They’re going to stop taking money for direct baby harvesting. …Wow. Isn’t that just swell of them?
Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it will no longer accept any reimbursement as part of its fetal tissue donation program, taking its strongest step yet to end the onslaught of conservative attacks against the group.
The group’s president Cecile Richards disclosed the policy change in a letter to the National Institutes of Health, which she said was intended to “take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda.”
The Hill goes on to fondly imagine that this ‘forces Republicans to find new lines of attack against Planned Parenthood,’ apparently in the mistaken belief that you can retroactively and unilaterally declare federal felonies to no longer be federal felonies. Also: I suppose that winning a major battle on life issues – to wit, making it much less profitable for Planned Parenthood to continue to harvest human babies – might ‘force’ us to go onto other things, in much the same way that decapitating the Soviet Union ‘forced’ the United States to go do something else besides fight the Cold War.
As for the shadow-boxing part: well, as streiff pointed out over at RedState, this letter doesn’t actually say what it claims to say. As in: many, many opportunities still exist for Planned Parenthood to make a profit selling baby parts to various companies. streiff thinks that said letter was sent out in response to a judge squashing a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress so that they can show a particular video to Congress*. Which sounds about right; at least, I think that somebody at Planned Parenthood may be starting to get a little worried about jail time, and that’s certainly compatible with streiff’s theory. Guess we’ll see!
*”Wonderful thing, a subpoena.”