July 29, 2015

IS 35 YEARS A MOMENT?:

The Pro-Life Moment is Here : The Human Capital project has catapulted the pro-life movement into a perfect storm of public opinion and pro-life legislation (John Paul Shimek, 7/26/15, Catholic World Report)

Undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) have prompted these state and federal demands for an investigation and the repeated calls to defund the organization. The videos are part of a campaign against Planned Parenthood entitled "Human Capital". So far, two videos have emerged over the course of the last two weeks and additional videos are anticipated soon. The undercover footage raises questions about whether the organization founded by noted eugenicist Margaret Sanger has been involved in the sale of the remains of aborted babies.

CMP's website describes "The Human Capital project [a]s a 30-month-long investigative journalism study ... documenting how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted babies." And, the project's website explains that "Citizen journalists at CMP spent two-and-a-half years logging thousands of research hours to painstakingly gather hundreds of hours of undercover footage, dozens of eye-witness testimonies, and nearly two hundred pages of primary source documents."

On the evening of Wednesday, July 23, CMP's David Daleiden appeared on Fox News' Sean Hannity show. In the course of the six minute interview, Daleiden revealed that "Of the really, really shocking, compelling stuff, we've probably got dozens upon dozens of hours. And that will continue to be released in the days and months to come." When the show's host, Sean Hannity, asked Daleiden whether "we're going to see tape after tape after tape as bad as the two that we've already seen or worse," he responded by saying, "Exactly. Even worse."

The release of the project's videos is certainly well-timed. At a moment in American politics when liberals have been demanding the expansion of human rights for immigrants and LGBT couples, these videos reveal Planned Parenthood's refusal to accord even the smallest degree of dignity to the most vulnerable members of society.

Former Bush speechwriter (2001-2006) and current Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson, writes, "All our best instincts push toward expanding the circle of inclusion and protection. ... But how does abortion -- particularly late-term abortion -- square with this trend in liberal societies? Many progressives paper over this tension by denying any value to a fetus until it emerges from the birth canal. But this is both medically and morally implausible."

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