BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP, TAB) – Various abortion headlines are dominating social media, specifically through the hashtag #PlannedParenthood which trended in the top three hashtags nationally since yesterday morning. From Guidestone Financial Resources losing its case on contraception to Planned Parenthood’s response to reports on its selling baby parts gained through partial birth abortions, Christians are taking to social media to express their outrage.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Guidestone and the ministries it serves must abide by the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate or pay crushing fines. The court rejected Guidestone’s argument that such mandates violate the entity’s religious freedom. Guidestone President O.S. Hawkins said the decision is “a setback” but “not the final outcome” as it is considering an appeal.
In the case of Planned Parenthood, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released video footage yesterday of Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, meeting with a CMP investigator who posed as a fetal parts buyer where the costs, procedures and regulations in the procurement and transportation of a wide range of fetal parts were discussed. CMP is a nonprofit medical watchdog group.
Planned Parenthood claims no wrongdoing, saying it gains patient consent, doesn’t receive monetary profit and follows the law in its dispensation of aborted fetal tissue. CMP said all such claims are completely false.
“None of this is standard across the mainstream medical field, but it is standard across Planned Parenthood’s insular and unaccountable abortion field,” CMP said.
Among the most active participants in the social media response was Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, tweeting on the topic more than 25 times in 32 hours.
For example, he tweeted, “‘Slave.’ ‘Property.’ ‘Tissue.’ Distancing words used to obscure the real issue: a human face.”
Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, received 1,300 retweets in 16 hours when he tweeted, “Sadly, if Planned Parenthood @PPact was selling the body parts of puppies, not aborted babies, the mainstream media would actually cover it.”
Between Tuesday morning and Wednesday at noon, more than 57,000 tweets included #PlannedParenthood. That total does not include tweets on the same subject that didn’t use the hashtag.