Planned Parenthood videos

The website headlined an article this Monday “Media Ignore Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Promote New ‘Abortion Comedy’ Movie.” This rather succinctly (and sadly) describes how our secular world values human life. As Deacon Bob Craig notes on page eight, it is easy for the media to get worked up about the killing of one lion (not that we support the killing of Cecil here at The Anchor, but it did seem like a welcome distraction for many people away from the reality of what is going on with human babies at Planned Parenthood), than to give any attention to how human life is devalued in our society.

The movie in question is “Grandma,” which stars Lily Tomlin as a grandmother who hits up her old friends for money to pay for her granddaughter’s abortion (i.e., to kill her great-grandchild). Shows like “Good Morning America,” “Charlie Rose” and “The Tonight Show” have celebrated this art house movie (one hopes that it does not get a wide release), while scant attention is given to the surreptitiously filmed movies about the horrors going on at Planned Parenthood (and when it is given, the secular media feels the need to explain why Planned Parenthood is supposedly indispensable for modern society).

On July 29 the archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap., called upon the United States Congress to defund Planned Parenthood (something which the Congress has still not done). He said, “Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a ‘widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.’ The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.”

His last sentence reflected the fact that much of the news media and the political establishment have instead (when discussing this issue at all) tried to make the focus the secretive nature of the filming of the interviews or the supposed threat to “choice” that exists, thanks to the release of these videos.

With compassion, Cardinal O’Malley issued the following invitation: “If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance through the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit”

Project Rachel is also active in the Diocese of Fall River. Marian Desrosiers, who directs its work, as well as our diocesan Pro-Life office, testified at the Massachusetts State House in 2009 about Project Rachel, saying that it “is a national/international organization offering private and confidential services to women or men hurting because of a past abortion experience. Women who may have had an abortion, others who may have manipulated, encouraged, or helped someone to obtain one, and family members affected by the decision or even a professional involved as an abortion advocate or provider contact us. After more then 12 years of listening to hundreds and hundreds of women who have suffered deeply and profoundly because of their abortion experience, I felt compelled to testify today on their behalf.”

“Repeatedly, they have asked me, to help get the truth out. Their hope is to help prevent other women from having to experience the post-abortion agony that has haunted them for so many years. In order to live with their so-called ‘choice,’ a ‘protective’ wall of denial is established delaying their ability to deal with the truth and profound effects of the experience. Society tells them it was their ‘choice’ and does not allow them an outlet to express deep feelings of guilt, grief, confusion, or anger which all lead to a sense of alienation and isolation. The average amount of time that will pass, before they contact our office, is seven to 12 years. Some women will call sooner, and some call 40 to 50 years after the abortion. The process can be most difficult, but once the initial call is placed, a major hurdle is taken down and they begin their journey to find hope, reconciliation and healing.”

One hopes that the attention given to Planned Parenthood this summer will make more and more people think twice about supporting them (either directly or politically) and instead see what they can do to truly help women (and their children) with crisis pregnancies.

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