I wrote in a post a couple of weeks ago, as the first Planned Parenthood video was released, that as Christians we must not look away, but rather let the video stir us to action and outrage over the atrocity of abortion. Now three other videos have been released and apparently there will be more to come. I want to restate my charge to everyone who might read this. Do not look away. These videos are must see for everyone. For those who support abortion, it is essential that they come to grips with what it is they are supporting. For those already opposed it is essential that we allow these videos to light a fire under us and move to action for the sake of the unborn so that we a re never silent again.
There are a couple of reactions to the release of these videos that I fear may come. First, there may be some who believe that it is distasteful and maybe even inappropriate to show mutilated babies. There is no question that the images are disturbing, but I would argue that they are a necessity given our relative ambivalence toward the killing of the unborn in this country. The pain and difficulty in seeing it is not to be compared to the actual act which the baby has experienced. If this is what it takes for us to come to grips with the horror of what is happening behind the closed doors of these clinics, by professional looking men and women in the name of women's health, then so be it.
Secondly, I fear we may get bored or desensitized. Americans as a whole have a short attention span. The successive release of the videos may cause some to lose interest as they think to themselves, "ok, we get it, Planned Parenthood is twisted." But this would be an absolute travesty. The creator of these videos, David Daleiden, in what can only be described as a heroic effort, has presented us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to undermine this embedded evil. We must take advantage of this moment and not squander the amazing work he and his staff have done. Like when your doctor tells you to finish the bottle of antibiotics even though you may feel a little better because if you stop and the bacteria rebounds it will be resistant to the antibiotics and exponentially more difficult to defeat. So here, we must not get distracted but rather see this through to the end. Tweet, share, like, blog, speak. Here is link to the Gospel Coalition's article which can help in contacting your representatives in the government. Whatever we can do, we must do.