Matthew 19:18 ESV “And Jesus said, “You shall not murder…”
Editor’s Note: Throughout the scriptures, God has made it clear that shedding innocent blood is murder, and no murderer will enter heaven. In addition to the death of the unborn baby, abortion also substantially harms the women and many times, families, husbands, boyfriends and a whole sphere of relationships connected to and surrounding each abortion. Often, lifelong guilt and other social, relational, spiritual and even physical problems follow the murder of innocent babes in the womb. Pastor Jim Bakker believes that this issue, abortion, may be the single most significant issue that brings God’s judgment on this nation more than any other.
(Note: This article comes from an interview conducted between staff writer Jason Wert and pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson.)
In the wake of the release of a third video by the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) showing Planned Parenthood allegedly harvesting aborted body parts for specific financial gain, a pro-life advocate is issuing a warning to those in the pro-life community that Planned Parenthood is not the enemy of the pro-life movement.
“Planned Parenthood is not the enemy,” Abby Johnson told USA Headline News. “The enemy is abortion. The enemy is our society that has accepted abortion as a viable way to deal with an unintended pregnancy.”
“Even with the fetal harvesting and everything that we see in these videos, Planned Parenthood is a symptom of a much larger problem.”
Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, walked away from the organization in 2009 after watching a 13-week-old child fighting to avoid the tools of the abortionist during an ultrasound abortion procedure. Planned Parenthood was so threatened by Johnson speaking out about the organization’s practices that the group tried to sue her into silence with a gag order.
She says that in the rush to stand up for the lives of the babies killed by Planned Parenthood, we need to realize there is a bigger picture than just the babies. She says that many of the women working for Planned Parenthood and working in the organizations that buy the fetal body parts are conflicted about their work.
Johnson recently wrote an open letter to Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of Planned Parenthood’s medical services featured in one of the CMP videos, encouraging her to leave the industry.
“I hope that the pro-life movement will see these workers as human beings who have inherent value and worth,” Johnson said. “We should be praying for them, we should be compassionately and mercifully be reaching out [to] them rather than condemning them because we know through our organization that conversion is possible for anyone.”
Johnson’s organization, “And Then There Were None”, works to help workers who want to escape the abortion industry.
Johnson also says that she believes the members of Planned Parenthood actually believe the propaganda they tell Congress and others about their operations being legal, ethical and above board.
“I think that any time in life if you tell yourself a lie enough, if you hear a lie enough times, that you really do believe it,” she said. “I think they really do believe what they’re saying. They’ve obviously very misguided people.”
While the scenes revealed in the video are egregious, Johnson maintains that the sale of aborted body parts is standard practice within the abortion industry.
“People are acting like this is terrible because they are selling the parts or there are parts or they have to piece the babies back together,” Johnson said. “That happens after every single abortion procedure, period. That happens whether they are harvesting parts or not… a P.O.C. technician stands in a lab and pieces the parts of these babies back together just like we saw in the video today.”
“It happens every day in clinics across the country,” she said. “It happens about 3,000 times every day.”
Johnson hopes the undercover videos might help get people motivated to stop the practice.
“It shows the barbarism of abortion and if that’s what it takes to get people off their couches and motivated to do something to end abortion, we’ll take it,” Johnson said.