New ideas are always emerging in the pro-life activists’ realm. One idea recently heard was that those protesting at abortion clinics ought to carry signs telling the moms-to-be that they are carrying a little goldmine: “STOP! The liver of your fetus is worth $750! Contact us at [phone].” The activist could take the conversation from there.
This, of course, was not a serious suggestion.
However, if hearing a heartbeat (at six weeks) during an ultrasound does not register with the pregnant lady, maybe losing $750 would capture her attention. Women want to know when others are taking advantage of them.
During the recent trial to convict David Daleiden and others with the Center for Medical Progress who exposed the Planned Parenthood baby body parts scandal, that dollar amount for a liver was noted in testimony:
One particularly incriminating exchange was during the video testimony of Tram Nguyen, Abortion Center Administrator for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC). She was asked by defense counsel about an e-mail stream between her and the Regional Medical and Surgical Services Director of PPGC.
Nguyen agreed in that e-mail exchange that she wanted to move forward with an attached contract that would have paid PPGC $750.00 per fetal liver and $1,600.00 per fetal liver/thymus pair.
And be aware—
… In December 2017, two California companies, DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, admitted guilt and agreed to pay nearly $8 million to settle a civil case brought by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for illegally trafficking in aborted baby tissues and organs procured exclusively from Southern California Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. The two companies were also ordered to shut down, but in a miscarriage of justice, Planned Parenthood escaped prosecution.
So, because it is unlikely that PP will explain to the abortion patient how the body parts of her baby may be worth a lot of money, pro-lifers could do so. The women need to understand who PP is.
Planned Parenthood does save people’s futures. Those are the facts of Hittman’s film, but they are also the facts of life in the United States. Even worse, since the coronavirus crisis began, several states have deemed abortion to be a “nonessential” medical procedure and ordered that all planned terminations be delayed, apparently ignoring the fact that pregnancy waits for no man.
Those real-world stakes make the film harder to interpret as a piece of fiction, since, on the one hand, its delicate cinematography is inevitably overshadowed by the towering political issues at play. One leaves the movie shattered with gratitude toward Planned Parenthood and the people who work there, and disoriented with rage toward almost everybody else.
The crisis pregnancy center in the film is cast as as ‘religious propaganda station.’
The movie went online last week (pay for play) with rave reviews from the usual suspects— The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and others.
The heroine must endure the Christian at the crisis center who performs the ultrasound, saying, This is the most magical sound you will ever hear, regarding the fetal heartbeat. She tears up, very slightly. Perhaps it saddens her, but her own choice is the dominant voice in her conscience.
With the courts, the media, the entertainment industry, the large corporations, the universities and schools and even many churches supporting that choice, what could help her to change her mind? Well, maybe she would get mad enough to, if she thought someone was about to ‘make a killing’ from her product of conception.
And furthermore, the movie reviewer was wrong about COVID-19 proving that abortion is essential since the woman must be aborted as early as possible — to avoid complications? Hmm. At 22 weeks, the brain is worth $999, so from a practical standpoint, COVID-19 is preventing medical research— and more profits for abortion clinics that traffic in parts.
Surely, we want to believe, such trafficking no longer takes place. More on this in a future post.