If you thought Amanda Marcotte the biologist was bad, just wait ’til you meet Amanda Marcotte the constitutional scholar. At RH Reality Check, she rails against conservatives for “reinterpreting, denouncing, or flat-out lying about the 14th Amendment these days” in order to perpetuate one of our “favorite myths”—that “women are not to be trusted to handle their own reproduction.”
A recent Facebook post celebrating organ donation as saving lives suggests the general public may be confused about what is disclosed in the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos.
Planned Parenthood’s involvement in organ harvesting from aborted babies cannot be simplistically equated with organ transplantation, and altruistic platitudes regarding organ donation for research also fall flat.
In an open letter to several congressional leaders, dated August 31, the Center for Medical Progress publicly laid out a compelling case against Planned Parenthood. The letter highlights evidence uncovered by CMP in a series of undercover videos, as well as some of PP’s futile and self-incriminating responses to the evidence.
CMP’s letter to Congress may mark a turning point in actions taken against Planned Parenthood, for three reasons…
In response to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ August 27th letter to Congress in defense of PP, David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress has sent a letter of his own, detailing why he believes there is clear evidence to show that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of fetal body parts.
Yet another undercover video is out introducing the world to the real Planned Parenthood and their associates. The worst revelation this time around pertains to babies who “just fell out” before they could be aborted…which, earlier videos suggest, is no impediment to slaughtering them anyway.
When not simply pretending they don’t exist, abortion apologists’ standard response to the videos has been to incessantly repeat “deceptively edited!” as if they’re magic words that make the videos’ content simply disappear. That works fine for the abortion faithful, but to everyone else, it just raises a red flag as the apologists tend to never specify what the “deceptive edits” are.
As the war on Planned Parenthood heats up, so does the Republican divide on how to best go about taking away the organization’s federal funding.
Leadership in both chambers of Congress signaled they’re willing to go only so far in their fight to strip the organization of its government dollars—putting them at odds with conservatives who are willing to do whatever it takes.
The ninth video from the Center for Medical Progress has just been released, and it is as horrifying as the previous eight videos.
This time, we’re introduced to Perrin Larton, procurement manager for Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), a company that has been harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies longer than anyone else – except, perhaps, its partner, Planned Parenthood. Also featured is the former medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Dr. Katharine Sheehan. In the video, Larton discusses how their staffers wait outside the room as the abortion is being performed, and harvest the body parts of babies aborted at 20 and 21 weeks of pregnancy.
Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile engaged in a heated discussion on Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood. Last week, Clinton made comments likening pro-life Republican candidates to “terrorists.” Rep. Blackburn began by describing Clinton’s remarks as “inappropriate, over the top, uncalled for.” Brazile disagreed, claiming that Clinton was making “a contrast, not a comparison.”
Clinton’s comments were much closer to a comparison than a contrast. According to Merriam-Webster, a contrast is “the act of comparing people or things to show the differences between them.” Not only did Clinton not indicate any differences between pro-lifers and terrorists, she seemed to put them in the same category:
We tend to talk about “ending abortion” as an abstract, faraway goal. Yes, the pro-life movement has the basic outline of a long-term plan to make it happen: either pass a national abortion ban of some kind after changing the makeup of the Supreme Court and getting them to overturn Roe v. Wade, or persuade enough hearts and minds to trump Roe and fully protect the preborn with a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Yet the here-and-now conversation is largely preoccupied with marginally reducing abortions by legislating at its peripheries—cutting its practitioners off from the public trough, loading the procedure with ultrasounds and waiting periods, and if we’re lucky, maybebanning 1 percent (15,000, based on “voluntary state reporting and abortion provider survey data from the Guttmacher Institute”) of prenatal killings.
It’s understandable why; when the Supreme Court outright says democracy doesn’t count on a subject, there’s only so much that can be done without incurring their wrath. But I submit that, with the abortion industry’s barbarism laid bare more sharply than ever and scores of pro-lifers finding their patience with letting it continue nearing its breaking point, the conventional wisdom is unsustainable.
A heated discussion broke out on Fox News Channel’s The Five when the hosts – Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Juan Williams – began talking about the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover investigation revealing Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of the body parts of aborted babies. While the hosts accused each other of having a political agenda, Williams made an eyebrow-raising claim about Planned Parenthood that “they don’t do many abortions” (at 6:02), and then, laughingly, accuses the other hosts of poor journalism.
An Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from August 13-18, 2015, found that the American public is strongly reacting against Planned Parenthood after viewing the investigative videos from the Center for Medical Progress. But you’d never know that, thanks to the way the media is distorting the findings.
Instead of talking about the important numbers – the reactions of those who have seen the incriminating videos – the media highlights public support for free cancer screenings, and suggests over and over again that Republicans tread lightly in regards to Planned Parenthood – all while 44% of those who had seen the videos said their views towards PP were more negative as a result and 31% said seeing the videos made them even more opposed to abortion.
In a letter to several congressional leaders, 92 organizations pledged ongoing support to Planned Parenthood. The letter praised the services Planned Parenthood provides, while dismissing the overwhelming body of evidence detailing the abortion giant’s sale of aborted baby parts.