Friday, 09 June 2023

“The headlines would be a disaster” What Can we Learn from Human Capital No. 4?

What more can be said about Planned Parenthood’s ongoing rummage sale of body parts harvested from the babies it aborts?

After all, hasn’t everything been said that needs to be said?

What can another video from the Center for Medical Progress—the tenth undercover video released by the organization since July 14—accomplish on the heels of a summer spent revealing the shocking reality that Planned Parenthood is undoubtedly selling body parts of aborted babies for profit.

Outside of the moral outrage each of these videos have rightly sparked, it is increasingly clear that federal law has been not only violated, but flagrantly so. The laws in question prohibit the for-profit sale of body parts harvested from babies and/or manipulation of abortion procedures in order to obtain said body parts.

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Those who have eyes to see the horror of—literally—infant eyes for sale have concluded by now that Planned Parenthood must be stripped of its $500 million federal government handout forthwith. They (we, that is) have concluded, likely before the videos ever surfaced, that tax-paying Americans ought never be forced to shell out a hard-earned dollar to a monetized killing machine that takes 327,000 infant lives every year.

Our fellow citizens and neighbors on the other side of this equation are equally convinced. These friends of ours are represented by lawmakers and talking heads beholden to the demonic notion that not only should abortion be legal and celebrated, but that clear violations of federal law should be overlooked and pro-life taxpayers ought to continue to fund Big Abortion no matter what.

This mindset is a tragedy, to say the least. And there’s no sign of budging. Two routes to the destination of willful ignorance are emerging: On the one hand, you can follow the White House’s lead and just plain refuse to watch the videos; on the other hand, you can watch the videos, cringe, apologize and change the subject mid-sentence.

As we observe these reactions, it is instructive to find that the very politicians defending Planned Parenthood’s right to non-accountability are unequivocally on the take from the worldwide leader in abortions. To put it bluntly, they dare not bite the hand that feeds them, regardless of how bloody that hand happens to be.

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So, what does today’s video reveal that has not already come to light? What does this add to the conversation? There is plenty to say on these points, but, more specifically, what does this add to the conversation for the pregnancy help community?

Here’s one of many potential takeaways: Consider that nearly all the footage for Center for Medical Progress video No. 10 was shot at a conference for the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Keep in mind that NAF was fighting tooth and nail to keep this footage from airing, calling on Obama appointee U.S. District Judge William Orrick to issue a temporary restraining order.

Now that the video is released, it’s clear why NAF was so particular about keeping the recordings secret. In the words of Planned Parenthood’s Deb VanDerhei, national director of the Consortium of Abortion Providers, if the public were to find out about Planned Parenthood’s illegal for-profit sale and manipulation of abortion procedures, “the headlines would be a disaster.”

Last week, Care Net held its annual conference in San Diego, gathering 1,200 pro-life pregnancy help people for the event. 

On the eve of the kickoff for a similar conference, an article appeared at Cosmopolitan entitled, “‘Save the Mother, Save the Baby’: An Inside Look at a Pregnancy Center Conference.” The article, written by an undercover reporter, was the first in a miniseries of attacks on pregnancy centers, including a piece entitled, “Why are crisis pregnancy centers not illegal?

While the legal arguments for shutting down pregnancy help are easily dismissed, what is telling is, apart from accusing pregnancy help centers of being led by pro-life Christians whose fashion sense is, at times, appalling, there’s nothing that sticks out as a real threat to pregnancy help.

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True, the unfounded allegations of a NARAL Pro-Choice California report—in conjunction with a strategy paper from UC Hastings—formed the basis for California Legislature’s passage of a bill that will require life-affirming centers to post signage essentially referring women to abortion mills, but it’s likely this bill will be struck down in the courts as a clear violation of these organizations’ First Amendment rights.

That the accusations from NARAL cannot be backed up with facts speaks volumes of the abortion orthodoxy’s mindset, which is to make abortion not just a functional choice, but the only choice.

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This gets us back to the main question: What “headline” would be a “disaster” for pregnancy help organizations? What do we have to hide? What do we hope nobody finds out about?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is nothing.

That’s our takeaway from video No. 10. We—the pregnancy help community—have nothing to hide. We’re here because local communities want us here, serving women and families, empowering mothers to make the healthiest choice for everyone in an unexpected pregnancy.

We’re here because women and men hurt from past abortions. Many of us know that pain all too well, and no amount of PR gobbledygook can lead us to healing and forgiveness.

We’re here because every innocent life deserves to be protected. Headlines be damned.

Jay Hobbs

Part-time thinker, full-time husband, daddy, pastor, and baseball fan, Jay Hobbs served as editor of from its 2015 inception through the spring of 2018. Jay served on staff at Heartbeat International from 2012 to 2018, the last four of those years as Director of Communications and Marketing. Jay's writing has appeared at Newsweek, The Washington Times, The Washington ExaminerThe Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Christian Post, CNS News and The Gospel Coalition, as well as several national pro-life news outlets.

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