I’ve seen a lot in the abortion debate. I’ve seen the campaign to “shout your abortion.” I’ve seen Cecile Richards stand in pulpits and present herself as a benevolent champion of women, when she in actuality is a wounded post-abortive woman ignoring her deep and unending pain. I’ve seen abortionists casually talk about “best practices” for harvesting intact fetal tissue. For months I couldn’t eat a salad without thinking about the suffering preborn.
So much wickedness to navigate.
But in all of that, I don’t think I ever imagined what it might look like if Satan actually aborted babies. Now I just may have a picture.
I think if Satan aborted babies he might present himself as a minister. He might claim, “I’m doing God’s work.” He might, through a warm, inviting smile, recall the “come-to-Jesus moment” when he learned that his calling was to protect the rights of women to “decide their futures for themselves and to live their lives as they see fit.” If Satan aborted babies, I’m convinced he would disguise himself as an angel of light.
If Satan aborted babies, he might behave as a sort of medical missionary. He might travel from clinic to clinic aborting the babies that might otherwise get to live if not for his willingness to brave the “angry picketers” who surround those abortuaries. He might work hard to murder as many babies as he could in one stretch and then vanish quickly from the communities in which he doesn’t have to live. He might explain to vulnerable women before he murders their babies that abortion could have permanent negative effects, like the possibility of complications associated with a punctured uterus. Satan might tell them they could hemorrhage to death. He might tell women he could damage their bowel, fallopian tubes, ovaries, or bladder. He might tell them about the very real possibility that their womb could be so destroyed that total removal of the uterus would be their only option. He might even remind them that this would mean no future children.
However, just as these women would begin to experience real fear, Satan might say to them, "But guess what? Those are all the exact same risks that go with having a baby. In fact, they're more likely to happen while giving birth than they are in an abortion. A woman is ten times more likely to die in childbirth than she is in having an abortion." And with those comforting words, the father of lies might stay their fear and calm their concern. After all, aborting a baby is just like giving birth to one; safer, actually.
Finally, as Satan readied these women for an irreversible procedure that ends one life and destroys another, he might say to them, “The final thing I'm required to tell you is the thing that I object to the most as a scientist and as a doctor. I'm required by law to tell you that having an abortion increases your risk for breast cancer. There is no scientific or medical evidence that supports that. The people against abortion outside yell that at women all the time, but the overwhelming majority of the studies show that that's not the case. Abortions actually protect your health."
And with that and more warm smiling, Satan might then invite these women to relax. Noticing tears, he might encourage them to not feel guilty. If they happen to be religious and believe abortion is morally wrong, he might provide some sort of absolution: “There's nothing immoral about taking care of your health. There's nothing immoral about making the decision to not become a parent before you want to become one. There's more than one way to understand religion, and spirituality, and God. I do have belief in God. That's why I do this work. My belief in God tells me that the most important thing you can do for another human being is help them in their time of need."
And because Satan whispered a similar line to Margaret Sanger, you might call to mind that “the most merciful thing ... the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” (Woman and the New Race, 1920).
Meet Dr. Willie Parker of Chicago. He will be in Memphis today, September 28th, raising money for Planned Parenthood. Dr. Parker, an abortionist, believes he is called by God to abort babies. He believes it’s a service he performs as part of his Christian duty. Seriously. Dr. Willie Parker is the physician Margaret Sanger envisioned in her 1939 letter to C.J. Gamble, writing that she believed hiring a “full-time Negro physician” would “have far-reaching results among the colored people.”
Her letter reveals what she believed to be the great benefit of having a black doctor involved in the killing of black babies:
“It seems to me from my experience where I have been in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas, that while the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors, they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table, which means their ignorance, superstitions, and doubts. They do not do this with the white people, and if we can train the Negro doctor at the Clinic, he can go among them with enthusiasm and with knowledge, which, I believe, will have far-reaching results among the colored people. His work, in my opinion, should be entirely with the Negro profession and the nurses, hospital, social workers, as well as the County's white doctors. His success will depend upon his personality and his training by us.”
Parker, the man with the beaming smile and compassionate tone, has been quite successful in fulfilling that vision. He has traveled as a missionary abortionist since 2002, working mostly in the South. And while he really hates the accusation that he is a part of “a secret plot to kill black babies,” he is coming to Memphis to raise money to control the population of a demographic that would largely validate those accusations.
Memphis is nearly 63 percent black and overwhelmingly poor. Based on census data, Memphis is the poorest city in the United States. Poor and black -- Planned Parenthood’s target audience.
Churches throughout this country must be aware of Dr. Willie Parker. Genuine Christians must intercede for Memphis and every other city to which he might tread as a deceiver. He claims to be a Christian. He speaks inside churches; woe to those assemblies. Woe to those who turn away from the slaughter of innocent babies in this nation. Willie Parker is wicked, and he feels no shame.
Consider this excerpt from an Esquire profile on him:
Growing reflective, he continues to study the parts. “The reality is we've disrupted a life process. There are recognizable fetal parts, right? The capacity for this development is always there. After five weeks, you just have the sac. At six weeks, you have a fetal pole with cardiac activity. At seven to eight weeks, it's just a larger fetal pole. By nine, it's differentiated."
But here's the vital question: Is it a person? Not by the standards of the law, he says. Is it viable outside the womb? It is not. So this piece of life—and remember, sperm is alive, eggs are alive, it's all life—is still totally dependent on a woman. And that dependence puts it in the domain of her choice. "That's what I embrace," he says.
But it's hard not to look at those tiny fingers, no bigger than the tip of a toothpick.
Does that ever disturb him?
"When I recognize whole fetal parts? No. Because I'm not deluded about what this whole process is."
And what does examining this tissue tell him? Does this satisfy another state regulation?
"It tells me her uterus is empty and she is no longer pregnant."
With that, Dr. Parker goes back into the operating room to give the woman who can now become an Air Force officer the sad good news.
God of mercy, forgive us all.