Planned Parenthood’s continuing folly
Caught in acts of indecency, it reveals stunning callousness
Those wonderful folks at Planned Parenthood are running scared. The nation’s largest operator of abortion mills stands exposed as operators of slaughterhouses, and several executives of the organization have shown themselves in recorded conversations as cold, heartless and unrepentant for what they do, how they do it, and how they make a profit at it. The conversations, once revealed to the public, have been a growing public-relations disaster.
Congress has expanded an investigation into Planned Parenthood, as calls grow louder for revoking federal funding for the organization. Twelve states have begun investigations into organ harvesting in the thousands of abortions the organization performs in chapters across the country.
The evidence of heartless abuse of common decency can hardly be denied, so Planned Parenthood has fallen back on the familiar defense of a politician caught red-handed in misconduct — “the evidence has been taken out of context.” Its defenders have adopted as a mantra that “the tapes were heavily edited.” This is a variation of the excuse of the wayward husband caught in bed with a woman not his wife, surprised by his wife, and who can only demand: “Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?”
Planned Parenthood now demands “the full release” of videotapes of conversations between Planned Parenthood executives and actors posing as buyers of aborted baby parts. They should remember the admonition to be careful of what you wish for. The nine videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress released so far, each running 5 to 11 minutes, have grown progressively more damaging.
The first one, released July 14, depicts Dr. Deborah Nucatola in a luncheon interview describing her technique for “crushing” the unborn child: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so that I’m not gonna crush that part.” She pauses to nibble at a salad, and takes a delicate sip of red wine. “So I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
In another video, one Dr. Mary Gatter, describes how she negotiates the price of the baby parts sold to researchers, eager to get the most money. “I want a Lamborghini,” she says. In a third video, an employee of one clinic tells how she fainted when handling tiny severed baby legs. In other videos Planned Parenthood doctors tell of scorning a flat fee for a fully formed baby because selling the parts individually is more profitable; an employee tells how baby parts are sometimes disposed of without the consent of the mothers: “There were times when [we] would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
But now they do, and Planned Parenthood is scrambling to explain its callous, bordering on obscene, attitudes toward living things. Veterinarians would hardly tolerate such callousness in the treatment of dogs and cats. Morticians treat bodies prepared for burial with greater respect.
Planned Parenthood boasts of the medical services it provides for thousands of women, and for its good deeds Planned Parenthood deserves their thanks, and ours. But good deeds do not confer license for evil. The abortion doctors of Planned Parenthood have shown themselves devoid of the decency that the rest of us try to cultivate in thought, deed and speech.
The executives at Planned Parenthood could have minimized the public-relations damage of this disaster by promptly sacking these callous employees, as they would have been sacked in any other business organizations as a lesson for others tempted to make light of God’s creation. Instead, they have stalled, equivocated and blamed the bearers of the bad news. This violates the first rule of scandal managing, and this time the scandal is both the crime and the cover-up.