WASHINGTON, July 19, 2015 — Planned Parenthood executives are outraged. They’re outraged at the outrage generated by a sting video showing a high-ranking member of their organization bragging about the technical prowess of staff abortionists when removing highly sought after fetal organs and limbs.
“GOP leaders, including most of the 16 field [of presidential contenders], are tripping over themselves to attack PP because they think that’s how to win elections,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Twitter.
“Spreading false information is an age-old strategy of people hell-bent on denying women care & shaming them for exercising their rights,” said Richards.
A right, it must be said, exercised at the expense of another – the unborn.
Richards’ words are strikingly similar to those of Alexander Stephens, spoken in Savanna, Georgia in 1861. He was the vice president of the Confederate States of America.
I’ve taken the liberty of modernizing his speech, substituting the word “unborn” for Stephens’ word “Negro” and “Woman” for “white man”:
Our government’s “foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the fetus is not equal to the woman baring it; that the unborn’s subordination to the superior gender is his natural and normal condition … This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science … The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago.”
These “errors,” according to Stephens, centered on the Jeffersonian natural-rights notion that “all men are created equal, an idea pro-slavery Democrat Sen. John Pettit of Indiana called a “self-evident lie.”
The “science” Stephens speaks of is based on Darwin’s theory of natural selection, as outlined in his book “On the Origin of Species,” published two years before Stephens gave his speech.
As NBC News stated on its website regarding the Planned Parenthood controversy,
“Some Scientists hope they might provide cures for a range of diseases from Parkinson’s to crushed spinal cords … Cells from embryos and very early fetuses have properties that fully developed cells do not. What most researchers are after if they use fetal tissue are the stem cells.”
But Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola was oddly specific in her pitch to what she thought was a potential customer for her organization’s harvested products.
“I’d say a lot of [medial researchers] people want liver,” Dr. Nucatola says in the video. “And for that reason, most [Planned Parenthood abortion] providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
Words matter; “fetal,” “fetus,” “forceps” are all words that apply to an abortion on a growing baby that has reached at least its second trimester. In the first trimester the method most used is aspiration, where the soft tissue is removed by vacuum. (Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems)
The second and third trimester does not, under Roe v. Wade, enjoy the same protections as the first.
The Court divided the pregnancy period into three trimesters. During the first trimester, the decision to terminate the pregnancy was solely at the discretion of the woman. After the first trimester, the state could “regulate procedure.” During the second trimester, the state could regulate (but not outlaw) abortions in the interests of the mother’s health. After the second trimester, the fetus became viable, and the state could regulate or outlaw abortions in the interest of the potential life except when necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother. (www.law.cornell.edu)
The need for “tissue” from later term abortions becomes suspect for the position of “an abortion at any time before birth” right promoted by people like Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and Sandra Fluke.
Consider the argument against Planned Parenthoods practice of taking tissue from later-term aborted babies in the name of science and apply it to malaria.
According to a 2013 World Health Organization report, nearly 600,000 people die from malaria each year.
Throughout the Second World War, German doctors conducted medical research to find an effective drug treatment for malaria. Doctors exposed 1,000 inmates from the Dachau concentration camp to the disease and experimented with various anti-malarial drugs.
More than half of the patients died.
That was just one example of German scientists hoping, in the words of NBC News, that “they might provide cures for a range of diseases.”
As author Richard Weikart said in his book “The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress”:
“Evolutionary ethics drove him [Hitler] to engage in behavior that the rest of us consider abominable.”
But in the U.S., the number of Americans that once constituted “the rest of us” is considerably smaller. And what Winston Churchill said of Hitler’s Germany now applies to an America that sinks “into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.”