After The Center for Medical Progress released videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business, the abortion company immediately called them extremists and said they were targeting abortion doctors. In fact, Cecile Richards, the President and CEO Of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a public interview with ABC News that the videos were “highly-edited” and released by “militant pro-life activists.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Richards also said she’s not worried about the video’s impact on Planned Parenthood’s reputation because it is a “three-year, well-funded effort by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement in the country to try to entrap doctors, and, of course, highly-doctored videos.” Then she took her comments one step further by alleging that the man behind the videos, David Daleiden (26), is “part of the most militant anti-abortion movement that has been behind the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches, and that’s what actually needs to be looked at.”
Of course, in the interview Richards denied that her organization participated in illegal activity and repeatedly shifted the focus of the conversation back to Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. However, thankfully, Daleiden isn’t too concerned about Planned Parenthood or Richards’ opinion.
In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Daleiden opened up about why he started the Human Capital project and what role his faith played in the process. He also shared with the interviewer that he was stunned at how easy it was to gain access to the highest levels of the Planned Parenthood organization by saying they were interested in organ harvesting. He explained, “We said the ‘magic words.’ It was the fast-track pathway into the heart of the abortion industry.”
Then he added that many of the abortionists they met with were deeply conflicted about the procedures they performed but found ways to justify their actions. He said, “Another surprise was about how conflicted many abortion doctors are about the work that they do. In all kinds of ways, they rationalize or intellectualize what they do, or reframe the discussion, so they don’t have to deal with the consequences of their actions. They don’t want to deal with the valid grief and remorse they feel.”
Did you get involved in pro-life work because of your Catholic faith?
It was actually the other way around. Pro-life work brought me closer to the Catholic faith. I grew up in a culturally Catholic home. I was the child of a crisis-pregnancy situation myself; my mother became pregnant with me in her junior year of college and gave birth to me in her senior year. My parents married after her graduation. You can see me as a baby in their wedding pictures.
When I was about 15, I joined my first pro-life group. It was also as a teen that I discovered the extraordinary form of the Mass and became more serious in my faith.
I attended Claremont McKenna College [in Claremont, Calif.], not really sure what I wanted to do. I had a passion for pro-life work, and it became clear to me that that is what God wanted me to do. From a Catholic perspective, I think of it as my vocation. When I do this work, it brings me closer to God, the greatest degree of intimacy with the Lord. Since spiritually I was benefitting from pro-life work, I thought I’d focus on doing it full time.
Today, the three things that spiritually influence me the most are 1) the extraordinary form of the Mass, 2) the message of Our Lady of Fatima and 3) the pastoral teaching of Pope Francis. I also benefit from the influence of my parish priest and the priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter. These priests bring us the sacraments, which are channels of grace from God into our lives.