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Oklahoma City archbishop calls for prayer for sanctity of human life in wake of Planned Parenthood video

A prominent Roman Catholic leader called Wednesday for prayer and action upholding the "sanctity of human life."

In a prepared statement, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said his call for prayer was prompted by the "undercover videos" showing "callous bargaining by Planned Parenthood executives for sale of unborn baby organs."

Coakley referred to the release in recent weeks of secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials

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According to reports from The Associated Press, the videos, recorded by anti-abortion activists, "show Planned Parenthood officials coolly describing how they sometimes provided fetal tissue to medical researchers." The Associated Press reported that abortion opponents say the recordings caught Planned Parenthood officals illegallys selling the organs for profit while Planned Parenthood officials said they have abided bylaws that let them recoup the procedures' costs.

In his prepared statement, Coakley urges people take action. 

“Having been re-sensitized to the tragedy of abortion through these recent controversies, I call upon all of the faithful and all people of good will to take action in support of the dignity and sanctity of every human life from conception to its natural end," he said. "It is our civic and moral responsibility to engage in the political process as advocates for the dignity of human life with all that this entails."

Coakley ended his statement with a call for "a prayerful response."

"Our hearts must be converted before our society will be able to consistently enact and embrace just laws that embody a proper regard for the sanctity of life. I urge prayers in our homes and parishes for a renewed respect for the dignity of every human life and for a rejection of the throw away mentality that treats human beings as valuable or disposable based merely on their usefulness, health, age or economic status," he said.

"Every life is precious and has infinite value in the eyes of God who creates each of us out of love.”

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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