Trump again hearts Planned Parenthood

Shortly after he claimed to be a “unifier” during his Super Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump was at it again, lambasting “so-called conservatives” who don’t share his liberal position on Planned Parenthood, continuing to insist he applauds the group because it allegedly “does a lot of good of good things” for women’s health.

Similar logic applies to his position on Obamacare.  He loves the coercive freedom- and job-killing individual mandate, which is the heart of Obamacare, because he doesn’t want to see bodies in the street, a classic liberal rhetorical scare tactic.  Planned Parenthood may do the occasional mammogram referral, but the heart of its business has been abortions, and money, the saying goes, is fungible.

Trump’s support of Planned Parenthood is incompatible with his claim to have seen the pro-life light.  As LifeSiteNews observes:

Some pro-life voters are wondering how long Donald Trump can continue to praise the nation’s largest abortion business and continue getting away with the claim that he opposes abortion or would sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood. Tonight — unprompted by an interview or attack from a fellow Republican presidential candidate or from someone on the pro-abortion side, Trump praised the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate….

Trump dismissed the notion he is not a true conservative because he supports Planned Parenthood, insisting he is “just doing what’s right.”

“Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women,” Trump said in a news conference Tuesday night. “And I’ll say it, and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that’s really … cause I’m a conservative, but I’m a common-sense conservative.”

According to Trump, being 100 percent pro-life is not a true conservative position, and supporting an organization in any way that willingly sells aborted baby parts so its executives can afford Lamborghinis is “common sense.”

Planned Parenthood appreciates The Donald’s mental and moral gymnastics.  In a recent interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards expressed her appreciation to Donald Trump:

MITCHELL: “Cecile, as the head of Planned Parenthood, you’ve been through the mill with all of the controversy in the past couple of months. Here is Donald Trump recently on ‘Meet The Press’ and he sounds like he is in your court. Let’s watch.”

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TRUMP: “They do some very good work, cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue — women’s health issues are taken care of….Planned Parenthood does a lot of good job — a really good job at a lot of different areas but not on abortion. So, I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion. I’m not going to fund it. Now they say it’s 3 percent and it’s 4 percent, some people say it’s 60 percent. I don’t believe it’s 60 percent by the way, but, I think it’s probably a much lower number. But Planned Parenthood does some very good work.”

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RICHARDS: “Well, this is one thing I agree with Donald Trump on, is that Planned Parenthood does amazing work for 2 1/2 million patients every single year….

And so, I appreciate his kind words. We’re very proud of our work, but I think women in this country and families and men are going to be very concerned about a president who wants to roll back access to affordable health care in America.”

Someone like Sen. Ted Cruz, perhaps, someone who doesn’t believe that abortion and selling baby parts are “health care,” someone who will order his Justice Department to investigate the arguably criminal activities of Planned Parenthood?  Ted Cruz gets no love letters from the group.  One wonders how Trump would attack Hillary Clinton, who received the group’s Margaret Sanger Award, for her pro-abortion stance, both supporting the “good works” of Planned Parenthood..

Planned Parenthood has tried to discredit the undercover videos exposing its baby body part business by saying they were carefully edited and that the admissions of Planned Parenthood officials of conducting a for-profit baby body part flea market were taken out of context.  It is hard to imagine in what “context” the discussion of the price of a fetal head versus the price of a new Lamborghini is okay.  As LifeNews comments:

The video of the Houston Planned Parenthood makes it appear the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die. The video shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact aborted babies….

Planned Parenthood could be breaking the federal law known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that requires abortion clinics, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.” That would be one of the potential ways Planned Parenthood could produce a “fully intact” baby to sell to StemExpress for research. Most “crunchy” abortion methods would do damage to the baby’s body.

Unlike Trump, Ted Cruz has called on Congress to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and its ghastly practices.  He knows that our Founding Fathers rightly decided that among the inalienable rights bestowed on us by our Creator, life comes first, even before liberty, and certainly before our secular age’s pursuit of happiness.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.