At 7:40 p.m. EDT last night, USAToday published a Kirsten Powers column titled "Crush Planned Parenthood" with the kicker "Caught in a stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone."
"It's the organ harvesting of fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It's the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection," Powers writes.
"There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, 'It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them'."
Powers next deals with Planned Parenthood's unsuccessful attempts to knock down the video, such as: "It's heavily edited," it's a "humanitarian exercise," the video-maker once wrote for the Weekly Standard (!).
In addition, Powers notes that Planned Parenthood's "usual defenders are nowhere to be found." For example, "There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi -- both recipients of Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award -- have been mum."
Then there's the sad effort by "Mississippi abortion doctor Willie Parker," who "ran with the trope that direct quotes from a Planned Parenthood doctor constitute a vicious attack," Powers writes.
But this savage doctor wasn't done. "He compared Nucatola to Jesus," Powers writes.
"It's no secret that my frame of reference for the work that I do and in terms of generating compassion is related to my religious understanding and, in particular, my Christian religious understanding," Powers quotes Parker as telling Cosmopolitan magazine.
That "Christian" "religious" "understanding" reveals to the abortionist, he says, "a strong parallel between what's happening to my colleague [Nucatola] and the trial week of Jesus before he was crucified [as] he was marched from place to place, asked to answer allegations."
Total nonsense, of course. Jesus sacrificed his life for others, but abortionists kill others to advance themselves, sell aborted baby body parts over lunch, and trade blood for money to buy Lamborghinis. These and other subtle differences between the humane Jesus of history and the inhumane abortionism of Planned Parenthood abound.
Powers concludes: "When abortion doctors are elevated to gods who may not be questioned or held accountable, society has officially gone off the rails."
"The gods" should of course be questioned (a mentality I have written about in a book Foreword here).
For that matter, in matters big and small, the unquestioning mantra of "don't think, just believe" may be accepted in many circles today -- whether in church, on campus, in the voting booth, or in the boardroom, or in the fevered minds of abortion-believing fanatics -- but that mantra is totally inadequate to the free-thinking human being endowed by the Creator to think, evaluate evidence, and "test everything."
This approach, by the way, is central to Nancy Pearcey's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. If you want real-world principles for questioning the inhumane prescriptions of our age, or of any age, this book is a terrific place to begin.