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A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Planned Parenthood is battling on multiple legal fronts across the country, close to a year after the airing of several heavily edited videos that purported to show staff selling fetal tissue.

The organization has filed 15 lawsuits challenging states that want to defund or otherwise curtail its activities.

Kansas and Ohio are the latest states to announce the pulling of federal funds from the organization and its affiliates. Both are being sued.

Planned Parenthood is also suing the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice group behind the production of misleading videos.

In a statement made when the lawsuit was filed in January, Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women’s access to safe and legal abortion, and we filed the case to hold them accountable.”

A House panel, heavily Republican, is investigating the transfer of fetal tissue. It claimed last week to have evidence a company involved violated federal privacy laws and committed other ethics violations.

Yet the fallout from the Center for Medical Progress’s videos stems from a practice that has gone on for decades. Research on fetal tissue led to the very first polio vaccine. It was also crucial for the development of vaccines for hepatitis, rubella, chicken pox, shingles, and rabies, and today is used for research into such conditions as Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease.

“Fetal tissue donation is entirely legal and plays a vital role in medical research,” Planned Parenthood wrote in its suit against the Center for Medical Progress. “Virtually every person in the United States has benefited from research that relies on fetal tissue.”

And the videos in question, far from showing the Planned Parenthood staff were angling to make a profit from the practice, revealed almost the exact opposite. The amount discussed on camera was so small it would have hardly covered expenses.

It is illegal to profit from the transfer of fetal tissue. In law, profit is described as “valuable consideration” but that does not include reasonable payments associated with the “transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.”

The American Medical Association states: “Fetal tissue is not provided in exchange for financial remuneration above that which is necessary to cover reasonable expenses.”

Investigations in 12 states, including Kansas and Ohio, found no evidence that Planned Parenthood tried to profit from the transfer of fetal tissues for medical research.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) is leading the House investigative panel established as a result of the edited videos.

She claimed last week to have uncovered evidence of privacy and ethics violations, evidence described by Democrats on the panel as “unverified ‘documents and testimony’ from so called ‘informants’ to allege wrongdoing by StemExpress.” Some of that evidence came from the Center for Medical Progress. StemExpress denies any wrongdoing.

In a statement, Blackburn said the company and abortion clinics “make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb.”

Blackburn’s language echoes that of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who stated that he wanted to defund Planned Parenthood because it is involved in the “trafficking of baby body parts.”

But a representative for Gov. Brownback was very clear last month, saying the governor defunded the organization “in order to protect the unborn and support a culture of life in Kansas.”

The videos had other real world consequences, according to the Planned Parenthood lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress, which described the group and its key members being involved in a “complex criminal enterprise.”

“Millions of people who view the manipulated videos and inflammatory accusations were made to believe that Planned Parenthood had violated the law and acted improperly,” the lawsuit reads.

“There was a dramatic increase in the threats, harassment, and criminal activities targeting abortion providers and their supporters and, in particular, Planned Parenthood health center after the release of defendants.”

In November, Robert Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three and injuring nine more, he shouted “No more baby parts!”

The express aim of the enterprise had the ultimate goal of interfering with women’s access to legal abortion, the lawsuit states.

Photo: A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  1. Rev Donald Spitz June 6, 2016

    Anyone who supports abortion has the blood of babies on their hands.
    Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
    Numbers 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein,but by the blood of him that shed it.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

      Return to your cross, Rev. Inquisitor. This is not your province.

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      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        Is that your message from Hell?

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        1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          Aggie! Hey, baby! How you doin TODAY?
          You got a dog in this fight, or are you just here to stir things up?

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            Why do you ask? Are you seeking the mercy rule?

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    2. bobnstuff June 7, 2016

      So how much support do you give poor women with children, Do you put your money were your mouth is. Do you spend your money building grand churches or taking care of the poor. Have you given up on your comfortable life so the hungry can eat? Have you supported a child because it’s parents couldn’t. Do you punish poor children by giving substandard schools, housing or care. I bet you didn’t go hungry today so the a poor child can eat. If you want to use the Bible to support you view you need to read and live the whole thing.

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      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        The babies of poor women are better off dead…..got it! Well done!

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    3. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

      YOUR stupid quoting of your stupid god, means nothing, WHO have you helped? Who have you adopted? Clothed?

      Yea, right. ANOTHER CHRISTIAN HYPOCRITE and GOP supporter, no surprise.

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  2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

    Bonne chance, Planned Parenthood! Sue em clear to Purgatory! Crush them. Unseat that horror, Marsha Blackburn. Return us all to the simple sanity of competent, complete medical treatment care for men and women. No bogus admitting requirements. No surgical center over-reach. No waiting. No unwarranted, unnecessary ultrasound wanding. No questions. No state-mandated political lies. Let men’s and women’s reproductive care return to the privacy of the doctors’ office. Let medical research return to the skilled communities that benefit all of us.

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      1. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

        Spam, Katherine, go away!

        Reply
        1. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

          Shhh, I want to get rich like her. Surely though, if I were making that much money, I would have better things to do than spamming.

          Reply
          1. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            exactly!

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        2. AgLander June 7, 2016

          She makes a lot more sense than you!

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  3. bobnstuff June 7, 2016

    Republicans like telling women what to do. I find it interesting that instead of going after the causes of abortion they attack those who give them. It’s kind of like when you get sick from the heart disease blaming the doctor and closing all the hospitals. People don’t get up one morning and decide to go get pregnant so they can have an abortion. Being pro birth does not make you pro life. If you stop unwanted pregnancies you will stop abortions. If you support families with childcare and other services you can stop abortions. If we educate our children on family planning you can stop abortions. Just making abortions harder to get only make life worse for people. it doesn’t solve the problem. Taking money away from a group that’s prime mission is women’s health services we only make the problem worse.

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    1. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

      It’s not about women, they are just the pawns in this murder for profit scheme. It’s the men who want to escape their financial responsibilities to their children, and the doctors who profit greatly from it.

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      1. bobnstuff June 7, 2016

        Abortions are not profitable. They make a lot more money delivering the baby. It would be nice if the fathers stepped up and supported the children but since they don’t or can’t it’s up to everyone else to carry the weight. We need to quit punnishing the children for who their parents are.

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        1. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

          Exactly, we need to stop punishing the children. We need to stop killing them.

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          1. bobnstuff June 7, 2016

            You are right but which is worse killing them before they are born or after . Fast quick death or slow death over years of poverty. Pro birth isn’t pro life.

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          2. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            You know, that’s a good thought. Perhaps we should screen everyone who might be susceptible to cancer, poverty or random crime, and kill them off now.

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          3. AgLander June 7, 2016

            Please don’t suggest such a thing to a “progressive” because they will agree that it’s a good idea!

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          4. bobnstuff June 7, 2016

            Maybe we should work on finding a cure instead. Your way has people dying.

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          5. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            Pardon, but why do you think YOU should have control over EVERY woman’s body? Isn’t that up to the woman, NOT you?

            Are you so paternalistic as to think you know what is better for these women? That YOUR idealized version of life pertains to them? What if they were raped? Or heck, raped by their dad? Or an ectopic (sp?) pregnancy, leading to her possible DEATH? Is, then abortion OK?

            Brick, I admire your orphanage, but you appear to still be CLUELESS to others in a different situation than you. Thanks!

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          6. AgLander June 7, 2016

            You need to change your tag to “Lilly Pad” because you lost your initial straw man’s argument so you simply jumped without notice to another line of defense. You perfectly fit the definition of the “But Man”……Yeah, but…..yeah, but….yeah, but.

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          7. AgLander June 7, 2016

            Paragraph 2 in your screed is another straw man……99% of abortions are done as a casual form of birth control….it’s not a debatable point.

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          8. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            Ha Ha lies again, show any REAL proof.

            The debatable point is why you think ANYONE would believe a WORD you say?

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          9. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            It’s not debatable because it’s a lie, Aggie. It’s you, daydreaming.

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          10. AgLander June 7, 2016

            We all can dream….your challenge is to wake from your coma.

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          11. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            So, yeah.
            You lied.

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          12. sagato00 June 7, 2016

            Yes they need them to be born so they can be send to die in a war

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          13. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            Control is lost when a woman willingly surrenders her body to a feckless man. Why do you want to butcher the innocent babies?

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          14. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            So, again, fairly paternalistic, a WOMAN is in charge of her OWN body, not a “feckless man”.

            And again, a WOMAN, SHOULD be in charge of her body, NOT a different “feckless man”, yourself. YOU don’t have that right.

            And no, I don’t want to butcher babies, that is infanticide, already illegal across America, sorry you are just wrong.

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        2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          We need to stop punishing anyone for ending unwanted pregnancies.

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            Yes Fuhrer! Heil!!!!

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          2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Why, thank you, Aggie!
            I understand that’s a high honor where you come from.

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      2. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

        You are being an insensitive jerk, AND a fool. See my comment up above to Ag.

        If you are not willing to adopt these children, then you are just a hypocrite. SO what is your adopted special need child’s name?

        Yea, right. I thought so, you ARE a hypocrite. Congrats!

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        1. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

          My wife and I run an orphanage in Honduras. 80% of the funding comes from my telecommute software engineering job. Try your hypocrite label on someone else. 😉

          And yes, two of the children we raise are special needs.

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            Allow me to answer for Paul Bass……”Oops, never mind!”

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          2. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            A fool as always, I DON’T need YOU to answer for me, Thank you!

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          3. AgLander June 7, 2016

            I just am just trying to keep you from drowning here….for that I deserve your thanks!

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          4. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            My son’s name is Travis? yours?

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          5. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            John, Timothy, Eli, Reynaldo, Walter, Rolman, David, Gerardo, Arnold, Carlitos, Misael and Rey (AKA Bubby)

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          6. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            You left out Larry, Curly. Sleepy, Dopey and Doc.

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          7. AgLander June 7, 2016

            …and cruelty too. You really are a dandy aren’t you?

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          8. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            I do my best.

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          9. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            I am sensing some bigotry against Honduran children.

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          10. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            No, Sir.
            The denigration is all yours.

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          11. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            And yet you equated Honduran children with fictional dwarves, interesting.

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          12. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Nope.
            I added Stooge and dwarf names to the roster you provided. Of your fictional orphans. In Honduras.

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          13. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            Once again, it’s Hope Farm Honduras. Obviously you are thick in that you won’t look it up. Once again you demean people of different cultures by equating Haiti and Honduras. Your bigotry knows no bounds.

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          14. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Haiti/Honduras?
            Good call.
            My bad.
            Sorry.

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          15. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            You’re not real convincing, Thick.
            If you run an orphanage, I own a railroad.
            WHERE you to guys FIND this stuff?
            Weird!

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          16. AgLander June 7, 2016

            If you are searching for weird…..step in front of a mirror, loser.

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          17. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Aw, shucks ya big silly!
            You expect me to tell you that you’re cute, too?

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          18. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

            Search for Hope Farm Honduras. If you want I can add a page for ya.

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      3. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

        I hear ya, Thick.
        Bad, Bad men!
        Bad doctor!
        Bad!

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        1. AgLander June 7, 2016

          Screeds are not an argument. Screeds just reveal the lack of your ability to respond with any substance.

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          1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Why waste “substance” on the drool you guys sputter out?

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  4. AgLander June 7, 2016

    Planned Parenthood at least has the ability to fight back…..unlike all those innocent, defenseless babies butchered at their slaughterhouse facilities every year.

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    1. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

      On average, the babies are slaughtered every minute. 🙁

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      1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

        Get real, Thick.
        We both know that zero “babies” are harmed.

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        1. AgLander June 7, 2016

          Amorality on your part is not an argument…..it’s just a revealing glance at the darkness in your soul.

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          1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            Ooh!
            Was that your idea of condemnation, Aggie?
            Chuckles

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    2. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

      a$$hole! Have you adopted a special needs baby? It’s fine to talk, but what have YOU done about adopting unwanted children?

      Do you have a fetal alcohol baby, or a crack baby that you adopted? Then YOU are the PROBLEM!!

      And don’t even SUGGEST I’m wrong, I’m a single parent of an autistic young adult, I KNOW what I am talking about.

      So what is the name of your adopted child?

      Yea, right, you fu$king hypocrite, you opinion means NOTHING, because you have NO CLUE!

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      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        So….the only solution is to kill them, yes, kill ’em all! Problem solved, progressive style! Well done!

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        1. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

          NO, the solution is for YOU to adopt one of these special needs children, what’s the matter, too much work for you?

          As I said, you ARE a hypocrite, at least Brick, has done his part, how about you?

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            See previous reply…..and thank you for playing the role of the perfect straw man!

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        2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          We can make arrangements for you, too, Aggie.
          I mean, if that’s what you want…

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            The lines at your “processing centers” are too long.
            (See? I just described your slaughterhouses with an euphemistic term to make it sound so normal!)

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          2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            It’s not the bank, Aggie.
            People don’t “line up.”
            The waits ARE bad, but they’re state mandated.

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      2. AgLander June 7, 2016

        Hey a$$hole! You and I both know that your argument is a straw man’s defense because 99% of the killings done at Planned Parenthood are the result of “casual birth control”….the baby is murdered out of convenience, not birth defect. And don’t even SUGGEST I’m wrong, a$$hole!

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        1. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

          Ha HA HA- You just make up numbers!

          No, 99% of abortions at PP is NOT the result of “casual birth control”!

          Try again, with REAL data. Yes, I SUGGEST and REFUTE YOUR stupidity. Come on, have a bit of sense, 99% of ANYTHING is usually, NOT ever possible, there are ALWAYS exceptions! Thanks!

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            So…you aren’t denying that “casual birth control” is the norm, you just are contesting whether its 99% versus something less, say 95%? I don’t know how to work with the foolish and that point is clear when trying to work with you!

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          2. Paul Bass June 7, 2016

            THAT’S your argument PERCENTAGES??

            Boy, clueless, again, do you actually THINK ANYONE keeps statistics on the “reasons” for abortions? Do you actually believe that question would EVEN BE LEGAL TO ASK??

            And only a FOOL would believe ANY answer, since how can you EVER “prove” the reason?

            So again, make up numbers in your head all you want, we at NM don’t believe a word you say, and your INANE arguments don’t impress anyone but fellow nutjobs, congrats!

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        2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          Aggie!
          Quit crotch-sniffing!
          Eyes up HERE!

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          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            If you were alert, you would have noticed that the word was introduced into the exchange by Mr. Fish.

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          2. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

            You didn’t get it all, did you, Aggie?
            Oh, well.
            I’ll try smaller, fewer words.

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    3. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

      Aw, Aggie! You so funny!
      Killing babies is infanticide. It’s a felony.
      Interrupting a pregnancy is a choice, not a crime.

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      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        “a choice”…..yes, killing is simply a “choice” to a liberal. But there is no amount of wrapping it up in such euphemistic terms, such benign descriptions that will lesson the reality that it is the deliberate termination of a human life……MURDER. I don’t expect that to register in the minds of those lacking any sense of morality, any understanding of the rightness or wrongness of something….just saying.

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        1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          Well, you can’t convince me that ending an unplanned, unwanted, or harmful pregnancy is immoral.
          Making hostages and slaves of gestating women is immoral.

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        2. Insinnergy June 7, 2016

          You’d have to prove to me that a woman should lose control of her own body, and decisions about her own health, just because she is pregnant… and that it’s morally right to hand those decisions about her health and body over to the Government.

          You’d also have to explain to me how you would get around the fact that your worldview would require a murder investigation for all miscarriages along with jail time for miscarriages where the mother is deemed at fault, and in the case of abortion (which would of course be illegal by this time in your dystopian Christian-ruled “paradise”).

          Because apart from your impressive scientific ignorance, or substitution of “faith” for facts, that’s the big elephant in the room here. If abortion is murder, then women have to go to jail for culpable homicide for miscarriages. Yet you brainless tits keep saying that isn’t required… mainly because the cognitive dissonance gets too strong by that point and you’re intuitively aware that, if you push that line, most females in the country would disown you and your idiotic point of view.

          So go ahead. Explain these things.

          Since you appear to not have a scientific or legal background I’m basically anticipating the following from you:
          1) Reply based on blind faith and limited understanding and nightmares about “baby parts”.
          2) Personal attacks (and fair enough… I’ve attacked you personally. Mainly because you are a prolific idiot when it comes to posting and I have the firm feeling that ridicule is possibly the only thing that might get through to you.)
          3) Zero logic or evidence.

          I’m waiting.

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    4. Insinnergy June 7, 2016

      So pinhead.
      Explain Fertility Clinics to me.
      You know… where the rich, largely white, women go to make babies.
      Because if life begins at conception, as all you wingnuts seem to froth yourselves over, and can’t be aborted for any reason… then what about the tens of thousands of attempted pregnancies through fertility clinics… where conception has occurred.. often multiple times… that die, end, fail, or aren’t what was wanted and are “discarded”?

      If you get sad about “babies” (being defined as anything after conception) getting killed… where’s your moral outrage over the baby slaughterhouse that is the Fertility Clinic?

      A single woman at PP may abort one child.
      A single woman at a Fertility Clinic may end up conceiving multiple “babies” per year… per year… that fail, or die after conception.
      Where is the uneducated mob waving their idiocy like a flag outside fertility clinics?
      Where are the GOP chest puffing investigations?

      Yeah… nowhere.

      Because more often its poor coloured women that need easy access to abortion.
      Wealthy white women can just travel to another state… and you wouldn’t want to touch their fertility clinics… oh my no… no matter how many “babies” they kill.

      Your ignorance and hypocrisy is simply staggering.

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      1. AgLander June 8, 2016

        One feels the need to take a shower after reading your filthy, racist screed that reads like the script from the Margaret Sanger eugenics playbook and motivation for Planned Parenthood, control of the black population. You simply rephrased it in a not so clever disguise “it’s poor coloured (spelling) women that need easy access to abortion”. You didn’t deserve a response for such a beyond the pale display of racial venom and bigotry and that’s the last response I will waste on such a vile person like yourself……go wallow.

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        1. PrecipitousDrop June 8, 2016

          AGLANDER CAN’T EXPLAIN FERTILITY CLINICS TO INSINNERGY!

          AgLander’s got nuttin

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  5. Brick Heck June 7, 2016

    They had enough taxpayer money and political allies to weather the storm. They can pretty much get away with anything.

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    1. Bill P June 7, 2016

      Yeah they can, like providing health care to millions of women.

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      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        Just like we already provide health care for millions of illegals.

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        1. PrecipitousDrop June 7, 2016

          Aggie, we provide treatment to sick and injured people, no matter where they came from, or where they’re going.
          Even people like you, if you can imagine such a thing.

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        2. Bill P June 8, 2016

          No we don’t, show some proof to back up your bullshit statement.

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  6. LydiLouiKats June 8, 2016

    I have been suggesting this for awhile now! Planned Parenthood is a very suggestive old fashioned name for your medical practice! You should make a request to change your name to “Women’s Health Care Centers of America” hopefully that would help to take the stigma out of the abortion/planned term that upsets so many people! You provide so many valuable services for women and their health! 🙂

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