ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis and the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said they were shaken and shocked by reports that the body parts of babies were being harvested.
In an Oct. 5 statement, the religious leaders cited the undercover videos released in recent weeks by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials and others discussing the transfer of body parts from aborted babies for research as cause for great concern. “Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity,” the statement said. “We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.”
A series of 11 edited videos has been released since July by the Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress. The revelation has prompted investigations by state and federal officials into Planned Parenthood’s activities across the country.