True Detective‘s second season has rolled out a character who thinks she’s infertile because of abortions in her youth. Sadly, this is just part of a larger pattern of this supposedly mainstream show regurgitating ugly right-wing myths about women.
The videos released by CMP show quite definitively that Planned Parenthood is not engaged in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. They also show something else, something that CMP likely did not intend—that their own coordinated attack violated a host of laws.
Just as much as these videos are part of a highly orchestrated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood, they were also part of an ongoing campaign to target and harass individual abortion providers and others connected with the safe and legal provision of abortion care.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), for example, was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he admitted to Roll Call.
A group hopes to encourage affirmative consent by creating an app that asks partners to record each other saying “yes” before having sex—but it might just cause more problems than it solves.
The phrases being thrown around by conservative legislators and organizations aren’t medical terms. They’re intentionally deceptive bits of propaganda, and they create an anti-choice political frame for conversations about abortion care that are not rooted in sound science and medicine.
Both federal and state law allows providers to facilitate fetal tissue transplant and donation and even charge for the process, a point anti-abortion advocates would like to ignore. Planned Parenthood broke no laws.
I still believe that all people deserve access to the comprehensive reproductive health care that is right for them and their families, regardless of the edited videos being released by anti-choice organizations.
The only people profiting off the “sale” of fetal body parts are the members of the anti-choice movement, right-wing politicians, and the snake-oil salesmen and women otherwise known as GOP candidates for president.
Rather than trying to “start a dialogue” through mockery, would-be allies should allow queer Muslims to speak for themselves as they try to establish themselves in spaces that often silence or ignore them.