Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion blather about Planned Parenthood is crap!

At Wednesday’s debate, Carly Fiorina received thunderous applause for challenging Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch a specific scene from the Planned Parenthood sting tapes. The scene, she said, showed “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

But when asked for a citation, her campaign replied with a video that isn’t from the Planned Parenthood sting tapes at all — and that still doesn’t show what Fiorina said it did…

I sent Fiorina’s spokeswoman a second email outlining my questions, and asking her again to point me to the video that Fiorina meant to reference in her remarks. She replied with a link to the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway’s recent piece, “Watch the video that Planned Parenthood and its media allies deny exists…”

[Some of] these things are in the Human Capital video. But they still are not the scene that Fiorina describes. There’s no footage of the moment O’Donnell describes, nor is there proof offered that it occurred — there’s no moment to “watch,” as Fiorina urged debate viewers.

Moreover, the footage of the fetus in that video isn’t from the Planned Parenthood videos. One image is of a stillborn baby, initially included in the video without the mother’s permission. Other footage appears to come from a collection of stock footage of fetuses. “The stock footage was added to the video to dramatize its content,” fact-checking website Politifact concluded. “We don’t know the circumstances behind this video: where it came from, under what conditions it was obtained, or even if this fetus was actually aborted (as opposed to a premature birth or miscarriage).”…

The most generous reading of Fiorina’s remarks are that she mistook what she saw in the videos. It is possible to watch the Human Capital video and think the footage of fetuses was shot in a clinic; this is, after all, a documentary about Planned Parenthood. And when she discussed “someone saying we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” she may have mistook something the former StemExpress technician says in the same video, where she describes the fetus as being “intact.”

But this isn’t the defense that Fiorina has offered. “Rest assured, I have seen the images I talked about last night,” she told Good Morning America Thursday morning. If these images Fiorina says she’s seen do exist, she still has not shared them…

But the real divide here isn’t about what Fiorina saw. It’s about abortion. 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. Abortion rights supporters can watch the videos and still believe in a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy…

Which side are you on is still the question forced by all the political blather from the Right. Whether it comes from Carly Fiorina or Michelle Bachmann. Does a woman have the right to consult with her physician and decide to have an abortion?

I would only add in the simple scientific question acknowledged as normal and productive by virtually every medical researcher. Once an abortion has been performed does a woman have the right to assign that tissue to medical researchers?

My answer to both is “Yes”.

One thought on “Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion blather about Planned Parenthood is crap!

  1. Semmelweis reflex says:

    “Missouri AG finds no evidence Planned Parenthood mishandled fetal tissue” Meanwhile: “Planned Parenthood: Carly Fiorina cooks up fake video to ‘prove’ her lies” Video: “Character of Our Nation” @ See also “Planned Parenthood 2015 undercover videos controversy”

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