Donald Trump is #notright

Trump is #notright. Not only is he not correct about many of his policies, he is also not conservative. He isn’t on the right, he’s on the left. He’s #notright.

He can’t define what conservative means. In the debate before New Hampshire he was talking about what it means to be a conservative. He talked around it and finally said something about “conserving money”. But that’s not even close to an acceptable definition of conservative. Trump should be able to articulate the principles of conservatism, like limited government, but he can’t because he’s #notright.

He won’t commit to defund Planned Parenthood. In the last debate, during a heated exchange with Cruz, Trump said it was a lie that he supported Planned Parenthood. Cruz said that Trump had claimed Planned Parenthood “did good things”. Trump responded by saying that Planned Parenthood DOES do good things. I don’t know any conservative that agrees that any amount of service to women can outweigh the hundreds of thousands of murders of unborn children that PP performs each year. There are plenty of clinics (more than PP locations, and they don’t get federal funding) that offer care for women. Trump should unequivocally commit to defund Planned Parenthood, but he won’t because he’s #notright.

He thinks 9/11 was George W. Bush’s fault. And that Bush knowingly lied about WMDs in order to get the country into the war with Iraq. He may not support the Iraq war, but to blame 9/11 on the serving president is just ignorant. And to ignore the fact that Congress, including the Democrat candidate Clinton, believed reports from our intelligence services and voted to go to war with Iraq so you can blame Bush sounds like what liberal Democrats do. Trump is #notright.

He has no track record of conservatism. Until just a short while ago Trump held positions that would have made him comfortable in the ranks of liberals. He donated money to some of the most liberal politicians. He made statements about taxes, healthcare, gun rights and more that do not line up with conservative values. Now that he is running for President he is saying different things. But he cannot point to a track record of conservative values because he’s #notright.

He wants to use the Presidency to bully the people and countries into doing what he wants. Listen to what he says he will do. Listen to how he will do it. He’s gonna do some great things, thing we want, and make others pay for it. Trump’s history is full of instances where he used what he calls “truthful hyperbole” to paint a picture that appeals to his current audience, and then bulled his way into whatever he wanted. He does everything he can within the law, and some say sometimes outside the law, to get what he wants done. And everything he has ever done has been for one person, himself. Conservatives want a government that lets us live our lives with minimal interference. Trump says he will make people do what he wants, because he’s #notright.

On issue after issue, after issue, he says what he thinks the audience wants to hear. He has found a few issues that resonate with conservatives and Republicans who are fed up with the way things are. He is making wild promises, and promising to deliver. He has no substance in most of his policies. And his track record says that everything he does, he does it to benefit himself. He brags that he will make deals in Washington, but will those deals be better than the deals already being made?

I cannot imagine a country that has Donald Trump as President. We are conservatives. If polls are to be believed, we are planning to vote for a man who is not a conservative. Man who does not reflect our values. Man who will not act as a conservative president will. Donald Trump is not correct on many things, and not a conservative.

Donald Trump is #notright!

New CMP Planned Parenthood Video Released

In what looks to be a response to the actions in Texas regarding an investigation into Planned Parenthood there, CMP released an undercover video of a provider at PP in Austin.

As bad as this video is, it isn’t the worst of the CMP videos.

Some things to notice as you watch:

  • It still disturbs me the way these medical professionals discuss their work. Laughing and joking about ripping a baby apart.
  • CMP points out that the procedure used by this doctor sounds an awful lot like the banned partial-birth abortion procedure.
  • While her clinic didn’t provide tissue for research at that time, she sure seemed open to it. This should be a moot point now that PPFA has said they will no longer accept  any fees for the tissue they provide.
  • The provider says at 7:35- “It’s amazing… I have so much respect for development, it’s just incredible” when talking about the parts of children she had killed in the womb.

These videos from CMP have ripped the veil off the horrible practice of abortion in America. I won’t be the same after watching them.

Planned Parenthood Announces They Will No Longer Be Compensated for Fetal Parts

Today, Planned Parenthood announced that they will not longer accept compensation for fetal body parts. They say this is to strip away the “smokescreen” of activists who just want to see abortion made illegal. Oh, and women’s access to healthcare reduced.

That’s an interesting spin, but I think this was done to take the pressure off of Planned Parenthood. With this new policy, we are back to what everyone expects Planned Parenthood to do: provide minimal health care and lots of abortion services. There is no way that the Government will remove federal funding now.(Not that it was likely to anyway)

Convenient interesting timing. Today is the first Democrat Presidential Debate. This gives the media a perfect excuse for barely covering the new PP policy.

This is a win for pro life supporters. But it doesn’t slow the amount of abortions, and it allows these videos to diminish in importance. The behavior they are exposing is no longer happening.

I suspect this issue will fade away now. Laws may have been (read:were) broken, and there could be actual criminal investigations for selling for profit as well as altering procedures (both against federal law) but I doubt anyone will pursue it.

Abortion Politics

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 9.34.20 AMIt’s sad to think that we have to talk about the issue of murdering unborn children in terms of politics, but that’s where we live in modern America.

A few days ago Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, testified before a Congressional committee. (Pictured left) She was asked some hard questions. She answered the way you would expect. Democrats and Republicans said what you would expect. Most of the American people ignored it all, as you would expect.

Meanwhile, the media is Still, STILL freaked out by Carly Fiorina’s comments made in the last Republican debate. Even after CoalFire released a report saying that the full videos from CMP showed no signs of tampering or deceptive editing. They simply cut out bathroom and meal breaks, or travel time. But Planned Perenthood supporters, in a very classy move, threw condoms at Fiorina and the media did their best to ignore the videos while saying Fiorina was wrong or lying  about the content of the videos.

I’ve seen all 10 of the CMP episodes/videos. When Cary started describing the tapes in the debate I was surprised. Then, I realized that the tapes don’t show everything in the same scene she described. Everything she said is in the tapes, either in images, video or testimony, but there isn’t one single scene with everything she described, at one time all together. I knew immediately that she would be criticized for what she said.

Then another video was released. It reportedly shows every single thing that Fiorina described. In one video. Maybe she had seen this before, I’m not sure. Several people have written about how what Fiorina said was true, if not chronologically accurate. If Fiorina is going to make a claim, she needs to be very sure about what she says. Any deviation from what can be simply shown opens her up to massive attack from the left. It seems that the content of what she said is contained in the different videos, either through images or testimony. She wasn’t lying, but because the clip isn’t exactly as she described it, she is called a liar.

Meanwhile, back in the Congressional testimony from Richards, politicians take sides and nothing gets done. Richards did admit that Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms. She also admitted that 86% of Planned Parenthood’s non government funding comes from abortions, which only make up 3% of their services. Abortions make a lot of money for the non profit.

They talked about salaries and travel. They discussed the political action group Planned parenthood has, and how many hours Richards spent working for that group. it’s so hard to take the high road about helping these poor women when salaries are high, and perks are luxurious for employees. And if the taxpayers are paying for any of the political actions… well you can see how that would be a problem.

Several Congressmen pointed out that there are lots more women’s health clinics than PP clinics, and most receive no federal funding. And mentioned other non profits who receive much less federal funding than PP. Richards repeatedly reminded everyone that Planned parenthood doesn’t get a lump sum check, but they get reimbursed by medicare and medicaid for services provided to women. And Richards was repeatedly reminded that not every women’s clinic gets reimbursed, so why should they? One asked why the original PP response, from Richards herself, apologized for the tone and “statements” in the first CMP video, which statements did they apologize for? Richards retreated to their current defense: The CMP videos are heavily edited and deceptive.

And nothing will come of this. The political dance of the right and left on this issue is sick. This wasn’t a criminal inquiry, just an inquiry. The media will continue to ignore the real issues as much as possible. meanwhile, the culture of valueless human life keeps turning, and we keep seeing horrific headlines of murder, and our president encouraging everyone to politicize tragedies.

New Planned Parenthood Video

The 10th undercover video about Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal tissue.

This one is called Human Capital: Episode 4 Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Criminal Enterprise.

What to watch for.

  • Right off the bat you see several PP staff saying they think it’s OK to sell tissue, and make a fair income.
  • 2:10- Dr. Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA, says they are concerned about Public Relations issues with this practice.
  • 2:25- Dr Cullins, VP for External Medical Affairs, says this sort of thing could destroy PPFA and the “buyer’s company, if the ydon’t “time these conversations correctly.”
  • 2:45-  Deb VanDerhei, Senior Director of CAPS. 1st question, what kinds of tissues are you looking for. 2nd question, let’s talk money. Notice how she asks the question. In all of these videos, there is this negotiation that happens between clinics and these companies. But if the money changing hands is simply to cover the costs of preserving and shipping the tissues, why not just say, you have to cover these costs. Why this negotiation?
  • 4:05- “The headlines would be a disaster.” Followed by obvious concern for what happens when clinics engage in getting paid for the tissue. “New York Times Headline”
  • 5:00- Dr. Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, says there are no guidelines and there will never be guidelines for tissue procurement. Why not? If this is such a big issue, if clinics who break the law scare you, make your company afraid of big headlines, why not set down guidelines and protect everyone?
  • 6:43- VanDerhei again. She says that independent clinics generate a fair amount of income doing this. She goes on to say that they are not comfortable talking about this through email.
  • Multiple times Nuctols and VanDehei say that they don’t have policies, this could be big news stories, and generally don’t want to get involved on a national level, while also saying that it seems fair to gain income, and they do talk with their local clinics about how to handle this stuff. But they have made the choice to have no national policies.
  • Around 9:00- Vanessa Russo, Compliance Program Admin for PP Keystone, is talking to Vanderlei. It’s obvious she thinks these laws are “ridiculous”. And that people giving money for tissue is a “valid exchange.”
  • 9:55- VanDerhei talks about a hearing in Congress years ago on this subject, where the claims about changing abortion procedures for tissue sale were found to be false. Then we see Nucatola herself talking about changing abortion procedures to end up with better tissue samples for sale.

If what they are doing isn’t illegal, why not have a national policy on how to handle it? Why are they afraid of headlines?

If PPFA clinics and doctors never change their abortion procedures to aid in collecting tissue samples for “remuneration” why do some many talk about doing exactly that?

9th Planned Parenthood Undercover Video from CMP

Things to notice:

  1. Listen to Stem Express CEO talk about how they compete with non-profits, by paying the clinics to get the tissue.
  2. Perrin Larton from ABR describes abortions where the fetus is already in the vaginal canal, and drops out when the feet go in the stirrups. Se also talks about not using the poison many abortionists use to kill the baby inside the women. If the baby is practically born and falls out intact, if they don’t use poison… Just how many live births happen in these clinics?
  3. Stem express CEO accuses ABR of “hiring” staff at Planned Parenthood clinics, the ones which provide tissue to them. Oddly, I’m not sure this is illegal, though the ethics are suspect. Of course, we are parsing hairs when kids are dying.
  4. The thrust of this video seems to be the competition between the procurement businesses. if there is competition, then there is a prime climate for clinics to cash in, going with the highest bidder.

From the video description:

In an August 27 letter to Congress, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards referenced a California Planned Parenthood affiliate that currently receives $60 “per tissue specimen” from a tissue procurement organization. The Center for Medical Progress, the group producing the videos, identified Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest and ABR as the affiliate and TPO referred to in Richards’ letter, based on process of elimination.

“We now know from Cecile Richards’ letter that $60 per collected tissue specimen is what will ‘get a toe in’ to harvest baby parts at Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest,” wrote CMP Project Lead David Daleiden. As multiple tissue specimens often come from a single fetus, $60/specimen can quickly add up to hundreds of extra dollars in revenue per abortion. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).

A Prol Life Look at Arguments for Abortion 5

This is the last in a series on some of the arguments for legalized abortion from a pro life view point.This one isn’t specifically about abortion, but is about something that has been coming up a lot in the news recently.

Other posts in this series:

Abortion Argument 1: If abortions are illegal, we will have women dying from back alley abortions.

Abortion Argument 2: If you are so Pro Life, why don’t you care about the kids who are born into families who don’t want them?

Abortion Argument 3: It’s my body, my choice! The life of the mother is more important than the potential life of a fetus.

Abortion Argument 4: It’s not really a child. It’s not human yet, just a bunch of cells/tissue.

Abortion Argument 5: If you defund/close down Planned Parenthood, where will women get health services?

This is less an argument for abortion, and more a general argument for the good, non-abortion services these clinics provide for women who may not have access to other health care sources.

First, doesn’t the Affordable Care Act nullify this argument? Doesn’t the ACA both require and provide healthcare for every single person in America? And every single policy that every single American now has access to provides every single service that any healthcare clinic does, except abortion.

OK, before you fire back that conservatives want to repeal the ACA, which would put us right back where Planned Parenthood is the only option for so many poor women, let’s looks at this more closely.

One of the things that Planned Parenthood claims women will no longer have access to is mammograms. This is a major talking point for them.

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There is not a single Planned Parenthood facility that performs mammograms. At best, they can help get women connected to clinics that do.

Of course, a mammogram isn’t the only thing Planned Parenthood does for women’s health. But then again, there’s not really that many PP clinics.

An article by Charles Camosy notes;

“The first thing to get clear is that Planned Parenthood actually doesn’t provide all that much for poor, vulnerable women — particularly if they don’t live in cities. Indeed, you may remember that, in wake of the Susan J. Komen defunding ridiculousness from a few years ago, lots of charges were thrown around about women losing out on mammograms. But it turns out that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even provide them. As Democrats for Life has pointed out numerous times in recent days, the number of local community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics ten to one. Rather than the one-size-fits-all franchise approach of Planned Parenthood, these community health centers nicely embody the principle of subsidiarity in responding to the diverse local needs of women — whether in the Bronx, rural Kansas, or southern California.”

Some go further and claim 20 clinics for every 1 Planned Parenthood office.

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It’s obvious that Planned Parenthood isn’t the only choice for women’s health. In fact, there are many more options that provide everything (and more) that a PP clinic does. Except abortions.

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The argument simply doesn’t hold up. Even without the ACA women have more options than Planned Parenthood. And, if the government stops sending tax dollars to PP, they could divert those funds to these other clinics.

Those tax dollars aren’t used for abortions, anyway? Right?

OK, but why not leave Planned Parenthood alone? They can be a small part of helping women stay healthy, why take away their funding?

Let me try to explain the pro life view of this. Assume that you think abortion is murder, it’s abhorrent.

Say there is a doctor that goes into low income areas and checks young women for cancer, and helps them be healthy. She does a lot for the women she runs into. This doctor really helps these women out. She also kills most of the children she encounters. Still think she is a good doctor?

That’s how pro life people see Planned Parenthood. All the good they may be doing is overshadowed by the horrific practice of murdering children. At the very least, we don’t want any tax dollars to go to that organization. As much as possible, we want women to go to other health clinics.

There are other health options, ones that don’t perform abortions that millions of Americans think are wrong. The government can and should divert my tax dollars to these clinics instead of Planned Parenthood. They can do this without impacting the health of women.