Sixty years ago today, 14-year-old Emmett Till's life was tragically taken. Till was a boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Emmett's killers were acquitted of the crime, which left the nation reeling. His brutal death at the hands of racists revealed a world where Jim Crow laws, segregation and hatred existed.
Emmett's mother Mamie Till made a brave decision to have an open casket at his funeral. She wanted his broken body to be seen and others to know the injustice he suffered. Those pictures remain an important part of our history. Today we remember Emmett as a Civil Rights martyr. He was a thunder clap in a strong storm that shattered America’s reluctance to deal with racism. Emmett’s death forced people to take a stand.
There’s another little boy today that we hope will force Americans to take a stand against injustice.
The Center for Medical Progress has a released a series of undercover videos exposing top Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sales of baby body parts. To the horror of most, the footage takes us into the abortion labs where we view the remains of fetuses stored in refrigerators and in petri dishes. In the fourth video shot, viewers see Planned Parenthood’s own Dr. Savita Ginde and a medical assistant sorting through the remains of a nearly 12-week-old aborted preborn child to gather parts.
“Here’s some organs for you,” Dr. Ginde says. “Here’s a stomach, kidney, heart.” Then a medical assistant exclaims: “And another boy!”
Dr. Ginde described this boy as “war torn” because of the abortion and rightly so. To Dr. Ginde and her assistant, that child was just “another boy” in a string of abortions committed that day. The nameless child reduced to broken pieces was just “another problem” they took care of. He was just “another choice.” He was just “another casualty” of legalized abortion. His body parts were just “another set” of legs and hands to be harvested for profit.
We believe that baby boy deserves human dignity, the dignity that was taken from him at the hands of Planned Parenthood. He deserves a name and we believe his name should be Emmett. He’s not just another boy who suffered an inhumane death. He’s a baby who, like many who died that very day and the millions of others who have perished at the hands of abortionists and Planned Parenthood, deserves justice – just like Emmett Till.
Emmett Till lost his life unjustly and because of his death, and the decision of his mother to show his broken body, an entire movement was inspired. Baby Emmett, whose body parts were pulled and tugged apart and negotiated for sale, also lost his life unjustly and suffered an inhumane death.
Could this baby’s body be the catalyst for the end of abortion? Could the callousness that Planned Parenthood doctors and staff show towards the babies they abort inspire the nation to see the true nature of abortion?
Emmett Till’s story belongs to us all. We are free to relate to it as we see fit. We can look at Emmett's story to help us understand the things currently taking place in our nation. The images of Emmett Till’s body became a catalyst to move a nation. We want the images of nearly 12-week-old baby Emmett to do the same. Over 16 million black children have been aborted in the U.S since 1973. The fight for civil rights must begin in the womb. For without the right to life, no other right can be possessed.
Christina Bennett is a pro-life activist, speaker for the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and writer for Live Action News. Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America. Learn more at www.callhimemmett.org.