Terry McLaughlin: Unsavory tactics all around
In an Aug. 10 letter to the editor, Marilyn Nyborg said, “I really find it difficult to give credibility to a pro-life organization that uses totally deceptive tactics to gain the information they want. A heavily edited video, a complete set-up, using false IDs is hardly credible. Not to mention that there is no indication that Planned Parenthood did anything illegal.”
I’d like to make her aware of NARAL Pro-Choice America (previously called the National Abortion Rights Action League), which has an ongoing orchestrated campaign to discredit and quash Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) around the country. They also have “undercover” members visit CPC’s around the nation, faking pregnancies, giving false names and backgrounds stories, and carrying no ID’s at all. Does she believe that these are also totally deceptive tactics which should be given no credibility?
NARAL Pro-Choice America indicated during their California fundraising effort last year that their number one goal is to close the doors of pregnancy centers and clinics. To this end they have posted false and inflammatory information on websites, social media pages, and Yelp, accusing pregnancy centers and clinics of being “fake” and using deception and misinformation to convince women to carry out a pregnancy. In April 2014 they convinced Google to pull advertisements for CPCs, and they are trying to convince other search engines to do the same. NARAL Pro-Choice America is supporting California Assembly Bill 775 which would require that faith-based pregnancy centers provide clients with a referral to abortion providers. In April of this year, after the first hearing on AB 775, more than 200 pregnancy clinics received “Glitter Bombs” in the mail from “Glitter Bombs for Choice.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America objects to predominately faith-based organizations, which charge nothing or next to nothing for their services, and are largely run by volunteers (including Medical Doctors and Registered Nurses), providing pregnancy testing, sonograms, STD testing, pre-natal care, education, counseling, and adoption referrals, among many other services. These organizations accomplish their mission with non-judgmental love and compassion and without taking the life of the unborn or selling their body parts. In reference to Ms. Nyborg’s doubt that PP did anything illegal … The body parts that Planned Parenthood has been revealed to be selling have intrinsic value only because they are admittedly human body parts. For human body parts to be harvested for any reason would necessitate that a human life be ended in order to provide those parts. To my knowledge, conducting an abortion in a non-prescribed manner for the sole purpose of salvaging particular body parts is, indeed, illegal.
Whatever your personal feelings about the legality or morality of abortion — advocates on both sides of this issue are using what some people might consider to be unsavory tactics. Regardless of the messenger or the method, watching the callous indifference of the Planned Parenthood staff and doctors as they discussed where to “crunch” in order to achieve maximum salvageable organs, or picking through baby parts in a pie pan while discussing prices is beyond anything that should be acceptable to any person of conscience.
Terry McLaughlin lives in Nevada City.
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