Selling Baby Parts: What's the Big Deal?

If the algorithm controlling your social media feed is anything like mine, your device exploded with righteous indignation Tuesday as news broke of an undercover video (embedded above) indicating that Planned Parenthood sells body parts from partial-birth abortions. The Blaze summarizes the highlights:

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[The video] from the Center for Medical Progress, a group concerned with medical ethics, features comments from Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, allegedly showing her describing how some doctors carefully conduct abortions that leave fetal body parts in tact.

Nucatola reportedly made these comments on July 25, 2014, to actors whom she believed were actual representatives and buyers from a human biologics company. The comments appear to recount a process through which some abortion doctors purportedly carefully conduct procedures in an effort to keep specific fetal body parts in tact.

While Nucatola’s comments prove disgusting in any context, one might wonder why they warrant special outrage. Over 2,800 unborn children will be murdered today in the United States. That fact does not distinguish this day from any other. We kill babies systematically, proudly, and legally. So what’s the big deal if we make good use of their constituent parts?

Indeed, that was the essence of Planned Parenthood’s response to the hubbub. In an official statement, they reassured the public that recycling dead babies is business as usual:

In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.

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Nothing to see here. They have a point. If we accept the daily murder of 2,800 unborn children as a medical procedure on par with an appendectomy, why should we be concerned with “tissue donations” after the fact?

The real horror here is the daily mass murder of the most innocent human beings among us, not how their bodies are disposed of after death. Nucatola’s comments demonstrate the callousness with which those murders occur.

Unfortunately, the callousness is not hers alone. Collectively, ours has become a culture tolerant of these 2,800 daily murders. If we can’t get traction in opposition to that, we’re not going to get traction in opposition to trafficking baby parts.

And be sure to read this: 

Actually, Women Do Regret Their Abortions

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