Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ouch! Planned Parenthood Scandal Nicks Obama

 The President's non-answer is pretty revealing.

Check this out from Steven Ertelt's article at LifeNews.com:

“There’s a conservative group that went into Planned Parenthood with video cameras and taped what appeared to be Planned Parenthood workers turning a blind eye to sex trafficking,” the NBC 12 interviewer began in the late Friday interview. “Republicans here in Washington have turned this into a call for you and for other leaders in Washington to strip Planned Parenthood’s funding from the federal government. Do you think this video should be a reason to look at Planned Parenthood funding? Do you think it’s a setup? How would you react to that?”

Obama responded initially by trying to deflect the issue from Planned Parenthood to the economy:

“Well, you know, I will tell you, um, the vast majority of people right now, uh, what they’re thinking about are jobs, the economy, um, and I think that sometimes these issues get manufactured and they a lot of attention on the blogosphere. But what folks that I talk to have been asking is: How is the economy going to be doing? Are jobs going to be created? Are businesses going to be located here in the United States?”

Eventually, Obama got around to responding directly to the question:

“So, you know, my bottom line is, that uh, I think that Planned Parenthood in the past has done good work. If there was a specific problem at this center, it should be addressed,” Obama continued.

Then the president retreated back to other issues to close his answer:  “But we shouldn’t get so distracted with some of these issues that we ignore what really determines how well our kids do in the future. Are we educating them properly? Are we investing in research and development and science and technology to keep our cutting edge? Are we dealing with our budget in a serious way and reducing spending? If we do those things, then some of these other issues are going to be addressed at the local level, but I’m pretty confident that we can address them.”

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, noticed the interview and says it is revealing — for both what Obama said and what he didn’t. That the sex trafficking scandals has made its way to the presidential level shows how much of an impact the Live Action expose’ videos have made.

“The first bit of news to glean from Obama’s response is he was fully aware of the scandal,” she said. “Obama tried to minimize the sex trafficking sting as “manufactured” and only getting attention on the “blogosphere,” both claims of which are patently false. His own Department of Justice is now involved , after all, and the videos were repeatedly cited in GOP House testimony last week about an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, which passed.”

“But Obama did nothing to reassure Planned Parenthood beyond that,” Stanek added. “In fact, he only distanced himself from the sex trafficking sanctuary. Obama first noted that any ‘specific problem… should be addressed.’ Slap.”

Stanek found it “intriguing” that Obama said Planned Parenthood has done good work “in the past” and that he would have used the present tense if he truly believed the abortion business is engaged in good work.

“But he didn’t,” she said. “Obama proceeded to tick off what he considered real problems, none of which had anything to do with Planned Parenthood and some of which were even contrary to Planned Parenthood’s mission of killing every child it can get paid to kill. Then came the pièce de résistance: ‘Are we dealing with our budget in a serious way and reducing spending?’ Wouldn’t that be making the GOP’s case to defund?”...

The rest of this column is right here.