By Dave Andrusko
It was only one part of a fairly lengthy interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” But pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s answers on Planned Parenthood, particularly about the undercover videos in which investigators from the Center for Medical Progress talked with high ranking Planned Parenthood officials, were even more evasive than her other responses on other subjects.
According to CNN’s own story about the interview, “Hillary Clinton rushed to Planned Parenthood’s defense Thursday…” A fair characterization.
Blitzer, to his credit, asked the former Secretary of State straightforwardly: “First of all have you seen those very, very controversial videos?”
In a classic Clinton filibuster, 243 words later, Mrs. Clinton had not answered the question.
Instead she meandered off into the issue of whether millions of dollars in federal funds should continue to flow into the coffers of the largest abortion provider in the United States; trumpeted non-abortion services PPFA provided; and accused Republicans in general, the presidential candidates who had debated the night before in particular (here’s an original charge) of wishing they “could turn the clock back.”
Blitizer went on to ask, “Are you confident that Planned Parenthood, madame secretary, or any of its affiliated groups if you will haven’t violated any federal laws?” To which Clinton responded:
Well, Wolf, let me tell you what I know. And that is there is a willingness on the part of Planned Parenthood to answer questions. They have been doing so. Some people may not want to hear the answers, but they have certainly put those answers out there into the public arena.
But the “answers” consisted of carefully hedged responses wrapped in a blanket of denunciations about the videos being “heavily edited.” Then, as did PPFA president Cecile Richards in a You Tube video, they attempt to change the subject to the use of the baby’s tissues and intact organs for “lifesaving research, developing treatments for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.” (Never mind that no treatments have been developed out of the remains of these hapless babies.)
There are multiple inquiries into Planned Parenthood in the House and Senate. We’ll see over time whether PPFA has violated federal laws.