Civil Liberties

Planned Parenthood brands its critics "extremists"

“Just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus.. we’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact and then some that will not be,” says Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Texas. “But it’s something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance,” she adds.

“And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that. If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact foetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items,” she says.

This is the fifth video released by the Center for Medical Progress, and the focus is on Planned Parenthood’s eagerness to “get creative” with its conditions of foetal organ acquisition, in order to procure “diversification of the revenue stream”. For Melissa Farrell, these are obviously not babies she’s dealing with. They’re not even foetuses. She is, in her mind, dealing with “the products of conception”, and a product is not life, or even potential life; it is just stuff. It has shape and size and fills a void, but its solidity is just unconscious atoms, and her common sense tells her that it presents no qualms, scruples or concerns.

“The footage released today doesn’t show Planned Parenthood staff engaged in any wrongdoing or agreeing to violate any legal or medical standards,” said Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens. In a six-paragraph statement, she alleges that those who have misrepresented (ie exposed) them are “extremists”:

Extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services are making outrageous and completely false claims..

..the latest tape shows an extremely offensive intrusion and lack of respect for women..

..Previous tapes released by this extremist group were heavily edited..

..The vast majority of the public rejects this extreme political agenda..

So, not only is it “extremist” in the New World Order to teach (or believe?) that same-sex marriage is “wrong”; it is “extremist” to oppose the sale of aborted babies, or, if you prefer, foetal body parts, or, if you prefer, “the products of conception”. If Planned Parenthood is willing to “get creative” in its procurement of foetal body parts in order to ensure the “diversification of the revenue stream”, how is that different from an admission that they sell intact babies to increase their profit? Who assesses the veracity of the claim that they’re only “covering costs”?

But the narrative of the battle is now manifest: on one side are the enlightened ones who believe that Planned Parenthood is giving women “access to healthcare”; on the other are the extremists, who disclose to the world that Planned Parenthood is not merely legally terminating pregnancies, but immorally, if not illegally, “getting creative” and performing abortions in a “less crunchy way” so they might procure intact foetal body parts (ie whole dead babies) and sell them off to laboratories to be prodded, probed and dissected.

Thus does “extremism” begin to incorporate any theology of liberation which does not accord with state orthodoxy. You are free to advocate for the emancipation of those who are oppressed on the basis of their gender, race, sexuality or class, but there is no public space to argue for the limitations and thresholds of that emancipation, at least without allegations of bigotry, hate-speech or sundry phobias. Thus the collective welfare of the whole people – the polis – is contingent not only on women being able to become presidents, prime ministers, bishops and priests, but on their being free to evacuate their wombs of the parasitical “products of conception”. To demur is misogyny, chauvinism or sexism. Black people must have equal access to all artistic and cultural creation, but while they must be cast as Iago to fulfil quotas, no white man may ever again play Othello. To demur is racism, segregation, apartheid. Same-sex couples must be afforded the same tax advantages and provision of goods enjoyed by heterosexual couples, but marriage for all must be redefined in the process to accommodate the socio-political shift. To demur is bigotry, hatred, homophobia. And all classes, castes and categories of people must naturally enjoy the same civil liberties and human rights as each other, but this must extend to economic and social equality, such that the rich man in his castle must be forced to share his entire estate with the poor man at his gate; and the budding Nobel neuroscientist must share the same classroom and teacher with the child who loves to carve wood but cannot add or subtract. To demur from this framework of statutorily-enforced equal outcomes is snobby, elitist, ideological.

If it is “extremist” to disclose corruption, assert truth, advocate common sense or defend that which is moral, noble, good and virtuous, then all Christians are extremists. And since David Cameron is intent on prosecuting the non-violent extremists who stay within the law but say something he doesn’t like (ie spread “hate”), we can expect the non-negotiable creed of ‘British values’ to develop somewhat over the coming years. You are free to believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. But you will surely be arrested for saying that any ‘protected’ group will go to hell.

Extremism must be eradicated from society, and the extremist is not the one who procures “less crunchy” abortions so they might carve up intact babies: it is the radical who says (and believes?) that, in the cosmic sovereign scheme of things, the state is not God, Parliament is not omnipotent and politicians are neither omniscient nor infallible. You’re free to be religious, but please, for God’s sake, don’t believe anything too strongly, because that’s just too non-violently extreme.