I'm going to preface what I'm about to say with this thought: I hate that I disagree with LiveAction.
I know there has been a lot of talk over the past couple of weeks about LiveAction's videos, and the fact that they went 'undercover' to expose unlawful practices of Planned Parenthood. Before a couple of weeks ago, I would have told you that there was nothing wrong with what they did, and I would have defended their actions. Until I read this article from New Liturgical Movement, where the author lays out the case that what LiveAction did was not moral, backed up by the Catechism and the Bible.
Then, I started to have doubts about the certainty I had. The more I read, the more firmly the doubt became, until I realized, much to my dismay, that I was on the other side of the fence.
In the Bible study I'm a part of, we are close to the end of the book we are using: Life in Christ, by Fr. Groeschel. This book follows the Catechism, using Scripture verses to back up each chapter. I bring this up because among this week's assigned readings were reflections on the 8th Commandment.
'The Eighth Commandment, of course, admonishes us not to bear false witness; it instructs us to be truthful in all our dealings with others. When we are truthful, our lives become capable of reflecting - at least faintly - the absolute integrity of our Creator. Thus, integrity enables us to better show forth the image of God to others. Maintaining such integrity is a constant challenge for each of us, and this challenge becomes enormously magnified when we apply it to the media and the arts, for these involve communication not between two individuals but between an individual and large groups of others.
'To communicate through today's influential media is to wield great power, which always becomes a dangerous temptation. So, if we wish to communicate with integrity on such a grand scale, perhaps we should follow the model of the first communicator, the original artist...
'The Christian community has been given a legacy of beauty and a mandate to produce and present works of art that are pure and that communicate moral and religious truths to all. To do this, we are obligated to use the latest technological ideas available to us; at the same time, we must exercise the utmost care to be certain that other ideas - many of them beloved of our contemporary culture - never gain footholds in the art we produce. We must create true art and communicate through the media in ways that uphold the message of our Creator and reflect His excellence of workmanship. Such work must never be contaminated by the culture of death in which we live. The art created by the Christian community must reveal God in all His beauty, power, love, and purity. Anything less would be a disservice to Him and a misuse of the gifts He has so graciously given us.' (Any emphasis is mine.)
So we see that communicating through today's media can be a great temptation - a temptation to let the culture of death influence us and how we communicate with others. We need to use the tools of this age with integrity, and follow the model of God. How we communicate, through art and media, should reflect who we are disciples of.
Is LiveAction using the latest technological advances? Yes, undoubtably so. But I (in my uninformed, non-college educated opinion) think that they have been unduly influenced by this culture we live in. How can a culture of life be built upon lies?
Yes, it's Planned Parenthood, which is one of the most evil organizations on planet Earth today. But does that mean we sink to their level of depravity in order to expose how evil they are? (I wish to clarify this statement. I am not saying that what LiveAction is lying about is equal to the sins of what Planned Parenthood is doing.)
Like I said at the beginning, I hate that I disagree with what LiveAction is doing, because I think what they've done is open many peoples' eyes to what Planned Parenthood is really about. And I don't have the answers.
I think a good first step is to get more involved on a local level - are the abortion clinics in our neighborhoods passing health inspections? Are health inspections being done on a regular basis? Are we pushing for each abortion clinic to be classified as an ambulatory clinic? Are we allowing Gosnell clinics in our cities?
These are hard questions, but we must ask them. We must also answer this honestly...do we believe that it is alright to do evil so that good may come of it?