The New York Times editorial board has penned a full-throated defense of Planned Parenthood. The opening paragraph gives you the core of the argument:
A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights any way they can.
Here’s how the editors defend Planned Parenthood. The defense is based solely on the contention that selling baby parts is legal and that allegations of illegality are false. Yes, the editors trumpet “women’s reproductive rights” and engage in ad hominem against the producers of the video. But the bottom line of their defense is that there’s nothing illegal going on at Planned Parenthood.
I believe there is evidence that Planned Parenthood has broken the law, but let us for the moment set aside the question of legality. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Planned Parenthood hasn’t profited in an illegal way from selling baby parts. After setting that question aside, here are the facts that everyone agrees to.
(1) Planned Parenthood routinely kills babies in utero through procedures that involve “crushing” the baby.
(2) Planned Parenthood harvests the body parts of dead babies and sells them to buyers. [Planned Parenthood says they are “donating” the body parts, but they do not dispute that their “donations” involve accepting a payment from the ones they are “donating” to.]
In other words, the most damning aspect of Planned Parenthood’s work is not the potential illegality. The most damning aspect is the morally bankrupt act of killing babies in utero and trafficking their broken bodies to buyers. Neither Planned Parenthood nor the editors of The New York Times dispute these facts. All sides agree that this is what is happening.
That barbarism is what is shocking the consciences of Americans who are viewing this video, and all the euphemisms in the world cannot conceal the bald inhumanity of it. And neither can The New York Times.