Planned Parenthood: Stop acting surprised

As you likely know, this past week it came to light that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts after performing abortions. Nationally, reactions from various organizations and individuals have included being “aghast,” “grieved,” “appalled,” “disturbed,” “shocked,” and so on. Similar to many others, I certainly find the news repulsive.

What I have been surprised by though is the fact that anyone is “shocked” by this news. In fact, I’ve been so surprised that I find myself wondering if some people might be merely acting surprised by the news. Think with me for a second: Abortion rights are based on the idea that a fetus is not a living human being and is merely “tissue.” If that’s true (which I vehemently do not believe), then a fetus is a mere non-human object, much like my car muffler or the pair of spare shoes in my garage. If so, then selling the component parts of that “object” seems perfectly reasonable and even advisable if financially profitable. So selling fetal body parts after abortions is only the logical outcome of the same reasoning that allows abortions to occur in the first place. No one objects if I choose to sell some components of my car, so why should anyone be surprised that an abortion provider sells the “components” of what they believe to be yet another non-human object?

In other words, don’t be surprised that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts. Instead be appalled at the reasoning and government that have allowed for abortions in the first place.