Hillary Running Scared After Release of Planned Parenthood Videos

Photo credit: Joshua Pinho
Photo credit: Joshua Pinho

When Planned Parenthood’s organ selling scandal broke two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was initially dreadfully silent. It took more than a week before Clinton came out vigorously supporting the organization:

“For more than a century, Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women,” Clinton said while campaigning at a community college in Greenville, South Carolina. “And I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years. And it’s really an attack against a woman’s right to chose.”

But yesterday, Clinton, no doubt having consulted both Planned Parenthood and pollsters, backtracked telling the New Hampshire Union Leader that she finds the video content “disturbing.”

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing. Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make. One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country. And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one [organization],” she said

…But who else has been implicated in selling body parts?  These videos are clearly of Planned Parenthood officials misbehaving, not “the process” or “other institutions.”  Clinton is right: Planned Parenthood has a lot of questions to answer.

This is the first clear sign Democrats recognize they are vulnerable on late-term abortions and their increasing abortion extremism.  Rand Paul, among other candidates, is already calling on Clinton to defund herself by returning Planned Parenthood donations.

Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles in Action.