Three major American corporations have told the nation's largest abortion provider that they no longer want to be listed as corporate sponsors after two recent viral videos purport to show representatives of Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of baby body parts.
Officials from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox have told The Daily Signal, a news site founded by the conservative Heritage Foundation, that they have asked the abortion giant to remove their companies' names from the abortion provider's list of corporate donors.
The move comes after the Daily Signal posted the names of Planned Parenthood's 41 corporate sponsors — a list that is no longer available on the Planned Parenthood website — following the controversy surrounding the recently released undercover videos by Center for Medical Progress. more >>
Evangelical Left figures have begun responding to an unfolding scandal involving Planned Parenthood and the alleged sale of organs from aborted children for profit. The authors and columnists join officials from the Southern Baptist Convention, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and others in expressing concern about the allegations.
Controversy erupted last week when an anti-abortion organization, the California-based Center for Medical Progress (CMP), released an undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the sale of organs from aborted fetuses. A second video released this week shows Dr. Mary Gatter, president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors' Council, negotiating payment for the sale of baby body parts. Both videos have gone viral, with over 2.5 million views of the first, and the hashtag #DefundPP trending on Twitter. CMP has indicated that the videos are merely the first of a series of recorded conversations exposing alleged wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.
"We confess to being at a complete loss of what to say in the face of humanity's brokenness," wrote Sojourners President Jim Wallis and Sojourners Web Editor Sandi Villarreal July 23 on the web site of the progressive Christian magazine. "Beyond the ethical questions of how an organization receives payment for tissue or the debates around the potential benefits of the patients' donations of fetal tissue, the videos are an in-your-face reminder of our culture's blatant disrespect for life." more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter has said in an interview that he does not believe Jesus Christ would support abortion in most cases, identifying the "only conflict" he's had between his political duties and Christian faith.
"I have never believed that Jesus would be in favor of abortion, unless it was the result of rape or incest, or the mother's life was in danger. That's been the only conflict I've had in my career between political duties and Christian faith," Carter told The New York Times in an interview posted on Friday.
How can we claim to be superior to nations who commit genocide when we commit infanticide? Destroying innocent life and harvesting human organs is beyond barbaric -- it is unimaginably immoral, grotesque, and evil.
Only evil could treat the organs of innocent babies as if they were fan belts, fenders, or fuel lines for a Ford -- to be swapped, sold, discarded and disposed at the whims of a mechanic.
Each year, Planned Parenthood performs more than 300,000 abortions, and 92 percent of pregnant women who walk into Planned Parenthood receive an abortion. Since 1973, abortion has ended the lives of 60 million babies, and we will never know how many of these souls were harvested to the highest bidder. more >>
An appeals court panel has ruled unanimously against a family-owned pharmacy suing Washington for an exemption to the state's birth control mandate.
A three judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Ralph's Thriftway must provide birth control items like the Plan B pill, which could be an abortifacient under certain circumstances, reversing a lower court decision.
Arguments were heard last November before Judges Susan P. Graber, Richard R. Clifton, and Mary H. Murguia. Graber authored the panel's opinion. more >>
In the past 10 days, pro-life Americans, outraged by videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvest and sale of fetal body parts, have made major advances. They have prompted three Congressional and eight state investigations of Planned Parenthood. And, they have spurred new legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in both the House l and Senate. Digital media analysts say none of this would have happened had concerned citizens not harnessed a new and powerful tool – social media.
"As a means of social change, there has never been anything in the history of the world like social media," said Marty Duren, manager of social media for LifeWay Christian Resources. Duren compared the way social media has propelled the Planned Parenthood story to the 2010-2011 Arab Spring, a wave of revolutionary protests, which was initiated and largely sustained by social media. "If this continues, we could see a kind of Arab Spring that may eliminate certainly part of Planned Parenthood's funding, but maybe all of it. . . . This story has re-awakened a pathos in people like nothing I've seen in recent years."
Despite the shocking nature and newsworthiness of the Planned Parenthood story, the mainstream media largely ignored the first video, which released last Tuesday. But, pro-life moms, dads, pastors and other everyday Americans made it go viral – and quickly, the public outcry reached Capitol Hill. Now, a second video has been released, showing a Planned Parenthood executive negotiating prices for the body parts of aborted babies. Once again, people are horrified and are posting, sharing and tweeting the link to their friends. Already, the video has more than 850,000 views. more >>