On Monday night I joined Sean Hannity at Fox News to discuss Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump.
Judging from Twitter commentary, many Americans are prepared to defend the harvesting of baby body parts by Cecile Richards and her staff. If so, shame on you. I wrote last week that no other country in the civilized world has a "Planned Parenthood": a billion-dollar abortion conglomerate. One Tweeter said so what? Abortion is only "three per cent" of what Planned Parenthood does. In fact, as I pointed out on the air, they perform a third of a million abortions a year, which is as many as France, Germany and Canada combined.
And, putting aside whether one is "pro-life" or "pro-choice", the nature of the abortions in those other countries is different: again, as I told Sean, in France abortion is legal up to 12 weeks; Italy, 13 weeks; Norway, 18 weeks, but it requires the approval of a government commission. Nowhere else in the western world takes 39-week-old "fetuses", delivers them sufficiently to preserve the commercially valuable parts and then crushes the non-sellable parts in order to preserve a technical denial of infanticide. That is a uniquely American evil, and Americans should be utterly ashamed of it. American liberals ought to understand that in far more left-wing societies (Scandinavia, the Netherlands, France) they do not do this - because it's not a left/right thing, it's a good/bad thing, and Planned Parenthood's abortion-industrial complex is on the wrong side of that divide.
The videos are devastating to the central evasion of American abortion advocates: Why, they're not like the rubes; they know the difference between a human being - and a zygote, "a clump of cells", or "a pile of goop", in the words of the sitcom actor Lucas Neff. Of course, if the kid were merely a zygote, a clump of cells or a pile of goop, you would not be able to operate a lucrative business selling the brain, lungs, liver, heart, etc, because a zygote, clump of cells or pile of goop does not have any of those things. In that sense, "Dr" Nucatola's breezy laundry list of what she's able to cannibalize for parts gets to the heart of the lie American abortionists tell.
The only pile of goop in this debate is Lucas Neff, a very characteristic exemplar of contemporary depravity and stupidity. The defense of Planned Parenthood in light of what has been revealed is almost as disturbing as the mound of body parts - because a moral vacuum can never be contained to the one little corner of life you don't mind it in; it always expands.
Meanwhile, another undercover video was released this morning, in which Planned Parenthood "medical" staff airily pick baby legs and spinal cords and other body parts out of a pie plate. Planned Parenthood huffs that this video could violate "medical privacy". Does the "pile of goop" sign the HIPAA form? Does "medical waste" in a pie dish have any privacy rights?
~Sean and I also discussed Donald Trump's disruption of the Republican presidential race, and the foolish response of the GOP establishment - both to Trump and to a large slice of their own base:
~As to the book Sean mentioned at the top of the segment, that's Climate Change: The Facts. I'm proud to be part of the book along with Willie Soon, Richard Lindzen, Ian Plimer and other eminent scientists. It's doing great business at Amazon, but if you'd like a copy personally autographed by yours truly, we can do that right here at SteynOnline. On the other hand, if you'd rather be reading it within 90 seconds, it's available in eBook via Kindle, Nook at Barnes & Noble, or Kobo at Indigo-Chapters in Canada and around the world.
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~In my native land, the malign alliance of thought-crime commissars and the legal establishment is coming after my doughty comrade Ezra Levant yet again - on the shameless proposition that it is now illegal to describe the Alberta "Human Rights" Commission as "crazy". I wrote about it here. Kate McMillan has started a petition to give a big up-yours to the "Human Rights" Commission and the Alberta "Law" Society. You can sign it here. I did.
~Speaking of the deranged Dominion, tomorrow, Wednesday, I'll be starting the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern. Hope you can tune in.