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I was overcome with anger, rage and disgust as I watched the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video that showed yet another abortion doctor flippantly discussing the systematic and disturbing process of terminating the lives of the unborn.
There was no remorse. No sadness. No qualms. No lament. No willingness to express even a base understanding that what this individual engages in is the killing of life and the intentional halting of a human heartbeat. It was akin to a “what’s for dinner” conversation, lacking — at least from what we saw in the edited version — any sense of self-awareness (an issue I’ve previously discussed).
As I watched the clip in shear frustration and disbelief, there was a specific moment that shocked me out of my anger and sent me into a state of profound sadness. I suddenly found myself grieving for this doctor and others like her who have seemingly become so detached from reality that they’re able to discuss these matters in such an emotionally devoid manner.
I wondered: In our outrage, do we, as Christians, sometimes get our reaction to videos like this totally wrong?
The specific moment that shook me to my core came when the doctor in question began talking about how conservative the state of Arizona is, and how, because of this, she tries to avoid sending fully formed fetuses for cremation after abortions. She proceeded to call it “creepy” when the officials who process death certificates after these procedures refer to the terminated human bodies as “babies.”
“We have the people who do our paperwork for the fetal death certificates, they email us calling them ‘babies.’ ‘Baby this,’ ‘baby that’ ‘baby-so-and-so,” the doctor told the undercover investigator. “And I’m like, that’s creepy.”
Watch the video in its entirety below (caution: graphic and adult discussion and themes):
It was a quote that left me with stark realization: not only do many abortionists not believe that what they’re doing is wrong, but they also lack — likely due to indoctrination and ongoing engagement in abortion practices — any discernible ability to recognize truth (i.e. that, regardless of where they stand on abortion access, these are living beings they are terminating).
I can’t imagine being that detached from reality, or that morally worn down that I couldn’t at the least bring myself to see these remains as those belonging to unborn babies.
I’m not demanding these doctors become pro-life; I’m simply advocating they be pro-truth. Either way, I realized something: As Christians and/or pro-life individuals our first reaction is often indignation and outrage when we see these videos.
Don’t get me wrong, those feelings are understandable, but far too many of us fail to recognize that what abortionists need more than anything else is prayer — an invocation for God to lift the blindness that has so impeded their perspective.
While those who feel passionately about life should defend it, there’s also a deeper need for us to pray for these doctors, especially when we see such flagrant examples of their indoctrination.
These issues are deeply spiritual, and allowing anger to overtake us benefits no one. Let’s lift these people up in prayer and lament rather than allow disgust to reign.
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