Two years ago, the world watched in horror as New York lawmakers gleefully celebrated the passage of a new law legalizing abortions for basically any reason up to birth. Gov. Andrew Cuomo even ordered that state landmarks be lit with pink lights to celebrate the occasion.

Then, last week, abortion activists dressed in green jumped up and down and cried with joy in the streets of Argentina after their government voted to abandon their pro-life laws and legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to 14 weeks.

Society used to think of abortions as a “necessary tragedy, certainly not something to celebrate,” but “that appears to have changed, and dramatically,” Glenn T. Stanton, the director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family, wrote at The Federalist this week.

Stanton pointed to a recent interview by Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson as another example of this brazen new disregard for the value of human life and family.

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He wrote:

The [Washington] Post tried to downplay the organization’s reputation as the record-breaking, single largest abortion provider in America by asking McGill Johnson to confirm that abortion is merely “a very small part” of what Planned Parenthood does.

The abortion leader would have none of it, however, objecting, “I think when we say, ‘It’s a small part of what we do,’ what we’re doing is stigmatizing it,” adding, “We are a proud abortion provider” because “abortion is health care.” That, of course, is the current talking point. “Necessary evil” stigmatized abortion too. The abortion crowd is done with all that.

Johnson, a political activist, runs the largest abortion group in the U.S. Planned Parenthood aborts more than 340,000 unborn babies every year while reporting billion-dollar revenues and donating massive amounts of money to Democrats’ political campaigns.

In her interview with the Washington Post last week, Johnson made it clear that she is unapologetic about her abortion advocacy and anyone who supports Planned Parenthood should be, too.

She described the killing of unborn babies in abortions as “basic health care” – and emphasized that it’s nothing people should be ashamed of.

Other pro-abortion groups also are pushing the claim that killing unborn babies is “normal” and “essential health care.” Efforts like Shout Your Abortion and the One in Three Campaign have promoted the idea that there’s nothing wrong with abortion. Some abortion activists even claim that saying abortions should be “rare” — once a popular talking point — is “stigmatizing” and hurtful.

Stanton said this new, open celebration of abortion is “bone-chilling, utterly macabre,” but it is telling.

“It’s worth asking how the pro-abortion movement in the United States and abroad has become so inhumanely cruel,” he concluded. “The darker truth, however, is that it may simply be shedding its false veneer to reveal the evil that was always there.”

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