By Dave Andrusko
I don’t begrudge pro-abortionists the right to honor their own. Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu has every right and—from her perspective—even an obligation to commemorate Jill June, who was the honoree at a retirement party held last Thursday.
June served for three decades as President of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, whose home base is Iowa. From where Basu is coming from, June is a champion of women’s rights.
But on closer inspection, let’s see five features that Basu’s celebrator profile of Ms. June, which ran over the weekend, unintentionally reveals.
#1. June surprises her audience of 250 by doing something “unscripted.” She belts out
“I see trees of green, red roses too.
“I see them bloom, for me and you.
“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
These, of course, are the opening lyrics of “What a wonderful world,” made famous by Louis Armstrong. Why did this first evoke surprise, then smiles, then a chorus of voices joining in, and, finally, tears?
Well, because of all that June has gone through it’s still a “wonderful world.”
Perhaps if they have reflected on the final stanza their opinion might be different:
“I hear babies cry,
“I watch them grow,
“They’ll learn much more,
“Than I’ll ever know.
“And I think to myself,
“What a wonderful world.”
But probably not. Babies, born and unborn, teach us more about ourselves than we ever teach them. We can hope, as the song suggests, they will be a beneficiary of what we can teach them.
However the Jill Junes of this world don’t have any time for them (or the lessons they teach us) if they are “unscripted,” could care less if they are capable of feeling horrific pain when torn limb from limb, and roll their eyes at the idea that we become better human beings not by sacrificing the little ones, but sacrificing for them.
#2. Basu writes, “But here was the June the public rarely sees, because she has found it necessary to keep on the armor: the tender, soulful woman who is also a cheese-maker, knitter, quilter, fisher, camper, lover of fine music and literature.” See #3.
#3. “June said she began to find her voice on issues of justice and equality as a child reading about illegal abortions in America, learning about the Nazi-era Nuremberg trials and reading Anne Frank’s diary. From Frank she learned ‘that we all have the ability to change the world; that the world is really a fine and wonderful place.’”
If we were not talking about a tone-deaf, there-are-never-enough-abortion-deaths chief executive, we would be stunned into silence. June enlists Anne Frank into her cause, a young girl who along with six million other Jews was murdered by the Nazis? The Anne Frank who wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving” or “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again”?!
#4. “When she took over Planned Parenthood’s Iowa chapter in 1985, it served 17,000 patients a year. Today, as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, it now includes Nebraska, Arkansas and part of Oklahoma and serves 80,000. …Since last year, the organization has battled to continue offering telemedicine abortions after the Iowa Board of Medicine singled that procedure out, and banned it, from all the other uses of telemedicine.”
This, of course, is an unabashed, unequivocal, unremittingly good development for Basu. Just think, like The Blob, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland grows and grows and grows. PPH first swallowed up nearby smaller local affiliates. PPH announced a merger with PP of Nebraska and Council Bluffs in August 2009, another with PP E Central Iowa in December 2010, a merger with PP SW Iowa in May 2011, and in 2012 a merger with PP of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. It’s announced plans to open six new clinics in Nebraska and another six in Iowa.
More abortions to more women in more locales, in no small part because of web-cam abortions. A pregnant woman goes to a local Planned Parenthood clinic where she teleconference with an abortionist back in Des Moines, where PPH is headquartered. The abortionist remotely releases the abortion pills to the woman. She first takes mifepristone (RU-486) at the abortion clinic. Later at home she takes misoprostol, a prostaglandin, to initiate powerful contractions to expel the tiny corpse. Oh, by the way, she is given the number of a 24 hour hotline to call if she has problems.
And abortion is “singled out” because it is different. It takes life, it doesn’t save lives. PPH and PPFA in general are in love with chemical abortions dispensed via teleconferencing because it enlarges the body count and fattens Planned Parenthood’s wallet. And
#5. Basu offers this quote. “We have been with Jill through so many wars on behalf of women,” declared Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in her tribute Thursday. “She never, ever, ever gives up.” I have no doubt that Ms. June never gave up. Indeed, if you read Basu’s account, you will see that “Over the years, June has steered it in new directions,” including initiatives that would polish its image as a self-less promoter of “women’s health.”
And that’s their right. But it provides us with a reminder that these purveyors of death have always, always, always gussied up their lethal assault on the powerless in the finest rhetorical outfits. (A conspicuous exception was the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, whose writings were drenched in eugenics.)
They kill and they kill and they kill, and then they pat themselves on the back for never giving up on finding new ways to kill millions of more victims. June’s “wonderful world” is for the planned and the perfect/
I don’t know who will replace June Jill. But there is one thing I agree with Basu on: it’ll be difficult to find someone to match Jill’s track record.