Kirsten Powers can be fairly nauseating when she pumps up same-sex “marriage,” or writes propaganda for Hillary Clinton against Rand Paul. But she does, with that record, show that the truth of abortion should not be controversial at all. Anyone can see it!
In fact, many people do but are intimidated into silence. So, if I can’t respect Powers’ ideological commitments (as a whole), I certainly respect her courage. I have to wonder how much income she will lose by telling the truth. It is always hard to go against one’s own people.
And Powers goes against them hard.
Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the “right side of history.” This phrase was invoked frequently during the same-sex marriage debate. Yet when faced with a series of videos detailing grotesque human rights abuses against unborn children by Planned Parenthood Federation of America doctors, Democratic Party forces have eschewed all concern for historical or moral rightness.
Powers doesn’t compromise on principal but she also appeals to Democratic self-interest. As a person who believes that human life begins at conception (and therefore so do human rights), I had never really paid much attention to the shift in public opinion about what is allowable depending on the trimester of the baby in the womb. Powers is also committed to protecting human life from conception, but she did her research.
According to video transcript, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, PPFA’s senior director of medical services, mentions prioritizing the abortion of a “17-weeker” the day before because he or she was “more likely to yield what we needed.” Second trimester abortions, she explained, are the “cases that yield the tissue that you want.” Nucatola noted that one-quarter of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles abortions occur in the second trimester (3,000 out of 12,000, she said).
Did you get that? Nucatola appears to be saying that three thousand second trimester abortions occur every year in just one Planned Parenthood region. In another video, Dr. Savita Ginde, identified as Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, explains: “We’re doing procedures at seventeen weeks, so we have fairly large identifiable [body] parts.” She then discusses the need to train abortion doctors so they don’t crush the desirable organs of these four-and-a-half-month old fetuses.
This is exactly the sort of detail to which I wouldn’t (and didn’t) pay much attention amid my general horror at what I was witnessing on the video. As I read Powers’ column, I wondered where she was going with this.
And then it all becomes clear:
Guess who supports second trimester abortions, barring extreme extenuating circumstances? Almost nobody.
When Gallup asked in 2012 whether abortion should be legal in the second trimester, only 27 percent of respondents said yes. This percentage has been nearly unchanged since Gallup began asking this question in 1996. As Slate’s Will Saletan noted in a 2014 piece analyzing abortion polling, “Even the most pro-choice people aren’t sold on abortion rights beyond the first trimester.”
This was the general position even prior to the release of videos demonstrating the harsh reality of such abortions.
Even besides the gruesome organ harvesting and organ trafficking issues, we now have hours of video footage on Planned Parenthood’s preference for second trimester abortions.
And that means that Planned Parenthood is stuck, even if they could magically transmute their revenue stream entirely into “compensation” rather than “profit.” It isn’t just that they like second trimester abortions (or older?) for parts. It isn’t just that, as Abby Johnson told in her interview with Steven Crowder, Planned Parenthood charges more for the older babies.
(Yes, this is the same Abby Johnson who used to be the director of a Houston Planned Parenthood abortuary and who testified that organ harvesting brought in $120,000 of revenue to them every month. Explain to me how none of that was profit.)
But also in that interview Crowder explains that Planned Parenthood can never allow any other message to come from it or any of its associates other than that abortion is permissible during the entire nine months. No one is allowed to deviate from the party position.
Why? Because, as soon as you recognize the humanity of the baby in the womb at any stage, they know they will inevitably be beaten back to conception. They are committed to defending abortion throughout all nine months and there is no flexibility permitted.
The fact that they take such a position is pretty much proof of the pro-life position.
So now we are in a position to show the vast majority that Planned Parenthood is an atrocity. And the Democrat Party will have to decide if they want to remain with them…
On the wrong side of history.