STATEMENT FROM BISHOP CAMPBELL ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S SELLING OF FETAL TISSUES
The release of recent videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the selling of fetal tissues obtained from abortions has shocked Catholics and all persons of good will. Their casual indifference, while discussing this commoditization of human life, is appalling to any thoughtful person.
Pope Francis has brought the world’s attention to the evils of our emerging “throwaway culture,” which trades compassion and justice for expediency and convenience. The Catholic Church has long stood as the champion of human life, from conception until natural death. This case makes clear the wisdom of this teaching; the actions of Planned Parenthood reveal the unavoidable result in discounting the fundamental value of life. It is actions such as these that prompt the Holy Father to call for a rejection of our culture’s technological and intellectual detachment, and be mindful of the words of Christ in Matthew: “He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’”
There are currently legislative efforts in Ohio to increase the penalty for this practice, as well as deny public funding for organizations that provide elective abortions. We encourage all to contact their state representative in support of this legislation through the Catholic Conference of Ohio’s website at www.ohiocathconf.org.
Lastly, we urge all to support and utilize those services which support the dignity of life and our teaching: Catholic hospitals which provide women’s health screenings; pro-life pregnancy centers that provide life-affirming counseling and assistance; and Catholic Social Services’ Project Rachel and Bethesda Healing Ministry, which offer care and comfort to those who have experienced firsthand the pain of abortion in their lives.
It is my sincere wish that all Catholics, as well as people of good will throughout our Diocese, give careful consideration to the ultimate consequences of these practices – and consider how they lead us away from Christ and diminish the humanity of each of us.