Planned Parenthood reveals itself
The March 8 editorial “Let’s not make a deal” warned that “the threat is real,” thanks to the ongoing “ideological attack” on Planned Parenthood by congressional Republicans (and now the White House). Surely the editorial board has heard Planned Parenthood’s endless claims that it performs very few abortions in the grand scheme of things and that preventive services are its stock in trade.
If this is true, why would a Planned Parenthood official be so quick to declare an abortion conditional funding proposal“non-negotiable ”? Why would the editorial praise the organization for not “selling out the interests of its patients”? If the number of women seeking abortions is so far outweighed by those seeking preventive services only, and federal funding is so critical to operations, whose interests are served by Planned Parenthood’s refusal to compromise, risking all funding? Certainly not its core clientele. Who’s being ideological? Who’s grandstanding? Where did Planned Parenthood learn the special math it uses to produce lovely pie charts with tiny slices representing abortions?
The editorial suggests the White House “go back to the drawing board to figure a way out of its dilemma.” I disagree. Planned Parenthood and its champions have some explaining to do; the Republican position has been very clear for a very long time.