Alan shares his thoughts on the Planned Parenthood videos.
I've been asked what I think about the Planned Parenthood videos that have exposed their practices behind the scenes. Probably like most of you, I have been shocked, upset, frustrated, and angry about what has been going on with Planned Parenthood, and I'm glad these videos have exposed Planned Parenthood and their behavior.
Now that these videos have come out, I know a lot of people think Planned Parenthood is an evil organization. Let me make something clear: Planned Parenthood was an evil organization last year before these videos came out. In fact, Planned Parenthood was evil the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that. Why? Because Planned Parenthood has been taking advantage of vulnerable women who are facing crisis pregnancies and helping them kill their children. In fact, they've been doing that for forty years. These videos have not made Planned Parenthood evil, they've simply exposed what Planned Parenthood has done, and that has changed public perception about them.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I'm opposed these videos or that I think they’re bad. No, I'm glad these videos have come out, and I want as many people as possible to see them. But I also want pro-lifers to be passionate about ending abortion for longer than the hype of these videos last. Indeed, one day will come when a steady stream of these videos is not coming out every couple of weeks and getting people all fired up, upset, and angry about abortion and Planned Parenthood. When that day comes, I'm afraid that people will start to care less about abortion like they did a year ago.
My goal has always been to try to change our culture and to change people's minds about abortion. In fact, when you change a person's mind about abortion, you have the potential to save a life. If that person then speaks to someone who's abortion-minded, they might change their mind about having an abortion. That alone could save a life. When you change many minds, you can change public opinion. When you change public opinion, you can change public policy. When you change public policy, you have the potential to change laws or to create laws that protect innocent human beings from being killed. That's why my goal has always been about trying to change minds about abortion because I want to create a culture which upholds the sanctity of life and upholds human beings as valuable regardless of their stage of development or their environment.
I think if we change enough peoples’ minds, we’ll eventually have a culture that says “no” to Planned Parenthood and more than that, will stand against every form of elective abortion that takes place in America.