By now I’m sure you’ve been made privy to the video embedded above. If not, here’s the tl;dr version: The Director of Shitting Out Dead Babies over at Planned Parenthood was lured by anti-abortion activists posing as employees of a biotech firm to having a lunch discussion allegedly over the purchase of fetal tissues and organs. Turns out the activists are part of an organization with historical practice of heavily editing videotaped conversations with people in such a way as to take the conversation out of context. But we’ll delve into that more in a little bit. First, I’d like to address an article I was unfortunately clickbaited into reading (this shit seems to be happening to me a lot lately; just yesterday I clicked on an article titled “22 Reasons Bras Aren’t Optional,” and was surprised that I didn’t see only 11 pictures associated with the list.) Daily Kos, in its infinite struggle to create a liberal hivemind of petulant contrarianism, transcripted a video by blogger Rebecca Watson titled Planned Parenthood Is Not Selling Baby Parts, You Fucking Idiot, because, y’know, calling someone an idiot is a surefire way of getting them to evolve more in their worldview. Anyway, I read this shit-piece expecting all sorts of scientific know-how and Explain Like I’m Five breakdowns of why there’s without a shadow of a doubt NO FUCKING WAY Planned Parenthood was selling dead baby parts. Instead I got this valley girl bullshit:
So yeah, there’s the fact that Planned Parenthood obviously isn’t “selling baby parts.”
So now I’ve decided to put fingers to keyboard and rebut some of her reasons it’s so OBVIOUS that like, PP isn’t gagging womens’ gunches with a spoon and carefully scooping out intact organs for medical stem cell research. Totally. For realsies.
Oh, and I’m subtitling this piece: “Who The Fuck Are You To Know That, You Ridiculous Twat?”
You see, edited or not, there WAS talk between Deborah Nucatola and the activists about purchase of specimens (Between $30 to $100, apparently for dead baby dicks or something.) 42 USC 274e explains, I believe quite succinctly, the difference between purchasing organs and the reasonable expenses associated with the prep and logistics of donated tissue and organs. “But, but, but Deborah Watson said only 3% of PP’s activities are abortions related!” you might ask. And I admire that inquisitiveness, because it suggest you might wonder more about what that means. Or you might be like me and say, “So abortion services only ran PP about $327K in 2014, good to know. But when a tiny vial of stem cells could run to thousands of dollars, WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?!?!?!” Here’s the thing: The law states that fetal remains may be donated, but it doesn’t shuffle its fucking feet when it says NO ONE CAN PROFIT FROM IT. So talk about $30 to $100 per specimen should raise a red flag from the start, at least half-mast. Talk about ‘middlemen’ who pay fees to providers such as Planned Parenthood in order to procure specimens for medical research firms should put that flag all the way up. The NIH spent $76 million last year on fetal tissue research, doling out grants to several universities. If everyone is on the up and up with this, why the fuck was there a lunch discussion in the first place? Why did Nucatola stress that the organization doesn’t want it to look like they’re making money from selling these specimens? She said it, the whole thing at once, I don’t give a squat fuck if the rest of the paragraph might have been removed for whatever devious reasons.
We can’t simply draw conclusions that PP is actually violating US Code, or at least treading the Kuiper Belt of an alleged ‘gray area’ regarding processing fees for fetal tissue donation. But until we receive a thorough audit, we cannot definitively say whether they are or are not actually selling dead baby parts.
So my dear Rebecca Watson, until said audit occurs, maybe you shouldn’t feel so cemented in your knowledge that they aren’t committing a grave fucking felony. Oh, and do something about those jacked up eyebrows. You look like a fucking idiot.