If we could take a step back and view the United States from an emotionally-safe distance – Mars, perhaps – we might come away with a grudging sort of respect for liberal Democrats. As backwards and dangerous as their ideology may be, they are a relentless bunch. They’re always on offense. It’s not enough that they should succeed in achieving their legislative goals; they want to make it a crime to oppose them. They’re doing it with climate change, they’re doing it with gay marriage, and in California, they’re getting ready to do it with abortion.
Last year, you probably recall, a group called the Center for Medical Progress landed an extraordinary blow against the demonic abortion factory known as Planned Parenthood. With the public release of undercover videos, CMP’s investigative journalism got the whole country talking about the ongoing national infanticide that the left would prefer everyone to ignore. For the first time in years, Republicans (briefly) turned their attention back to abortion.
The GOP’s efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding have been unsuccessful thus far, and the organization has not been convicted of profiting off the sale of aborted body parts despite damning evidence.
But merely escaping the consequences of their actions was not enough for the abortionists. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is evil incarnate, but she’s no dummy. She knows that her abortion mill survives in only one environment: Widespread ignorance. When the truth about this national stain is obscured in vague phrases like “pro-choice” and “women’s healthcare,” everything’s copacetic. When it’s described like this, there’s a problem:
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact.”
That was Planned Parenthood employee Deborah Nucatola, explaining to CMP undercover investigators how the organization was improving their ability to preserve fetal organ tissue with more advanced abortion techniques.
That sentiment doesn’t rally young feminists like “Our future, Our choice, Our fight.”
To keep the truth away from the sensitive ears of the American public, California Democrats now want to make it illegal to conduct investigations of this sort. State law already criminalizes secret recordings, but the new bill would add additional penalties for the public distribution of those recordings when healthcare providers are the target.
“If we’re going to protect the right to abortion, we must protect the privacy and safety of medical providers,” said Kathy Kneer of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “We worked hard to craft a bill that balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech.”
Not hard enough, apparently, as the bill has attracted sharp criticism from some unlikely sources. Left-leaning institutions such as the ACLU have condemned the bill as an encroachment on the First Amendment.
“We know of no legitimate governmental reason for singling out disclosure of all health care provider communications for special criminal sanctions, making the bill vulnerable not only on First Amendment grounds but also on equal protection grounds,” the ACLU said in June.
It is very telling that Democrats and the abortion industry chose this path. They had an opportunity to clean up their vile practices and they instead chose to prosecute the messenger. Now they want to send a clear warning to anyone else who might try to expose their true nature: Try it, and we’ll see you in prison.
Yeah…Mars is looking pretty good right about now.