Building the culture of life

Column: Remember the Planned Parenthood videos in the voting booth

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Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: or call him at (913) 647-0350.

by Ron Kelsey

The recent undercover investigative videos on Planned Parenthood have exposed the underbelly of the abortion industry and the atrocities and barbarism involved with and surrounding abortion, which includes trafficking in baby parts.

The more people truly understand abortion, the more people abhor abortion and reject abortion. After all, each abortion kills an innocent human being and in the most violent of ways. At our very core we instinctively know this is wrong.

This rejection of abortion is a good first step; however, it is not enough. We need to feel compelled to do what we can to stop this killing of innocent children. We need to hear the cries and whispers of Jesus and Our Blessed Mother to end abortion. We need to hear the cries of unborn babies to rush to their defense.

To a large extent, I believe that we still have abortion because not enough of us have done what we can do. Contrast this with what happens when a child goes missing. We have Amber Alerts and, as a society, we leave no stone unturned in our efforts to locate this missing child. This is the type of energetic response from society that we need in our battle to end abortion.

The undercover investigative videos have served to help motivate some to get involved in the pro-life movement. I have met people on the sidewalks of Planned Parenthood who identified themselves as pro-choice until they saw the videos. Then the light of truth broke through the darkness and not only converted them to pro-life but also motivated them to get involved in ending abortion.

These videos also have energized the pro-life movement. National rallies have been held. As part of one national rally on Aug. 22, over 500 people attended our local rally at Planned Parenthood. Another rally is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park from 9 to 11 am. Plan to attend and participate.

As we enter the 2016 election season, we must bring our abhorrence with abortion into the voting booth. Do not forget the trafficking in baby parts when you cast your vote.

Is there any doubt that if no one voted for a pro-abortion politician that abortion would come to an end? Remember that government’s first role is to protect those who live in its borders, including unborn human beings. If no one voted for a pro-abortion politician, politicians would immediately become pro-life, at least politically for sheer political survival.

Can anyone imagine a politician today getting elected if he supported legalized slavery? Abortion must reach that same plateau. It must become political suicide to be in favor of killing innocent human beings.

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