Defunding Planned Parenthood–The Latest Dog And Pony Show From The Reichwing Crazies…

planned parenthoodJust when you thought that maybe, just maybe, the dust has settled from the last insane farce the Far Right kicked up, we have us some real crazy a-showin’ up:

In Hour-Long Attack On Planned Parenthood, Beck Inexcusably Ignores Key Fact

Glenn Beck devoted the February 18 edition of his Fox News show to promoting the false claim that Live Action’s undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood abetting the sex trafficking of underage girls. Beck did not mention once during his hour-long show that, before any of the hoax videos were released, Planned Parenthood contacted the FBI to report the possibility that sex trafficking was occurring.

And if lunging face first into his own omelet isn’t enough, Glenn Dreck has to go even further:

Beck Claims There Are “Dozens Of” Videos Of Planned Parenthood Helping A Pimp Get Abortions For Underage Girls. From the February 18 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

BECK: If I told you there were people in Afghanistan under the noses of our troops that were assisting mullahs that were keeping underaged girls in a slave trade and our troops were not reporting it and they were watching it go on, they were in fact assisting or advising the pimps, would you say those troops need to come home and be court-martialed? Those troops should not be serving us?

I think the answer would be yes.

If I told you that our dollars in Egypt were being used to keep young girls in — even if they were living in luxury but they were being kept so men could come and rape them and our money was going to give them medical support, to make sure that they’re healthy, to make sure that they didn’t have children, they got abortions from the rapes every night. If I told you that we had video of people, our own people, assisting them, would you say that would be a front page story?

It’s not a front page story because it’s happening here in America, and it’s happening at Planned Parenthood and nobody wants to think about it.

That’s why I think in time abortion will be recognized as the horror that it is.

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BECK: There are dozens of videos doing — showing horrible things happening at Planned Parenthood where a pimp will come in and will say, hey, I’ve got all these underage girls and I got to get them abortions, can you help? And they say, yes.

I have the distinct impression that Glenn Dreck has allergic reactions to fact checkers, as it is obvious he doesn’t employ them. Abortion only constitutes 3% of PP’s overall yearly procedures. Yet somehow, all the crazies focus on the small percentage they object to and blow it out of proportion. Which is stupid. And also a strawman.

Yes, I’ve seen the video – it was this ‘Pro-Life’ (a ridiculous appellation at best) group by name of Live Action, who ‘went undercover’ and ‘stung’ a PP worker. That they chopped up selected highlights and put them before the ‘interview’ bodes ill, along with the effort at Indie-level production values, that subjects the viewer to the filmer’s bias and removes all objective value as evidence from the video clip.

And PP workers aren’t police officers. Was the woman supposed to slap the cuffs on these people? No, she did her job, and contacted her superiors after the interview.

It’s stupid enough that this even became news – but it’s also being used as some sort of effort to defund PP:

Led by Republicans Mike Pence and Chris Smith, two abortion-related measures are headed to the House of Representatives, where Republicans now have sufficient votes to pass them without any support from Democrats.

Mr Pence is aiming to stop Planned Parenthood, a reproductive care organisation, receiving federal funds.

Planned Parenthood offers services including contraception, gynaecological and breast exams, and family planning, but is a favoured target for the anti-abortion lobby because it is America’s leading provider of abortions.

It serves about 3 million women each year in its more than 800 clinics, and provided 324,008 abortions in 2008. The organisation says abortions account for only about 3% of its budget.

Anti-abortion activists have long had Planned Parenthood in their sights, keeping an almost constant vigil of protesters outside their clinics.

Their campaign to deny it federal funds has been aided recently by the release of several hidden camera videos showing a man posing as a pimp asking Planned Parenthood workers about services for under-age prostitutes.

I also think there might be an issue with the legality of recording people without permission, but I’m unsure.

So, SIGN THIS PETITION. Write a few emails to your representatives – let’s go and get this nonsense shouted down.

Till the next post, then.

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15 Responses to Defunding Planned Parenthood–The Latest Dog And Pony Show From The Reichwing Crazies…

  1. Mark says:

    I have been shooting video for twenty years and I know a few things about the law on this.

    1) You cannot broadcast a person(s) image without a signed release, they can sue you.
    2) You can videotape people in public and public events, considered public domain, if you interview one of those people at a public event and wish to broadcast them, you than need a release from that person.
    3) You cannot videotape on or in privet property for broadcast without a property release. But you can videotape the property exterior from a public location like the sidewalk, again, considered public domain.
    Now, you can videotape the exterior of a business that is open to the public from a public location, and the people going into and out of that business, as long as you do not tape a recognizable close up on any one individual… there is a lot of gray area here as most of these shots are still considered public domain, as long as your shooting video from the public walk, easement, or street. You can even shoot video of a residence or privet property from a public location and the people going in and out, just don’t shoot a close-up on any of them.
    Here is a good example; For my Shanda Sharer videos at youtube I went to speak to one of the girls named Toni Lawrence that was involved with the crime. I could walk up to her door and knock because there were no “No Trespassing” signs posted, but not video tape her for broadcast without a release. If I had my car parked in the street and the camera set to a wide shot I could tape the front of her house and the both of us talking and broadcast it without a release, but not our voices. If I shot the same video and my car was parked in her driveway, the video is legal but I cannot broadcast it, unless Toni Lawrence logged on to youtube and said I did not talk to her and was lying, than I could broadcast the video from her driveway to prove my words were the truth when I said I spoke to her.
    Here is another example, if I set up a camera to record myself making a phone call I wish to document I cannot hook a direct line from the phone into the camera, but! If the camera mic picks up both ends of the conversation I can use it because it is incidental and not intentional. I can also make a sound recording of a phone conversation as long as they are considered “notes” to be used for reference when typing out this conversation. Should someone say my typed notes are incorrect, I than can use the recording to prove the truth.

    I know many news organization do the hidden camera thing and I THINK, that is legal as long as you tape them committing a crime and turn the evidence over to the police…not sure on that one.

    Glen Beck is an idiot and anyone who believes his rants is brain dead.

  2. Mark says:

    Oh yea, there are some differences for public figures like our Congressmen. One can stop them in public and shoot a recognizable close up and ask questions and broadcast it. One cannot walk up to his/her privet residence and start taping them, but they still do this…same for movie stars, some kind of public figure clause.

  3. ChuckA says:

    Thanks, KA, for shining a bit more, much needed, light on the issue.

    IMNSHO…Glenn Beck…that “Fuckhead News”, 32 million dollar a year (WTF!!!), totally delusional Moron…erm…Mormon, is MORE, than perhaps, Certifiably insane. He gets away, essentially non-stop, with his total bullshit because of the HUGE number of idiot Americans who totally swallow, whole cloth, all the irrational crap that he and all the Fucks News anchors spew out on a daily basis.
    I’ll dub it:
    “Endless, Totally Moronic, Barf-A-Rama”.
    I accuse everyone on that totally numb-skull ‘Nut-work’ of failing miserably to exhibit ANY sign, whatsoever, of consistently basic…Logical, Rationally Critical, or even remotely verifiable, Scientifically oriented, thinking ability.

    OK…enough character-assassinating-based anger ranting…?
    It’s Sunday (as I type this)…
    time for another, somewhat full blown, “Sunday-stay at home-Rant”…?

    If all those MF idiots were REALLY against abortion; they’d be out ranting, with their fists in the air, against…
    MISCARRIAGES…or, what amounts to…
    their fucking insane, imaginary God’s abortions…which, statistically, amount to 10-20% of ALL pregnancies. I realize I’m hammering, for the Nth time, at something almost NOBODY else pays any attention to. Labeling it “Natural”, IMO, amounts to a total cop-out; especially when it comes to religious believers.
    They’re ABORTIONS, folks!
    The only difference is; they’re almost NEVER actually chosen…certainly never admitted to being chosen.
    WHY?
    Fucking Religions (D’uh!)..
    make that, in particular: fuck-headed Christianity and Islam!
    After all, according to their insidiously monstrous, totally made-up, Centuries-old outright bullshit LIES, as we atheists all know (some of us, like myself, indoctrinated right from birth) we humans have absolutely NO say in ANYTHING about existence. Of course, for most Darwinian-style atheists, that’s no problem. Our birth is nothing more than the result of a natural, albeit Evolutionary, human reproductive process; having no so-called “Spiritual” or immaterial connections whatsoever. We’re all here…whether somewhat ‘fortuitous’ or not…through biological “chance”. We, obviously, didn’t CHOOSE to exist.

    The subject is not quite so simple when it comes to religions. Our existence is assumed to be determined by the imagined “Will” of an invisible deity.
    “To BE (Exist) or not to BE (Exist)” is definitely NOT, the question ever really considered by, in particular, the Western Abrahamic Religions.
    We neither chose to BE in this (fucking) world, nor can we choose, without dire, so-called “Eternal Judgment” and Hellfire damnation, to exit it through our own choice (i.e…Suicide).
    Western Abrahamic Religions, in particular…are now…have always been…and will always be (until universally trampled into the dust-bin of human history)…
    ABSOLUTE DOCTRINAL TYRANNY!

    Now that that’s (at least temporarily) off my chest…
    One other relevant item; and this regards all eminently arrogant jerks LIKE the Post’s referred to Mike Pence and Chris Smith…
    Ever more frequent and alert attention, IMO, should by paid to the WAY too often ignored “Dominionist” crowd of religious believer bastards in our Politics. Which means the raising of awareness RE just WHO all the radically extreme Right Wing-nut fucktards are; and what they’re up to…including the continued connection of their totally anti-Choice, anti-LGBT and the insidious killing of Gays in Uganda issues.
    Just for additional reference, here’s a link to some rather detailed info at Wikipedia; which I recommend adding to your Favs…
    Titled: “The Fellowship (Christian organization)”:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_%28Christian_organization%29#Current_and_former_members

    Yeah…”AARGHETY-AARGHETY-AARGH!!!”

  4. KA says:

    Wow – this is an important issue. I’m surprised more people haven’t commented.

  5. ScottDogg says:

    If I told you that our dollars in Egypt were being used to keep young girls in — even if they were living in luxury but they were being kept so men could come and rape them and our money was going to give them medical support, to make sure that they’re healthy, to make sure that they didn’t have children, they got abortions from the rapes every night. If I told you that we had video of people, our own people, assisting them, would you say that would be a front page story?

    I’m guessing that the douchebag would think that it would, but not because of the rapes. <sarcasm>Being in an environment where you are raped sure is living in luxury. I mean, who cares about the health of those young girls and their trauma of having unconsensual sex? It’s all their fault for having vaginas and existing in the presence of men. They deserve to be sentenced to carry the foetus to term, squeeze it out and either (a) give it up for adoption or toss it in a dumpster, and try to forget that the ordeal ever happened, or (b) turn their lives upside down and raise it on their own as a single parent. After all, a clump of cells that can’t experience similar suffering is infinitely more important.</sarcasm>

    And Planned Parenthood provides 2.5 million people with contraception, which is something that prevents unintended pregnancy, and thus abortion — which these nuts hate so much — to begin with.

    “Pro-life” really means “anti-choice”. But “pro-choice” does not mean “anti-life”. They are not polar opposites. “Pro-choice” can mean choosing life.

  6. Mark says:

    KA said;
    (It’s all their fault for having vaginas and existing in the presence of men. They deserve to be sentenced to carry the foetus to term, squeeze it out and either (a) give it up for adoption or toss it in a dumpster, and try to forget that the ordeal ever happened, or (b) turn their lives upside down and raise it on their own as a single parent.)

    Their opinion is that one should not have sex unless it is to conceive (in missionary position with the lights off), so accidental pregnancy is no accident and a sin if not taken to full term.
    Pro-life means much more than anti-choice, it means they will force their religious belief upon everyone by any means they can…back to the dark ages and the burning of witches we go.

  7. KA says:

    Yo, Mark. Scottdogg said that, not I.

  8. ScottDogg says:

    KA said:

    Yo, Mark. Scottdogg said that, not I.

    True. I hope you didn’t think I was being serious!
    Mark said:

    Their opinion is that one should not have sex unless it is to conceive (in missionary position with the lights off), so accidental pregnancy is no accident and a sin if not taken to full term.

    I’ll bet that they also pray for God to have mercy on their soul if they happen to experience any pleasure during the act.

  9. Inari says:

    George Carlin said it best, “They aren’t pro-choice, they’re anti-woman.”

    I may have paraphrased very slightly, but it is the truth. These assholes don’t care about anything but forcing their superstition on others. I forget where I saw this quote (it may have been here, for all I know), but it applies nicely. Warning, vulgarity ensues.

    “Religion is a lot like a penis. I don’t care what you do with your own, but don’t try to force it down my throat.”

    As stated, vulgar, but religion usually is.

  10. Rich says:

    I have heard, from other people, that Glen Beck chooses male employees based on how hard they sodomize him. I’m not sure I believe it, but that’s the word on the street.

  11. Mark says:

    Rich says:
    (I have heard, from other people, that Glen Beck chooses male employees based on how hard they sodomize him. I’m not sure I believe it, but that’s the word on the street.)

    Sounds like a rumor or someone would have exposed him by now as he has made many enemies.

    BTW, sorry about the quote mix-up between Scottdog and KA…but to add more. What type of people make sex dirty and war and killing good??

  12. ScottDogg says:

    Mark said:

    What type of people make sex dirty and war and killing good??

    Here are my thoughts.

    I think that a natural trait of humans (by “natural” I don’t mean “good”) is to react with aversion with expressions of emotion and behaviour that are foreign to them. For example, a big tough man might express disgust at the sight of another man crying. Similarly, if a person sees a couple kissing passionately and he doesn’t understand why, he might think that it is depraved. This kind of thinking could lead to society adopting that position. As a consequence, when people have a lustful feeling, they might think “This is bad, I must repress it!”

    Also I think the notion of free-will could play a part. Christians have traditionally thought of themselves as special creations of God and are gifted with the ability to control their thoughts completely. Their intrinsic “sinful nature” that they believe they have would cause themselves to do things that are completely their fault — they make conscious choices to “sin”. However, there are some emotions that are not so easy to control, like greed, lust and gluttony. I think that Christians would believe that because humans are supposed to be able to control their thoughts without effort, any thoughts that are difficult to control must be influenced by an outside agent, like the devil. If a Christian has such thoughts that society frowns upon, that person might think that Satan is leading them astray and must use prayer, or something, to break free. Conversely, if someone has an expression of emotion that is viewed positively by the public, and is difficult to control, they might think that it is God working through them.

    As for the question as to why people glorify war and killing, it could be a primitive tribal instinct that they’ve had since antiquity; like the point I made above, two tribes could be rivals because they have different values or behaviours — each one thinks that the other is bad. If they didn’t, there would be no reason why the two wouldn’t peacefully coexist or merge into one. Each of the rival tribes could think that there are three options: it could (a) emigrate to another location (e.g. if it was outnumbered); (b) assimilate the other one’s members into its own (like modern Christians do with proselytising) or (c) exterminate the other tribe. Option (c), it would seem, would be used by one tribe because it sees the other as depraved and evil, and possibly also that it thinks (or makes out that it thinks) that the other can’t be negotiated with and is a threat to the rest of the world. Therefore, they’d think that killing is justified. George W. Bush has used this line of thought with his pre-emptive “get them before they get us” bullshit doctrine.

    Have I made any sense? Please comment.

  13. Mark says:

    ScottDogg…good post! And I understand the primitive tribal theory and I think organized religion utilizes this primitive thought process to keep control over their flock, they have not evolved.

  14. Rich says:

    Mark: Have you ever heard the alleged story where Lyndon Johnson told his people to call a political opponent a pig fucker? One person said, “How can you say that? He’s not a pig fucker!” And Johnson said, “I know, but let’s make him deny it!”

    That was the point of my post. That’s the form of most of the Republican discourse these days. I was making a point of turnabout being fair play. Did you really think that I thought that my statement was true?

    Wake up, man.

  15. CriticalEyes says:

    Glenn Beck…. I think I stepped in some getting out of my car this morning. Don’t we have a Sanitation department to scrape that stuff up??????

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