How Planned Parenthood got its accusers indicted

Reuters has an eye-opening story on what we blogged about earlier, how Planned Parenthood lawyers turned the tables on those who made the videos exposing the organization’s organ trafficking.  By working closely with the Texas grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood, the lawyers were able to frame the case so that the abortionists were no longer accused of a crime but were rather victims of a crime.  And because the filmmakers used fake IDs, they had a crime to charge them with.  On top of that, with excruciating irony, because the filmmakers said they wanted to buy fetal tissue, the lawyers got the grand jury to charge the pro-lifers with organ trafficking, the very crime Planned Parenthood had been accused of!

Another example of the cynical adage that if you are accused of a crime, all you need is a good lawyer.  Read the details after the jump. [Read more...]

Freeing the guilty, punishing the innocent

A Texas grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood for organ trafficking exonerated that organization and instead indicted the pro-lifers who made the videos in which the abortionists talked about selling fetal tissue!  In fact, the grand jury is charging the two filmmakers for trafficking in fetal tissue, since they formed a cover business supposedly seeking to buy fetal organs in order to get Planned Parenthood officials to talk.  The filmmakers could be facing 20 years in prison.

This reminds me of Ben Jonson’s play Volpone, in which the conman is caught in the act, yet in his trial manages to get his victims thrown into prison! [Read more...]

From pro-abortion to pro-life

Friday was the March for Life, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  To mark that occasion, read Frederica Mathewes-Green writing about why she changed her views about abortion, going from strongly “pro-choice” to strongly “pro-life.”  Read her whole essay, linked after the jump.  I post a powerful excerpt. [Read more...]

Religious hospitals may refuse to perform procedures against their beliefs

In what may be an important precedent, a California court ruled against a woman who sued a Catholic hospital for not performing a sterilization procedure that she requested, arguing that since the hospital took federal funds it could not discriminate against her.  (This is also the argument being used to force religious hospitals to commit abortion.)

The judge ruled that there was no discrimination, since the hospital wouldn’t sterilize men either, which would also violate Catholic teaching; and, more importantly, that the government should not interfere with religious hospitals acting on their religious beliefs. [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood strikes back

Planned Parenthood is suing the people who made those videos exposing the organization’s fetal tissue trafficking and other embarrassing facts. [Read more...]

On Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton

As you may have heard, Planned Parenthood has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, also giving her $20 million.  But isn’t Planned Parenthood a non-profit organization and so forbidden, like Christian ministries, from overt political involvement?  And since one-third of its income comes from the government, doesn’t that mean that tax dollars are funding a political campaign?

It turns out that Planned Parenthood has formed a separate advocacy group to be its political arm.  It presumably is financed by separate money.  Still, I remember how careful Christian organizations I’ve been involved have had to be to distance themselves from the very appearance of political involvement in order to protect their tax-exempt status.  When it is being said that “Planned Parenthood” is endorsing, rather than “the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” that would normally invite IRS scrutiny.

Anyway, the endorsement may backfire, both against Planned Parenthood and against Mrs. Clinton.  Bernie Sanders supporters are furious at the endorsement and are pulling their funds from Planned Parenthood. [Read more...]