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Planned Parenthood has not been defunded, and probably never will be. Republicans gave it a go, but, as Ricochet editor Tom Meyer explains, the votes were not there, Obama would have vetoed the measure anyway, and the Democrats would have another arrow in the quiver of their self-righteousness in their constant war on those who they see prosecuting the war on women. Practically speaking, the move was doomed before it hit the floor. As a sad and disappointed lifelong prolifer, I will concede the pragmatic point of view.
Nonetheless, the barbarism and unfathomable cruelty of Planned Parenthood (and other abortion factories) simply must be challenged.
Earlier this week, our local pro-life group met to plan the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign. After working out the details, we turned, as we always do, to the abortion issues of the day. Planned Parenthood’s baby parts business came up, and all expressed disgust. But no one was surprised. We can no longer be shocked. Planned Parenthood’s baby parts business depravity falls right in line with Kermit Gosnell, sex/race selective abortions, and conspiracy to hide sexual assaults perpetrated on minors. All follow inextricably from the killing of innocent children. Why should the recent revelations surprise us? If a baby in the womb is just a clump of cells -– to the abortion industry cells of the lowest form (but ironically, of a high cash value) -– selling the bits and pieces to the highest bidder is no more morally significant than a garage sale.
That is why we demand that Congress defund Planned Parenthood. Sure, this would be nothing more than a symbolic gesture. But symbols are powerful weapons.
Planned Parenthood’s approximately 350,000 abortions per year would make an Aztec priest throw up, and the videos offer a golden opportunity to trigger nausea in the voting public. That means taking every opportunity to show the videos.
On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor with a level of bellicosity that reveals the moral depravity of the pro-abortion movement:
The Republican scheme to defund Planned Parenthood is not some sort of surprised response to a highly edited video. Nope! The Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood is just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated, right-wing attack on women’s rights. I’m sick and tired of it. Women everywhere are sick and tired of it. The American people are sick and tired of it.
One would think this odious woman would be sickened at the sight of an “intact” baby being picked over to find salable body parts. Instead, she tries to rally the troops while virtually ignoring the horror revealed in the videos. She is a coward.
But what if the Republicans and other pro-life organizations were to produce television spots juxtaposing Warren’s rhetoric with pictures of the babies harvested for useful organs after having been yanked from a woman’s womb? Would that put Warren on the defensive? Granted, she lacks even a modicum of human decency, and so may repeat her ludicrous arguments. But commercials would tell the tale.
The Republicans must seize every opportunity to expose Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. The effort to take away Planned Parenthood’s funding may be doomed, but even a pyrrhic victory has advantages. Particularly now, when Planned Parenthood is on the defensive.
Tom is right in arguing for Congressional hearings. However, too often such hearings result in moral grandstanding, with little done to get to the bottom of the issue at hand. Chances are the controversy will die down if Republicans fail to seize the day every day. Rod Dreher reminds us that the videos are an enormously powerful, and the defunding effort draws clear lines between abortion apologists and opponents:
It’s hard to get around the fact that a majority of the American people just don’t want to know, or rather, are prepared to live with it, in the name of defending Science and the Sexual Revolution.
Note well that the Democratic Party is the party that embraces these atrocities, and calls them progress. I am not accustomed to defending the Republicans, but when it came right down to it, and US Senators had to declare themselves, every one of the Democrats (except one) sided with the abortionists and fetal miners.
But the majority must know. As Fr. Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, insists:
America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion. The video footage released today gives Americans yet another opportunity to do precisely that.
Planned Parenthood personnel, looking at the body parts they sell, talk about legs, spinal columns, kidneys and hearts, not “blobs of tissue.”
In order to sell baby body parts, there first has to be a baby. It is time for those who have been denying that fact to admit it, and for those who have been admitting it only in private to admit it in public as well.
Reality may break out all over if Americans are inundated with the images of baby bodies being picked apart. Republicans must force the truth on the public at large if the party has any chance of actually ridding the nation of the Culture of Death which, by the way, has now been exposed as the culture of unimaginable depravity.
One other thing. As I’ve said above, pro-lifers have come to expect inertia when it comes to abortion. But the Republicans should not forever mistake our calmness for patience. For us, abortion is the defining issue, and if Republicans are going to hide anyway, we have little reason to remain in the fold. A third party may win few elections, but if Republicans again defer real action, we may well depart. Even if we took away as few as two percent of GOP votes, the Republicans would suffer significant consequences. But we will not sacrifice children for thirty pieces of prosperity.
We must hammer on the issue relentlessly. And Republicans must prove themselves in the fire — at every opportunity.