John Piper to Join 60 Pro-Life Groups in Nationwide Protest Against Planned Parenthood on Saturday

DESIRING GOD John Piper, author of 50 books, says he will join pro-life activists protesting against Planned Parenthood.
John Piper, author of 50 books, says he will join pro-life activists protesting against Planned Parenthood.

This Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 AM, thousands of pro-life activists are expected to participate in one of the largest demonstrations ever against Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider that engages in supplying fetal body parts to research labs.

All the protests will take place at local time.

Among the protesters will be author and evangelical leader John Piper.

Piper explained his decision to join the protests in a blog post at Desiring God website.

“They are killing human beings in there,” he wrote. “They cut them in pieces — usually. Sometimes, as the most recent video shows, they manage to get an ‘intact fetal cadaver.’”

Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League (ALL), said Saturday’s event will be the “largest coordinated nationwide single-day protest of Planned Parenthood in its history.”

Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP) and ALL are 2 of 60 pro-life groups committed to the Saturday event.

The site has been set up to organize the demonstrations. As of noon Friday, the organizations had confirmed that protests will occur at 314 sites.

The protest comes days after the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released its seventh in a series of undercover videos detailing how Planned Parenthood provides fetal body parts to research labs. CMP alleges that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue, which would violate federal law.

David Daleidan, CMP’s executive director, detailed those allegations in an interview with CT earlier this summer.

In the seventh video, Holly O’Donnell, a former technician for startup StemExpress LLC, shares more of her story. StemExpress until recently contracted with Planned Parenthood to pay for donated aborted fetal parts, provided to labs for research and experimentation.

O’Donnell talks about the removal of organs from a late-term fetus, aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, California.

“‘Want to see something kind of cool?’” O’Donnell said her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know if that constitutes it’s technically dead, or it’s alive.”

Planned Parenthood said this week it may sue to stop the videos.

Activists from CMP posed as representatives of a start-up tissue procurement firm in order to meet with Planned Parenthood officials and gain access to abortion clinics. The activists secretly filmed those meetings and visits.

Critics say that CMP’s tactics were illegal.

“I absolutely do believe that they have violated laws in terms of how they secured these videos,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, told the Washington-based publication, The Hill. “But the fraud is also in how they have presented them and in the editing.”

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SOURCE: Christianity Today Gleanings – Timothy C. Morgan

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