By Dave Andrusko
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, needs no introduction to any pro-life audience, let alone the readers of National Right to Life News and National Right to Life News Today.
Nor does Planned Parenthood, whose callous indifference to the lives of unborn children is matched only by its corporate desire to increase its market share in the abortion industry. PPFA already aborts over 320,000 children every year but that’s not enough for the leading provider of abortion in America. Here are just a couple of pieces of evidence.
PPFA’s national office mandated that every affiliate have at least one abortion performing center; PPFA is fiercely promoting chemical abortions (and “Webcam” abortions which allow the abortionist to be in one location but talk women all over the state through a chemical abortion); and PPFA is building mega-clinics. Moreover through its roles as ObamaCare “navigators,” “in-person assisters,” or “certified applications counselors,” PPFA is able to channel even more clients into its clinics.
Rep. Smith often addresses PPFA,. He did again in an op-ed printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday under the headline “It’s time to demand answers from Planned Parenthood.”
In his opinion piece, Rep. Smith reminds readers
The House has voted to form a select investigative panel to learn more about the brutal practices at Planned Parenthood that were exposed in undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
Establishing this select panel is the right thing to do. We simply can’t remain silent or look the other way.
This is, of course, exactly what PPFA has long counted on: collectively we will look away, or never look, at all! What the eleven undercover CMP videos have accomplished is to give us the ability–if we choose–to see the truth, to know the truth.
Rep. Smith explains what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears on those videos:
In one clip, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services, says on camera:
“We have been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, and because we know that, I am not going to crush that part. I am going to basically crush below, I am going to crush above, and I am going to see if I can get it all intact. . . . I would say a lot of people want liver; and for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they will know where they are putting their forceps.”
What Nucatola describes is a dismemberment abortion – arms, legs, torsos, decapitation – but the prized body part is preserved, pulled out intact, and then sold to brokers.
There’s much more about these atrocities in Rep. Smith’s op-ed and in the many stories we’ve posted on NRL News Today. His point is simple but profound. We need this select investigative panel to answer many of the deeply disturbing issues raised by the videos and unanswered to date.
Rep. Smith concludes by illustrating the depths to which abortionists will sink, illustrated by the notorious Kermit Gosnell now serving three consecutive life terms. He quotes from the Grand Jury report which, even though I have read it multiple times and this quote dozens of times, still is chilling:
“Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it ‘ensuring fetal demise.’ The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that ‘snipping.’ “
It is a similar kind of horror that the CMP videos have revealed. The question is what else is there?
Rep. Smith insists
We must not remain silent and look the other way. The dehumanizing practices revealed in these undercover videos must be investigated.
I suspect that if President Obama watched at least one of the videos, he would join us in demanding real answers and an immediate end to Planned Parenthood’s inhumane behavior.
Or at least I hope he would.