How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood

August 7, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood

See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/how-to-really-defend-planned-parenthood.html

 

WHY does the pro-choice movement so often find itself in a defensive crouch?

 

I cringed as I watched Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, apologize in a YouTube video last month for the lack of “compassion” in two doctors’ language at supposed business lunches arranged and secretly recorded by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress.

 

Not because she wasn’t eloquent, but because of what her words said about the impossibly narrow path abortion providers now are forced to walk. After all, have you ever heard an apology from a crisis pregnancy center for masquerading as an abortion clinic? What about the women in Texas who lost access to gynecological care when the state defunded Planned Parenthood and did not, as promised, adequately replace its services? Has anyone said sorry about that?

 

Logically, it’s not important how doctors talk at supposedly private meetings. If they were heart surgeons I doubt it would be an issue. But these are abortion providers, and that makes all the difference. So far, the surreptitiously filmed videos, five of which have now been released, do not, as claimed, show that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, which is against the law.

See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/how-to-really-defend-planned-parenthood.html


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