View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Pro-life Undercover Stings

On our local Catholic radio station (Station of the Cross - WHIC), there was a rebroadcast of an open line show with a priest responding to questions. One caller called in with a question about what sounded like a Live Action sting - a person posing as a pregnant 14-year-old going to a clinic in an attempt to expose the clinic.

The priest said he thought that was wrong - that they were using deception, and that Christians should not use something wrong to fight evil. He said we should be open in our opposition. ( A paraphrase of his response).

It got me thinking. I see his point, but I disagree.

The abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood especially, use deception and propaganda to dupe the media and the public. They do this to sanitize the evil they do, and to keep support so they get funding. In addition, some of these clinics break the law in what they do (as these undercover operations have revealed.) Their deception and illegal acts have been acknowledged and documented, including by some former abortion advocates and industry workers.

Live Action is simply using an accepted journalistic practice to help expose what is going on. Reporters have carried out such undercover operations for years - operations that have exposed many evils. Moreover, undercover operations are regularly used by police agencies to help expose and prevent criminal activity - ranging from selling drugs to terrorism.

If Planned Parenthood and the other members of the abortion industry were not engaging in the kind of deception they are, then such undercover operations would cease as there would be nothing to reveal.


Blogger GrannyGrump said...

The Commandment says not to bear false witness against your neighbor. But espionage is another matter, an accepted practice, very different from bearing false witness.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Barb, sfo said...

It's a tough question--is it OK to deceive when the ultimate motive is good? It's like police who dress up like old women to catch a thief who preys on senior citizens. How else would they do it? Their actions result in less seniors being put in harm's way.

And I don't see any other way for people to learn exactly what is going on in those "facilities."

8:47 AM  
Blogger brother Joseph, SFO said...

I have looked into the eyes of evil and evil never flinched. I showed it for what it was but, as is true with true evil, it could care less. Jesus said "If I have done wrong, tell me what it is and if I question you you won't answer me . . . but such is the reign of darkness". President Obama, EVERYONE knows abortion is wrong (inwardly even knows it is evil). However, because it is costly (in many ways to those who are pregnant) and 'inconvenient' - it will go on. God have mercy on us all! We can change it. Jesus told us the way, "Conquer evil with good, hate with love". Peace to you all.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something which plays Planned Parenthood's words in Truth. It is a documentary called - Maafa21 and it will expose the evil and eugenic agenda of Planned Parenthood - check it out:

10:31 AM  
Blogger Gutterball Master said...

As far as I know, acting has never been condemned by the Church. (JPII was an actor etc.) Lila Rose et al. were acting and taping licitly.

11:16 AM  

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