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A "therapeutic abortion," under dubious clinical circumstances. This is what the Women's March of 2017 was really all about.

The abortion story gets stranger with each passing day. Many ask why the Mainstream Media seem more interested in a tale of lion poaching in Africa than in baby part sales in America. But even that misses the point. If abortion itself does not outrage you, why should baby parts sales outrage you?

The latest abortion stories

As above, the Mainstream Media devoted nearly all its column inches, minutes, and so on to a poaching incident in Africa. (An American dentist seems to have taken a lion under highly dubious circumstances.) Fox News Channel at least has given more hours to the Planned Parenthood baby parts sales story. And for good reason. The Center for Medical Progress, two days ago, released a video showing scenes, not at a restaurant, but at an abortion mill. In it, one Holly O’Donnell, who used to work in a Planned Parenthood abortion mill, talks about the training she got. She has a license to draw blood for testing. Imagine her shock when the clinic director told her to dissect a baby taken through an abortion. She actually fainted on the strength of it.

The abortion mill suffers a DDoS attack. Or does it?

How the Planned Parenthood site looked as of 30 July 2015 at 5:43 p.m. EDT. Screencap by CNAV.

Planned Parenthood tried everything to stop people from seeing that video. They tried to beg, plead, then scare the press into not talking about it at all. Then officials of Stem Express, a real buyer of baby parts, went to court (specifically the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles). That court enjoined the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any more footage of three officials of Stem Express eating lunch at any restaurant. (Will the court enjoin CMP permanently? The court scheduled a hearing in a month. Normally in California, both parties to a conversation must consent to the recording of it. But that applies to private telephonic conversations or conversations in someone’s home or in the “back room” of a business. That cannot apply to a public venue, like a restaurant.)

Maybe Planned Parenthood should have asked the court to enjoin CMP more broadly, instead of leaving it up to Stem Express to ask the court to enjoin CMP from embarrassing that firm alone. Because this morning, CMP released another video. They concentrated on Planned Parenthood, not Stem Express. That video showed two things. First, a doctor talks about how to skirt the law against trafficking in human organs and tissues. Second (and this should make one shudder the more), voices on the video speak of “delivery before procedure” and harvesting tissue from the baby in that event. Readers, we are now talking about vivisection.

At least one candidate for President, having experience as a prosecutor, thinks someone should investigate Planned Parenthood for crimes. Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) explained this to Breitbart.com today. “If I were a U.S. Attorney, would that be something worthy of inquiry? Sure,” he said. (Aside: Governor Christie did serve as United States Attorney for the New Jersey District for seven years before he ran for governor. Ask yourselves: why did he never prosecute or even investigate abortion mills while he so served? Why did he not give wider support to Lila Rose and others, who exposed cover-ups of statutory rape and other such incidentals?)

More than that, several large companies have given to Planned Parenthood for years. Now, one after another have suspended their giving and employee-gift-matching. Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Exxon-Mobil. And today, American Express. What took them so long? Didn’t they know where abortion would lead?

Maybe in answer, Planned Parenthood changed their Web site to suggest they are suffering from some kind of “hack,” probably a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Their current home page describes their site as “under maintenance.” But it still offers three helpful links. Helpful to them, anyway. To follow the changes they will likely make, use the Wayback Machine.

The real abortion story

All this misses the real point of the story. Does Planned Parenthood sell baby parts? Yes. The Center for Medical Progress offers clear and convincing evidence. But people still defend Planned Parenthood. They take a clear attitude, and even make this case: the body parts would go into the garbage, anyway. So why not offer them to those who can use them to save the lives of those already born? All we ask is reimbursement for giving people space to collect the parts.

Lay aside doctors wanting to jack up the price so they can buy pricey sporty cars and pretend to be Grand Prix racers. Recall Actor José Ferrer, as William Knowland, M.D., in Medical Story, a 1975 made-for-TV movie. An intern embarrasses him before his fellow attendings at the death-and-complications conference. (He took out the womb of a woman too thin to stand the stress. He said the womb was infected through and through. She had no such infection. And he knew it. She died of an Addisonian crisis afterward.) In response, the chief of surgery invites all the attendings to his house to decide what to do with, or to, Dr. Knowland. So great is the shame on the department that it must formally reprimand him. And he throws this question in their faces: “How many of you can say you never ordered an extra test or two to boost your fees?!?”

So as I say, lay aside the doctor saying, “I want a Lamborghini.” Because the defenders make a good case. Do you accept abortion as a valid option for a woman who finds herself pregnant, doesn’t want her husband to know, and “it’s none of your business”? Then what do you care about what happens to the body parts afterward?

Sarah Palin also missed the case she should make against abortion. Bill O’Reilly asked her at least three times, “Do you suggest the people at Planned Parenthood deliberately locate in minority neighborhoods to lure them in just to abort minority babies?” She should have said, “Yes!” Because Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood to do just that. Instead she described Planned Parenthood as a sleazy business, locating anywhere they can find a gullible population so they can make a profit.

Profit depends on what the one making it, really wants to do. Margaret Sanger wanted to wipe out the black race, and other “inferior races.” To do that she set up abortion mills where they lived. She organized them as a chain, and called that chain Planned Parenthood. She would find the sale of the body parts merely another sideline, nothing worse.

Today L. Brent Bozell III (And That’s The Way It Is(n’t)) accuses the Mainstream Media of blocking stories of “atrocities” comparable to the Nazi era. The most atrocious thing that goes on in a Planned Parenthood clinic, is abortion. Everything else, as Anthony Hopkins would no doubt tell you, is incidental.

First principles. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature?

And what is the nature of abortion? Murder.

So don’t expect, as some commentators think they can, that even those who consider abortion a valid choice, would shudder at Planned Parenthood selling body parts. Don’t even expect them to shudder at vivisection. After all, someone has already condemned that baby to die. Does how it dies, really matter?

Update:

An earlier version of this article said Planned Parenthood, not Stem Express, had gone to court seeking to enjoin CMP from releasing more videos. In fact, Stem Express sought to enjoin CMP from embarrassing their own executives.

 

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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Chris Irish Kelly

once again,you need to stop taking what the msm panders at face value. its NOT true.

Terry Hurlbut

What is not true? That Planned Parenthood does abortions, that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts, or that Planned Parenthood breaks the law by so acting?

Chris Irish Kelly

its NOT true. you ,as usual do not get the facts before you go off into hysterics~! no,they di not sell body parts. yes they are legally allowed to perform abortions. its the womans decision,which you can’t seem to understand. they planned parenthood doesn’t go out and solicit women to have abortions. and no,they do not sell body parts. if yo ever,EVER bothered to read up on these issues instead of running in circles and screaming ,you might learn something about what is sent to research labs etc . all legally.

Terry Hurlbut

The videos say otherwise. The videos talk about how they couch their terms to obstruct justice.

Chris Irish Kelly

wrong again! they are heavily edited! “While Planned Parenthood notes that the group is “a long time anti-abortion activist that has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and that has created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers.” (For what it’s worth, the Center for Medical Progress did finally release the full video, though its claims remain just as flawed.)

The video itself opens with a short clip of former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt that is edited to give the appearance of condemning the recorded conversation that follows. But the 20/20 segment on which Feldt appears is actually an investigation into abuses made by private sector “tissue and organ procurement companies.” And Feldt even went on to later affirm that “Planned Parenthood supports research using fetal tissue in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines and are deeply concerned about the attempt by some to profit from the humanitarian contributions of courageous women.”

Terry Hurlbut

The only “heavy editing” that could possibly lead to a misconstruction would be dialog substitution–putting words into those people’s mouths. You want to charge that? You think you have evidence to suggest that? Talk to a lawyer about whom to sound the alarm to, then.

Chris Irish Kelly

wow,you do love to sound absurd don’t you. editing occurs when a sentence or a paragraph is cropped and cut off. if the person says one thing and then in more dialogue goes on to clarify it ,and the clarification is left out,its edited. now,explain to me how you “sell” body parts of an aborted fetus? the majority of abortions are in the 1st trimester. that means the fetus is very,very small. and most abortions before 9 weeks are by abortion pills. the woman takes it home and then flushes the resulting blood clot . so please tell me what “body parts” are being “sold”. geez.

Terry Hurlbut

You cannot clarify “we don’t want to get caught talking about what we’re really doing.” They said it. The only way you can possibly defend them is to assert they did not say it, and some actor, with malicious intent, said it for them, and some editor spliced that voice into the footage.

Chris Irish Kelly

oh get real! you apprarently don’t even realize that this donating to research has gone on for many many yrs. over 30 yrs. you ignored my question. what body part is sold from a fetus the size of a peanut????????????????????

Chris Irish Kelly

any time you give credence to the fanatical anti abirtion idiots you are dealing with basically insane people and can’t believe them.

Terry Hurlbut

Funny. The people in the video were sorting out individual organs from an unborn child much larger than any snack nut.

Chris Irish Kelly

i bet you are all happy about the medical results that come from stem cell research. were you upset to find that embryos were being created in labs and then destroyed? i bet you never thought about it. but if planned parenthood is mentioned you go ballistic. the irony is amazing as is the hatred of a womans reproduction center.

Terry Hurlbut

Embryonic stem cell research has returned nothing but tumors in rats and mice. Adult stem cells–now there’s where the action is. Why didn’t you find this out? Could it be because embryonic stem cell “research” is just another excuse to promote abortion on demand and without apology?

Chris Irish Kelly

LOL hardly. most of the stem cell research is done on lab CREATED embryos. something you missed. abortions are mostly done by the abortion pills and the woman goes home and takes the pill herself. when the uterus is evacuated into the toilet it is flushed. so tell me,where are these minute body parts terry? seriously? its clear that you are completely clueless to abortion,whi it involves and the fact that its NONE of your business.

Terry Hurlbut

Then late term abortions do not happen? And those operating rooms are movie sets?

Chris Irish Kelly

OMG! late term abortions are VERY rare. those idiots who put up pictures don’t tell you where they got the pictures do they?and you also have no idea why they were done.

Terry Hurlbut

Then we are at an impasse. You dare not admit that those videos, and the full footage videos also available, display the true facts. And so you show once again that you would dispute the sum of two plus two if that sum proved damaging to your cause.

Chris Irish Kelly

wrong. i look for truth and honesty. anything that is put out by anti abortionist fanatics is not the truth and is not facts. they are not sane people.

Terry Hurlbut

QED.

Chris Irish Kelly

what?

Terry Hurlbut

Quod Erat Demonstrandum. Didn’t you have any Latin in school? Basically it stands for “That’s just what I was trying to prove.”

Chris Irish Kelly

no,we were not taught latin in school. and no,you are spreading lies not truth. did you know that the fab=natics who took that hidden ,heavily edited interview waited over a yr to make it public? isn’t that odd to you?

Terry Hurlbut

Not a bit. They have evidence that in a real court of law would put a lot of people away for a very long time.

Chris Irish Kelly

BULL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they are liars and fanatics. too bad that the transfer of fetal tissue is legal. legal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terry Hurlbut

Vivisection is not. Neither is selling it. or changing operative technique to get better specimens.

Chris Irish Kelly

FACEPALM! tell me terry,what are you doing besides posting this inaccurate crap? it happens,it has happened it will keep happening. nothing will change. you and the other haters just don’t like planned parenthood.

Terry Hurlbut

And if you are truly an egalitarian, you shouldn’t like them, either. Margaret Sanger founded it to exterminate the black race, whatever that is. An Ohio Democrat knows this and said he would do everything in his power to bring them down.

Stan Stilson

This is murder.Nothing but murder.

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But, sadly, it does.

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