FBI Investigates Planned Parenthood and its illegal sale of pre-born children’s body parts. Abortion is a crime against humanity that perpetuates additional evils on a scale too vast to fully comprehend.
By Deacon Frederick Bartels
28 February 2016
Fox News released a report today indicating that the FBI may be beginning an investigation on the criminal sale of aborted tissue and body parts harvested from unborn children by abortion providers, namely Planned Parenthood:
The FBI recently made a request to the Senate Judiciary Committee for access to un-redacted comments obtained from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, a signal that the feds may be preparing a criminal probe into the sale of fetal tissue.
Apparently, criminal evidence was discovered by the Senate Judiciary Committee indicating that abortion providers sold unborn children’s body parts to researchers “by charging amounts higher than the actual cost” (Ibid). The Hill notes that under a 1993 law, abortion providers are allowed “to transfer fetal tissue for research at a cost equal to the price of obtaining it, but are not allowed to sell it for profit.”
Fox News reported that the catalyst for the pending investigation likely originated due to the work of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose undercover videos of themselves posing as scientific researchers attempting to purchase various tissues and body parts from Planned Parenthood include recorded conversations with the abortion provider’s doctors. Daleiden told Fox News that doctors were caught on tape “casually negotiating the sale of aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains” (Ibid).
Of course, Planned Parenthood is crying foul. Fox News reported that Dana Singiser, Vice President of Government Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, stated in typal PP rhetoric:
These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has never, and would never, profit while facilitating its patients’ choice to donate fetal tissue for use in important medical research.
The investigation and prosecution of people involved in the illegal sale of unborn children’s body parts is an important step in the continuing work of defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, whose 2013-2014 annual report lists 327,653 completed abortions under its 2013 “Affiliate Medical Services Data” page. Above all, it helps to bring recognition to the unspeakable evils involved in abortion. It’s my hope that this pending FBI investigation will help to promote respect and protection—even if it does so indirectly—for the dignity of human life in all its stages, from conception to natural death.
If one is honest about the situation, it’s more than bizarre, dark, and perplexing that intentionally killing innocent unborn children is legal under the positive law, whereas selling their dead body parts for profit in the wake of their destruction is considered criminal. I’m not suggesting it shouldn’t be, but, realistically speaking, intentionally killing innocent people is called murder. If selling aborted children’s body parts for profit is criminal, why is Planned Parenthood’s killing them for profit not a crime? Abortion is itself a crime against children, humanity and the society in which man lives. An abortive society is a self-terminating society that chops away at its very roots. It is a society that has given itself over to the very darkest aspects of evil. And this willful, premeditated destruction of children is taking place, even promoted and coveted, in a nation founded on the “unalienable” right to life:
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Declaration of Independence)
If abortion were illegal, as it most certainly should be, there would be no FBI investigation into the sale of children’s body parts by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood whose sinister operation is cleverly advanced under the verbally engineered slogan of “women’s reproductive care.”
To suggest that abortion is somehow “women’s reproductive care” is beyond absurd. The human reproductive system is designed for procreation and the transmission of new human life, not its destruction. Abortion is an annihilative, evil intrusion into human biology. It wages war against the Creator’s wise and loving plan for man and woman, marriage and children and the populating of the kingdom of Christ. It is therefore an abomination in the eyes of God whose love brings his creatures into being and sustains them by his divine, unrestricted, and omnipotent power.
Pope St. John Paul II spoke of abortion as an “unspeakable evil.” Citing Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes (no. 27) in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, he noted that whatever is opposed to human life itself or violates the dignity and integrity of the human person must be firmly condemned and resolutely opposed. Gaudium et Spes observed that attacks against the dignity of the human person, tragically wielded in many forms today, “poison human society, and they do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator” (GS 27).
John Paul II observed that attacks on human dignity are magnifying. A culture of disordered understanding has developed in which intrinsic evils such as abortion are held up as “rights” in the name of individual human freedom:
Unfortunately, this disturbing state of affairs, far from decreasing, is expanding: with the new prospects opened up by scientific and technological progress there arise new forms of attacks on the dignity of the human being. At the same time a new cultural climate is developing and taking hold, which gives crimes against life a new and—if possible—even more sinister character, giving rise to further grave concern: broad sectors of public opinion justify certain crimes against life in the name of the rights of individual freedom, and on this basis they claim not only exemption from punishment but even authorization by the State, so that these things can be done with total freedom and indeed with the free assistance of health-care systems. (EV 4)
It’s essential to trace the origin of abortion. What was one of the instigating factors in bringing about the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision?
[D]espite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree. It is true that in many cases contraception and even abortion are practiced under the pressure of real-life difficulties, which nonetheless can never exonerate from striving to observe God’s law fully. Still, in very many other instances such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfillment. The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception.
The close connection which exists, in mentality, between the practice of contraception and that of abortion is becoming increasingly obvious. It is being demonstrated in an alarming way by the development of chemical products, intrauterine devices and vaccines which, distributed with the same ease as contraceptives, really act as abortifacients in the very early stages of the development of the life of the new human being. (EV 13)
Today an entire industry has grown up around this hedonistic mentality of which John Paul II speaks wherein profit is regarded as more relevant, important and necessary than is human life. Children are sacrificed by the thousands each week on Planned Parenthood’s altar of corporate productivity and advancement. And direct abortion is itself not the only killer. Although it’s probably impossible to count the number of unborn children lost each year through the use of various abortifacient artificial birth control devices and hormones, the magnitude of this evil is truly terrifying. Perhaps most terrifying of all is that the use of artificial birth control is looked on in America as not only a personal “right” but a “wise” and entirely normal and morally justifiable activity. The contraceptive mentality, so often touted as freeing, has promoted an anti-life, anti-children philosophy, chaining people to the sin of prideful self-centeredness. Far from freeing, contraceptives imprison and incarcerate men within the confines of sinful and disordered hearts. Stripped of its veneer, the artificial birth control industry—one of Planned Parenthood’s key departments—is itself the promoter of the post-modern culture of death.
Such a culture which actively promotes an illicit use of freedom under the guise of “rights” and “choice” brings about not true liberation but a dangerous enslavement to sin:
To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin” (EV 20 § 3; Jn 8:34).
The use of artificial birth control to prevent and/or terminate pregnancy fostered abortion, and abortion has opened the way for the continued destruction of children and the criminal sale of their body parts. Abortion is a crime against the unborn and humanity itself that perpetuates additional evils on a scale too vast to fully comprehend. It’s my hope and prayer that the pending FBI investigation will help to serve notice with respect to the intrinsic evil of abortion, and to draw people’s hearts back to God that they acknowledge what is really true and begin to honor and respect the dignity of the human person in whatever stage of earthly life his existence entails.
Above all, we must remember that, while God is merciful, the forgiveness and mercy he offers to all is based on repentance and the determination to live one’s life in the present and on into the future in accordance with his loving plan, not in opposition to it. For Christ said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mk 1:15), and “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt 7:13-14). Those who refuse to repent and thereby fail to seek mercy by returning in free and loving obedience to God the Father will have to pass down the road of justice. I pray daily that people will not forsake God’s love, for we all so desperately thirst for it as it is life itself—even though some fail to notice or acknowledge it.
Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo. He holds an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry and is a Catholic educator, public speaker, and evangelist who strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. For more, visit YouTube, iTunes and Google Play.