Kathryn Lopez

I turned on my television Thursday morning and heard a beating heart.

It was the beautiful, vulnerable sound of an unborn baby's still-developing heart, from an ultrasound. "We don't know her eye color," the voiceover said. "Whether she'll be a redhead or brunette. We haven't seen her toes, fingers or nose. But through the science of genomics we can look forward and begin to care for her future." The ad was for a medical group in northern Virginia. "Join the future of health," the commercial urged.

It was quite the paradox that later that same day, the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would prohibit sex-selection abortion. "Nobody supports sex-selected abortion," critics insisted. But a click on one of Live Action's new undercover videos reminds us that brutality and unjust laws are not foreign to America.

Directed by Lila Rose, one of the latest investigative videos shows a married woman in Planned Parenthood's flagship clinic in Manhattan, explaining that she has a daughter and now wants a son. As Live Action, a young, pro-life activist organization, has documented before, a Planned Parenthood worker doesn't flinch in the facilitation of a sex-selection abortion.

The videos come just after yet another onslaught of "war on women" diatribes from the paper of record for the abortion industry and the Obama reelection campaign, the New York Times. One of the most-read pieces on its website had been a weekend entreaty against Republicans who were supposedly waging this fictitious war. The bishops of the Catholic Church are also in on the conflict, according to columnist Maureen Dowd. The house editorial decried an "angry" April floor speech in which House Speaker John Boehner called accusations that his party was bent on curtailing women's freedoms "entirely created by Democrats."

The man is correct, and he's right to be angry. Boehner wasn't talking about abortion that day, but he was talking about freedom. The freedom to practice your religion outside your house of worship, regardless of what the government may think. These things are interrelated -- it's no surprise that, four decades into the regime of legal abortion, our devotion to inalienable, God-given rights to life and freedom might have weakened.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.