For a number of weeks last year (2015), there were a number of undercover videos that were released that exposed Planned Parenthood. It was evident from the videos that a number of Planned Parenthood's top employees would be willing to sell unborn baby body parts which remains illegal in the United States. The Center for Medical Progress released the unedited versions of their videos around the same time as the edited. They have been falsely charged of heavily editing the videos to distort the meaning of the Planned Parenthood employees. The full videos are available to anyone to see on You Tube. Editing is necessary for any videos like this to see the important segments. They were not edited to take people out of context. Planned Parenthood would not let its reputation be damaged without a fight, and they announced that they would file a lawsuit. When I learned this, I sent the following letter to our local newspaper:
I knew when I wrote this letter that some have claimed that taxpayer money that goes to Planned Parenthood does not go toward abortion, but other expenses of Planned Parenthood. This is smoke and mirrors. If money goes toward paying Planned Parenthood's light bills they have more money to apply towards abortion. If someone sent money to support a terrorist group, but specified that the money was not to go toward the direct killing of civilians, the benefactor would still be supporting the killing of civilians.
Shortly after I wrote this letter, the Center for Medical Progress and Planned Parenthood were in the news again. I was listening to the news on a local Christian radio station when I heard that Planned Parenthood was found innocent of selling fetal tissue by a grand jury in Texas, but two people from the Center for Medical Progress were found guilty for wrongdoing. I questioned what I heard, and wondered if they had really done something wrong, but that sense of disbelief of what I heard remained with me. When I was able to dig deeper into the issue it was obvious that they were falsely charged. One thing that shows the complete incongruity of these charges is that they were charged with buying and selling fetal tissue which is the very thing they were trying to expose! They were also charged with producing artificial driver's licenses, or false IDs. This would be necessary to produce the undercover videos as Planned Parenthood would not freely give this information to them. While some may find fault with their method, it is obvious that their intention was to save unborn babies from wholesale slaughter. Those that indicted these young people follow the same mindset as those that sent the people who saved the Jews in World War II to prison and death camps. Killing people and harvesting their property was legal, but those that produced false IDs to save a few innocent people were considered lawbreakers to be punished.
A couple of Cornell law professors, Sherry F. Colb and Michael Dorf wrote an editorial for CNN and expressed that even though they support the work of Planned Parenthood that they found "the prosecution of these citizen journalists, however self-styled, deeply disturbing." They recognized that the prosecution of these young journalist could chill undercover journalists everywhere.
Why do I write this? It was a concern that others will unjustly question the integrity of the journalists from the Center of Medical Progress and discount the value of their hard work. Their work is not in vain, and neither is the work of anyone who makes their voices heard. We will not be silent till we see the unborn granted the right to life.