When the news broke of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the right-wing echo chamber immediately began trying to frame the attack as anything than what it was – first as a bank robbery, then as just another “mentally disturbed individual.” But NBC just reported that Robert Lewis Dear yelled “no more baby parts” during the attack, proving to the whole world that this was a right-wing terrorist attack inspired by the Republican Party’s vile slander and public lies about Planned Parenthood. The “baby parts” is a clear reference to the fake videos that have been circulating that purport to show organ harvesting, but really show perfectly legal and consensual tissue exchange.
The beloved healthcare provider was called out on national television by opportunist and reprehensible gender-traitor Carly Fiorina who demanded that we “watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” The footage used belonged to a miscarriage, and did not take place in a Planned Parenthood, and may not even have been inside the United States. Florida Senator Marco Rubio even had the gall to say that women were getting pregnant “just to sell their fetuses to Planned Parenthood”. As Bernie Sanders noted today, the damage has been done, despite the countless investigations that have come up with nothing.
“It is like an abortion factory, which is terrible. So you should defund anyway. But those videos are horrible. Every time you see them, they get worse and worse. And it’s not only that, the messengers are so bad. There always, I mean these people, what they say and the way they, it’s like you are selling parts to an automobile or something. It’s a terrible situation going on with Planned Parenthood. There’s no question about it.”
“And in the case of Planned Parenthood, number one, it is very unclear how all that money is intermingled, and number two, they have now been exposed for being involved in the trafficking of fetal human tissue for profit. Because now what you’ve done is you’ve created an industry. You’ve created an incentive for people to be pushed into abortions so that those tissues can be harvested and sold for a profit.”
It is a federal crime. It is a felony to sell the body parts of unborn children. What a sad statement about our government today that nobody in the media, nobody in the political world, thinks there’s any chance whatsoever — zero chance — that the Obama Justice Department would even investigate Planned Parenthood because they’re a political ally of the president.
It doesn’t matter that they’re caught on tape admitting to multiple felonies. The administration of justice should be blind to party and ideology and should follow the laws and the Constitution.
In the post-truth world we apparently live in, these outrageous accusations amount to a call to violence. The Republican Party’s collective refusal to acknowledge the truth and their relentless propagation of these abhorrent lies have resulted in this awful mass shooting. Three dead, including a policeman. They are all responsible for this outrageous act of terrorism, and the mainstream media is just as complicit in distorting the narrative. The New York Times called him an “itinerant loner” and the Washington Post called him “adrift and alienated.” This was an act of terrorism, pure and simple; but our nation refuses to call it that.
After the outpouring of hatred and bigotry coming from the right over the past two weeks, aimed squarely at Muslims, where is the outcry? Why won’t Republicans call this what it is – radical Christianity? Why won’t moderate Christians denounce this terrible attack? Why aren’t we collecting databases on alienated white men who own machine guns? Their hypocrisy is absolutely disgusting, and now the blood is on all of their hands.
But especially yours, Ms. Fiorina.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.