Involuntary Organ Donors: When Planned Parenthood Became an Arms Dealer

What happens when you make commodities of unborn children? You turn batches of babies into fields of humanity ripe for harvest.

You trade the extremities and lungs of children for less than the price of a share of Apple’s stock.

I usually don’t wade into the pro-life/pro-choice debate because I think, too often, both sides can be more concerned with leveraging unborn children for political gain than with the life of women or children.

However, when I saw this video yesterday, I realized I’m not allowed to stay out of the conversation anymore.

What Do I Think?

The trade of the organs of the unborn is among the deepest, darkest depths of evil I have ever seen.

You cannot put a price on the love of a child, but the heart of a child is about 30-100 bucks.

We discard not-yet-born bodies of babies for the not-yet-fulfilled lives of adults, acting as though children are obstacles to opportunity and hijackers of happiness.

We rob children of life so that we might have a better one.

Too often, unborn children suffer the death penalty for the sexual crimes of their fathers.

Human life, however prepared or unprepared it may be for life outside the womb, must be protected. Further, regardless of where you stand on the legality of abortion, the trafficking of the bodies of the unborn must disturb you.

John Piper said in 1989:

To put it positively: the destruction of conceived human life — whether embryonic, fetal, or viable — is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God. Abortion is an assault on God, not just man. God is uniquely at work in the womb from the moment of conception. This is the clear testimony of Psalm 139:13 and Job 31:15.

I grieve for the mothers put in a position in which they feel the most logical, loving way out is getting rid of their unborn child. I have never experienced such horrific circumstances, and I can only imagine the emotional turmoil through which many mothers trudge as they decide what they believe is best.

But none of this, no emotion, circumstance, logic, or burden can excuse the harvesting of the unborn for the parts that make them up.

It is as though unborn children are not children at all, but are simply a new natural resource we’ve discovered that just happen to contain all of the parts that are necessary for human life.

Surely the reality that we harvest human body parts from these life forms will open our eyes to the fact that they themselves are human?

You cannot put a price on the love of a child, but the heart of a child is about 30-100 bucks.

However, to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn is to lose the ability to terminate them when “necessary”—an unacceptable compromise in the eyes of the pro-choice movement.

How much is the mirage of an “easy life” unburdened by children worth? A single human life will suffice.

What Do We Do?

Perhaps the saddest part of the video posted and shared yesterday is this: it’s legal to do everything the video describes. Joe Carter explains:

In light of the discussion, the video mentions two federal laws related to organ selling. Unfortunately, neither of these laws appear to be applicable to this issue or to the discussions in the video.

42 U.S. Code 274e prohibits the purchase of human organs, including any organs derived from a fetus, for the purposes of human transplantation. Because the fetal tissue is likely to be used for research purposes rather than be transplanted into a living human, this law most likely does not apply.

42 U.S. Code 289g covers the prohibitions regarding human fetal tissue and states that, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”

In each of these laws, the term “valuable consideration” does not include “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.”

We must pray that the Lord will open the eyes of the lawmakers who have the ability to protect the life of the most vulnerable.

Ethicist John Frame says of abortion, “Arguably the unborn are the weakest, poorest, most helpless people that there are….And the most terrible part of this is that these children are under attack from their own mothers.”

Christians must come alongside hurting mothers who feel the best option for themselves and their children is to abort and abandon them. It is the responsibility of the local church to care for the single mother, the pregnant teen, the orphan, and the weak.

I feel strongly that perhaps one of the most powerful steps Christians can take to reduce abortions is simply loving and caring for “accidental mothers,” offering options such as adoption, so that less women feel seduced by the ease of abortion clinics.

Dan Darling, VP of Communication for the ERLC, presents six easy ways to do something:

1) Speak out for the sanctity of human life.

2) Commit to engaging and voting to protect the unique dignity of human life.

3) Get involved in your local pregnancy resource center.

4) Support and get involved with the growing Adoption Movement.

5) Join us next year in Washington, D.C. for our first Evangelicals For Life.

6) Pray, support, and get involved in the mission of your local church.

Finally, Dr. Russell Moore wrote yesterday:

The children torn apart in abortion facilities have no names, but God knows their names. They have no resting places but Jesus grants them rest. If we are called into the kingdom of a just Messiah, one who welcomes children, we should stand up and speak up for the vulnerable ones He loves. These children may be just another line item in the abortion industry’s profit ledger, but they share the humanity of our Lord Jesus—and we must plead for justice for them.

It is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.

First, stand up for the unborn first by falling to your knees in prayer.

Then, stand up and plead for those who can’t.

Open Tabs 7/7/15

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Great piece from a fellow SEBTSer on the importance of children and how we neglect them too often in our culture.

The war on children is as old as the garden. From the beginning, a great war on children was pronounced (Gen 3:15), and that war continues to the very end (Rev 12:1-5). Throughout history children have been pushed to the outskirts. Herod committed mass murder against little boys (Matt 2:16), and the disciples tried to keep children from approaching Jesus (Luke 18:15).

50 Resources for Equipping the Church on Homosexuality and Same-Sex MarriageTGC & ERLC

I really want to write on the same-sex marriage ruling, and hopefully in the next month or so I can find the time, but until then, I highly recommend this trove of resources.

The Gospel Coalition exists to serve the church. To help fulfill this mission, TGC has joined with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention on Equip, a project to provide a broad range of resources on homosexuality and same-sex marriage issues to prepare your church for a changing culture.

The dos and don’ts of a great mentoring relationshipSara McCord

I have tried to have a consistent mentor since I was in high school, and I have always loved having one. This is helpful on the dos and don’ts on a mentorship.

It used to be that you only had to dodge questions about whether you had a significant other at family gatherings, but nowadays you get to work and everyone wants to know about the status of that other must-have relationship. Do you have a mentor? What kinds of things do you do together? Does your mentor have a friend who can be my mentor? Maybe we could all double sometime.

KINDLE DEAL: Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn ($3.99)

This video really shows the amazing complexity of the human body, I think.