A Regrettable Decision To Abort

« October 2015 »

Memo to Planned Parenthood: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

I don't fucking get it. Planned Parenthood has been dealing with the "modern" pro-life movement for about as long as I've been alive. Experience, I am told, makes people better at things. So why did they decide on a tactic that's obviously doomed to fail, as evidenced by the fact that it instantly failed?

Here is Planned Parenthood's awesome crisis management plan:

"Hey, you know that thing you keep bugging us about? That completely legitimate reimbursement of costs in order to facilitate legitimate scientific research using fetal tissue? The thing a group of forced-birth assholes spun into us making piles of money harvesting baby organs? To the extent that a major party got up on a debate stage, lied about us harvesting baby organs, and got away with it? Yeah, we're going to stop doing it in the hopes that you'll stop harassing us, because clearly this was the only concern you had with our organization, and now that we've ameliorated that concern, you'll stop."

Oh, wait, I'm sorry, that's my snide, snarky, Internet interpretation of what they did. That's not fair. I mean, I could totally be exaggerating for comic effect and/or to make my point. Here's the actual Planned Parenthood statement so that you can tell the difference. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

“Planned Parenthood’s policies on fetal tissue donation already exceed the legal requirements. Now we’re going even further in order to take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda. Going forward, all of our health centers will follow the same policy, even if it means they will not recover reimbursements permitted by the 1993 law.” - Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood CEO.

You can't take away a basis for attacking Planned Parenthood without closing and disbanding Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood IS the basis for the attacks. They made shit up to make it look like you were HARVESTING BABY ORGANS and America's political and media elite let them get away with it to further their own ends.

You can't use a factual basis as a bargaining chip in a world where factual bases have no value. Within hours of Planned Parenthood's announcement, the people who made up the "Planned Parenthood harvests baby organs for profit" story said the move proves that Planned Parenthood was harvesting baby organs for money. Why, it's almost as if you're dealing with a bunch of fanatics who can't be appeased by a small concession. Who'da thunk it?