A demented “defense” of Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko

Andrea Grimes

Andrea Grimes

You know how it is sometimes. You’re about to layer into some pro-abortion propaganda piece, nonsensical point by nonsensical point, and then you get stopped in your tracks.

You run into statements so off the wall, so out to sea, so part of a different dimension that you can’t help but stop in stunned amazement.

That’s what happened to me when I read a piece in Rolling Stone by Andrea Grimes. I’m thinking of two statements in particular.

For those who read NRL News Today on a regular basis, Grimes’ name is a familiar one. She writes for (among others) the pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check, and may be best remembered as the originator of a demented version of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

At the time Grimes told her readers that she started her campaign “as something of a Twitter joke” after hearing about the ALS ice-bucket challenge. Then she figured out that just as abortion perverts real medicine, the Tacos and Beer challenge could pervert/co-opt the ALS challenge all to further the “destigmatization” of abortion. That is,encourage people to eat Tacos and drink beer and then donate money to fund abortions!

After all abortion is “normal” and “common,” Grimes told her readers. So, too, is child and spousal abuse but only the Abortion Establishment would encourage us to hoist a few in order to multiple the number of victims.

So we shouldn’t be surprised when she bashes the Center for Medical Progress and Congressional Republicans for having the audacity to draw back the curtain and expose what Planned Parenthood and Tissue Procurement Organization say (and do) when they think it’s just them.

The undercover videos caused–and continue to cause–a tremendous controversy because of the utterly cavalier way Big Shot PPFA officials talk about crunching and crushing unborn babies, the better to secure intact baby body parts.

Yet Grimes tells her readers

[T]he video campaign against Planned Parenthood has taken root in contemporary conversations about the politics of reproductive health care, and the myth that Planned Parenthood is a baby-killing behemoth persists, despite all evidence to the contrary.

PPFA President Cecile Richards

PPFA President Cecile Richards

Pardon? PPFA does not abort at least a third of the over 1 million babies lost in abortion clinics each and every year?

It’s not true that nearly one out of every eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion?

There is no “evidence” that abortions provide at least $150 million in annual revenues for PPFA?

It’s not true that Planned Parenthood received at least $528 million annually from various levels of government, mostly through federal programs?

Pro-lifers just dreamed up one senior Planned Parenthood official boasting in 2014, “We have 40 percent of the [abortion] market in the whole country”? Or that PPFA now defines abortion as a “core” service, which means that PPFA requires every PPFA affiliate to provide abortions?

Of course ALL of that is true which is precisely why it is 100% accurate to say that PPFA IS a “baby-killing behemoth.”

And then, a statement even weirder. In a parenthetical aside, Grimes writes

(By the way, “baby parts” is not a medical term that any reputable doctor would use professionally. Anne Geddes takes pictures of baby parts; doctors handle fetal tissue and products of conception.)

In the CMP videos, you see lab staff handling intact baby parts. You hear references repeatedly because researchers WANT intact organs–kidneys and lungs and trachea and livers and skulls with the baby’s brains still in them.

Those who traffic in this ghastly business may like to call this “fetal tissue” or “products of conception,” but outside of them and their apologists none of the rest of humanity does.

And Anne Geddes doesn’t take pictures of “baby parts.” On her website you read

Anne Geddes is the world’s foremost baby photographer — a beloved cultural icon known for her iconic, playful images of newborns. . .. Anne creates images that are iconic, award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved the world over. [Emphasis mine.]

Only in the world occupied by the likes of Andrea Grimes can the most touching, the most beautiful, and the most emblematic be turned into a shield for the Abortion Industry.

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