Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sliding Deeper Into the Culture of Death



Planned Parenthood's Culture of Death

By now most of us have seen or heard about Planned Parenthood committing abortions and using the body parts of these little victims as a commodity. The videos are presented, each one worse than the previous, by The Center for Medical Progress. They incrementally drive home the point until the depravity can only be denied by accusations that the videos were somehow forged.

They were not falsified, however. An outside firm, experienced in such matters, has authenticated that what we are seeing and hearing is indeed the brokering for aborted baby parts. In one video a tiny yet fully formed baby is actually still moving, his heart beating, as he lays in a basin waiting to be butchered.

British Culture of Death

Now enter the British government and a group of transplant surgeons. According the Life News, "British government officials are considering a new program to encourage women to consider giving birth to babies diagnosed with fatal illnesses, rather than have an abortion, so that the babies’ organs can be harvested after they die."

Upon first reading the headline to this story, my mind simply refused to process what the words were portraying. While asking these mothers to reconsider abortion, the plan to use these little ones as spare parts is as inhuman as it is inhumane. Women are being asked to bring their children to term for the express purpose of harvesting their organs.

Of course, the excuse is similar to one often given for abortion in general. The baby falls short of what society calls normal. In some form or fashion, this Child of God is considered less worthy of life because of some physical and/or mental variation.

Let that sink in, because it seems to me that we have become so inundated with the horrors of the Culture of Death, that we no longer want to ponder the issue. It is just too painful. It is just too unbelievable. It is too difficult to comprehend and still go about our normal daily lives.

There's More

As reported in the Daily Mail “In some cases, where donation has been agreed, babies could be certified brain dead but their bodies kept alive by artificial ventilation. Surgeons could then remove organs from these so-called ‘heartbeat babies’ when they are fresh, maximising what can be used and the chance of successful transplant.”

This idea presents yet another problem to the already horrific idea. Declaring someone as brain dead isn't always as clear cut as it may sound. There are many cases of injured people who have been pronounced brain dead or in a vegetative state, who later recovered and lived on to tell about it. We must remember that non-paired organs (the heart, for example) are useless unless there is a supply of oxygen to keep them viable. Brain death, then, isn't necessarily a flawlessly precise call - the reason I'm not designated as an organ donor.

A Doctor Speaks Out 

Via Life News
Dr. Trevor Stammers, director of bioethics at St. Mary’s University, called the proposal “a ghoulish suggestion” in an statement to the news media.
“It would be frankly abhorrent if transplant doctors were to ask women whose unborn children have been diagnosed with severe defects to let their baby go to term for the sole reason that its body can be raided for its organs,” Stammers said. “The concept reduces the baby to nothing more than a utilitarian means to an end – a collection of spare parts – rather than respecting life for its own sake.”
“Yes, I know those organs can potentially save the lives of others, but at what cost to our humanity?” he continued.

What Can We Do About the Culture of Death?

God, however, has specific plans for us. His gift of Free Will is being abused in ever increasing ways and depths of depravity. But His promise of grace and strength for those who become His Body, here on earth, remains. If our faith is stalwart and true, we will take up the gauntlet and battle the Culture of Death in His Name. We will fearlessly, armed with Faith and Hope, face the giant as did David.

Where to Start?

  • Pray for inspiration
  • Listen to God for instruction
  • Pray for tjhe courage to act
  • Arm yourself with knowledge
  • Pray for the grace to act justly
  • Act in charity

The entire series of eleven videos of Planned Parenthood and their baby body part commerce can be viewed here. There are also many articles that inform readers about the details of the commodification of aborted babies.