Lila Rose Fights the Battle Against Life Financed by Your Tax Dollars
For many years pro-life activists have prayed for a David to slay the pro-abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood. Lisa Rose, a 22-year old California college student, has not felled the billion-dollar abortion provider with one blow, but the findings of her covert operations have provided the leverage leading to Planned Parenthood’s defunding in the House of Representatives.
Planned Parenthood’s 820 clinics were to receive $75 million dollars in federal funding.
In most circles, the efforts of Lila Rose have been celebrated for having changed the status quo of the pro-life movement by removing the horrific deception termed “women’s health” that gives Planned Parenthood its public legitimacy.
The abuses uncovered in the clinics of Planned Parenthood by Rose’s organization Live Action were given more credibility when a prominent Philadelphia abortion physician, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, was charged with eight counts of murder. The fact that the state agencies responsible for oversight of abortion providers ignored Gosnell’s deliberate murder of children who survived late term abortions gave Rose’s investigations greater credulity.
Rose’s investigations all involve some form of deception, from Rose playing an underage girl seeking an abortion, a male voice over the phone offering to pay for black women to have abortions, to a man and woman asking for advise on how to get abortions and birth control for underage prostitutes.
In all the videos and audios released by Live Action, Planned Parenthood personnel are so determined to perform abortions they ignore the legal requirement to report the sexual abuse of underage women. While Rose’s efforts have been applauded by nearly all pro-lifers, there have been some ethical concerns raised about her practice of deception, normally called a ‘sting operation,’ in obtaining the evidence about Planned Parenthood.
The argument is being made by various moral philosophers that Rose’s methods violate the prohibition against lying, even if the lies are being used to expose evil.
Those who defend Lila Rose evoke the concept of “mental reservation” in which a person can mentally add a qualification to the actual words being uttered – because God hears the mental words, the combination of the two supposedly strip the audible words of their deception.
I don’t think it takes a scholastic distinction to recognize the morality of the Live Action project to expose the vile practices of Planned Parenthood, which constitute nothing less than a war against the unborn. And, all financed by this nation’s taxpayers. Lila Rose and Live Action are effectively infiltrating their operations, using the classic practices of undercover espionage. The intelligence being generated by their exposes has already served to stem abuses at the clinics, and now it is threatening their financial viability.
According to the 2011 “fact sheet” provided by Planned Parenthood, their clinics provide an estimated 291,000 abortions each year out of an estimated 3,000,000 clients served. Thus, nearly one in ten of those entering a Planned Parenthood clinic will leave behind a human life in a garbage can.
The Church and the pro-life community have been talking about the war against the unborn for decades. Lila Rose and her team at Live Action are among those who have answered the call to action with the total seriousness it deserves.
Catholic Advocate is a member of the Expose Planned Parenthood Coalition working together with other pro-life organizations to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Through Catholic Advocate Voice’s Action Center, members of the Catholic Advocate community contacted 203 Members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
However, the fight is not over…
The Senate has yet to pass the legislation which includes the Pence amendment de-funding Planned Parenthood and there is still work to be done in both chambers.
So this Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., we are urging people of faith and conscience to hold peaceful prayer vigils coast to coast outside the nearest district office of your U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative, pleading with God for justice to prevail — for innocent children at risk of death by abortion, for their mothers, and for the young girls being exploited by sex trafficking — aided and abetted by Planned Parenthood.
Visit the Expose Planned Parenthood site for more information about how you can participate.