There will be no further investigation into Missouri Planned Parenthood’s policies and practices concerning fetal tissue donation because there has been “no evidence” to substantiate any claims of wrongdoing.
It is the job of the media to help inform the public by providing information that is accurate, fair, and thorough, and neither misinforms nor oversimplifies. Unfortunately the media too often fails at its job, and in this case NPR did too.
Repeating allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally “harvests” and “sells” fetal tissue and murders fetuses that are “born alive,” Daleiden offered a new unfounded charge: He said Planned Parenthood is committing these acts in Washington, D.C.
Marco Rubio came out and said that Planned Parenthood is trying to push unsuspecting women into abortion to profit off them. At this point, it’s clear that we’re dealing with a full-fledged conspiracy theory.
Here are eleven shaming themes I’ve encountered, along with my responses, to help other pro-choice advocates prepare for the muck that’s likely to get slung our way as the right wing continues its crusade against reproductive health-care providers.
The Planned Parenthood employees in the deceptively edited videos were speaking in a way that reflected their profession, and that had no bearing on their compassion for patients, or their ability to provide quality care.
Planned Parenthood is certainly the target, but its destruction is not the goal, any more than destroying ACORN was the true goal back in 2008. Destruction would be a happy side effect, but the true goal is to destroy the pathway for women to have access to legal and safe abortions.
Ideological warfare about abortion via advertising has a long track record, though it’s a past largely forgotten in history’s fog and the present’s relentless attacks on abortion rights. Today’s reproductive rights and justice advocates can’t afford to forget that past.
RH Reality Check has identified at least three names that appear to have been used as pseudonyms by Center for Medical Progress operatives. One of these names appears to belong to a childhood acquaintance of the group’s apparent ringleader, David Daleiden.
As reproductive politics are once again consumed by an attack on Planned Parenthood, it is worth stepping back and asking why this organization is so particularly reviled by the anti-choice movement.