I’ve stayed quiet about the media controversy that’s happening right now surrounding Planned Parenthood, however, I am so worked up right now that I have to say something.
I posted this video last night on my personal facebook:
Now, most of my facebook amigos are critical thinkers and liberals like myself that have looked at these stupid, doctored anti-Planned Parenthood videos and seen them for what they are– stupid, doctored anti-Planned Parenthood videos. And I’ve gotten many “likes” regarding the Skepchick video embedded above.
However, I had one of my few Conservative, Uber religious, gullible friends reply to my post with this:
I’m going to lose my shit.
USE YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS! Jesus!
Here is my reply:
There are so many issues with the videos that this group released.
1) They are from a group that notoriously doctors videos about Planned Parenthood to try to get it shut down
2) The videos are cut all to hell and things have been taken out of context (i.e. the part where she says “we try not to let that happen” when talking about a woman delivering a baby… she was talking about delivering a miscarried baby–it’s traumatizing to the woman and potentially hazardous–when a D&E can make it so much safer).
3) The “baby parts” “for sale” are from women that are either miscarrying or having abortions ANYWAY… they’re not convincing women to have abortions just so they can sell the baby parts.
4) They are “selling” to scientific groups that do life saving research because all of the republican attacks on planned parenthood have left these centers (who only 3% of their business is abortions, mind you) essentially defunded. Believe me… Planned Parenthood is making NO profits off of any fetal tissue sold…it’s all going back into the company to support the tissue donation itself, as well as other services they offer.
Whatever your stance on planned parenthood, there is no arguing that stem cell research is absolutely necessary to save lives. And if women are going to have abortions and miscarriages ANYWAY, it’s better for that fetal tissue to be used to save other peoples lives than to be thrown away.
Additionally, Planned Parenthood provides life saving services such as:
- Cancer screening
- STD screening
- Emergency contraception
Part of the 3% of their services that go to abortions go to women that are miscarrying anyway, and want to have a safer abortion to avoid the potential hazards of miscarrying on their own; and then the rest are women who are getting abortions because they are nowhere near physically or mentally able to have a child, whether it be from forced sex, an “oops,” some sort of health issue, or whatever.. they depend on places like Planned Parenthood to provide them a safe procedure so women don’t have to go back to the coat hanger method of the 70s.
I don’t like abortion. I don’t think anybody does. But I will always support a woman’s right to choose because women are going to get abortions anyway, regardless of whether it’s legal or not, so it needs to be able to stay safe.
And, like I said earlier, I’d rather that aborted fetal tissue be used for research instead of just thrown away.
Also, Rebecca (SkepChick) makes a good point about how these phony videos are being used by the Republican party to open a probe into Planned Parenthood, which will waste taxpayer money. You might not mind your money going to the probe, but I sure as hell do.
Regarding the idea that these videos show an ethical problem regarding abortion– I think it’s unethical to let that fetal tissue go to waste instead of using it to save lives, and if Planned Parenthood has to train doctors on how to do abortions so that the most tissue is preserved (mind you-these are abortions that are going to happen anyway), then yes, they will need money to do that, because education is not free.