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President affirms unyielding solidarity with PPFA in Friday speech

by | Apr 29, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

President Barack Obama speaks at the Planned Parenthood National Conference.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Planned Parenthood National Conference.

From the official White House transcript of President Obama’s remarks last Friday to Planned Parenthood:

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you!  (Applause.)  All right, everybody have a seat.  Have a seat.  You’re making me blush.  (Laughter.)


THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  Thank you.  (Applause.)”

And more applause and more applause and more laughter and more laughter. A twelve-minute speech, as larded with high fat hyperbole as it was starved of references to PPFA’s money-maker galore: abortion—an incredible 333, 964 00 in 2011, according to the latest annual report of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

And so long as PPFA’s profit center is intact—at going rates, they raked in least $150.6 million in taking the lives of those 333,964 babies—President Obama was surely correct when he said “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere.”

But to say the “A” word out loud—none of that! Plenty of allusions to “affordable health care,” “women’s health,” “health care reform,”  “decisions best made between a woman and her doctor,” “right to choose,” “woman’s constitutional right to privacy,”  but no abortion.

Even the Washington Post in its coverage of the speech noted

“Obama’s remarks came as abortion providers face new challenges. For example, opponents are highlighting problems in abortion clinics in the mid-Atlantic region. Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is currently facing trial on charges of killing one adult patient and multiple infants in his clinic.”

But not one syllable would escape the President’s mouth about a man whose “Baby charnel house” established a new low for the abortion industry. Why would he be silent? He’d already told us why.

Asked for a comment by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Obama said, “I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial.”

That such legal niceties have never been an obstacle when the President wants to add his two cents worth is too obvious to belabor.

Just two other quick points. First,’s Penny Starr accurately observed that Friday’s 12-minute, 3-second speech “was enough time for 7.6 abortions to take place at Planned Parenthood clinics, based upon the abortion data in their latest annual report.” Count it a wasted day when the machinery of death is not operating at highest efficiency.

Second, Obama and his fawning admirers shared chuckles over his dismissive putdown of state pro-life initiatives:

“When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013. (Laughter.)

He had previously observed that are “still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

All in all, in that condescending tone that he mistakes for wit, the President was saying, “Why take seriously anyone who makes Ozzie and Harriet seem contemporary?”

Well, last time I checked, in the 1950s they didn’t abort children alive and then slit their spines.

In the 1950s, the nation’s highest executive didn’t throw kisses to an organization that would employ a lobbyist who fought legislation to give the survivors of “botched abortions” a chance to live.

We have quoted the questions addressed to Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, by members of Florida House of Representatives‘ Civil Justice subcommittee on several occasions. Everything was about leaving the decision to “the woman, her family, and the physician.”

But Snow’s last comment, which I have not quoted often enough, is also revealing. She was asked,

“What objection could you possibly have to obligate a doctor to transport a child born alive to a hospital where it seems to me they would be most likely to be able to survive?”

To which Snow creatively answers:

“What about those situations where it is in a rural health care setting, the hospital is 45 minutes or an hour away, that’s the closest trauma center or emergency room? You know there’s just some logistical issues involved that we have some concerns about.”

On second thought, you’re right, Mr. President. All those members of the Florida House of Representatives‘ Civil Justice subcommittee who spoke on behalf of the barest minimal of human decency—and all of us who agree with them–are hopelessly outdated.

No wonder Planned Parenthood loves you.

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