Last Friday Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell ruled that the Center for Medical Progress has First Amendment rights to release videos it covertly took of StemExpress executives talking about buying aborted baby tissue from Planned Parenthood. The newly released videos, as promised, bring forth even more horrid revelations of activity that is both inhumane and illegal.
Planned Parenthood executives and their political supporters continue to insist that the videos show “nothing wrong” but as more evidence comes tumbling out their talking points seem to be morphing more and more into the insistence that the videos alone are not sufficient proof to find any specific individual at Planned Parenthood guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
No one at Planned Parenthood denies that they are “terminating” thousands of children each month who are so thoroughly developed that their hearts, livers, kidneys and other organs can be individually harvested. No one denies that Planned Parenthood has “partnered” with companies like StemExpress to provide these companies with the organs they have harvested and that Planned Parenthood has received money in exchange for providing these organs.
In order to stay out of prison the executives at Planned Parenthood have to state that the money they receive is only a reimbursement for their costs in harvesting the organs. They also have to state that they do not alter or change the abortion procedure in any way in order to allow them to better harvest organs. The problem is that the videos (for those of you who still haven’t watched them) clearly show that when they believe they are talking privately to purchasers of baby organs Planned Parenthood executives will state they have experience changing the procedure to better harvest organs and that they expect to financially benefit from the exchange.
The conversations on these videos may make it obvious that criminal activity is occurring at Planned Parenthood but since they don’t actually show a crime taking place they probably won’t be enough to convict any specific individual of the crimes above as long as Planned Parenthood employees stay silent and stick together. Criminal investigations are ongoing and the heat has caused StemExpress to terminate its relationship with Planned Parenthood but only time will tell if there will be legal consequences for this gruesome trade in fetal organs.
What there should be, without any question, is outrage. Outrage that whether or not a specific individual can be convicted an organization that receives $500 million per year in taxpayer funds is chopping up about-to-be-born children and financially benefiting from the exchange of their organs. A whistleblower in the most recently released videos alleges that sometimes, in order to provide the best “specimens” to their purchasers, Planned Parenthood abortionists will deliver a fully intact child and, in a brazen act of infanticide, kill the child through vivisection while harvesting the organs. There is corroborating evidence for this allegation in the statement of a doctor from one of the purchasing companies and an undercover video of a conversation with a StemExpress executive.
But if it turns out that these new allegations are true will the left care? Since the left wing seems determined to not even watch the videos (edited or unedited) it seems unlikely that there is any atrocity Planned Parenthood could commit which would make them rethink their devotion to this organization. If it turned out Planned Parenthood was hacking up toddlers that low-income parents no longer felt they could care for would the left manage to muster some outrage? Wouldn’t we just hear about how those kids were going to have tough lives anyway, and how the organs of these toddlers were going to valuable life-saving research, and how much really good work Planned Parenthood does and how toddler-hacking is really only a small part of their operation?
There’s not much of a line left between toddler-hacking and what the new videos allege and corroborate. But it is highly unlikely that Democrats on the receiving end of Planned Parenthood’s political donations will support investigations of their conduct. It is just as unlikely that the left-wing base (with all of its feigned concern about human rights and the common good) will make any effort to hold their leaders accountable for this hypocrisy.