I Watched All 12 Hours of the Unedited Planned Parenthood Videos. Here’s What I Learned.
The videos are sting videos that are designed to smear Planned Parenthood. The unedited footage shows the fake buyers actively attempting to make the discussions look worse for the hapless Planned Parenthood staffers.
At the same time, there are specific moments that suggest Planned Parenthood is operating in an ethically gray area — one that really should raise questions for the organization and its supporters.
This gets to something key in the videos. Planned Parenthood may be one organization, but it’s not one person. Some of the organization’s staffers come off better than others.
But imagine, for a second, that Planned Parenthood came out tomorrow morning and said that the Center for Medical Progress had caused them to reconsider their position, and henceforth, they would no longer participate in fetal tissue research. Does anyone think Republicans would stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood? Or that the Center for Medical Progress would believe it had won?
Of course not. Planned Parenthood workers are comfortable with fetal tissue research because they are comfortable with abortion — they don’t believe a first-trimester fetus to be a living, feeling human being, and so they see the donation of fetal tissue for medical research to be an obvious, unalloyed good. Their critics oppose abortion — they believe abortion to be murder and fetal tissue research to be a form of desecration. Where you fall on the Planned Parenthood videos really reflects where you fall on the fundamental questions of abortion.
Sarah Kliff writes about health issues for Vox and I have found her articles to be pretty fairly balanced in the past. For example, she has been willing to point out many of the real problems with Obamacare while at the same time seemingly being a supporter of it. With that in mind and having not watched the entirety of the videos myself, I’m comfortable taking her word for what transpires in the unedited videos.
Those that support Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, such as myself, should beware that even if no laws were ever broken many people will be affected by what I’ve emphasized above.