In the latest video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood officials are caught on tape freaking out about what would happen if their organ-trafficking scheme became public. As it turns out, all their anxiety about the bad headlines was for naught. The media has been pretty quiet about all of the undercover video footage, and when they do report on it, they often say what Planned Parenthood wants them to.
Several conversations between Planned Parenthood officials are caught on tape, in which they explain that the national level of the organization intentionally has no guidelines for selling organs. The seemingly loose rules are part of an effort to distance the national officials from the brutal practice of organ harvesting taking place in local clinics.
“If they do it, that’s fine. We’re not going to say no, but we want them to really think about the New York Times‘ headline,” said Deb VanDerhei, the national director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers at PPFA. “It’s an issue you might imagine that we’re not comfortable talking about on email, and so we want to have the conversation in person.”
“This could destroy your company and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly,” said Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs for PPFA.
“Obviously we would have a huge PR issue by doing this,” VanDerhei said, while sipping a pint of beer at a party.
What’s ironic is that the media has essentially given Planned Parenthood a free pass on the whole thing. When mainstream news organizations do decide to cover the videos, they’ve parroted Planned Parenthood’s talking points and added qualifying statements about the credibility of the videos. They also love to use the phrase “highly edited” when talking about the undercover footage, which suggests to the reader there’s a slight chance the abortion provider deserves the benefit of the doubt.
By now it’s clear that abortionists and the media are ideologically aligned. They see themselves as being all on the same side, which is why news outlets didn’t cover the videos after Planned Parenthood told them not to. Last month, Planned Parenthood handed out awards for “media excellence” to 16 journalists at large publications that basically ignored all of the gruesome videos detailing the horrors of organ harvesting. The awards are a telling symptom of a news culture where journalists subscribe to the same values as Planned Parenthood. To them, their non-coverage of the issue is objective, straight reporting, that deserves to be rewarded with prizes for excellence, and they don’t think it’s weird for an abortion provider to be the ones handing those out.
A recent example of the news media’s deference to abortionists appears in the ‘Style’ section of The Washington Post in which a puff piece on Ohio’s only Planned Parenthood clinic was published on Tuesday. The story details the clinic’s struggle to operate in a state that has become increasingly hostile towards abortion clinics. The closing lines of the piece juxtapose the undercover video footage with Planned Parenthood’s favorite talking point: that they are all about contraception, not organ-harvesting.
Earlier that afternoon, the Center for Medical Progress had released another video, this one containing a graphic interview with a former technician who said she had harvested the organs of fetuses from late-term abortions. The House Judiciary Committee had mailed letters to Planned Parenthood clinics around the country, requesting information about their abortion practices.
‘You’re here for birth control?’ the clinician asked, reading from a sheet as she entered the department-store worker’s exam room and sat down on a rolling stool.
‘Yep, that’s right,’ the woman said.
Sadly, most Americans— about 70 percent—still don’t know about the videos or Planned Parenthood’s cash-for-organs scheme. Perhaps if reporters spent more time seeking out answers to the questions raised in the videos, Americans wouldn’t be left scratching their heads about the latest budget fight in Washington. Maybe if we were actually being informed by the news we consume, we could draw our own conclusions about the videos instead of being force-fed an agenda that favors harvesting organs from aborted children for cash.