Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first published in 1852, has been credited with turning the tide of public opinion on the issue of slavery in America. For most Americans in the early-to-mid nineteenth century, in both the north and the south, slavery was not an issue that affected them personally. Most American voters were not slave owners, and none were slaves themselves, thus the issue was a political hot potato they understand only from a distance. When Stowe penned her masterpiece, however, the scales fell from the public’s eyes on the evil institution of human bondage.
America owes an historical debt to Harriet Beecher Stowe for exposing an evil institution for what it was, and for changing public opinion in the process. I believe that history may well record the work of the Center for Medical Process (CMP) in similar regard. As Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, recently pointed-out, the videos CMP recently recorded of Planned Parenthood doctors selling human baby parts may be the modern equivalent of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I agree with him. This could be the beginning of the end of abortion in America.
Most Americans are not directly affected by abortion, just as most were not directly involved in the evil institution of slavery, and have only known about it in the abstract. When “doctors” start talking about selling hearts, however, the “blob of tissue” becomes a person in the minds of all but the most hardened hearts. Just as Harriet Beecher Stowe introduced the public to a person in chains, so has the CMP introduced the public to a baby being brutalized and sold for profit.
These new videos that expose the evil institution of Planned Parenthood may well galvanize the American people against such abhorrent practices, just as Stowe’s book did against slavery. This could give rise to the political courage needed for America to overturn the Supreme Court’s de-humanizing of human lives in the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade, just as public outcry against slavery led to the adoption of the 13th Amendment which overturned the Supreme Court’s de-humanizing of human lives in the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery. When free people see and feel a common thread of humanity with the oppressed, they choose emancipation for the captives. As it has been said “those who supported slavery were free, and those who support abortion were born, that’s how oppression works.” It works until the eyes of the free are opened.