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Quote of the day: Why “it’s a shame to let it go to waste” implies inherent value

Greg Gutfeld, co-host of "The Five" on Fox News Channel

Greg Gutfeld, co-host of “The Five” on Fox News Channel

This is all about one simple exercise: disguising evil as a euphemism. For example, if you listen to somebody like Barbara Boxer, when they call it ‘fetal research,’ they aren’t calling it what it is. Imagine if you were to experiment on the bodies of death row dwellers. Would you be able to call that ‘inmate research’? I don’t think so. You would have everybody after you, every lawyer.

With the argument for fetal research begins with, or it ends with the consequence ‘it’s a shame to let it go to waste,’ you are then making a moral case against abortion, because in order to let something go to waste, you already consider it valuable. You can’t let something go to waste if it’s waste. So when you decide that fetal research is important, that means that you in your soul admit that it is of value, it is of value, it is important. If it has a beating heart and you’re using that tissue, it is not a waste.

… I don’t care about the defunding. I care about getting Planned Parenthood and getting their supporters into a town hall, and actually debating this and framing this as you would frame slavery. Because what you’re doing is you’re defending people who cannot defend themselves. You can argue because there is a beating heart and there is DNA, that these are living creatures who don’t have a voice.

It’s worse than slavery. This is something that if you wanted to fight a war over, you could. Because it has every bit as the emotional value and the factual, biological value, that you’re dealing with.

~ Greg Gutfeld, Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” August 4

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