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Abortion is a business and kids are a commodity

Every time legislators seek to reduce the number of abortions, abortion activists decry them as monsters whose primary objective is to subjugate women and send them to back-alley butchers.

Abortion providers, they argue, only want to champion women’s reproductive health.

Which is why videos like the one released Monday, showing an official at Planned Parenthood discussing in detail how a doctor “crushes” unborn babies to preserve their organs for medical research procurement firms, are sobering but necessary reminders that abortion providers are first and foremost businesses driven by the free market.

According to its director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola – whose discussion of harvesting fetal body parts over salad and wine should make the most ardent abortion advocate’s stomach turn – Planned Parenthood has cornered 40 percent of the market, making it the largest abortion provider in the nation.

It is responsible for conducting more than 300,000 abortions a year.

But the video’s creators say the footage proves that terminating pregnancies is not the organization’s only money-making venture.

For two hours and 40 minutes, Nucatola meets with two actor/activists from a pro-life group called the Center for Medical Progress; although she believes they are representatives of a company that acquires fetal organs and tissue.

While the conversation addresses patient consent, and how clinics that procure fetal body parts are doing what Nucatola refers to as “another good,” it wanders into murky waters when the doctor begins discussing price.

“You know ... I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100 (per organ),” Nucatola said.

Trafficking in fetal body parts is a federal crime, one that spokesman Eric Ferrero insists Planned Parenthood is being falsely accused of.

“In some instances, actual costs ... are reimbursed,” he said in a statement.

The very idea that clinics are “reimbursed” for tiny body parts should be beyond the pale.

State and congressional leaders have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood clinics.

But even if Planned Parenthood is conducting its “fetal parts policy” legally, the revelation of such a practice shows a deepening sickness in our culture: our treatment of children as commodities.

Adults have long attempted to control if and when children come into our lives. Progressive medical technologies also allow us to determine how children come into our lives.

As long as we continue to view unborn children as property, the creation or destruction of which we control, it should not be surprising that such a perspective is blind to the moral perversion of deliberately killing children to harvest their body parts.

Cynthia M. Allen is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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