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To Cecile Richards, who knows when life begins?

by | Apr 26, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Cecile Richards

Among the many talents outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards displayed in turning PPFA into the largest abortion provider in the galaxy and a major player in Democratic party politics is media adroitness. So no one is surprised that she’s been virtually ubiquitous as she peddles her memoirs, Make Trouble .

Playboy published its interview April 23. What might we learn from David Hockman’s very, very long [7,336 words] profile?

Here are three takeaways that could have been 10.

#1. Richards is, of course, a martyr. The Center for Medical Progress undercover videos showed us high ranking PPFA officials displaying a brutal insensitivity, soul-numbing callousness, and gallows humor. But for Hochman, it’s parroting the company line: “The deceptively edited video [he meant videos] was found to be part of a smear campaign.”

Really? In one clip, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services, is shown on camera saying

“We have been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, and because we know that, I am not going to crush that part. I am going to basically crush below, I am going to crush above, and I am going to see if I can get it all intact. . . . I would say a lot of people want liver; and for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they will know where they are putting their forceps.”

As pro-life Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) explained in an op-ed, “What Nucatola describes is a dismemberment abortion – arms, legs, torsos, decapitation – but the prized body part is preserved, pulled out intact, and then sold to brokers.”

#2. To his credit Hockman asks can there be any limits? “Is there any point during pregnancy when an abortion would be terminating a life?” In a classic Richards’ non-sequitur, she replies

“That’s a question medical folks have dealt with, and I’m not a doctor. I’ve spent a lot of time with ob-gyns, and they will tell you there is no specific moment when life begins. It depends on the pregnancy, and that’s frankly why doctors and their patients should be in charge of these decisions and not government.”

Thus “life” could “begin” in the 5th, or 6th, or even the 9th month? Of course. It’s all so individualized.

Never mind what every single leading embryology textbook tells you about life beginning at conception. That determination is totally subjective and (rightly, of course) left to the “doctor,” aka, the abortionist, to announce. Richards ends her answer lamenting that there aren’t enough abortionists to off kids in the late, late stages of pregnancy.

#3. So, Ms. Richards, what are the real objections from pro-lifers (especially when it comes from men)? What are their real motivations?

What a surprise…

I think there are men, a lot of them in office, who simply don’t believe that women should be able to have sex freely. They don’t think women should control their own bodies, and they’re apprehensive about how things are changing for men and women. …. Women are everywhere, and for some men that is unsettling.

No wonder Richards and Hillary Clinton are so simpatico. Opponents of abortion—who are, in fact, defenders of unborn children—are just a part of that basket of riff-raff “deplorables” Clinton vocally trashed just before the 2016 presidential election when everybody knew she was going to be Barack Obama’s successor.

If we really worried that “women are everywhere,” the last thing pro-life male (and female) legislators would do is enact laws that say you can’t kill an unborn baby girl because you’d rather have a boy.

So 7,000+ words is to tell us at the very end, “Life is so much better now for women than it ever was before. But we can never stop fighting,” etc., etc, etc.

Life is better for most Americans, male or female. But it is especially better for the more than half-million unborn babies annually who would have been aborted if the figure of 1.6 million abortions performed in 1990 had not dropped all the way down to 926,200 in 2014.

To the Cecile Richards of this world, these saved babies represent an “unmet demand,” a defeat for the Culture of Death.

For us, it is a great achievement for mothers and their unborn children.

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