Despite doing its best to belittle the group that has released three incriminating videos delving into the practice of selling aborted babies’ organs, Planned Parenthood seems to be going further into crisis mode as calls for defunding grow.
Planned Parenthood has hired a crisis management PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker, whose staff includes former Obama White House spokeswoman Anita Dunn. If you don’t remember Dunn, she was the Obama staffer who gave a speech in which she spoke of her admiration for Mao Tse-Tung.
One of the first things the firm has done is to send a letter to media outlets warning them not to air any more videos from the Center for Medical Progress.
In addition to smearing the people who work for CMP, the letter seems to imply there may be legal ramifications for anyone airing any future videos when it says, “When your network decides whether to consider this story newsworthy, or whether to use any of this footage at all, we urge you to keep this in mind: The extremists who entered Planned Parenthood labs under false pretenses violated research protocol, and, worse, violated the privacy of patients involved. Those patients’ privacy should not be further violated by having this footage shared by the media.”
The claim of violation of privacy is spurious as, at least in the videos released to date, no patients are shown. The letter was sent the day before a third video was released showing doctors, apparently in the surgical room, discussing the value of various body parts.
The tax-exempt abortion group, which is funded by Congress to the tune of more than $500 million per year, is feeling the heat. Even as it has called on its Democrat supporters to defend it and to investigate the CMP, calls in Congress to defund the group have been increasing.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assigned Sen. Rand Paul and two other Republican senators to craft a plan that would do just that. The Senate is expected to vote on a defunding bill as early as next week.
Democrats, as usual, are trying to avoid the topic of abortion and craft the perception of the fight as being about “basic health care services,” as Sen. Patty Murray said. If Congress were to defund it, Planned Parenthood would still have more than half a billion dollars annually in private money, plus nearly $2 billion in assets, with which to provide services.
At least one state Democrat isn’t on board the Planned Parenthood train, however. Ohio state Rep. Bill Patmon, speaking at a rally, called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and said that if black lives truly matter, then liberal protesters should be staging demonstrations at Planned Parenthood offices.
Patmon told the crowd, “You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Well they skipped one place. They should be in front of Planned Parenthood. … You say, well, you’re kind of strident, aren’t you? I say, no, not when 5,499 abortions are in Cuyahoga County, which I happen to represent, and 63 percent of them are black women.”
Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist who was a Planned Parenthood clinic director for eight years before coming to her senses, said she believes clinics are making $100 to $200 per aborted baby.
“Shipping only costs a clinic $4 to $10, but they are sometimes charging $100 to $200 for each baby,” Abby Johnson said in The Christian Post. “They are charging additional fees, but in reality there are no additional fees except for minimal shipping costs. There is definitely money to be made and that’s an issue with the current law.”
Also, as one of the doctors in the CMP videos pointed out, selling the body parts saves Planned Parenthood the cost of disposing of medical waste, which has to be incinerated.
A congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood is long overdue, videos or no videos. It’s already too late for scores of millions of children, but perhaps some lives yet to be conceived can be saved.