Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried By Pope Francis


WASHINGTON — Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows:

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance through the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit


  1. Nothing is going to change unless the cardinals and bishops get out from behind their desks and start calling press conferences, doing some BOLD preaching, and getting their hands DIRTY! Putting an article in Catholic newspapers that only a few dopey nerds like me read won’t go anywhere. Did you all see the pictures? Let me repeat. Did you all see the PICTURES??? Little babies ripped apart but their little eyes were still in the blob looking up! MY GOD!!! Quit quoting popes. WE have to get out there and do something! We need leaders! We have music ministers, youth ministers, eucharistic ministers, environmental ministers, carbon dioxide ministers but where are our shepherds? Where are the saints and martyrs??? Lord have mercy on we Catholics.


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