From Senator Warren, 2 min in…
“So Mister Pres..Madam President, let’s be really clear about something. The Republican scheme to defund Planned Parenthood is not some sort of surprised response to a highly edited video. Nope! The Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood is just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated, right-wing attack on women’s rights. I’m sick and tired of it. Women everywhere are sick and tired of it. The American people are sick and tired of it.”
The plan failed again (thank you filibuster?), but it is an ongoing political battle that is being billed from the right as life vs. death, innocence vs. unadulterated evil (selling baby organs for profit).
People of the left like Senator Warren understand the Frank Luntzian politics of changing “fetus” to “baby” and counting and comparing practices of Planned Parenthood to The Third Reich. The goal ultimately is to move the bar back to the place where men had more control over the women in their lives (to include their daughters). It really is as simple as that and all the rhetoric is simply political gamesmanship.
If the right was serious about ethics in medicine, they would be behind a needed national conversation about how we are to grapple as a society with new moral and ethical dilemmas our society confronts not only as our society progresses technologically but also as our culture becomes increasingly consumer driven. But that isn’t the tact they are taking. Instead their message starts at the pulpit and spreads from there, and the message is plain to see.
Also, if the religious right was serious about reducing the need for abortion than they would be extremely outspoken about legislating easy access to prophylactic contraceptives. However, this is not a two tiered strategy to reduce “baby” “deaths” in America, this campaign is part of a complex yet elemental gender-based power play.
“We like the power structure the way it is. We don’t need to change. Young woman, do you need a clinic? There is one just over the state border.”
(From Senator Warren’s clip above (4 min in)…”more than half of Planned Parenthood centers are in areas without ready access to healthcare”.)
Thank you Senator Warren for standing up with so much clarity on this issue. America stands with you standing up for Planned Parenthood.