Melinda Henneberger published an interview with Leader Nancy Pelosi two days ago in which Henneberger actually presses Pelosi about funding for Planned Parenthood. In response, Pelosi committs a number of howlers.
1. Pelosi indicates that she has never taken the time to actually watch the undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress (see above). I’m sorry. But if you haven’t taken the time to watch the videos by now, you have forfeited your right to criticize them.
2. Pelosi also claims that the videos were “doctored” (see above). When Henneberger presents Pelosi with evidence that the integrity of the videos have been verified by Planned Parenthood’s own investigators, Pelosi digs her heels in (see below). In spite of the evidence, Pelosi says that she still believes they were “doctored.” But there is an irony in her insistence that the videos were doctored. It’s a tacit admission that the videos portray something terribly wrong. So all sides agree that the videos portray something very wrong, but the sides disagree whether they were doctored. Just remember that only one side has the evidence on their side about the integrity of the videos.
3. Pelosi says that she does not believe in abortion-on-demand. Nevertheless, she reaffirms her unqualified support for Roe v. Wade, which in conjunction with Doe v. Bolton actually establishes the right to abortion-on-demand. Furthermore, when asked whether she would support any limits on abortion rights after 20 weeks, she refuses to name any acceptable limits. If that seems self-contradictory and non-sensical to you, that’s because it is. You cannot credibly claim to be against abortion-on-demand while supporting Roe. Those positions are mutually exclusive. This can only be either moral confusion or moral evasion–neither of which comprise a credible defense of funding for Planned Parenthood.
Over 57 million people have been killed by abortion since it became legal in 1973. In the United States, legal abortion-on-demand is without question the greatest human rights crisis of our time. As the nation’s leading abortion provider–killing over 300,000 human beings a year–Planned Parenthood is the chief purveyor of this horror. Those who would defend this ugly status quo are grasping at straws, and when that fails they descend into irrationality. And that is what is on display in this interview.