Yes, I was gone yesterday, because I was handling things that keep this site running. Because I’m nice like that. I like you to have things to read.
Anyway, I missed the Center for Medical Progress unveiling their third video, which is just as well, as it would have meant posting nearly ten minutes of graphic abortion and “harvesting” footage right over your breakfast period, including a video interview with an ex-procurement technician for StemExpress, who described the process in detail. A fourth video could drop today in a Texas regulatory hearing. Needless to say, the videos are horrifying, and while the process depicted is claimed to be legal, it’s certainly morally questionable, if not ethically.
The good news is, legislators across the country want to see Planned Parenthood either investigated or defunded — after all, even if you support fetal stem cell research and Planned Parenthood, it doesn’t mean the state should be compelled to fund it under the guise of “women’s health.” And speaking in New Hampshire, in a one-on-one interview with the Union Leader, Hillary Clinton, who claims to have been “disturbed” by the videos, seemed to agree that not just Planned Parenthood, but any healthcare provider who engages in this harvesting practice, should be investigated.
“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said during a sit-down interview Tuesday with the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make,” Clinton said. “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”
“And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one (organization),” she said.
I’m cynical, so I’m going to assume that the last line was designed to provide Planned Parenthood some cover, since it’s true that they’re far from the only organization in the country that harvests human embryos for eventual experimentation, but abortion providers are in a unique position to provide the best specimens, since most fetal tissue, donated for research, needs to be collected within five minutes after death. The only people who watch that many babies die regularly are the “health care providers” who end their lives. If a few more clinics are caught up in the dragnet, I don’t know that I’d be complaining.
What I do know is that the winds seem to be shifting on the issue. Hillary Clinton does only what the polling tells her to do. And since her target demographic is women, that must mean that somewhere, some messaging data has turned up a shift even among Hillary’s hardcore liberals. They might not be willing to admit Planned Parenthood’s administration is staffed by a bunch of sociopathic ghouls who can talk about breaking down babies for spare parts over salad and a nice Chianti, but they’re willing to admit that the part where they treat human beings as commodities for scientific research is hitting a nerve.