Christine Flowers, 7/24/2015 [Archive]

Planned Parenthood Revelations Disgusting

By Christine Flowers

When I started doing asylum work almost twenty years ago, the comfortable cocoon that had been built around me began to crumble. Handling the cases of people who had been tortured for their beliefs, or their ethnicity, or their political principles, or simply because they wanted more than one baby to love that I realized the depth of inhumanity.

The capacity for evil lurks inside the most normal, most benign-looking good citizens who go about their daily work without a worry or a care.It manifests itself in their ability to ignore the darkness inside of them, that then spreads from their hearts and hands to the greater world.

By now you must know I'm talking about Planned Parenthood.If you support them because of all the "good" they supposedly do for women, you might want to stop reading now, because I consider a Planned Parenthood clinic to be no different from the killing fields of Cambodia.

It's time we all stop excusing a multi-million dollar organization that treats five month old, pre-born children no better than specimens in a jar of formaldehyde.

By now, we've all seen at least some parts of the videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress, an admittedly anti-abortion organization. Clearly, these videos were designed to anger and indict an entire industry that has grown exponentially since 1973, when Roe v. Wade made it legal to mutilate a fetus in each of the 50 states.

Not even the most dedicated anti-abortion activist would deny that these videos are a cinematic "J'accuse" against a practice that dehumanizes what is inconveniently human:the second and third trimester fetus.I would personally argue that the moment egg meets sperm a human life is created, but the point of this column is not to convince you that life begins at conception.That is wasted breath, and I have a more urgent obligation.

The point of this column is to scream (at the top of lungs that have not been harvested for sale) that what is depicted in both the edited and full length videos that came to light this week transcends the horrors that I've studied in my office, presented to judges, and tried to extinguish with the help of a benevolent government.

The discussions about Lamborghinis to be purchased with the blood money from tiny severed limbs, about using ultrasound to better target hearts and kidneys and livers for experiments, about being careful not to say too much for fear that the lawyers might get wise and shut them down, about not "crunching" fragile baby carcasses because it would reduce the value of the hoped for exchange, are chilling.

More than chilling, they are an indictment written in the language of our ancestors lodged against the smug and unapologetic complacency of a society that thinks it is Promethean.We do not recognize a higher order or obligation, and we arrogate to ourselves the right to create and extinguish life as we see fit.The by-product of reproduction, as Planned Parenthood would term it, has no value beyond the value an unwilling mother gives it, and so it can be treated like a commodity which-squeezed of its spirit and divine fire-can be packaged for resale on the medical market.

No amount of obfuscation about how this "tissue" can help cure cancer or give sight to the blind or restore paralyzed limbs to grace changes the fact that Planned Parenthood engages in the most repulsive and hideous of practices:exploitation of a mutilated human body.And all of the editorials, written by skittish eugenicists, and all of the tap dancing done by self-righteous feminists will not hide that grisly fact.

When I complete an asylum case, I am able to put the memory of my client's former persecution in perspective, knowing that they are now in a safe and loving place.The dark shadows of their past dissipate, for me if not for them, with the promise of a new life in America.

But the evil that I've seen in the faces and voices and intentions of the women of Planned Parenthood cannot be so easily neutralized, or erased from my conscious mind.

If we do not speak out, and stop this madness, we will lose our claim on humanity.

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©2015 Christine Flowers. Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

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