Thank you Terry, our ministry friend, for using your gift of writing to reach out to the public with these excellent points!
This letter was sent to the three major Tampa Bay area newspapers!
Letter to the editor:
When Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards testified before congress she defiantly asserted that the organization she heads had broken no laws in the area of the collection of fetal tissue. Technically, she may have been partially correct.
During the age of slavery in America a person that returned a runaway slave to the plantation owner was totally justified in doing so under the law at that time. When Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Alabama bus, the officers were within their right to enforce the law as it was written, These two examples illustrate that laws can be unjust and it is our deeper understanding of right and wrong that allowed these unjust laws to be overturned.
While it is with in the limits of Federal law to use the body parts of aborted babies in scientific research it can be argued that most Americans are unaware of the scale and scope in which this is occurring. In one of the contested videos, by their own admission, Planned parenthood executives and doctors clearly state various body parts from unborn babies 18- 20 weeks are being supplied for research. Due to the fact that Planned Parenthood is established as a non profit organization it will be a challenge to determine if the funds received for the specimens they provide constitute a "profit" when deliberated in a court of law.
Another legal concern is whether or not their doctors have altered the abortion process in an attempt to procure certain organs in the effort to fulfill contractional obligations that Planned Parenthood has established with companies that supply research programs and institutions. Contrary to Mrs. Richards argument that the videos have been "heavily doctored" the words of her own employees are quite clear. They state that altering the abortion procedures to obtain certain desired specimens is possible because to quote, "it is just a matter of line items."
In a courtroom it may be difficult to prove that Planned Parenthood has broken the law. The same way in which those in favor of segregation were within the parameters of existing laws that thankfully have long since be overturned. In the court of public opinion however, when judged on a higher moral law, Planned Parenthood is far from innocent.