Lately, the mainstream media have been frantic to defend Planned Parenthood against the indefensible, as revealed in, so far, five damning undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The latest of these exercises in determining how far in the sand a liberal journalist can insert his head was undertaken by CNN’s Errol Louis, who has a piece out titled “How Planned Parenthood hoax avoids the truth.” In addition to the title, he uses the word hoax and derivations of that noun no less than five times. How exactly the videos are a hoax he never explains. Nor does he justify his claims that CMP engaged in selective editing or is guilty of spreading falsehoods about Planned Parenthood.
Louis’s case that the videos are fraudulent appears to be built on two premises, the failure of the Senate majority to muster the 60 votes necessary to pass a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood and the claim that CMP “secured tax-exempt status in 2013 for a fake company it set up called Biomax Procurement Services.” Note that neither has anything whatsoever to do with his argument. (He also makes the tangential case that “most of us would freak out if we listened to professionals in the local hospital, funeral home or medical examiner’s office discuss details of how a dying person’s request to have their body parts donated for transplants or scientific research actually gets carried out.”)
So what is Louis’s hard evidence that Planned Parenthood’s operation is kosher and the claims that it sells fetal parts are fake? He doesn’t have any other than to say that “women getting an abortion [who] agree to donate the stem cells and other tissue to scientific research … doesn’t equate to selling body parts.” But the following verbatim statement from the first video uttered by Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation’s senior director of medical services, suggests that the group does indeed harvest more than just “stem cells and other tissue”:
We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.
And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex [head-first]. So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.
Later on in the same video, Nucatola discusses the price per part, which dashes Louis’s claim Planned Parenthood doesn’t sell body parts. (In later videos, other Planned Parenthood personnel haggle over the price, but Louis doesn’t bother with that inconvenient reality.)
As for Louis’s assertion that these videos were selectively edited, what larger context does he imagine for the lengthy quote by Nucatola above that would make it less revolting?
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