It’s no secret that Republicans have spent the last 40+ years fighting against the Constitutionally protected right for women to have an abortion. While they can’t place an outright ban on abortion (because that would be unconstitutional), what they’ve been doing instead is passing laws that either seek to shame women prior to having the procedure or make it nearly impossible for them to find a clinic where one can be performed.
Naturally, there are many organizations out there who’ve fought alongside Republicans against women having the right to have an abortion. Well, as you might have heard, one of these advocacy groups secretly recorded several videos where some members of Planned Parenthood were caught discussing the selling of fetal tissue for research.
Oh, by the way, that’s a process which is 100% legal.
As we’ve seen before with many advocacy groups trying to slander those who they oppose, these videos were clearly heavily edited to make officials from Planned Parenthood look as if they were illegally selling these specimens for profit – which is not what they were discussing. But when you heavily edit conversations such as these, which for even some pro-choice individuals can be seen as fairly disturbing, it’s easy to distort the context of the discussion.
Well, on Fox News’ The Five this subject was discussed and the debate ultimately spiraled out of control with Juan Williams desperately trying to bring up the legal facts concerning what was in these videos, while the conservatives on the panel continually spoke over anything he was trying to say, often belittling and shouting at him while doing so.
Several times Williams tried to discuss how selling fetal tissue for scientific research has led to all sorts of medical breakthroughs, only to have the other panelists repeatedly refuse to let him make his point.
And the truth of the matter is, this fetal tissue is just remains of an abortion that’s already happened. It’s not as if Planned Parenthood is actively going out and recruiting women to come into the facilities to have abortions so they can sell the fetal specimens for profit. Although, if you listen to many Republicans talk about this entire issue, that’s exactly what they’re trying to insinuate they’re doing.
What’s baffled me most about this entire situation is how there’s plenty of evidence out there showing that the videos released were heavily edited, yet Republicans in Congress (and the conservative media for that matter) are blatantly ignoring that fact to wage this partisan war against women’s rights.
As Juan Williams proved on Monday, Republicans really don’t want to hear the truth about any of this. Their minds are made up so it doesn’t matter what facts you present to them. They’re simply going to believe whatever they want.
At the end of the day, no matter how big a hissy fit Republicans might throw, there’s one thing that is indisputable: The right for women to have an abortion is protected by our Constitution – and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.