Macon and Augusta are very similar although Macon is more Protestant. The demographics are somewhat similar and there is a strong conservative Christian culture here. But you would not know that by the "foreign" owned McClatchy newspaper and its editorial slant. The Telegraph has been devolving also since I arrived in Macon more than eleven years ago. Most newspapers are downsizing and reporting more celebrity stuff, less hard, real or important news with fewer print ads to support it.
The Augusta Chronicle is locally owned and reflects the values or virtues of most Augustans. And today is their 230th birthday! Thus you will find the following pro-life editorial by the Chronicle's editorial staff. If only the Telegraph in Macon could reflect Macon's virtues or values! But alas!
STANDING UP FOR LIFE
Abhorrent Planned Parenthood videos push pro-lifers to the limitBy The Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff
Ridicule. Shrill and sarcastic discourse. Disruptive protests. Overwhelming the system through mass activism.
Such in-your-face tactics are how the far-left runs roughshod over sensible Americans who don’t need to resort to disorderly conduct to get their points across.
But if anything is capable of making activists out of the mild-mannered, it would be the macabre world of Planned Parenthood’s industrial-scale abortion and fetal-organ brokerage operations.
How long can we expect polite society to remain polite in the face of more than a half-dozen undercover videos showing the group’s employees and executives callously discussing the killing of unborn children and haggling over the price of their body parts?
As one Planned Parenthood executive famously said: “I want a Lamborghini.”
We want an anti-nausea pill.
And that video was tame compared to most of the stomach-turning footage released by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group whose members posed as biotech company representatives to document the “women’s health” provider’s twisted and lucrative fetal-tissue “donation” operation.
Among other things, the graphic videos depict recognizable human organs – not “clumps of cells” – being harvested from aborted fetuses while employees coolly discuss the ghastly process of dismembering the unborn to maximize Planned Parenthood’s donor reimbursement fee.
One video shows a medical assistant announcing “It’s another boy!” as technicians push a tiny heart, stomach and kidneys around a pie-plate shaped dish. Another has a worker cutting through the face of a fetus whose heart was still beating to extract an intact brain.
There’s the former technician for StemExpress, a California tissue-procurement company, who said she witnessed co-workers gruesomely – and, if true, illegally – collecting organs from the aborted fetus of a Planned Parenthood patient who declined to give tissue-donation consent.
And then there’s the revolting latest: StemExpress’ CEO acknowledging on camera the receipt of fully intact fetuses, a concession that raises the spectre that some were alive out of the womb.
“Tell the lab it’s coming,” Cate Dyer, the CEO, laughs about the shipping of “intact cases” in the video. “You know, open the box and go ‘Oh my God.’”
If all this isn’t soul-searing enough to incite a conservative equivalent of “Code Pink” – the aggressive left-wing organization – nothing is.
Planned Parenthood has been confronted with this evidence of cavalier barbarism that would make the Third Reich proud. But the group evasively asserts it hasn’t violated “any legal or medical standards.” Its most vociferous supporters – in a comment that’s perhaps telling of their level of humanity and decency – say the gruesome videos lack a “smoking gun.”
The guidelines to harvest organs for medical research are peculiar. Several states have launched investigations to determine whether Planned Parenthood is telling the truth even in the strictest legal sense.
Meanwhile the GOP Congress is working on its second attempt to defund the $500 million in taxpayer funds the organization receives for – wink, wink– non-abortion services such as birth control and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
The potential loss of Planned Parenthood’s single-largest funding source hasn’t stopped the group from working overtime, unsuccessfully, to denigrate the videos’ producers and keep the footage from being seen – for obvious reasons.
“I think if you were to show these women the aftermath of an abortion, I don’t think they’d be getting them,” Holly O’Donnell, the former StemExpress whistleblower, said recently during an interview with a conservative podcaster.
We agree with that statement, and we’d go a step further to suggest women do more than simply not get an abortion. They need to be contacting their elected representatives and getting involved in demonstrations, marches and other legal forms of protest – especially the growing number of pro-abortion women who are now adopting a pro-life stance.
To do nothing while state and federal tax dollars subsidize the grisly work of killing the unborn is nothing short of being on the wrong side of history.
The Columbia Basin Herald in Washington state recently opined that the CMP videos are a modern-day equivalent of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Planned Parenthood videos have the power to turn public sentiment against abortion’s inhumanity in much the same manner that Stowe’s reality-based fictional work showed Americans what the horrific world of slavery was really like.
“No amount of political stonewalling and public denial will make it palatable again to anyone but the practitioner committing the act and its most diehard supporters,” the Herald wrote. “A century hence, we believe Americans will look back on our time as an era that tolerated, even encouraged barbarity.
And when they look, they will shudder.”
Decoupling the Planned Parenthood murder machine from taxpayer funds should be just the start.
Be loud. Be proud. Be legal. Be polite. But above all, be courageous and principled, and act on those principles.
This is not the time, and this is not the issue, to be neutral.
How long can we expect polite society to remain polite in the face of more than a half-dozen undercover videos showing the group’s employees callously discussing the killing of unborn children and haggling over the price of their body parts?