Last night I heard some very exciting news about a friend of mine.
As many of you have heard about and/or even seen the Planned Parenthood videos that were released by The Center For Medical Progress this year. These undercover videos show top Planned Parenthood officials admitting that they harvest and sell body parts from children that they kill through abortions. One video actually show them picking through the remains of a child; eyeballs, arms, legs, hands, and feet can actually be seen in the petri dish while the Planned Parenthood doctors make crude jokes about it. You can view the shorter official videos as well as the unedited footage that lasts several hours on my YouTube playlist.
Well, these videos have received a lot of attention from many people. I have seen even the most liberal pro-abortion Planned Parenthood supporters change their views after seeing just one of these videos. The United States Government currently gives over a million dollars a day to Planned Parenthood. That money comes from our tax dollars.
Many pro-life congressmen in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have brought this before the Senate and House floors with great concerns. There have already been several failed attempts to pass legislation in both houses of congress.
According to a press release from the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chairman of the "Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives" has appointed my friend March Bell as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the subcommittee.
I lived with March and his wife Mariam in the summer of 2014 when I was interning in DC. They are amazing people with amazing careers. I learned so much from the two of them while living with them that summer. They have been involved with politics, non-profits, missionary work, as well as many other Christian ministries.
Mariam has been involved in pro-life activism since the 80s. Her public stance on the issue landed her a job in Public Policy in the Reagan administration. She was also the national director of public policy for Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship.
As for March, his resume is equally impressive. He is recently retired from the US Department of Justice, where he was a trial lawyer for many years. One of his biggest passions is helping victims of human trafficking and prosecuting those who traffic innocent people. At the Department of Justice he served as Senior Counsel for "Trafficking in Persons" in the Civil Rights Division. He has worked with Gary Haugen in starting up the International Justice Mission. There he traveled around the world training lawyers and governments on how to prosecute people who lead human trafficking rings. He also served as Counsel for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, where he prosecuted al-Qaeda terrorists connected to the September 11th attacks.
“With his vast experience in both federal litigation and congressional investigations, March is the right person to lead the subcommittee staff in finding the facts and gathering information. He not only has dedicated his career to defending the law, he has conducted training of judges, prosecutors and police world-wide on issues important to the protection of human beings. We look forward to his leadership and counsel.”
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn
I rode to and from work with March almost every day that summer. It was a good hour car ride both ways. In those many car rides with him, I learned invaluable insight on how different parts of the government worked, how investigations and trials are carried out, as well as many other things. Even though he is a man of strong conservative Christian convictions, I know that he will approach the Planned Parenthood investigation without any bias and will conduct the investigation in an amazing professional manner.
We also figured out that we are both distantly related somewhere way down the line. So, I guess that makes him my "long lost cousin" HA!
Words cannot describe how excited I am that he has been appointed to this position. I cannot think of anyone better suited for this job than him. From al-Qaeda, to human traffickers, to Planned Parenthood, it is clear to tell that this Godly man cares and has a heart to help the most vulnerable in society. He uses his gifts and experience God has given him to make a huge difference in the world. I am proud to call him my friend, former mentor, long lost cousin, and brother in Christ.
I ask that you please keep him and his wife in your prayers as he starts this investigation.
|Me with March & Mariam the last morning I lived with them|