THE POST-MORAL LEFT IS STRUGGLING
TO SALVAGE PP’S SHATTERED IMAGE
The shrillness with which Planned Parenthood’s supporters are screaming their defense of the nation’s largest abortion provider is a sure sign of the damage to PP’s carefully crafted public identity wrought by those gut-wrenching videos.
This is something new and rather startling to many people.
Since the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League and made the decision to deemphasize (not to say hide) its origins in the racialist eugenics movement, Planned Parenthood has cultivated a benign image as a healthcare provider focused on the well being of women and families. The success of that effort has been remarkable.
The very name, Planned Parenthood, was a masterstroke. It virtually sings of responsibility and commitment. Who wouldn’t wish to undertake the great endeavor of parenting with forethought and clear intention?
How mature! How reasonable! How humane!
But now that it’s been revealed — in cynical and disgusting detail — that Planned Parenthood is deeply involved in the human body parts trade, people are taking a second look at that cheery, welcoming PP clinic down in the local strip mall. The idea of pulling human brain tissue out through the face of a fully formed child whose heart was so recently beating somehow doesn’t jibe with all the pretentions to altruism and compassion.
Could it be that those whacky, rosary-praying, sensible-shoe-wearing Pro-Life fanatics were right all along? Is Planned Parenthood really some kind of evil enterprise which, if not technically criminal, is devoid of any moral sense or human decency?
Why no, that can’t be. Surely it’s the critics who are the evil ones — especially those nasty Gen-X delinquents who deceitfully shot the videos and have no concern about sullying the reputations of respectable doctors and medical supply company executives who, after all, provide the basic materials of vitally important biomedical research.
And so a group of congressional Democrats is investigating the Center for Medical Progress to see if the sneaky tapers may have obtained their videos illegally. In a letter to David Daleiden, chief executive, of CMP, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote…
“These disturbing actions raise questions about whether the Center for Medical Progress has broken federal or state laws, and whether some members of Congress may have been aware of these potentially illegal activities before they were made public earlier this year.”
According to the Washington Times, Cummings’ letter…
“asks for documents on CMP funding, donors, associates, activities and meetings and copies of all video and audio footage with Planned Parenthood employees.”
The effort is supported by a pro-abortion group called CREDO Action, which…
“has collected some 133,000 signatures on a petition telling Democrats in Congress to ‘Stand up for Planned Parenthood and block any attempts to undermine or defund it,’ insisting that ‘Anti-abortion activists are trying to discredit and destroy Planned Parenthood.’”
Well, not while Nancy Pelosi is on the job they won’t. The House Minority Leader is doing what she can to defeat…
“those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist.”
She insisted that Planned Parenthood has a…
“solid grounding of support with the American people.”
(It used to, anyway.)
Democratic Reps. Janice D. Schakowsky of Illinois, Zoe Lofgren of California, Jerrold Nadler of New York and Yvette D. Clarke of New York jumped on the bandwagon, demanding that CMP…
“be examined for its impersonations of biotech officials, creating a false biotech corporate entity and possibly filing falsified tax returns and other documents with state and federal agencies.”
And Rep. Diana DeGette, Colorado Democrat and co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, has asked a congressional investigator…
“to be sure to gather ‘exculpatory’ footage of Planned Parenthood officials.”
Good luck with that.
In case you’ve never heard this legal term, “exculpatory” means tending to demonstrate innocence. Can you imagine what sort of statement could be “exculpatory?”
Well, gee…I mean, after all…the baby was dead by the time we drilled through his skull and took out his brains. Come on, fellas, really now, what more do you want?
Desperate as all this may seem, it indicates the line being held by the post-moral Left: that CMP has perpetrated an illicit, indecent, possibly illegal, effort to destroy the credibility of poor innocent Planned Parenthood and ensnare it in Nancy Pelosi’s “controversy that doesn’t exist.”
The word from the White House is that the videos are simply fraudulent. Obama Administration Press Secretary Josh Earnest called them misleading because they were likely heavily edited…
“There’s ample reason to think that this is merely the tried-and-true tactic that we have seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release an edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person who is actually speaking,” the Washington Times quoted him.
“‘Based on the essentially fraudulent way in which these videos have been released, there’s not a lot of evidence right now that Planned Parenthood hasn’t lived up to its ethical standards.”
Oh, I think the videos show that PP has lived up to its ethical standards perfectly.
A secondary defensive theme is that abortion accounts for only a small portion of Planned Parenthood’s activities. But that claim was exposed as — pardon the redundancy — fraudulent last year by the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, which examined PP’s own published statistics and determined that…
“Abortions account for 94% of the services provided for pregnant women by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“In 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. Over the past three reported years, Planned Parenthood has performed nearly one million abortions.
“For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions.
“While abortions rose, Planned Parenthood adoption referrals dropped 14% in one year, and prenatal care services dropped 4%.
“Planned Parenthood’s cancer prevention services are down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%.”
Defenses of Planned Parenthood are being mounted outside the political realm as well. Two key areas of active resistance are religion and popular culture.
The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s blog, Juicy Ecumenism, reports that the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board has released a statement attacking what it calls the “politically motivated, heavily edited, and secretly recorded” videos…
“As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve,” the clergy statement reads. “Our faiths demand care for those marginalized by poverty and other oppressions. Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person — regardless of income, race, or religion — deserves access to safe, affordable, high-quality health care.”
Let your mind dwell on that for a moment. These are alleged representative of religious groups (some entirely mainstream) who have put themselves in the service of the nation’s foremost abortion business.
Of course, clerical obfuscation on the abortion issue is nothing new. In a 1999 book, Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women, John M. Swomley, an ordained United Methodist minister, wrote…
“Opponents of abortion in America have attributed to fetal life a sacredness that is actually idolatry …. Fetal idolatry denies a woman’s right to control her body, her life, her destiny, all of which must be sacrificed to an embryo or fetus once she is pregnant ….”
And if you think the Reverend Swomley was unconcerned for aborted children, set your mind at ease. To the contrary, he wrote…
“One of the major critiques of idolatry about unborn life is its lack of concern for the abundant or purposeful life to which all of us should be called. No one of us should be an unwanted child or have to experience emotional abandonment or lack of compassion and love in childhood.”
In other words, better dead than born after being conceived unintentionally — as if those were the only two options available. But then, as the Susan B. Anthony List found (above), Planned Parenthood isn’t much into adoption.
It goes without saying that the entertainment industry is brimming with PP defenders — and none more avid than a vocal/comedy duo called Reformed Whores (which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about their attitude). Singers Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame are a pair of sweet, pretty southern girls who specialize in more-feminist-than-thou satirical songs. It’s the kind of old-timey stuff you might hear on “A Prairie Home Companion” performed by smart-ass liberals who pretend to be honoring the past but are really mocking it.
In a little ditty called, “Is Planned Parenthood Just Misunderstood?” they sing…
“Encourage safe sex, consent and love
Which is precisely what Planned Parenthood does …
“So we’re afraid we can say nothing else
But keep your hands off my body and go f–k yourself.”
Yeah, I know it doesn’t rhyme, and these chicks are as vulgar as they are cute. But then, their propaganda video, available here…
…is as logically inconsistent as the rest of the lefty Planned Parenthood defense, so nothing else really matters.
We can argue about whether the Center for Medical Progress’ sting videos were created ethically (in fact some conservatives have raised that question), in much the same way we’ve argued for years over the exact moment at which cells created from a fertilized egg become an actual human being (for the record, the Church maintains it’s at conception, not implantation). But there’s no denying that the unnerving glimpses we’ve had into Planned Parenthood heartlessness have changed the dynamics of the abortion debate.
For the first time, a marked sense of unease has emerged among the post-moral Left.
Will PP be defunded? That’s a hard call. For a long time they’ve been paying good money for politicians and media types to support and defend them.
But if one good thing has come out of all this, it’s that Planned Parenthood’s litany of hypocritical claims to compassionate humane service has finally been aborted.
Here’s a Washington Times report on the probe of the Center for Medical Progress by Congressional Democrats hoping desperately to find something illegal in the clever video sting…
And here’s the piece on Juicy Ecumenism about lefty church ladies (men or women, they’re all church ladies) who claim that Planned Parenthood is “doing God’s work.” Yeah, right…
The videos have created a crisis of conscience for nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr., who finds his long standing support for abortion rights weakening…
“As I’ve only realized lately, to be a man, and to declare yourself pro-choice, is to proclaim your neutrality. And, as I’ve only recently been willing to admit, even to myself, that’s another name for ‘wimping out.’”
Not all media folk experience such discomfort, however. Indeed, press support (masked or overt) has been key to Planned Parenthood’s “positive” image. As this little tidbit from Media Research Center suggests, PP works hard at keeping good relations with journalists…