Planned Parenthood, Cecil the Lion, and the Wisdom of Serpents | Mary Jo Anderson | CWR
The juxtaposition of these shocking videos and the disgust over the killing of Cecil should provide a public relations coup for the pro-life message. Instead, it appears we are about to sabotage ourselves.
The just released fourth video of a Planned Parenthood official haggling over aborted baby organs could be cataclysmic for the abortion crowd. The revelation of what Planned Parenthood is really about should be the golden opportunity for pro-life movement.
But will it be? Will we pro-life advocates squander this perfect storm?
Immediately after viewing Savita Ginde, M.D., Vice President and medical director of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, negotiate pricing strategies for infant organs, I had a conversation with one of my sisters regarding the controversy surrounding the killing of the "beloved lion" known as Cecil. She remarked with dismay that pro-life voices were blundering badly with their sneering tone toward those who were enraged by the death of Cecil, but who seemed unmoved by the callous slaughter of babies in utero. "Their tone is critical of all who love animals, who see the beauty and worth in that lion. Don't they realize that you can care for innocent babies and for animals?"
I was quick to defend the pro-life comments; they were meant to indict the culture—not individuals—that spares few tears for babies but weeps publicly for lion. But as she expanded on her own reaction to recent negative pro-life comments I realized there is a very real disconnect. The juxtaposition of these shocking videos and the disgust over the killing of Cecil should provide a public relations coup for the pro-life message. Instead, it appears we are about to sabotage ourselves.
The message that adversely compares the public reactions to Cecil's death ("Cat lives matter!") and the grizzly butchery (yawn) of Planned Parenthood may be true, but it is not effective. Worse, it may be squandering a rare opportunity.