Synod officials say recent videos ‘lay evil bare’

beating-heart-post“It had a face. … Its nose was very pronounced. It had eyelids.” In the seventh Center for Medical Progress video, Holly O’Donnell, ex-procurement technician for StemExpress, describes what she witnessed in a Planned Parenthood clinic: A baby boy, an abortion survivor, was rinsed off and dropped in a pie plate for the procurement of his organs.

She continues, recounting the doctor’s words and her own thoughts: “‘I want you to see something cool, kind of neat.’ … She has one of her instruments and she just taps the heart and it starts beating. I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating. ‘You know why that’s happening?’ I knew why it was happening. It’s because an electrical current, nodes were still firing.”

Her words are heart-stopping.

A child, still alive, is then cut — through the chin and face and forehead — so that his brain can be invoiced and sold. “I can’t even, like, describe, like, what that feels like,” O’Donnell says.

But we as the Church can. It feels like — it is — evil.

The infanticide that is occurring at Planned Parenthood must end. It is not simply time to defund that organization; it is time to end abortion in the United States altogether.

As for us, we can no longer claim that we didn’t know Planned Parenthood doctors killed children so ruthlessly or that we weren’t aware human bodies were cannibalized for their organs.

We can’t just say it’s a woman’s choice or shrug our shoulders and mumble, “Who are we to judge?”

We can’t hide behind the half-truths that women have no other place to find health care or that Planned Parenthood provides millions of mammograms per year.

It doesn’t matter. None of it matters.

Children are being killed, their organs are being sold, and their mothers are left with physical scars and — greater still — haunting memories that sometimes never fade. The death of these children is barbaric, and it is evil, and we are without excuse. Silence and attempts at justification are no longer options. The only option is for each one of us to act. Here’s what you can do:

  • Participate in the nationwide Aug. 22 Planned Parenthood protest. Search online for protest locations. Give up two hours of your Saturday morning to speak out against the infanticide occurring at these clinics.
  • Write a letter to the president and to your congressman or senator regarding this issue. Ask them if they’ve watched the videos. Tell them why you believe life — no matter how young — has innate worth. Encourage them to end abortion and to defund any organization that performs them.
  • Support LCMS Life Ministry. Its staff members are committed to teaching why human lives and bodies matter and why there is hope and healing in Christ.
  • Call your LCMS representatives who serve at local, state or federal levels of government. Remind them of their Baptism and confirmation vows, of the faithful confession they are called upon to make, even when it’s unpopular.
  • Use your social media channels to share pro-life resources or LCMS life-related social media imagery (click on “Religious Freedom Toolkit”).
  • Share resources from Lutherans For Life, start a life team or kick-start a young adult life team in your congregation.
  • Pre-order a new, free resource from the LCMS — the Ultrasound Education Project — that will bring the miracle and sanctity of human life into the middle-school and high-school classroom through the use of ultrasound technology.

We see in these videos how Satan thrives on darkness and chaos, how he delights in baby boys and tiny girls picked apart with sterile utensils. And while we are repulsed and horrified, we no longer have the option to turn away. In this, we have been provided with the biggest opportunity of all: to highlight a still greater need that every person — pro-abortion or pro-life — has for the mercy and forgiveness of Christ.

Without Him, we are all capable of performing equally horrifying acts, of seeing children as nothing more than line items or cadavers. But our Lord is merciful. Because of Him, we have been given consciences that cause us to act and tongues that can speak truth in the midst of evil. We have been given His forgiveness in water and Word, and so we speak it, in turn, to hurting mothers and repentant participants in the deaths of these babies. We have the truth, and we are no longer ashamed to call the deaths of 55 million children what it is: genocide.

Our heavenly Father, it turns out, knows a thing or two about hearts. He knows our own, and He knows each heart of each child, even as He knows their faces and noses and eyelids. We are the reason He allowed His own Son’s heart to stop beating for a time, so that ours may thrive for all eternity. In so doing, He shows us His own heart, full of grace, mercy and compassion.

Through each of these videos, He has seen fit to lay evil bare, and by His grace, our hearts and lips are freed to speak, to act, to pray, to repent, to call upon His name and to trust in His heart, which is ever turned toward us in Christ.

It’s all that matters.

Rev. Kevin Robson, Chief Mission Officer
Rev. Bart Day, executive director, Office of National Mission

Rev. Heath Curtis, coordinator, Stewardship Ministry
Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, director, Black Ministry
Rev. Joel Hempel, interim director, Specialized Pastoral Ministry
Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, director, Hispanic Ministry, Church and Community Engagement
Rev. Ross Johnson, director, Disaster Response
Rev. Mark Kiessling, interim director, Youth Ministry
Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, Rural & Small Town Mission
Deaconess Dorothy Krans, director, Recognized Service Organizations
Tracy Quaethem, project coordinator, Life and Health Ministries
Deaconess Grace Rao, director, Deaconess Ministry
Rev. Steve Schave, director, Urban & Inner-City Mission
Terry Schmidt, director, School Ministry
Rev. William Weedon, director, Worship
Rev. Mark Wood, director, Witness & Outreach Ministry
Rev. Marcus Zill, director, Campus Ministry and LCMS U

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13 Responses to Synod officials say recent videos ‘lay evil bare’

  1. Ron Beck August 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Do you have any suggestions when going to PP that would identify one as a protester?

  2. Victoria Kindler August 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    I emailed Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters about defunding Planned Parenthood. They emailed me back in favor of Planned Parenthood.I emailed Stabenow back that women’s health services can be found at local health clinics and that I did not want one penny of my tax dollars going to support Planned Parenthood. I also shared my belief with Ms. Stabenow, that Democrats stand up for Planned Parenthood as this despicable organization contributes to their campaign coffers. You might also tell fellow Christians to email companies that support Planned Parenthood and ask them to let these companies know they will no longer use their products or services if they continue If they continue to contribute to Planned Parenthood.

    Thanks for getting the word out!

  3. August 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    It is high time that we LCMS Lutherans make our voices heard in a BIG way on this horrible, barbaric practice. The only people who can condone the blatant murder of millions of unborn babies must have their heads in the ground because it is all too obvious with all the media coverage about what’s happening in these clinics. Let’s get out there in great numbers and make some noise on Saturday and praise the Lord for his grace at the same time.

  4. Evelyn Weide August 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m praying that all other churches will get behind us to stop this atrocity.

  5. Joanne Nedwick August 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Amen. I plan to protest on Sarurday, and I’ve written my representatives several weeks ago. I’ll write again. I pray that God will forgive and have mercy on our country for the murder of these innocent children.

  6. James Kaufman August 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    I still remember what I felt on Jan. 22 1973 when Roe v Wade became history. I felt sick for my country. I still feel the same today and pray to see an end to the “silent holocaust” in my lifetime.

  7. David Whan August 20, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    So will the Synod stop taking Thrivent cash now? Will she encourage our parishes to stop partnering with Thrivent Financial given that organizations history and stance on abortion? Looking for leadership from you all….

  8. August 21, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    I’m somewhat surprised that one of the recommendations was not to remove our own complicity in this horror by cutting ties with a certain “Christian” (formerly “Lutheran”) financial services firm that insists on continuing to hamstring pro-life organizations in order to remain “neutral” on this important issue. (

  9. Carl Vehse August 21, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Other than the imprecatory 3rd and 7th petitions in the Lord’s Prayer, as exposited in the Large Catechism, will the Missouri Synod publish for its member congregations any imprecatory prayers to God to crush the demonic actions of Planned Parenthood and other murderous butchershops of persons in the womb.

    • LCMS Church Information Center August 24, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Thank you for your post. This prayer was provided with the Let Us Pray prayers available on the website at

      For an end to the brutal slaughter of children for profit in this land, for the grace of repentance for all who have participated in this or support and encourage it, for the final closing of every so-called clinic where the little ones are carved up and their body parts sold, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

      • Carl Vehse August 24, 2015 at 11:52 am #

        Don’t forget to pray that justice be carried out in our nation. Otherwise, it’s a prayer that we all choose the right color of socks to wear.

  10. Gerhard mundinger August 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Does thrivent now or have they in the past ever donated to planned parenthood??

  11. John Lehenbauer September 1, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Prompted by the title of this article, our Houston County Right to Life Group in Middle Georgia is looking into renting a billboard along I-75 near our town that says “It is Time to End Abortion”. The cost for such a sign is $300 per month . . .small compared to the tens of thousands of people who pass through Georgia daily on the way to Florida each year.

    Question? Does anyone know of a good pro-life artist willing to help us with the design of a such a sign? We want the design to be simple . . .probably with the words “It is Time to End Abortion” as large as possible. Attractive. Eye-catching.

    Thanks. It is time to end abortion.

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