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Midway through one of the graphic videos of Planned Parenthood, a newborn baby slated to have his organs harvested gave a little kick, a feeble show of life for anyone willing to look.

Senate Democrats should have kept that image in mind along with all the other horrific practices depicted in these videos, but instead they turned a blind eye and blocked a vote today on the House’s legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

For decades in this country, people have looked away from the truth about abortion, the innocent lives it takes away, and the people it scars forever. In recent months, some have tried to disregard something even more horrific: the systematic abortion and dissection of babies in order to harvest their organs for scientific research and possibly even profit.

Many in the media have systematically ignored new developments on this story. They either quietly report or fail to report at all on the latest videos that shock the conscience of our nation.

And this willful ignorance is not confined to mainstream news outlets. Many Democrats in Washington refuse to watch these videos that should chill us to the bone and prompt immediate action all while clinging to pre-fabricated defenses from special interests.

  • After several videos had already been released, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealed that he had not seen the videos and perhaps nobody in the White House had, but that did not stop him from describing the videos as “fraudulent.” When asked where he was getting information that the videos were fraudulent, Earnest said, “[It’s] based on the public comments of Planned Parenthood.” Almost a month later, Earnest refused to say whether President Obama had seen the videos.
  • After voting to block a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said in reference to the videos, “I have not seen them.”
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) also said he hadn’t seen them.
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) reportedly assumed the videos were doctored and refused to watch the videos as well.

Despite having public access to these horrific videos and despite the complete inhumanity inherent in harvesting babies’ body parts, Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid called the attempt to make the Senate actually vote on the 20-week abortion ban a “show vote.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shame on Senate Democrats for blocking this legislation as well as other legislation to put a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding.