On July 22 Juan Williams, a progressive pundit on Fox (yes, there are democrats on Fox), was appalled by the release of a video taken by The Centre For Medical Progress that revealed Dr. Mary Gatter, the medical director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, talking about the selling of fetal baby parts. I was watching the conversation unfold. This occurred one week after another video had been released with Dr. Debora Nucatola, Senior Director of all medical services for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is selling fetal baby parts-which is against the law. When performing abortions they keep in mind the values of the parts. According to Dr. Nucatola “...you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
The second video is the one that caught the ire of Williams. It revealed Dr. Gatter negotiating prices for baby parts with members of Center for Medical Progress. “You know, in negotiations whoever throws out the figure first is at a loss, right?” She explains, “I just don’t want to lowball,” before suggesting, “$75 a specimen.” Like going to an outdoor antique market and dickering over the price. Things for sale.
Mr. Williams was not appalled by the revelations. He was appalled by the manner in which it was revealed, angry with the organization (Centre for Medical Progress) who distributed the video and ranting about the politicization of abortion. The messenger needed shooting. Forget the message.
These are the same people—progressives—who worship at the feet of Edward Snowden the American computer professional, former CIA employee, and government contractor who leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013. They had nothing but gratitude for the messenger, many call a traitor, and were head over heels for the message.
I wonder what Mr. Williams and the Progressives have to say about the Chinese method of ridding babies whose approval for birth had not been given. Abortions are committed at nine months. If the baby is still alive, it was placed in a pail of boiling water. Others were placed in an airtight jar. Other live “aborted” babies were tossed into a pile, where they cried for many hours before finally taking their last breaths.
Margaret Sanger is the Progressive’s hero. The Rockefeller Foundation project in the 1920s financed Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood Federation of America, initially known as the American Birth Control League “Birth control is thus the entering wedge for the Eugenic educator ... the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit’ is admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization.”
She followed in the footsteps of Francis Galton, half-cousin of Charles Darwin, who in 1851 wrote that he “had seen enough of savage races to give me material to think about all the rest of my life.” In the 20th century Joseph Fletcher (1905-1991) an Episcopal priest who taught Christian ethics at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Massachusetts and Harvard Divinity School preached: “The world no longer needs all the individuals we are capable of bringing into it-especially those who are unable to compete and are an unhappy burden to others. If the size of our families must be limited, surely we are entitled to children who are healthy rather than defective.” And families with genetic abnormalities have a “responsibility for quality in their offspring and of obligation to the community’s interest,” not to pass down that genetic error.
Julian Savulescu, a neuroethicist at the University of Oxford, evangelizes good eugenics. Parents and health care providers will have a moral obligation to create children with the best genes possible.
Back in 1952, John D. Rockefeller III founded the Population Council in New York, to promote studies on the dangers of over-population. It became the world’s first truly global population control foundation. During the 1960s there was a world-wide movement concerned with overpopulation and concomitant famine. Abortion was promoted as a means to reduce famine and so it became more acceptable throughout the sixties.
In 1972 John D. Rockefeller chaired the commission, “Population and the American Future,” which recommended access to unlimited abortion in the first two trimesters.
Dottie Lamm, wife of former Colorado Gov. Dick wrote in a Denver Post op-ed in 2011 that population is one of the major contributors to climate change and other environmental crises. A carry-forward, I suppose, from famine and overpopulation. “International family planning in the U.S. is stuck between two factions: the Republicans in Congress who deny even the existence of global warming and have waged war on contraceptive services for woman everywhere, and the Democrats who support family planning, but find it “politically incorrect” to talk about population itself as an issue for fear they will be charged with trying to “control” women or people of color.
Why would they be charged with that?
Rev. Johnny M. Hunter national director of Life, Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest black pro-life organization has said too many black lives have not been born.‘“Civil rights’ doesn’t mean anything without a right to life!‘“It’s alleged that there’s a disproportionately high number of abortions in the black community. And they blame Sanger. Black women access abortion clinics at 5 times the rate of white women. Abortion kills more black lives (363,705) than all other causes of death combined (285,522). In 2011 in New York City, home of Planned Parenthood, more black babies are aborted than born alive!
The left talks about progress. The progress of abortion in the name of saving the planet has led to the selling of fetal body parts and it seems “White Privilege.”
The messenger isn’t the problem, Mr. Williams. It’s the Progressives.
Alan Bloom wrote “The most successful tyranny is not one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities…that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.”
Diane Weber Bederman is a blogger for Times of Israel, a contributor to Convivium, a national magazine about faith in our community, and also writes about family issues and mental illness. She is a multi-faith endorsed hospital trained chaplain. Read Diane’s new book: Back to the Ethic:Reclaiming Western Values
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