Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's out there

A little more than a year ago, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the National Basketball Association for life. The harsh ruling was handed down by Commissioner Adam Silver in light of Sterling's mistress V. Stiviano releasing audio of the Clips' owner making blatantly racist remarks. Given the fact that the conversation likely took place in the state of California and appears to have been recorded without Sterling's knowledge made Stiviano's actions illegal. Regardless, Silver based his ruling solely on Sterling's conduct despite how the evidence was obtained. As such, there was very little uproar over the alleged illegality of Stiviano's methodology given how shocking Sterling's comments came across.

Fast forward to this past week or so and we find ourselves witnessing a similar dilemma after horrifying revelations from Planned Parenthood officials.

Planned Parenthood’s top legal officer is claiming the viral video that sparked a national uproar over fetal tissue donation last week was created as part of a decades-old illegal smear campaign.

Roger Evans, the organization’s senior counsel, told House Republicans on Monday that the secretly filmed video was created by anti-abortion-rights activists who have repeatedly broken laws to gain access to Planned Parenthood as part of a “decade-long pattern of illegal harassment.”

He claimed the same activist who released last week's video has illegally taped staff or patients at least 65 times over the last decade. “From all that is known today, it appears that the only people who have broken laws are the extremists who have been hounding women and Planned Parenthood doctors for years,” Evans said.

The video was released last week by the Center for Medical Progress, an organization led by David Daleiden, who has been accused by Planned Parenthood of “at least 10 separate attacks” against the group.

In the video, which has surpassed 2 million videos online, members of the Center for Medical Progress impersonated researchers at a fake company called Biomax Procurement Services to discuss fetal tissue donation with Planned Parenthood’s top doctor.

PP is more than welcome to make its case against the "activists" in an effort to determine if any crimes were committed. But even if this individual/group is found guilty and prosecuted to fullest extent of the law, the damage to Planned Parenthood's....uh....."reputation" appears irreparably harmed. You see this is just one of myriad deflections being put forth by anyone associated with PP. I have yet to see any credible defense against the admission of selling fetal tissue from aborted babies.

The vehement deflections continued Tuesday morning.

There has also been a call for Congressional Republicans to take a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Already the likes of Hillary Clinton are issuing warnings that there will be be severe consequences which will arise if the GOP messes with women's "healthcare." Yeah, you might wanna take that up with Planned Parenthood, Hil. Not even they can defend the indefensible.


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