In a classic, “Yes…and?” moment, the senior politics reporter for the Huffington Post, Jennifer Bendery wrote this humorous headline recently: “Trump Court Pick Thinks Planned Parenthood ‘Kills Over 150,000 Females a Year.”
Bendery, who identifies herself as a “qualified lesbian” (I choose not to ask), is referring to Wendy Vitter, President Trump’s choice to fill a U.S. District Court seat in New Orleans. I wrote about Planned Parenthood filling their drawers about Vitter recently. Just like clockwork, the PP activists posing as reporters in media jump to follow the template. And, as you would expect, they do it with a tone deafness that defies explanation.
One of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Wendy Vitter, repeatedly avoided answering a simple question in her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday: Do you believe Planned Parenthood kills more than 150,000 women every year?
Vitter, a New Orleans lawyer and Trump’s choice for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, made that claim in a May 2013 speech in protest of a new Planned Parenthood clinic in New Orleans.
“Planned Parenthood says they promote women’s health,” Vittersaid at the time, per New Orleans’ Clarion Herald. “It is the saddest of ironies that they kill over 150,000 females a year. The first step in promoting women’s health is to let them live.”
Vitter acknowledged in Wednesday’s hearing that her past comment was a reference to aborted fetuses that were females. But when Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked her if she stands by that claim, she avoided answering over and over again.
To be fair to Bendery, she is largely just recounting the events as they unfolded at the hearing. She later goes on to interject her personal view that abortion is not dangerous, but in terms of the claim about Planned Parenthood’s feticide she is merely quoting Vitter and Senator Blumenthal.
But that’s kind of the point. This really isn’t difficult, especially for people who claim to believe in science.
I’m not sure why Wendy Vitter was afraid to say, “Of course I stand by those remarks. Planned Parenthood documents – even if dishonestly – the number of fetuses they kill for profit. This isn’t hidden information.”
I’m not sure why Richard Blumenthal would find this statement outrageous. Does he disagree that Planned Parenthood kills that many female fetuses every year? On what grounds? The numbers aren’t secret.
I’m not sure why Jennifer Bendery, as an abortion activist reporter, would want to bring this up and publicize it. After all, these kinds of conversations do immense damage to the abortion rights movement because it pushes to the forefront the only significant question when discussing the topic: what is conceived in the womb.
It’s the one question that abortion supporters are unable and unwilling to answer because it immediately puts them into the awkward position of either opposing science (pretending what is in the womb isn’t a living human being) or attempting to morally justify murder.
That’s how Wendy Vitter should have responded to Blumenthal’s badgering. Ask him to explain why that statement is so controversial or illogical to him. Answer his question with a question he can’t (or won’t) answer.
Had she done that, I’m guessing Jennifer Bendery and the Huffington Post probably wouldn’t have reported on it.