Despite the release of three undercover videos exposing what appears to be Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of aborted fetal body parts, the federally funded organization is flatly denying violating any laws. However, even the most radically left-leaning media outlets don’t seem to rely on this, concentrating their efforts on not only the denial of wrongdoing but in justifying the sale of body parts from already condemned fetuses.
Watch the coverage by The Young Turks at the 13:15 mark here:
To twist it out of proportion as these guys do, ‘Look, they are trying to harvest organs’. No, you see, this abortion was going to happen no matter what. So, what they are doing is to say, if it’s going to happen, and we can preserve some of the organs so that we can give it to research so it can save lives, isn’t that a better thing? Isn’t that a more pro-life position? The alternative is to throw it in the garbage! What good does that do to anybody!
There is a grave danger in gaining from research obtained in a morally depraved manner. In this case, in the sale of human body parts, violating federal law [42 U.S.C 289G-2]. Putting aside the moral consequences, to accept this justification would open the door to further transgression in the future. If we as a society say it’s okay to harvest fetal organs of condemned fetuses under the guise of research – and sell them, then the next logical step is to say, how about unused zygotes from artificial insemination? If we just create a few more than is needed, perhaps even growing them to a more beneficial size, those are condemned zygotes, so why not? A whole industry of zygote creation for research and tissue marketing has then been justified and sanctioned – even praised – and rewarded with taxpayer funding.
Further, the second video released by the Center for Medical Progress shows a Planned Parenthood executive describing in detail how they alter the method of extraction, including changing the presentation of the fetus to be breech, in order to produce useable body parts. This is against Planned Parenthood’s supposed policy of putting the woman’s health first, tissue last.
Nazi horrors dispel justification
Medical and scientific experimentation on prisoners in Nazi concentration camps were carried out and resulted in otherwise unachievable data, as there could be no willing participants in such horrific experimentation. After the war, the data from these experiments was suppressed or destroyed, due to the nature of how it was obtained. A paper was written and posted on the Jewish Virtual Library about the ethics of using Nazi medical data and states:
Since the Nuremberg trials, our society has had to confront the reality that the Nazi doctors were guilty of premeditated murder masqueraded as research.
It has been suggested that scientists be allowed to make full use of the Nazi data (to benefit medicine) and simultaneously denounce and condemn the Nazi doctors and their experiments (thereby preserving the victims’ memory). This compromise solution would serve to give those plagued by the dilemma the “best of both worlds.”
Despite its attractions, this compromise seems to carry with it more than a touch of moral hypocrisy. When the medical profession uses Nazi data, or when a court of law uses tainted evidence, legitimacy is indirectly conferred upon the manner by which the data/evidence was acquired. The policy guidelines deploring the means used in acquiring the tainted evidence would be undercut by the mere fact of its use.
The three videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress can be viewed here.
Video three (very graphic)