Evil In Our Time
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If the Nazis were a special kind of evil, Planned Parenthood is their rival for the top spot.
Humanity is only bestowed on the wanted.
The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of videos (with more to come) exposing how Planned Parenthood has developed its abortion mills into a thriving organ harvesting business. The videos show high-ranking muckety-mucks in Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies - haggling over prices, discussing how to circumvent federal laws, and crafting the language so that if word were to get out that they were doing this, they could minimize the damage.
The first video, showed Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, eating lunch while haggling over prices, and discussing what types of organs and body parts organizations tend to be looking for from Planned Parenthood clinics. It gets particularly disturbing when she flippantly mentions that "a lot of people want liver," and then takes a bite of her salad. I have to admire the people at The Center for Medical Progress - I was about to lose my lunch just watching the discussion.
After the video's release, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards released her own video in response, in which she told lie after lie after lie in her attempt to discredit CMP. As they do each and every time their official endorsement (and funding) by the U.S. Government are threatened, they trot out the "women's health" card - if you're against Planned Parenthood, then you pretty much want women to die. For Planned Parenthood, the problem is that they don't actually perform the services they claim to provide. "Women's health" is just a smokescreen - one of the main tenants of the abortion industry's campaign to craft the language surrounding abortion in order to hide the extreme evil that they represent.
Recently, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was criticized by pundits and politicians on both sides of the political aisle after he stated that, with his Iran deal, President Obama "will take Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." He wasn't wrong, per se, but these days, invoking Nazis or the Holocaust is frowned upon in political circles, primarily because the meme has been so overused, but also because we tend to bestow Hitler, Nazis, and the Holocaust with its own special status of evil, as though it were unfathomable that anyone in a Western society could possibly do such a thing today.
But if the Nazis were a special kind of evil, Planned Parenthood is their rival for the top spot in the Evil Hall of Fame.
The ideas behind eugenics, popular back in the Progressive Era, were the very ideas that inspired both Hitler's Final Solution, and Planned Parenthood. The entire point of the eugenics movement, both in the United States and in Europe, was to do away with people who were deemed "inferior." Hitler used Jews, blacks, homosexuals, and others as scapegoats for all of Germany's problems. He used the Nazi propaganda apparatus to get enough Germans on board that they could get away with rounding up their undesirables into camps for extermination. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist. Her agenda for birth control was to use it to reduce, or even eliminate the black population in the U.S. In 1939, she started "The Negro Project" to do just that. Just like the Nazis, Margaret Sanger understood the importance of propaganda - a legacy that continues to this day. She emphasized the importance of hiding their true agenda, hiring black ministers and doctors to aid their cause.
And the lies continue. While Democrats (and some Republicans) drone on about "women's health services" every time there's a threat to Planned Parenthood's federal funding, the truth is that abortion is the only service Planned Parenthood offers that isn't widely available elsewhere. Claims that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms were investigated, and found to be false; they just act as a middle-man, referring women to other organizations that actually do provide women's health services. Low-cost and no-cost birth control is easily obtainable across the U.S. these days. Its abortion mills are the only thing that distinguishes Planned Parenthood from thousands of community health clinics across the United States. And they target their services to minority communities, keeping Margaret Sanger's racist legacy alive to this day - to the point that, in 2012, more black babies were aborted in New York City than were born.
But the lies from Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates go much deeper than trying to cover up Sanger's racist agenda with "women's health" rhetoric. Over the course of decades, a narrative has been crafted to dehumanize the unborn, pulling too many in our society into the delusion that unborn babies aren't even alive. Unborn human children are routinely described as "a lump of tissue" or "a clump of cells." This dehumanization runs rampant throughout the pro-abortion culture. After all, if you just call it "fetal tissue donation," chopping up an unborn baby and selling its body parts really doesn't sound so bad. They basically try their best to equate unborn children with tumors.
And yet, every now and then, some of these activists realize that it is human life being destroyed. In the story at the link, a pro-abortion medical student who "believed that every woman should have the right to choose what she did with her body and one that could potentially be growing inside of her" (notice the qualifier potentially) found that he had been horribly misled about the nature of abortion, once he saw the procedure in action. And his is not the only story out there. This narrative, written by the former head of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas, tells of the time she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. She had been told, and had told others, that up to a certain point in its development, that little mass of cells had no sensory perception - and yet, as she watched in horror, the unborn child recoiled, trying to escape from the abortionist's tools, only to be twisted, broken, and sucked up a vacuum hose.
It's all an effort to spin the definition of "life" to make the unborn into something that isn't even human.
My mother is a prolific gardener. For as long as I can remember, she has loved to grow things. We always had a garden growing up - in fact, we usually had one for vegetables and another for flowers and whatever other plants she wanted to plant. One morning when I was in the sixth or seventh grade, she told me to pull some weeds in the garden, which I did...but pulling weeds was not my favorite pastime, so she came over to check my work periodically. At one point during this ordeal (which pulling weeds, in my opinion, always is), she pointed out a couple that I had missed. I had "missed" these intentionally: I recognized them as being the same as some other plants she had growing elsewhere in the garden (this was significant for me, as I did not inherit my mother's green thumb). To defend my decision, I asked her "You have the same plant growing right over there - what makes this one a weed?" She answered, "It's a weed because I don't want it there."
While this philosophy is fine for plants (or weeds) growing in a garden, the same is not true when applied to human life. As I write this, my wife is pregnant with our third child. At no point, either now or when she was pregnant with each of our two daughters, has any of them been considered a mass of cells or some kind of lump of tissue. It is the first stage of human life; to deny this is to deny reality. Never has an expectant mother gone to her OBGYN for an ultrasound, to be greeted with the words "There's your little fetal tissue."
Those who are pro-abortion cling to the moniker "pro-choice," because it implies freedom. "A woman has the right to choose what to do with her body" is the popular philosophy. No mention is made of the unborn child, of course, because humanity is only bestowed on the wanted. An unwanted unborn child is relegated to lesser status than an animal; if these procedures were performed on animals, the practitioners would be chained up and locked away, but the human unborn are weeds because they aren't wanted.
In these videos, high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials are discussing practices and procedures that violate multiple federal laws - laws that are in place to protect defenseless unborn human children. These officials haggle over prices for the hearts, livers, kidneys, brains, arms and legs of the masses of unwanted tissue that they benevolently extract from women. In the second video released, Dr. Mary Gatter talks prices, but is careful to point out that they don't want too much money, lest it look like they are selling baby parts for profit...and yet at one point she jests "I want a Lamborghini." This is Planned Parenthood in their own eyes: Mother Theresa in a Lamborghini. They'll take as much as they can get for baby's body parts, as long as it isn't enough to give the appearance they're doing it for profit - even if that is what is really going on.
Planned Parenthood's response was ridiculously dogmatic: that these were baseless attacks by "right wing extremists," and that the "heavily edited" videos put things out of context. They have not yet addressed the fact, of course, that the Center for Medical Progress released the full footage right alongside the videos they had produced.
When questioned about the videos, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the videos "fraudulent," and charged multiple times that they were selectively edited to take Planned Parenthood out of context: "There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic we've seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release an edited version of the video that grossly distorts the positions of the person who is in the video." Besides being patently false, this is pretty much taken straight from Planned Parenthood's talking points. But, then, he also said this (emphasis mine): "Planned Parenthood has been quite specific about the policy and procedures that they have in place and I know that they have described those procedures as reaching the highest ethical standards. Based on the essentially fraudulent way these videos have been released, there is not a lot of evidence that Planned Parenthood hasn't lived up to those standards." So in other words, Planned Parenthood is ethical because they say they are ethical, and even though the full, unedited video was made public at the very same time as the edited version, the White House is taking Planned Parenthood at their word. According to his Press Secretary, President Obama has not seen any of the videos, edited or unedited, and has no plans to. See no evil, hear no evil...
What we have here amounts to state-sponsored infanticide targeted specifically at minority communities, with the full endorsement of the current U.S. government. And as if that wasn't enough, the body parts are sold off for medical research, with various tactics employed to avoid the appearance of lawbreaking or any other impropriety. It's all tied up in a nice little bundle with its own newspeak to make sure that no one really talks about what they're actually talking about. Goebbels and Mengele both rolled up into one organization known as Planned Parenthood.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)