As we saw yesterday, Planned Parenthood has a connect-the-dots problem. When Lucas Neff took to Twitter, he tweeted that “a pile of goop should not have more rights than a human being. Period.” Just from a PR standpoint, that was exceptionally foolish because women, especially expectant mothers, don’t want to hear that they’re carrying around “a pile of goop” for a total of 9 months. Saying that on social media was going to attract lots of attention from pro-life activists.
In this case, Neff’s tweet got Ed Morrissey’s attention. Mr. Morrissey is both a devout pro-life Catholic and the editor-in-chief at HotAir.com, one of the most popular conservative blogs in the nation. It didn’t take Mr. Morrissey long to take Neff to the proverbial woodshed. When Morrissey asked Neff “If it’s just a pile of goop, then how did @PPact sell intact *human* livers, hearts, other organs? #PartyofScience”, the point was made.
The bad news for Planned Parenthood is that their supporters apparently haven’t learned the first rule of holes, which is “if you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Rather than stopping with the digging, other Planned Parenthood apologists attempted to rationalize Planned Parenthood’s actions. Here’s one example:
@PPact did not sell anything. Costs were recouped. You know exactly how you’re being deliberately dishonest.
The problem with that argument is that it assumes that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get federal funding, state funding or corporate sponsorships. If Planned Parenthood gets money by recovering their costs through organ donations, what does the federal funding, the state funding and the corporate sponsorship revenue cover?
After all, costs only have to be paid once. They don’t need to be paid multiple times.
“Joshua” posted on Twitter that “there is period in fetal development where organs are present but are nonfunctional, kinda gooplike”, which was quickly rebutted when Mr. Morrissey said “Heartbeat at 5 weeks, genius.”
There’s little doubt that Planned Parenthood would gladly fight on this battlefield rather than fighting on the bigger issue of abortion itself. Christian Schneider of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlights a mistake that Rep. Chris Taylor made during a debate on floor of the Wisconsin House of Representatives:
When Rep. Chris Taylor took to the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly on July 9, she broke perhaps the most inviolable rule of the abortion movement. In a speech opposing a bill that implemented a ban on abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, Taylor, a former policy director for Planned Parenthood, said the only women that could now have abortions would be “women who have very sick babies.” In a heartfelt moment in which she recounted her own pregnancy troubles, Taylor said at the 18-week mark of her last pregnancy, she feared she had “lost another baby.”
Planned Parenthood’s officials are trained to never call an unborn child a child. They’re instructed to call them a “clump of cells” or an “embryo” because “ending a ‘baby’s’ life is far less palatable than, say, ‘terminating a fetus.'”
Women, the people most likely to be offended by Planned Parenthood’s word games and Planned Parenthood’s heartlessness, know the difference. The word games don’t work because these women know better.