RICHMOND — Republican leaders of Virginia’s House of Delegates renewed their calls Tuesday for a criminal investigation into the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics after the release of a third undercover video targeting the abortion provider.
The video released Tuesday shows lab workers using tweezers to sort through identifiable body parts in a petri dish atop a lighted lab table.
“Anyone watching those videos — seeing the tiny hands of a child on a petri dish — has to be shocked,” Speaker William J. Howell (Stafford) said in a conference call with reporters. “And hearing the casual nature of their conversations really is appalling.”
You know, I don’t want to go watch anyone perform brain surgery. I also don’t want to watch abortions being performed or any other types of medical procedures. I just don’t have the stomach for it. However, in my travels, I have picked up some information.
Howell sounds like a real dumb ass. He is shooting off his mouth about something that he knows very little about. Let’s start with some facts. I might not use the correct medical terms but you will get the drift. All abortions that use an aspirator suction device to perform the surgery collect fetal parts in a mesh type bag. Blood and fluids seep through into a larger container. After the procedure, a lab tech empties the mesh bag in a petri dish to make certain all parts are there. If they aren’t, that means an incomplete abortion has been performed. An incomplete procedure means that the woman is at high risk for infection. Usually what is known as a “re-vac” is performed to make sure all fetal tissue has been removed.
I am just a layman of course but I do know that much, regardless of how poorly I have expressed it. At this point, let’s not treat this any differently than any other medical procedure, because it isn’t. THIS PRACTICE IS SOUND MEDICAL PRACTICE.
The Washington Post continues:
Virginia Republicans have shied away from abortion politics in recent years, still smarting from the fierce backlash for supporting a 2012 bill that would have required most women to have a vaginal ultrasound before an abortion.
Weary of the “war on women” attacks that Democrats have successfully used against them since, they have tried to keep the issue under wraps by quietly killing off antiabortion bills in committees.
But Republicans said the videos have given them an opening to highlight an issue that is important to their base without turning off critical swing voters. It helps that even some supporters of abortion rights have recoiled at the casual-yet-graphic discussions of organ procurement that the videos captured.
Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, has said its seven clinics do not collect fetal tissue for research.
But Howell and other House Republicans said the state should not take Planned Parenthood’s word. “There’s simply not any good excuse for not looking into these practices,” Howell said.
What? So the Virginia GOP is admitting it is using women’s health issues as political fodder? I sure don’t like hearing that. The ultra-sound issue is going to be around for a long time. they will not be able to out-run it.
Furthermore, who is Howell to imply that Cianti Stewart-Reid is a liar? If she says the 7 Planned Parenthood clinics in Virginia do not harvest fetal tissue for stem cell research, then they don’t. Not all Planned Parenthood clinics even provide abortion services. Non-medical people hearing about the gory details of any medical procedure often become squeamish. If you aren’t in the field, many of these discussions seems cold and clinical.
This subject is getting old and tiresome already. Those who support safe, legal abortion will continue to vote for pro-choice candidates. Those who do not support safe, legal abortion will continue to vote for anti choice candidates. No news here. If Planned Parenthood is displeased with their director who sips wine at lunch while discussing fetal parts, they will fire here. PP provides too important of a service to let one rather silly sounding woman discredit them. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood will continue to attract dishonest scam artists trying to “get the goods” on them. Perhaps they need to tighten their security before some lone wolf goes in and attempts to kill them–You know, all that “I care about life” rhetoric.
For the record, 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services. The videos in question did not involve Virginia Planned Parenthood affiliates. This scam, and that is what it is, is simply a speed bump in the road. Anti-choice politicians will not win this one. Off to make a donation.