how little people want to learn.”
It is easy to be outraged today, when gruesome descriptions of sci-fi like body parts are strewn across the television screens.
But, where are those same people when a pregnant woman needs a home or a pro-life grandmother is accosted after standing alone in front of Planned Parenthood crying out for the babies they murder?
Sadly, when it comes to Planned Parenthood, I feel that history is once again revealing the state of America.
That can be seen in the words of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor whose most painful memories were placed into a story about her published in 2013:
Hitler was a terrorist who rose to power because good people said nothing, she said.
“The key word here is terrorist. Terrorists have no respect for human life,” she said. “In Germany, not all Germans were Nazis. There were many good Germans — but nobody spoke up.”
I’d like to end by asking each one of us to examine our hearts.
Are we all guilty?
From the title of another blog I penned not to long ago, “Abortion just like the Nazi Holocaust is the “Sin of the Innocent Bystander.”
There are really no “innocent bystanders” – we all know the truth about abortion and the truth about Planned Parenthood. We are here today because we have remained silent and refused to act against this tyranny towards the least of these, unborn children.
Are we not all responsible for this ghoulish enterprise we now see visited upon us by Planned Parenthood for not proclaiming the value of each preborn human person?
The answer to that question is YES!
Now, what shall we do about it?
That answer can be found in the words of Authur Chochrane of Dubuque Theological Seminary, who spent two years in Germany (1935-1937), studying the Reformation Confessions, and became acquainted with the underground Church during the Nazi regime.
In that time he observed the reaction by those who ignored the plight of the Jews:
“Those who stood strongest were first to confess their own guilt for not doing more,” he said.
We must do more!
My thoughts after video #4:
On abortion’s evil in the world: act as an “upstander” not “bystander”
My thoughts after video # 5
History repeats itself in “Backing Planned Parenthood”