Dr. Richard Land

Casual Planned Parenthood Talk of Aborted Babies Shows a Desensitized ‘Culture of Death’

July 27, 2015

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Says True Tragedy is How Abortion Providers Have Lost All Emotion

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The cavalier, matter-of-fact conversation about the most valuable body parts of unborn babies had the nation reeling last week. But then, a second undercover video exposing a Planned Parenthood doctor essentially haggling over compensation for baby body parts was even more shocking, as the abortion provider talked about prices and joked that she wanted “a Lamborghini.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.eduPresident Dr. Richard Land says the debate should not only be about the alleged sale of baby parts, which warrants outrage in itself, but also the manner in which the two female doctors exposed in the videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress can talk about it so casually and with no emotion.

“These videos tell a ghoulish and grotesque story about Planned Parenthood—a real-life horror story,” Land said. “It’s impossible to kill millions of babies and not be desensitized. The moral question we must ask ourselves is if our country will become a high-tech, cannibalistic society that is willing to destroy our own young to prolong the lives of older and bigger human beings in the name of research and medical ‘progress.’”

SES explores some of these same important ethical questions, as students have the opportunity to study issues of ethics and technology through the seminary’s new “Ethics of Emerging Technology” program. The program helps those interested apply classical wisdom to future questions and encourages people to think critically about issues such as bionics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, post-humanism and more.

Land also pointed to the insightful statements made by Pope John Paul II two decades ago, in which he condemned a growing and widespread “culture of death,” where moral crimes such as abortion and euthanasia are viewed as individual rights. “Choices once unanimously considered criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually becoming socially acceptable,” John Paul II declared in 1995, reported by the Chicago Tribune. His words could not ring more true today, Land said.

Also extremely unsettling is that millions of Americans are paying for Planned Parenthood’s disgusting practices through their tax dollars—to the tune of $500 million per year—against the wishes of many, Land added.

A project leader for the Center for Medical Progress, which released both videos, says there are more to come, with at least 12 videos taken from thousands of hours of footage. The representative said the videos would continue to be released for the “foreseeable future,” Fox News reported.

“Societies are best judged by how they treat the most defenseless in their midst, and there is no more defenseless victim than an unborn child ripped from his or her mother’s womb for the harvest of body parts,” Land said. “We know there are significant nervous system developments in the unborn baby by the time many of these abortions are performed. So, these babies experience excruciating pain as the abortionists strategically crush their tiny bodies in an effort to save certain organs and tissue for research. Such practices are barbaric and unacceptable in a supposedly civilized society.

“This whole debate ignited by the Planned Parenthood videos serves as a stark reminder that there are many in our society who have completely rejected, or simply have forgotten, the God-given distinctive, incalculable value of each and every human being—no matter how small—and instead are focusing on the comparative worth of their body parts rather than the fact that they are individually unique and sacred fellow human beings,” Land continued. “This is perhaps the greatest tragedy and the most illustrative of how badly we have lost our way morally and ethically as a nation.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte. N.C. on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Tony Perkins, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. An early-bird rate is available through August 1. To register, visit conference.ses.edu/registration.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 200 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. This spring, it began airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate program for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about "Ethics in Emerging Technology," visitwww.ethics.ses.edu.

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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.