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Planned Parenthood scandal: looking past the shock factor

By August 21, 2015
"Our top priority is our patient’s health and safety. We comply with all federal, state and local laws and have extremely high medical standards."  (Photo, caption from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast via Facebook)

“Our top priority is our patient’s health and safety. We comply with all federal, state and local laws and have extremely high medical standards.”
(Photo, caption from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast via Facebook)

USA (MNN) — There’s more to the Planned Parenthood scandal than meets the eye.

“This is a social problem, it’s a political problem, but we also want people to know this is a spiritual problem,” says Michele Shoun of Life Matters Worldwide.

This week’s seventh undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleges an even more horrifying set of Planned Parenthood practices than previous accusations.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF CHILDREN ARE PRESENT.

The alleged practices described in CMP’s latest video, and those released before it, can turn the most desensitized stomach. But, that doesn’t mean we should “tune out.”

“I know that the videos are very hard to watch, but…I think you need to just be aware and be ready to talk about it,” says Shoun.

Confronting culture

Sometimes, exposing darkness is the only way to eradicate it. As painful as it may be to hear facts uncovered during the Planned Parenthood scandal, it could be the first of many steps toward healing and freedom.

“We hope women who’ve had abortions, at Planned Parenthood or elsewhere, will know that if they repent and turn to Christ, they can have their sins forgiven,” Shoun says.

“That’s definitely a message that needs to get out there.”

(Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

(Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Along with sharing this story on social media, you can take a literal stand for life.

“We should write to our senators and congressmen; we should get out there this weekend when 300 protests are going on throughout the country,” suggests Shoun.

Click here for more information about the #ProtestPP movement.

Speaking the Truth in love, our job as Christ-followers doesn’t stop there. We’re also called to introduce lost and hurting people to their Redeemer.

Sharing hope

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/BradRuggles)

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/BradRuggles)

Ask the Lord to show you when you can frame conversations about the Planned Parenthood scandal within a wider context of His love and Truth.

Pray for women who’ve had abortions. Pray that this current event creates opportunities that allow them to hear the salvation message.

“These videos can seem like condemnation, and we want to use it as an opportunity for the Gospel,” says Shoun.

“The Good News is: Jesus Christ forgives.”

See how Life Matters uses unexpected pregnancies to start Gospel conversations in the U.S. and abroad.

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