Planned Parenthood


Those pesky social issues just won't go away but it isn't for lack of trying on the part of the MSM.

At Newbusters last night (Monday, 2/6):

NBC Nightly News on Monday lifted its two-plus week blackout of the Obama administration’s decision to force religious institutions, such as Catholic hospitals and charities, to provide birth control coverage in health insurance provided to employees, but ABC’s World News and the CBS Evening News have still yet to utter a syllable about what has enraged people across the political spectrum while having plenty of time to champion Planned Parenthood’s attacks on the Komen foundation...

Ah. No mention of the HHS diktat that would force Catholic and other institutions to include sterilization, abortifacients and contraception in virtually all health plans offered to employees. Religious freedom? Freedom of conscience?  Fuhgeddaboudit.

And Planned Parenthood and the Komen Foundation?  You've heard about that one but maybe not this part:

Karen Handel, a senior vice president of public policy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned after the breast-cancer group decided to overturn a decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Ms. Handel joined Dallas-based Komen after an unsuccessful run for governor in Georgia. During that race, Ms. Handel wrote in a blog that she would eliminate any state grants for organizations that supply abortions such as New York-based Planned Parenthood which, she wrote, “I do not support"...
...“Today I accepted the resignation of Karen Handel,” said Komen CEO Nancy Brinker, the group's founder, in a statement...
...Ms. Handel declined a severance package in her letter.......

Planned Parenthood earlier had said Komen was pressured to end the grants by anti-abortion forces.Komen had said it ended the grants because Planned Parenthood was under investigation by Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, into whether Planned Parenthood is illegally using government money for abortions.

Komen had originally said it changed its criteria to deny money to any organization under federal, state, or local investigation. The criteria were later amended to make it clear that the investigations must be criminal and conclusive.
Which, in the current environment and as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, it will never be. How convenient.
Back to media bias.  At Accuracy in Media, via New Zeal:
So we made it a point to tune into the Big Three network newscasts on Friday night—hours after Nancy Brinker of Komen had caved. We wanted to see if this story would be treated in a neutral manner, or if the stories would be written from the standpoint that Brinker did the right thing—and, why did it take her so long? We did receive a shock, though it was a mild one. One of the three networks actually did a fairly nice job.
NBC was first. Brian Williams handed the story off to Lisa Myers. She had a packaged piece in which she featured several pro-abortion video bites, but no sound-on-tape from any pro-life people. She provided one very short pro-life quote, as a throwaway. It was advocacy journalism, pure and simple.
On ABC, Diane Sawyer did not hand off to a field reporter and did just a brief rundown of the story. But she was giddy about “people power.” There simply was no thought that anyone in the audience might have disagreed with her viewpoint.
It was a different story on CBS. Anchor Scott Pelley put the story later in his broadcast, opting for some national/international stories that he considered more important. When he handed off to Nancy Cordes, she presented a more balanced report with on-camera reaction from both sides of the issue. We suspect Pelley is influencing the CBS Evening News, and taking it down a more journalistic path.
Maybe not so much, as demonstrated at the top of this post.
So tell me again—why would we trust the MSM?

Dateline: Ithaca

Every Saturday, Mary Anne in Ithaca keeps seeing two people standing on the porch at Planned Parenthood wearing escort vests.

“We continue to pray for these two escorts,” she said, “that one day they will be escorted out of that place and be free.”

Mary Anne says 40 Days for Life is having a definite impact. “We received some comments from those walking by us, saying we are doing the right thing.” Those people are always invited to join the vigil.

“Praise God for all His graces and mercy,” she said. “We should never underestimate the power of prayer. The Lord is touching hearts.”

Here are some of the children who were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Ithaca:

Violent rhetoric alert

As if we needed any more reasons to run Schumer out of town on a rail in 2016.  At the Hill, via Weasel Zippers:

A top Democrat said Tuesday evening that some of the most controversial "riders" attached to a House spending bill would be a deal breaker in the Senate. 

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said riders to defund Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wouldn't fly in the upper chamber. 

"The bottom line is that whether it's Planned Parenthood or EPA, we will not accept those riders," Schumer said on MSNBC. "And any thought to the contrary is wrong."

[....]Schumer said that some of the issues were non-negotiable. 

"There was some talk today about some riders being accepted by Leader Reid," said the New York Democrat. "But let's be clear, those would be the kinds of noncontroversial riders we haven't heard about."

Democrats' refusal to accept the Planned Parenthood and EPA riders would go a long way toward Schumer's goal of driving a wedge between Republican leaders in the House and the more insurgent class of Tea Party freshmen. 

Schumer has talked a good game about GOP leaders' need to divorce themselves from the conservative members of their conference in budget negotiations. Refusing to accept those riders could turn up the heat on House leaders because a number of conservative members have threatened to vote against a final spending package if it excludes, for instance, the measure defunding Planned Parenthood.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

From Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s Politics Power Sex blog:

The majority of health services we provide are preventive. But it seems to me that what is truly life-changing is having an abortion, precisely because, for so many women, having an abortion means your life does not change. You do not become a mother. Or, you already are a mother but you won’t lose your job when you begin to show. Or, you can finish school – high school or college or any kind of school – without worrying that child birth and parenting will interfere with midterms, or finals, or graduation. You simply continue your life without being pregnant, and without having to face the decision to parent or place your child for adoption.

Abortion has value. It is not just the lesser of two evils, but abortion can be a good, moral decision, in and of itself. And I am not talking about cases of rape or life endangerment. I’m talking about everyday women – you, maybe, or your mom, friend, sister, wife, girlfriend, roommate – who simply know that they do not want to be pregnant, and do not want to parent this child, at this time.

From Sister Toldjah:

...Usually when abortion becomes part of our national discussion (as it often does), the focus of pro-aborts is on the emotional arguments surrounding the “health of the mother/baby” “rape/incest” rationales in attempts to imply that the vast majority of abortions are done in this country because the mother could have died if she’d attempted to give birth, that the baby had a life-threatening defect, or the woman was pregnant as a result of incest or rape. These radical pro-aborts know from one of their very own major sources of abortion information that the vast majority of abortions are performed for convenience purposes – like the ones the author mentioned above....

[....] So abortions on the basis of sex or race must continue (Margaret Sanger would be proud), and violence against pregnant women should be considered a crime against the woman only, 2nd trimester babies who are about to be aborted must continue to feel pain, the heartbeats of the soon-to-be-aborted should still be stopped, the body parts of the unborn must still be allowed to be sucked out of a woman’s body,  all primarily because her mother simply doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of having to juggle college and/or a job  and/or existing motherhood with a (another?) baby.  Life, interrupted? Not an option for pro-aborts – at least not in terms of the mother, anyway.  The life of the baby, well – that’s another story altogether.   They don’t get a say.

Which is why it’s imperative we speak for them.  Because if we don’t, who will?

I tell you, the very stones will cry out.

There's much more. For the love of God, READ THE WHOLE FRICKIN' THING.

The Republicans Who Voted to Preserve Funding For Planned Parenthood

Not OK in my book.  From the Washington Examiner, via Weasel Zippers:


Even if you're not a social conservative, funding for Planned Parenthood is a fiscal and a campaign finance issue. Currently, taxpayers are effectively subsidizing the Democratic Party. Planned Parenthood is a charity with plenty of donors. There's no reason why taxpayers should have to support their favorite charity so that they can give more of their money to Democrats. 


Now here are the Republicans who voted to preserve Planned Parenthood funding: Charlie Bass, N.H., Judy Biggert, Ill., Mary Bono-Mack, Calif., Charlie Dent, Pa., Robert Dold, Ill., Richard Hanna, N.Y. (emphasis mine), Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.

Most of these are unsurprising, but note Hanna, who is quickly becoming the most disappointing freshman Republican. He also voted earlier this week to keep funding the 17-year-old COPS program. And I'm also pleasantly surprised to see that Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., voted aye and is not on this list.

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