Conservatives Must Acknowledge How Dangerous Their Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Really Is. Wing-nuts are impervious to tragedy: Why the Planned Parenthood shooting won’t curb their insanity. It’s hard to imagine there could be any kind of silver lining to the horrific events in Colorado Springs last Friday, but one small positive consequence might be that the right wing will not be as anxious to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding this month.
It’s hard to believe they thought this would be an effective tactic in the first place, but it’s possible that the killing of three people, including a police officer, and wounding nine others may have made them decide that this might not be the best time for an ostentatious showdown over their anti-abortion crusade. The religious right is neither: The real history of how decades of radical, violent rhetoric led to the Planned Parenthood shooting.
“The pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved,” said the Rev.
Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition as the violence at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs unfolded on Friday. “And as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics.” Mahoney is not quite accurate when he claims the pro-life movement, which is fueled primarily by religious activists, has always condemned violence, since some extremists who still work for anti-choice groups have not only condoned violence but practiced it. But even leaving aside such unpleasant details, another unsettling truth lingers for religious conservatives opposing abortion rights: the chain of causation between the Christian right and antiabortion violence, even if unintended, is undeniable. The right’s destructive anti-choice propaganda war: Why it’s time to fight back & how we can do it. The horrific shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood demonstrate the power of words when it comes to the abortion debate.
If you keep hammering home that unspeakably barbaric acts are being performed at Planned Parenthoods across the country and that the government refuses to stop them, don’t be surprised when a deeply troubled person decides to take matters into his own hands. But even beyond potentially inspiring acts of violence against abortion providers, the right has been winning the war of abortion rhetoric for a long time, ever since the initial coup of labeling opposition to abortion “pro-life.” And now phrases such as “selling baby parts” or “harvesting of brains,” no matter how demonstrably false, are interminably affixed to Planned Parenthood. But there’s a new movement afoot to reclaim how we talk and think about abortion from a pro-choice perspective. As Rebecca Traister recently noted in New York Magazine, Colorado Anti-Choice Groups: Why Isn't Media Covering 'Pro-Abortion Violence'?
After an anti-abortion terrorist killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday, reportedly declaring “no more baby parts,” anti-choice groups have been scrambling to condemn the crime and distance themselves from its perpetrator.
But some groups are being slightly less than unequivocal in their denunciation of the murders. Anti-choicers are immoral liars, and liberals should not hesitate to claim the moral high ground. If there was any lingering hope that the loss of three innocent lives during a shooting at Planned Parenthood on Friday would guilt Republican candidates into acting like decent human beings, that hope was dashed over the weekend in an outpouring of lies and indecent posturing about how anti-choicers are the real victims here.
Mike Huckabee was quick to play the victim: The Colorado Springs tragedy is domestic terrorism, especially for those us in the pro-life movement. — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 29, 2015 Ted Cruz, exploiting a bizarre right-wing conspiracy, told an obvious lie, calling the shooter, Robert Dear, a “transgendered leftist activist.” (As thorough reporting from many media outlets has established, Dear is exactly who you would think he is: A conservative Christian with what appears to be major rage issues towards women.) I could go on and on, but you get the point. None of this should really be a surprise. Planned Parenthood singles out Republicans for 'hateful rhetoric' that incited Colorado attack. As Republican politicians furiously deny that their own words helped sow the seeds of Friday's mass shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, Planned Parenthood is having none of it.
In a press release, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said: "It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create. Republicans use PP videos to launch latest abortion attack. The political firestorm set off by secret anti-abortion videos reached new heights on Wednesday, as Republicans in the US Senate unveiled legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton acknowledged the undercover footage of the group’s employees discussing fetal tissue sales was “disturbing”.
The controversy over the videos has reverberated from YouTube to the 2016 presidential contest and back to the web, where Planned Parenthood’s website was taken down on Wednesday evening. But this renewed debate over reproductive rights in America has escalated dramatically in Washington, even as Senate Democrats said the new bill represented “the worst of the attacks on women’s healthcare”. Senate Republicans, with the support of majority leader Mitch McConnell, introduced legislation late Tuesday that would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Florida senator Marco Rubio, another Republican running for president, is also backing the effort to defund the group. Is GOP Leadership Coordinating Harassment of Planned Parenthood With Anti-Choice Radicals? See more of our coverage on the misleading Center for Medical Progress videos here.
The release last week by the previously little-known Center for Medical Progress of a video purporting to expose Planned Parenthood violating federal law in its handling of fetal tissue donations brought a flood of apparent shock and dismay from GOP lawmakers and anti-choice leaders across the country. GOP presidential candidates, including Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker fell all over themselves demanding that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) be defunded.
Ted Cruz called on President Obama to launch “an immediate investigation.” At a press conference, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), stated that he could not discuss the video or he would “vomit.” Apparently, Franks was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he later admitted to Roll Call. Ah, but it had. Democrats Urged To Fight PP Attacks.
See more of our coverage on the misleading Center for Medical Progress videos here.
Ever since anti-choice activists released deceptive videos attacking Planned Parenthood, Republican members of Congress, especially presidential hopefuls like Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), have jumped at the excuse to loudly and publicly attack the health-care provider. Paul and Cruz both introduced amendments defunding Planned Parenthood to a must-pass highway funding bill, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also a 2016 hopeful, ordered an investigation of the health-care provider in his state. GOP Attacks PP With Videos. GOP Pundit Lies. Pandagon is daily opinion blog covering feminism, politics, and pop culture.
Come for the politics, stay for the complete lack of patience for the B.S. and bad faith coming from conservative leaders and pundits. That Planned Parenthood hoax video was apparently some kind of bat signal sent out to conservatives to indicate that it’s time for a free-for-all: That no lie, no matter how outrageous or easily debunked, is totally on the table now, so long as it’s about Planned Parenthood. That much is evident when you read this piece at Media Matters about how Bill O’Reilly and Andrea Tantaros worked themselves into an absolute frenzy of bullshit over this.
Conservative Resentment. Despite all the hand-waving about fetal tissue, the multi-week attack on Planned Parenthood is really just about stoking conservative resentment and trying to keep young and low-income women from accessing reproductive health care. (Shutterstock) See more of our coverage on the misleading Center for Medical Progress videos here. Despite all the gross-out rhetoric and feigned outrage over the “new” revelation that abortions often produce fetal tissue, the multi-week assault on Planned Parenthood’s funding kickstarted by hoax videos made by an anti-choice group called the Center for Medical Progress isn’t really about abortion.
It is, when you look past the deliberately distracting hyperbolic rhetoric, about trying, in any and every way possible, to make it harder for low-income and young women to access sexual health care like contraception and STI testing. With all the “look, a bloody fetus!” GOP Attempt to Defund Falls Flat. Democrats led the effort to filibuster a bill sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) that would have prohibited federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood, as well as made those funds “available” to other entities that provide women’s health services. (Joni Ernst / YouTube) See more of our coverage on the misleading Center for Medical Progress videos here. A Republican-led attempt to defund Planned Parenthood was defeated in the Senate on Monday. Democrats led the effort to filibuster a bill sponsored by Sen. Sens. No PP Wrongdoing. As if truth-telling worked out so well for his colleague Kevin McCarthy, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has just admitted that the GOP’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s misuse of federal funds turned out to be a dud.
“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any,” Huffington Post’s Jennifery Bendery reports the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman admitted during yet another hearing on Thursday. Chaffetz is of course, currently preoccupied lobbying to lead his fellow House Republicans after current House Speaker John Boehner announced his surprise resignation from Congress at the end of this month (Boehner has since offered to stay on as speaker until a replacement is found). “Did we find any wrongdoing? “Cancer in this country kills about 1,500 people a day,” Chaffetz said. GOP Probe Comes Up Empty. GOP Had Religious Experts Only. Any American familiar with the criminal justice system, or the justice system in general, are aware that in any hearing or court proceeding it is mandatory that the accused is present and that there are experts to verify any evidence presented.
Republicans in Congress holding hearings do not subscribe to that process and not only forbid the accused from being present, they do not use ‘experts’ in the appropriate field as witnesses in their “prosecutorial” proceedings; they use religious fanatics. It is possible that some Americans recall a that couple of years ago when Republicans in the House convened a hearing to convince other legislators that part and parcel of their duty was denying women contraception, only men testified. GOP Admits Sham Investigation.