In her op-ed for USA TODAY, Kirsten Powers, one of the token liberals (she’s a moderate conservative, really) on Fox News, does an excellent job of compiling the inadequate and indeed damning responses of Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion establishment to the video evidence of its executives’ stunning lack of respect for unborn human life. (I covered much of the same territory here and here.) There is now a second video, and that means that the “this is just an aberration and one woman’s mistake” rationalization for Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, Deborah Nucatola casually talking about crushing the heads of living human beings to preserve their organs for medical research. Powers quotes her “friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear” as tweeting “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.”
Well said. Does it bother us? It certainly doesn’t bother Democratic presidential candidates, none of whom have breathed a word about the videos. Neither have they been asked about them, because with the exception of the evil Fox News, none of the news organizations have treated the first video as anything but a one day story. Writes Powers, accurately,
It’s a measure of how damning the video is that Planned Parenthood’s usual defenders were nowhere to be found. There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi — both recipients of Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award — have been mum.
They want the story to go away, and the reason is that the ethics of abortion is extremely vulnerable to facts and honest discussion. Shouldn’t the news media be promoting both? Let me rephrase that: wouldn’t objective, unbiased, ethical journalists have a duty to examine the issue in the light of the videos, and not shrink from them?
But we are, instead, left with Powers, a Fox blonde who can and will be dismissed as emanating from “Faux News,” a useful smear on Fox and especially ironic when Fox is covering facts the other organizations are actively trying to hide.
That second undercover video released this week shows another Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Mary Gatter, who was president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council until 2014 and now works in a leadership and advisory capacity, talking about using a “less crunchy” way to perform abortions while preserving salable fetal tissue. She also appears to endorse changing the methods of abortion when harvesting organs is an objective. This is against the law, which Gatter shrugs off as a minor concern.
This evidence [Again, such “sting”videos are unethical, but the news media historically doesn’t care how damning evidence is obtained. Powers: “When Mitt Romney was caught by “secret video” making his 47% remarks, the means of attaining the information was not the focus of the story.” Bazinga.] combined with the Nucatola video—apparently there are more, too—means that it cannot be credibly denied that there is a cultural rot at the heart of Planned Parenthood, and hence at the core of our abortion-rationalizing culture. That rot threatens national values and our common humanity, not to mention unborn children.
We need to confront it honestly, and that means that the news media and our elected officials are ethically obligated to stop pretending that all is well.
Source: USA TODAY