Planned Parenthood is in the midst of a self-inflicted public relations nightmare. Our job is to keep it that way. But in the rolling aftermath of this disaster of theirs, many pro-life Christians are probably finding themselves in the midst of more conversations on the topic than has been true for quite some time. This really is a teachable moment for our nation, and one of the things we must provide in that teachable moment is answers.
The propaganda machine surrounding abortion has created a lot of confusion. The sting videos have revealed the fact of the confusion, but they have not revealed where the confusions first began. That has to be done with careful explanation.
So because many of you are now in conversations with family, friends or co-workers about “the videos,” I thought I would put together a short list of FAQs that might help navigate some of the conversations that are likely to happen.
1. When does human life begin?
According to Scripture, unborn children are received as fully human. Knitting a child together in the womb is the work of God (Ps. 139:13), a work we have no authority to interrupt. Unborn children are given full legal protections in the Mosaic law (Ex. 21:22-23). When Elizabeth and Mary met, their unborn children were also meeting, and John the Baptist jumped for joy on the occasion (Luke 1:41). But Planned Parenthood believes that John at that time was nothing more than a potential “calvarium donor.” A number of years later, Herod thought the same thing.
2. When does human life begin according to medical science?
The instruction of nature is consistent with what Scripture teaches. A complete human being comes into existence when a human sperm fertilizes a human egg. Each unique genetic composition is formed in that instant, and does not change afterward. Prior to that moment, there is no human person. After that moment there is. Every fertilized egg will therefore live forever, and eggs and sperm that are not conjoined will not.
3. When does fatherhood begin? When does motherhood begin?
Fatherhood and motherhood both begin at that moment of conception, along with all the duties and responsibilities of fatherhood and motherhood.
4. Roe v. Wade was decided a full generation ago. Why is this still a controversial issue?
There are many reasons, but one of the central ones has to do with the widespread dissemination of medical knowledge. Because of advances in ultrasound technology, it has become increasingly difficult to hide what is actually occurring in an abortion from the public. This is why Planned Parenthood is consistently opposed to mothers seeing ultrasounds of their unborn child — they don’t want the mothers to know. But they of course use ultrasound technology to keep them from crushing the more profitable parts of the child.
5. What have these sting videos revealed about the official line of Planned Parenthood?
They have revealed that Planned Parenthood wants it both ways. They want the American public to think that nothing is being removed in an abortion but nondescript “tissue,” and they want their buyers to think that they have actual human organs for sale — livers, hearts, and so on. But human organs come from humans. These two descriptions are utterly inconsistent with one another, and the videos revealed that Planned Parenthood knows full well which one is the accurate description. That is what made the videos so horrifying.
6. I do admit that the videos are unsettling. But I am still nervous about going back in the opposite direction. Don’t you pro-lifers just want to impose your morality on everyone else?
Every system of law is a codified expression of morality. The only choice we have is what kind of morality will be imposed, not whether a morality will be imposed. You are nervous about us imposing our morality on Planned Parenthood? But the only alternative is to allow Planned Parenthood to continue imposing their morality on the children — children being fattened in the womb so that they might be shipped to market. However “unsettling” you might believe our proposed system of morality to be, it could not begin to approach the horror of cutting babies up for parts. We are proposing a system of morality that respects all human life instead of despising it. That should not be considered as threatening. Respect for life is nothing to be afraid of.
7. If we reverse direction on this issue as a nation, is there anything else we must do?
Yes. As a people, we must seek God’s forgiveness for what we have been doing for these four bloody decades. But through the death of Jesus Christ God promises full forgiveness, even for sins as black and grievous as this one has been. But no forgiveness is possible for those who will not seek for it.