Monday, July 27, 2015

“…informed by reason and experience...”

“…informed by reason and experience...”  As one of the New York Times token conservatives, Ross Douthat is someone with whom I often disagree.  Time and again he demonstrates the reasons why the Democratic mouthpiece rag chose him: he's one of the least worst conservatives, from their perspective.  But in this case, writing about the Planned Parenthood videos, he is spot on.  An excerpt:
And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.
He starts with a story I've read before, but that ties in nicely with his piece.

I read in this morning's news that the Republicans have fast-tracked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.  I suspect this is mainly for show, because I can't imagine a veto-proof majority passing it in either the Senate or the House.  But who knows?  Maybe the disgust of those who have heard about it (it's even on NPR now) will motivate even some of the Democrats to pull Planned Parenthood's funding.  Obama, of course, will veto any funding restrictions...

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