Wednesday, August 05, 2015

How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood

By KATHA POLLITT, AUG. 5, 2015, NYT

WHY does the pro-choice movement so often find itself in a defensive crouch?

I cringed as I watched Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, apologize in a YouTube video last month for the lack of “compassion” in two doctors’ language at supposed business lunches arranged and secretly recorded by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress.

Not because she wasn’t eloquent, but because of what her words said about the impossibly narrow path abortion providers now are forced to walk. After all, have you ever heard an apology from a crisis pregnancy center for masquerading as an abortion clinic? What about the women in Texas who lost access to gynecological care when the state defunded Planned Parenthood and did not, as promised, adequately replace its services? Has anyone said sorry about that?

Logically, it’s not important how doctors talk at supposedly private meetings. If they were heart surgeons I doubt it would be an issue. But these are abortion providers, and that makes all the difference. So far, the surreptitiously filmed videos, five of which have now been released, do not, as claimed, show that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, which is against the law.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

The pro-choice crowd finds them in a defensive crouch because the world is starting to realize that abortion is murder of the defenseless. Since the unborn can feel pain, I would even call abortion torture. The full video's are available for viewing, if Planned Parenthood is really proud of their 'services' they should post the full videos for all to see. This video 'debacle' reminds me of the residents of towns near the Nazi concentration camps who were brought out to see the horrors that went on in their midst.

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