Originally published July 30 2015
Planned Parenthood says undercover videos are an extremist attack on women while defending harvesting organs of butchered children
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) In a piece that was pure propaganda, Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards signed her name to an op-ed published July 30 by the Washington Post claiming reports that officials with her organization were caught on video trafficking aborted baby body parts for profit are just attacks by "anti-abortion extremists" who don't like women.
"Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women's health care for nearly a century. Each year, 2.7 million people come to our health centers for high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care," she wrote.
"Since our very beginning, our health centers, providers and patients have come under outrageous attacks, political and otherwise. These attacks are not about us. They are about the ability of women across the country to access health care. Period," she said.
The new "attacks," which she called "a new low," were carried out by "extremists." She further implied that the group that conducted the undercover investigation, the Center for Medical Progress, used subterfuge and intrigue in order to carry out its sting.
"These extremists created a fake business, made apparently misleading corporate filings and then used false government identifications to gain access to Planned Parenthood's medical and research staff with the agenda of secretly filming without consent – then heavily edited the footage to make false and absurd assertions our standards and services. They spent three years doing everything they could — not to uncover wrongdoing, but rather to create it," Richards wrote. "They failed."
This is what investigative journalism looks likeRichards goes on to attack the center's motives, claiming that the undercover reporting was somehow ginned up to "create scandal and panic where none exists," even as PP doctors and nurses have continued their noble cause of providing "care to thousands of women, men and young people every day..."
"Whose efforts are doing more to help families and make our country healthier?" she wrote.
Next, Richards goes on to complain indignantly that "some Republicans" in Congress would dare withhold the $500 million that American taxpayers provide in funding to Planned Parenthood every year, claiming that without that money, so many millions of women – one in five, she says – would no longer have access to vital gynecological and birth control services.
Finally, she labels the center and Republicans seeking to de-fund PP as "extremists" a few more times to emphasize her point, and she claims that no matter what, Planned Parenthood isn't going anywhere.
None of this is accurate. In fact, much of it goes a long way towards obfuscating the truth and deflecting the gruesome reality.
First, let's deal with the phrase "extremist" because it is utilized throughout Richards' rant, the entirety of which you can read here. Ask yourself honestly who is more "extreme": the organization harvesting aborted baby body parts for profit or a media group interested in exposing what a vast majority of Americans find unconscionable (hence this ranting op-ed damage control piece)?
Richards is just upset that her organization got bustedYou be the judge of what is really going on. Three videos have been released thus far; these videos or descriptions of them can be seen here, here, and here.
Richards acts as if Planned Parenthood is the victim, which is more than just absurd - it's delusional. PP doctors and officials are freely discussing harvesting procedures and pricing for baby body parts (the sale of which is a felony, by the way); they are not reading from scripts or being coached.
Richards (and the subsequent follow-up by some in the mainstream media) has asserted that if Planned Parenthood doesn't get its hands on taxpayer dollars, those dollars will no longer be available at all for legitimate gynecological care. Legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood filed by Iraq war vet and freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, specifically states that federal funding for women's health would not be cut. Those funds would be available for state and local health facilities and hospitals to utilize – just not Planned Parenthood.
How is this an "attack on women"? They are merely exposing illegal organ harvesting from aborted babies.
Finally, you'd think that Richards had never heard of an "undercover investigation" by a media organization before, as if other news organizations and groups with media divisions have not done what the center has done. True investigative journalism is indeed rare these days, but it still exists.
Richards is upset that her operation has been exposed. Now, it's up to the Obama administration to investigate the allegations. We'll see if that happens.
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