By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
While Planned Parenthood continues to enjoy official favor and millions of federal dollars, a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have shown the nation’s largest abortion provider in a negative light and re-energized Pro-Life groups and their decades old crusade to ultimately eliminate legal abortions in this country.
Alabama Citizens for Life Spokeswoman Cheryl Ciamarra announced that On Saturday, August 22nd, Birmingham will join over 280 cities in a nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. The groups will protest directly in front of Planned Parenthood (1211 27th Pl S), for one hour of prayer and peaceful, legal protest with leading voices from the pro-life community and hundreds of citizens from the around the state.
Scheduled speakers at the event include: Bishop Emeritus David Foley, Diocese of Birmingham; Jim Pinto, Her Choice of Birmingham; Terri Lapoint, Pro-life Journalist & Abortion Survivor; Rev. Terry Gensemer, CEC For Life; state Representative Matt Fridy (R from Shelby County) and Former Alabama Senator Scott Beason (R from Gardendale). Jane Ohlman will be leading songs of worship.
Eagle Forum of Alabama is promoting the same event: “On Saturday, August 22nd, join Former Senator Scott Beason and Rep. Matt Fridy in Birmingham’s protest of Planned Parenthood!”
CEC (the Charismatic Episcopal Church) for Life is also sponsoring the event. CEC wrote that, “Undercover videos recently released by the Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the price of aborted baby body parts. Some even reveal Planned Parenthood techs rummaging through the actual dismembered pieces of unborn children to identify body parts that can be sold. Are you ready to join the grassroots movement to expose Planned Parenthood? The sale of fetal tissue is absolutely illegal, and beyond unconscionable. On August 22nd, at 9:30 AM, CEC For Life calls on Alabama citizens to join with us outside of Planned Parenthood of Birmingham to: •expose Planned Parenthood’s illegal activity to the public, •place pressure on the media to report the truth, and •call on government officials to immediately defund PP and initiate a state investigation.”
Alabama Citizens for Life are urging the state legislature to pass legislation outlawing dismemberment abortions.
The Center for Medical Progress said in a statement on their newest movie, “In this new video, which some people are calling the most disturbing yet, former harvesting technician Holly O’Donnell describes how the heart of a late-term baby boy at Planned Parenthood’s mega-clinic in San Jose, CA started beating again after her supervisor tapped on it. Holly was then told to cut through the baby’s face to get his brain, in order to speedily ship it off to a research lab.”
CMP claims that its, “Investigators learned during the 2.5-year-long Human Capital study that born-alive infants are a shockingly common phenomenon in the abortion industry. It is made more common when fetal organs are being harvested because doctors must not poison the baby, yet also extract him or her as intact as possible—intact, an intact and live delivery is the outrageous “best case scenario” for organ harvesting.” ect a fully-intact baby who was aborted at Planned Parenthood. “She softly spoke about the fact that the baby’s heart was still beating and how she was told to use scissors to cut up the middle of his face to reach his brain, in order to speedily ship it off to a research lab.”
Pro-Life groups allege in this video that, “Top officials at Planned Parenthood, a taxpayer-funded organization, have been caught on tape expressing a willingness to modify abortion procedures to make it easier to sell aborted baby body parts (which is illegal). Shockingly, in this new video, we learn that includes harvesting live human babies as well.”
Pro-Life activists have accused the news media of an intentional news blackout of failure to report on the videos or the allegations made by the Center for Medical Progress.
Planned Parenthood released a statement in response to the latest video attacking them and their business model. The Vice President of Communication for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Eric Ferrero said, “The group behind these videos has close ties with organizations and individuals who have been linked to the firebombing of abortion clinics and threats to the physical safety of doctors who provide abortion.” “The real agenda of these baseless attacks has become totally clear: to ban abortion and limit women’s access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. The vast majority of the public rejects this extreme political agenda and rejects the fraudulent campaign behind it.”