Thus far two states have cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Only 48 to go. In addition, we had a close vote in the Senate on whether to cut them off at the federal level. This vote was taken after just a third of the videos had been released. The current amount of pressure, continued for just a little bit longer, is going to get increasing results.
Incidentally, speaking of which, we really need somebody to start one of those petitions at the White House web site, where they promise to respond to x number of signatures. We should ask them to pick someone at the White House to watch the videos, and then give us a response.
That said, here are three basic reasons why we should see this campaign as one that is preeminently winnable. Planned Parenthood can go down the same way that ACORN did.
Cold Blood, Not Red Blood
The most potent aspect of these videos has been the juxtaposition of the reality of abortion over against the cucumber cool demeanor of the doctors involved, with their salad and wine, with their jokes about luxury automobiles and “less crunchy” options, and admissions that dissections can be “fun.” This is the damning part, and this is why these videos are having the impact that they are. It is the normal life part, the haggling over the price point part, the power lunch part, that has everyone horrified. The actual horror has always been there, as informed pro-lifers have known all along, but this is a moment of juxtaposition that has enabled others actually to see it.
Incidentally, this is why I would caution all the pro-lifers on social media to be sparing in their use of images from abortions. This is not because the use of such images is unrighteous — not at all, and at times it is necessary. But we have had such images for decades, long enough to know that it is not nearly as effective as these videos have been. At a certain point, the human emotional response mechanism just shuts down. Our goal is to get the nation to see, which is only going to happen if they do not look away. Our first goal in what we communicate is to be compelling, which is not necessarily the same thing as graphic.
The best things to circulate now would be copies of invoices for named parts, or copies of the investigative reports from Florida busting PP for illegal abortions, or ghoulish quotations from respected scientific journals. Cecile Richards has been adamant that what they have been doing is all for the sake of “research,” all rise, and who would want to stand in the way of scientific progress?
Well, depending on what you mean by scientific research, every humane soul might insist on standing in the way of it. One friend sent me this link of someone who has been going through scientific journals in order to translate the jargon into English. For one example, “researchers” would remove living children from the wombs of their mothers (who had come for elective abortions). They would then inject amino acids into their umbilical cords, and observe the results. When the baby died about ten minutes later, they would then harvest the relevant parts in order to store them for further research. Here is it untranslated:
“All injections were made into the umbilical vein through a short Teflon catheter which was then rinsed with 0.2 ml 0.9% NaCl; the whole cord was clamped on the fetal side of the point of entry of the catheter to prevent blood loss during the experiment. After 10 min (elsewhere in the paper, “in all cases the heart continued to beat during the 10-min period and spontaneous movement was seen”), the cord was severed close to the fetus, and as much blood as possible was collected into a tube which contained heparin as anticoagulant. The fetal organs were quickly removed and dropped into liquid nitrogen.”
Saruman’s lab coat isn’t so white any more.
The thing that is working for us is the juxtaposition, and so what we must keep in front of everyone is that juxtaposition. Real evil is not done in the world by cartoon characters. Real evil is done by real people, people who do appalling things and then go home to their families.
The results of the above research, incidentally, were published in Science. That particular vile experiment was done in Finland, but it was funded by “the Lalor Foundation in Boston,” the “New York State Department of Mental Hygiene,” and, get this, the “Association for Aid of Crippled Children,” also located in New York.
My other two reasons can be stated briefly.
Concrete, Not Abstract
A second reason this campaign is working is that in God’s providence we have been given the opportunity to observe a high percentage of Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals. There is a full list of his rules here, and by my calculation this spontaneous campaign against Planned Parenthood is — without orchestration — naturally and easily following #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8, and #12. What we are doing is good work in the eyes of the Lord, and this August of #ProLifeSummer needs to be twice as hard for the bad guys as July was.
A Scapegoat That Is Actually Guilty
The last generation or so has seen one ludicrous cultural transformation after another. For various reasons, we have had decade after decade dedicated to the insulting of normal people. Despite the craziness at the top, these normal people have tried to live normal lives. This was allowed at first, but even that has becomes more and more problematic — see the evangelical florists and bakers file.
If you have spent quite a number of years taunting a long-suffering bear with a stick, you might discover one day that the stick you choose for today’s session was a trifle short.
Planned Parenthood is catching it, and they deserve absolutely everything they are getting, good and hard. But they are also catching it for numerous other reasons, some of which have little to do with their specific organization. I have mentioned Obergefell in this connection before, so let us keep in mind that the bear has been irritated for a while, and for more than one or two reasons. And then into our ursine meditations, finally, specifically, someone showed up with a short stick.
Think of it this way — Planned Parenthood is serving as the designated victim. This is not scapegoating, or unjust in any way, because in this case the scapegoat really is guilty.