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10/14/2015 3:17:00 PM
'Shaken to the core' by abortion videos
Catholic, Lutheran leaders disturbed by reports of harvesting of body parts from abortions
Catholic News ServiceSt. Louis archbishop walks with president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod during 2015 March for Life in Washington.
Catholic News Service
St. Louis archbishop walks with president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod during 2015 March for Life in Washington.
Catholic News Service

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and the Rev. Matthew 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 by the Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress since July.

The revelation has prompted investigations by state and federal officials into Planned Parenthood’s activities across the country.

Archbishop Carlson and Rev. Harrison affirmed their continued commitment to offer resources to help parents, regardless of faith background, who need medical, financial or social service assistance during pregnancy and afterward. Both churches are prepared to assist parents who make an adoption plan for their child.

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