I knew I should’ve scheduled a post on this topic last night, what with the klown being down due to tooth doctorin’. I was pretty sure it was going to be top of the Meme today, and it is.
Late yesterday, Planned Parenthood basically copped to it, although in the most defensive way possible:
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.
“A well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research. Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”
The admission basically boils down to: Yeah, we’re doing it, but…
- Everybody’s doing it with tissue (Argumentum ad populum)
- Aborted babies are just tissue (false equivalence)
- You can’t trust the source because they planned to attack us and are pro-life (ad hominem & appeal to belief)
I predict Dr. Deborah Nucatola will resign within 48 hours. This is bad, very bad PR, and the fact that they were callously discussing this over wine and salad, well, it basically ups the yuck factor.
This is an open thread.