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The most important thing to recognize about the right-wing freakshow's latest pimp-n-ho videorama is that today's anti-choice activists don't think they can get their way if they say what they actually believe. So instead of saying what they really want, they dream up elaborate sting operations unrelated to their true objectives. They dress up as sex traffickers instead of admitting that their one and only goal is to limit access to reproductive health services. And when reporters give airtime to these kinds of sting operations, they aren't engaging in journalism. Whether they know it or not, they are acting as tools of a hidden agenda.

Each of the above points should be obvious to any decent journalist who spends more than 10 seconds thinking about the issue. The sting itself isn't the real story. The real story is why won't the organizers of the sting say what they really want.

To answer that, let's focus on what their true objectives really are. Obviously, they want to crush Planned Parenthood. But why do they want that? Simple: they want to crush Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood provides the public with reproductive health services. And the last thing Planned Parenthood's enemies want is for Americans to have is control over their own reproductive health.

What would the world look like without Planned Parenthood? Well, consider the services they provided in 2008:

Planned Parenthood services
Source: Planned Parenthood 2008-9 annual report

That's what these guys are fighting against. It's not just abortion. It's contraception, STD prevention, cancer prevention, and other services. In fact, most of what they want to take away are the sorts of things that keep young men and women healthy and prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Their objectives are truly vile. No wonder they don't want to admit what they are fighting for. And when the media give their bogus smear operations airtime, they are aiding and abetting that vile agenda -- an agenda that could not stand on its own two feet.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:32 AM PST.

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  •  In a feudal economy it's important to have serfs (23+ / 0-)

    That's what they really want: serfs. Under educated, willing to work for peanuts. And without rights.

    This was never my sig line

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:33:35 AM PST

    •  What good is it being on top if there's (6+ / 0-)

      no one on the bottom?

      "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by bobdevo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:49:18 AM PST

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    •  That's why the corporate media keeps pimping (2+ / 0-)
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      julifolo, OrdinaryIowan

      this story, so to speak. That's also why they spend so much energy on assholes like that Gosnell "doctor" in PA when he is the rare, awful exception in abortion services rather than the rule.

      I hear all the time that the wealthy people at the top of the corporate food chain couldn't give two shits about abortion or any of the social issues like repressing gay rights, but actually, I tend to think they do--or at least they want us to absorb and believe this nonsense. Doing so enables them to create a vastly unequal society of, as you said, hungry, desperate, will-work-for-anything, under ANY condition, serfs under their lordship.

      Michelle Goldberg has an excellent book, The Means of Reproduction, which shows the correlation between countries with huge income disparities and vast inequality of women, people in the GLBT community, and racial/ethnic/religious minorities. The way in which a country's government suppresses women's rights, along with other civil rights, is directly related to how well that country fares economically, how well-regulated corporations are (and corporate abuse is minimized), and how strong the middle classes are in those countries. Take countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and compare them to Iran, Saudi Arabia, much of Southeast Asia and Africa...and us.

      Frightening but very relevant and prescient read.

      "How screwed up are we as a society when providing access to health care brings on murderous rage?" - Susan S

      by boofdah on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 05:26:10 PM PST

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  •  i support PP 100% BUT (3+ / 0-)
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    they MUST perform their own sting operations.

    I am hoping this turns out to be like ACORN in that the PP worker reported these pimps.

    Unfortunately, it sounds aweful.  People like this worker should not be working at PP.

  •  At least this one seems to have backfired (8+ / 0-)

    It's too late for ACORN. But somehow, I don't think we've heard the last of Andrew Breitbart.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:35:31 AM PST

    •  Andrew Breitbarts Minions (1+ / 0-)
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      While they were playing dress-up at ACORN and Planned Parenthood, they completely missed the illegal operation that had been in business in Philly for 30 years.  

      Any taint that Breitbart has acquired as a result of giving legitimacy to these con artists is richly deserved.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:58:05 AM PST

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  •  It is worth remembering (14+ / 0-)

    that some of the anti-choice folks extend that to all contraception, even methods that don't permit an egg to be fertilized. Conservative Catholics, as I understand it, constitute the majority with that view.

    And getting an STD you can't get treatment for is part of the "don't have sex unless you're married" agenda.

    In Mali and probably elsewhere, women get chased out of their homes if they contract an HIV infection so the husband can save face; the woman is assumed to be the adulterer when in fact it's the man who brought the disease home. My church sends money to people who are working to help those women.

    The point being that you can get an STD without "sinning". But don't tell that to Rose.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:37:56 AM PST

  •  If we got rid of Planned Parenthood, young women (10+ / 0-)

    wouldn't have sex.  It's that simple.  Apparently.

    Umm, that's PRESIDENT Obama and SENATOR Franken, mr. o'reilly.

    by filby on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:38:08 AM PST

  •  They are fighting for male control (25+ / 0-)

    Of women's sexuality.  That's the goal.  Control women through fear of pregnancy, fear of disease.  Make women pay for extramarital sex, never men.  Women are the property of their fathers until they are handed over (with their virginity) to their new husbands.

    It is archaic, akin to the most sexually repressive regimes like tribal Afghanistan and Pakistan, but this is what the right-wing anti-sex loonies really believe.

    The scientific uncertainty doesn't mean that climate change isn't actually happening.

    by Mimikatz on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:38:52 AM PST

    •  sad, but true (9+ / 0-)

      And I see it every day, Mimikatz, especially around springtime when the various cotillions, quinceaneras and "father-daughter purity balls" get held (the latter being creepy as Hell). The un-subtle agenda is that as a woman, even in your moment of "coming of age", you will not be able to be responsible for your own sexual decisions--ever. That's what these "anti-sex loonies" as you so rightly call them, are really looking for. Take away a woman's control over her sexuality, so the reasoning goes, you can take away her control over anything else in her life, to be replaced by benevolent patriarchy.

      Two words: F**K THAT.

      Trying to listen to Fixed Noise is the intellectual equivalent of standing next to a jackhammer without ear protection.

      by alliehope on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:47:52 AM PST

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    •  All hail the patriarchy. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by bobdevo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:49:37 AM PST

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      •  All hail capitalism! (0+ / 0-)

        That may not be the ulterior motive of individual politicians or religious fanatics, but it is of Big Business that fund many & also supplies them with "research" (talking points) when it's convient to their agendas.

        Basically, people who want to smash Planned Parenthood want the "good old days" (that weren't) back again.

        ... But it all gets so much traction because every kind of economic indicator gains with housing starts or apartment starts. Any time a woman doesn't continue a pregnancy, that is potential lost profit, arghh! Also, the Military Industrial Complex needs to keep future cannon fodder in the pipeline; the Prison Inudustrial Complex will need future prison fodder. Bib business needs poor, desperate workers, as well as future customers.

        So in the same way the Banksters chipped away at bank regulation after the depression & eventually won their many bailouts, profiteers have had their sites on women's rights, as soon as they realized it affected the bottom line.

        They're relentless. And they're going to find & fund disgruntled misogynists to make it easier for them to encourage more pregnancies, by whatever means.

        Giving birth (giving life) should be a gift not an obligation or women and poor people are 2nd class by definition

        by julifolo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 05:29:43 PM PST

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    •  the American Taliban nt (2+ / 0-)
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      by lakehillsliberal on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:02:37 AM PST

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    •  This is literally true (2+ / 0-)
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      There was even a fundamentalist church movement with this goal a few years ago.  The man was supposed to be the dominant one in every marriage.  I actually knew a minister who had been suckered into the movement.  He went around wearing t-shirts with their slogans.  Damn, I can't remember what the movement was called.  I kinda sorta stopped being a Christian shortly after that, for a bunch of reasons, so I've mostly ignored the various right-wing furors that pass over fundamentalist churches.

      "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

      by rbird on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:39:02 AM PST

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      •  Was that the Promise Keepers? (1+ / 0-)
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        I know they were big a few years ago, but seem to have either faded out or gone underground from the bad press.

        My belief on marriage, honed from nearly 20 years of direct experience, is that it can't be a dominant/submissive type of relationship, but rather a partnership of equals; each bringing their own strengths and weaknesses to the relationship and working together towards their common goals. For example, my spouse can't cook worth a lick, but he's great at cleaning up the kitchen after dinner so I cook and he cleans. I have a better head for financials (blame several years of accounting classes), but he's a lot more stable emotionally and calms me down when I fly off the handle at Republican (or Democratic) asshattery.

        You know, the fundies make a big deal about the "wives should be submissive to their husbands" bits from Paul, but they tend to gloss over the "men, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it"; how many of those men would really be willing to die for their wives/families?

        Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

        by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 12:19:00 PM PST

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        •  That was it.... (0+ / 0-)

          ....the Promise Keepers.  It went counter to the experience of my own eyes to the collaboration among equals that was my parents' marriage.  Thus, I judged the Keepers to be full of it.  


          "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

          by rbird on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 12:36:15 PM PST

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    •  He who controls the uterus (0+ / 0-)

      controls the world.

      And if women have to live in fear of pregnancy and disease, it's far easier to keep them under the control of males who'll "protect them" and "take care of them" when things go awry.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 12:13:18 PM PST

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    •  I was once surprised when a co-worker of mine.. (0+ / 0-)

      asked me if I wondered whether my late-teenage daughters were sexually active and seemed shocked when I answered, "I hope so!" This wasn't meant to encourage promiscuity, but what I meant was that all young people need to develop the skills to be able to handle themselves and make their own decisions in emotionally charged settings, and the sooner, the better. Daddy won't be around forever, and when it comes to these kinds of things, he shouldn't be around at all.

      Those black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 07:50:41 PM PST

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  •  That's fine, but. . . (5+ / 0-)

    you have to admit, we lost control of this one pretty quickly after our initial gloating over the videographers' "faceplant."  CNN -- which, say what you want about them, but they're a pretty good barometer of the general media zeitgeist -- did a brutal slam piece on PP this morning, without even bothering to mention the complexities of the story (like the reporting to the FBI).  I'm not saying PP is fighting for its life -- it's way too big for that -- but they've been put fully on the defensive with remarkable efficiency.

    In Rand McNally, they wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people!

    by cardinal on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:38:59 AM PST

    •  No sexy video from PP (3+ / 0-)
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      That is why O'Keefe is almost brilliant. Look what he has melded into this one type of sting. The hidden-camera "investigative consumer report" is completely familiar in anyone who watches the news om so popular on local stations. O'Keefe grew up in the New York Media market, which gave grew from the infancy the career of deeply Randian Republican TV personality an John Stossel.

      He uses hidden-camera videos to show "investigative consumer reports that are specifically about how the Democrats are cheating you* and breaking the Law. Then he combines them with the stereotypes he saw in blaxpoitlation flicks he saw in high school. (which he anticipated finding, and therefore found by the score at Rutgers, the State University of Mixed-Up New Jersey).

      The sexually titillating images the blaxploitation genre meshes perfectly with the pornographic peep-shows of the "Unknowingly Filmed Roommate" videos of YouTube popularity.

      No wonder these little films command so much more attention than the denials and debunkings. They're much sexier.

      Willing to bet that Karl Rove is making large investments in these low-cost "sting" operations? He must have approached O'Keefe first. "Lila Rose" is an O'Keefe spin-off.

      Democracy *means* Anti-Plutocracy. Democrats, be true to your Self and win!

      by Louise on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:00:17 AM PST

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  •  What you don't come out and say is... (8+ / 0-)

    That what they really want is to increase the consequences of sex in an effort to reduce the amount of sex that other people have.

    The whole bible fable makes a lot more sense, from a fundamentalist perspective, if the rules in it are about God's unchangeable morality, rather than about healthy behavior.  Why shouldn't you have sex?  Because the consequences are severe.  Why are they severe?  Because it's God's way of enforcing his moral code.

    If you can have sex without getting sick or having babies, then God must not hate sex so much.

    After all, it worked with bacon.

    Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. -- John Lennon

    by gdalpert on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:42:09 AM PST

  •  They are upfront about motives (5+ / 0-)

    Last night Lila Rose, who was part of this operation, was on The O'Reilly Factor.  Laura (Ingraham?) was the host for the night and asked Ms. Rose if her goal was to end abortion in the United States.  She gave a clear answer:  "Yes."  I don't think it's fair to say their hiding their true motives when a spokesperson says on the most-watched news channel that she wants to end legal abortion in the United States.

    After the bizarre tactics of James O'Keefe, I don't really trust the accuracy of these videos.  I only saw one small clip and didn't hear any audio (they posted a transcript on the screen).  Whether the videos are heavily edited and misleading or 100% accurate, the group is NOT hiding its motives.

    •  The goal? " them feel that fear." (3+ / 0-)
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      Planned Parenthood May Have Busted Conservative Sting Attempt Reminiscent of ACORN Smear Campaign


      The goal, according to Rose, is to "unnerve Planned Parenthood employees and eventually put them out of business."

      "We will work to de-fund them in every state wherever it is possible, to de-license them and to expose them," she told the conservative Value Voters Summit in October.

      "The other part of it, too, is to create controversy within the organization, keep them on their toes," she said. "We need to help them feel that fear."

      Really?  This is a goal?  Of a featured leader of a movement that claims moral authority over women and their health?

      These people are nothing but self-serving, attention-seeking RW useful idiots.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:48:35 AM PST

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    •  if you accept that ending abortion (7+ / 0-)

      is their only goal, then yes, they are upfront about it. As Jed mentioned though, abortion is only one service that PP offers and a rather small one at that.  Their ultimate goal is an end to contraception too. They aren't talking about that part of the equation, only an end to abortion.  That's the hidden agenda.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:52:49 AM PST

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  •  We ought to produce sting videos ourselves. (13+ / 0-)

    Who could we go after? What right-wing organizations would be good candidates.

    The thing about this sort of project is that it is always possible to find some incompetent or under-achiever in any large organization. That would be the point of doing a counter-video, not trying to prove that the organization is corrupt.

    By spotlighting the pointlessness of these videos it could put them out of business once and for all.

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    by KingOneEye on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:43:41 AM PST

  •  anti legal abortion = pro illegal abortion (11+ / 0-)

    nobody can actually think making abortion illegal does away with it.

    Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

    by rasbobbo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:45:10 AM PST

    •  No kidding! (2+ / 0-)
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      It didn't sink in until later on in life that my mother's routine 'dusting and cleaning' (D&C) at her gynecologist's office during the 60's were in fact, most likely, abortions.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Hunter S. Thompson

      by SNFinVA on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:41:27 AM PST

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      •  women have been trying to induce miscarriages (0+ / 0-)

        in unwanted pregnancies for a long time.

        Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

        by rasbobbo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 11:35:34 AM PST

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  •  Hot linking an image on someone else's servers (0+ / 0-)

    Is bad netiquette.  And that might be why the image is already dead.  Rehost the image on a dedicated image host, or host it on Kos' servers.

    There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

    by Strabo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:47:20 AM PST

    •  It's on our servers (3+ / 0-)
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      The original pdf is at Planned Parenthood, but the image is and always has been on our server.

      I'm not sure which browser you are using, but typically you can figure out where an image is hosted by right clicking on it and selecting view image or open image in new tab/browser. Sometimes just right clicking on properties will do the trick.

      Watch political video at Daily Kos TV | Twitter: @jedlewison

      by Jed Lewison on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:51:50 AM PST

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      •  Ahh, yep, there it is... (0+ / 0-)

        It failed to load and I was just going off what was pending in the status bar.  Assumed that was it.  Feel free to ignore my prior comment.

        There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

        by Strabo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:54:41 AM PST

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  •  Let's face it, dressing like a pimp is (0+ / 0-)

    a real fun time:

    "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by bobdevo on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:48:37 AM PST

  •  Now there's a frame I can promote! (0+ / 0-)

    (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

    by Enterik on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:52:36 AM PST

  •  I think too much credit is being given to these (7+ / 0-)

    folks [emphasis mine]:

    The most important thing to recognize about the right-wing freakshow's latest pimp-n-ho videorama is that today's anti-choice activists don't think they can get their way if they say what they actually believe. So instead of saying what they really want, they dream up elaborate sting operations unrelated to their true objectives. They dress up as sex traffickers instead of admitting that their one and only goal is to limit access to reproductive health services.

    I'm beginning to believe that they are doing exactly what they want. They want to dress up as sex traffickers. They think that's kinda cool and kinky and maybe they'll get a little action in their fantasizing little heads.

    So, that's my meme now: they want to be sex traffickers. That's how I would report it.

    And nobody can convince me otherwise. God told me. I think. Or maybe I read it somewhere. Or it was in someone's sig line. In any case, facts simply interfere. I believe that they want to be sex traffickers, so that's good enough for me. :)

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 08:53:52 AM PST

  •  PP prevents the need for abortion (9+ / 0-)
    Planned Parenthood has done more to prevent the need for abortion that any so-called pro-life orgasnization has ever dreamed of. Truth is the ANTIs do not want women to have access to contraception,family planning or reproductive healht care. They just want to use their womb non stop.

    I just don't understand why O'Keefe, Breibart and their allies have not been arrested for fraud. They have committed fraudulent crimes against ACCORN and now PP.

  •  Something Obscene with the Ad Above (1+ / 0-)
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    Cannot Kos do something about contradictory ads like "Should your tax dollars pay for abortions?" from the Americans United for Life showing up in a diary devoted to the dishonesty of LIla Rose's efforts to misrepresent PP?

    What's with such dissonance? I'm all for not stifling speech, but this is ridiculous. It's like the NRA or Smith & Wesson advertising in a Quaker theology journal.

  •  Should me tax dollars pay for abortion? (1+ / 0-)
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    I say "yes." How can we go about making that happen?

  •  I kind of wish Planned Parenthood (4+ / 0-)
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    would re-brand themselves.
    They do so much more than abortion services, as we know, but their name doesn't really tell the whole truth.
    Being the entity they are and sticking with the old name, logo, etc. doesn't change what people think of them.
    I think a fresh look, and outreach would be a good thing. Tell the story of what they really do.
    Maybe they could even get Bristol Palin to do a PSA - "Don't do what I did. Get advice. Get help."
    (I know, it would never happen!)
    I feel, in some way, the same about NOW. Their logo is so totally 1970's. The organizational name is fine, but they need some updating and re-branding as well. Perception is everything in today's media world.

    •  Agree but... (7+ / 0-)

      they barely have the resources to keep their clinics open, let alone launch a rebranding campaign. PP representatives can say, until they're blue in the face, that abortion is a tiny fraction of the services they provide, but that's no match for the assholes on Fox and all the Christian conservative groups who are constantly referring to PP as an abortion mill.

      And of course our so-called pro-choice Democrats in elected office don't want to get anywhere near actually defending PP or reproductive health care rights 'cause it's so controversial and we're supposed to be a big tent and blah blah freakin' blah. Even our president says that the "status quo" of our restrictive laws is acceptable, even though the status quo of our restrictive laws kills women.


      "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism." -- Sarah Palin

      by Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:33:34 AM PST

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    •  I think Planned Parenthood's name is perfect (3+ / 0-)
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      That's the entire object of practicing reproductive health:  to get people, long-term to see the importance of planning for being parents, not just having babies, and to see sexuality and the reproductive system as part of one's overall health.  The organization needs a name that encompasses such a broad view of reproductive health.

      Plus, in the light of a full-bore press from the rabid right, any attempt at "rebranding" will be seen for what it is.  The mission of the organization is its own justification.  Don't ever give an inch when you already hold the high ground.

    •  Planned Parenthood is perfectly named (1+ / 0-)
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      and they provide prenatal care as well as contraception.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 04:54:16 PM PST

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  •  They "dress" like "pimps" and "hos" because (5+ / 0-)

    that is what they think of Planned Parenthood and any woman who gets contraceptive help or an abortion.

    It seems the discourse in this country is no longer rational or intelligent.

    Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lazzardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

    by Temmoku on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:09:49 AM PST

  •  It's kind of ironic (2+ / 0-)
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    that Planned Parenthood is a target of the Christian Right, since in its early days, PP relied heavily on Protestant clergy for social clout, as documented in Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances.

    One of the most popular theologians of the mid-century, Harry Emerson Fosdick, author of the sermon Shall the Fundamentalists Win? was particularly vocal in favor of abortion rights in the 1950s.

    Monocausality is the source of all our problems.

    by dirkster42 on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:14:15 AM PST

  •  CAN we please stop calling them (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, rbird, Mr MadAsHell

    There's no shame in being honest about what they offer and what we consume from them: Entertainment. Reality (based) Entertainment. No context, no investigation, no insight and no factual analysis -- just shocking plot twists, football in the crotch and pie in the face (or is it the other way around?) slapstick on a sweeping stage complete with custom graphics and theme music by Danny Elfman. Journalism is hibernating, possibly comatose and feared dead.

    Trajectory is more important than location.

    by PBJ Diddy on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:15:41 AM PST

  •  Availability of Reproductive Health Services (2+ / 0-)
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    Including abortion, are very highly correlated to quality of life. The ability of women and men to access contraception, preventative care, treatment for illness -- and yes -- abortions cannot be separated from civill libertied and social and economic justice.

    "It's always been a class war, Frodo."

    by bink on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:18:49 AM PST

  •  this is a consistent pattern with conservatives (2+ / 0-)
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    boofdah, Matt Z

    On issue after issue we have seen conservatives adopt tactics of deception precisely because they know they can't win honest arguments.

    When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority...

    by Thought Crime on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:19:15 AM PST

  •  Nice chart - Peace symbol (2+ / 0-)
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    mickey, Matt Z

    Planned Parenthood is like any other right-wing target: doing good and helping poor people.  How the right-wing "christians" live with themselves after demonizing Christian acts of charity and helping the less fortunate amongst us.

    Make sure everyone's vote counts: Verified Voting

    by sacrelicious on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:19:18 AM PST

  •  I know, I know, the Right hates women and kids. (2+ / 0-)
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    What will they go after next?  Mommy & Me classes?

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:19:45 AM PST

  •  when have (2+ / 0-)
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    women made this fight REAL; nobody will reduce it down to the essence;

    Either a woman owns her own body

    OR she does not....

    when that is the fight, the line in the sand, then women ( reproductive rights ) can stand up for themselves and for what is right no debate necessary... we had a civil war to decide this issue

    It's astonishing how tone-deaf the GOP has been in the first weeks of the session; they've talked about everything but jobs. - Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA

    by anyname on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:29:36 AM PST

  •  While I agree with this diary (4+ / 0-)
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    my reaction to the figure in this context was: why is Planned Parenthood even necessary? Everyone should have access to those services through a well-designed national healthcare system. That they obviously do not speaks much louder about our nation's priorities than the pimp-n-ho shows created in order to attack Planned Parenthood.

  •  You'd be hard pressed to find (4+ / 0-)
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    a more well-run, focused, and correct-minded organization than Planned Parenthood. Their prevention services do wonders for the American public, and their focus on women's health in general is admirable.

    Of course, because rational approaches and pro-female advocacy are the enemies of all that is the theocratic patriarchal right wing, they fear the Planned Parenthood with all they have in their bodies.

    Glad the staff was ready and on top of handling the whole charade at least.

    Pionta Guinness, le do thoil!

    by surfbird007 on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:41:58 AM PST

  •  Banning Abortion Is Only One Goal (4+ / 0-)
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    As a long time PP escort, I meet a large group of anti-PP zealots every week. They oppose not only abortion for any reason but also contraception of any kind, including condoms to protect from disease.

    Central to their views is that women do not have the emotional stability or wisdom to manage their sexuality. Men must do so—and that even includes anti-abortion women who are the vilest protesters.  In their eyes all STD's, death in childbirth, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, post partum depression, etc. are just god's will, so women should just buck up and accept them. To them women who seek abortions or use contraception are by definition immoral, sinful, lustful hussies who are only trying to hide their sinning. It is nauseating to listen to their moralizing,

    Lila Rose differs in only one way: Her efforts are as much about gaining publicity for herself as about pursuing a political end. Remind you of a couple of presidential wannabes?  

  •  CNN is dutifully airing the "story" (2+ / 0-)
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    boofdah, Matt Z

    ..and hyping the "controversy."

    Their advertisers must be so proud.

    The life of man can be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short under BAD governance too.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:44:13 AM PST

  •  I imagine a video (1+ / 0-)
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    The lady gets the news she is pregnant.
    The stirrups turn into leg irons.
    The nurse says we will take these off in 9 months.

    Maybe a little too graphic.

    The forced fertility crowd is convinced and all their followers are convinced that everyone who has sex are pimps and whores and nice people get their babies from the cabbage patch.

  •  I'm so grateful (3+ / 0-)
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    for the good, affodable health care I got from PP years ago. How many women would not be able to get a checkup without them? And how much money does the  corp/medical biz lose to women getting routine health care for lttle or no money from PP? I honestly think that this is a part of the push against them.

    Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

    by Virginia mom on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:37:41 AM PST

  •  This is why they will eventually win. (1+ / 0-)
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    We have compassion and reason on our side so those are the arguments we bring to any conversation.  They can make up exceptions to the laws and find ways to chip away at the public resolve.  They are like lichen, or moss, and will eventually gain the upper hand.  It's a shame.

    "Put on your high-heeled sneakers/it's Party time" - Steely Dan.

    by rainmanjr on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:48:18 AM PST

  •  Planned Parenthood has already fired two people. (0+ / 0-)
    Game over. The Anti-choice crowd won.  Nice job Planned Parenthood, nice job.

    Your funding will be stripped.

    People will do anything for a potato.

    by il128 on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:49:36 AM PST

  •  The Freudian Slip in choice of disguises. (1+ / 0-)
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    It occurs to me that when these creeps dress up as pimps, sex traffickers, and the like: they are acting out their own dark fantasies.

    Someone ought to ask them about that one of these days.  And hope the TV cameras pick them up turning beet red at the question.

  •  Kudos! (3+ / 0-)
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    Finally, a response to rightwing nut cases on repro rights that isn't defensively focused on abortion, but attacks on a wide popular front.  

    We absolutely must broaden the debate and go on the offensive if we're going to win.

  •  even days after being exposed my local RW radio (2+ / 0-)
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    blowhard introduced a segment he was going to introduce in his next hour (that i was not able to catch), and taking time off from global warming denial, with (sumarizing)

    'you're going to be amazed to hear what planned parenthood has been doing.....'

    he got the notice from the heritage foundation or some other think tank just like every other RW yapper in the country, and that's why half this shit happens- because they know they can get away with it because they are seldom challenged. and then it has the buzz to 'catapult' the propaganda into the mainstream.

    most of this kind of RW crap wouldn't even make it out of the RW think tank basements without this radio monopoly that the left largely leaves unchallenged.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:54:17 AM PST

  •  Long time supporter and patient! (6+ / 0-)

    Since the time I was in college and even well into my adult years when I had no insurance, Planned Parenthood made it cost effective and easy for me to get annual pap & pelvic exams and birth control. It was a place I could call with questions when I was younger also and not feel too ashamed.

    I hate for anyone to try to take down such a good organization. The local one where I went to college recently closed. It was said because the campus clinic had taken over most all the services they perform. I don't know if that's really true, but I hope so.

    This is one group I'd happily stand outside with a sign of support for.

    "Even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn't good."

    by SnoKat on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:56:29 AM PST

  •  Designate Planned Parenthood on Goodsearch (1+ / 0-)
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    It's kind of a small thing, but if you want to support Planned Parenthood, you can use goodsearch and designate them as your charity -- everything helps/best/Susan

    ps:  When I lived in the Midwest, I used Planned Parenthood on a regular basis for gynecological issues.  They were wonderful....

    •  Thanks, Suzana! :) I just downloaded the toolbar (0+ / 0-)

      so I can start using it to give to PP (National Federation in NYC) right away. Thanks!

      "How screwed up are we as a society when providing access to health care brings on murderous rage?" - Susan S

      by boofdah on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 05:17:47 PM PST

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  •  Good post, thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 12:21:57 PM PST

  •  It's a matter of priorities. (1+ / 0-)
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    You seem to think that the press has some public service function.  If we had some equivalent to the BBC in this country, that might be true.  Instead, we have commercial media, who's first, and really only, moral duty is to return value to share holders.  As long as the purpose of the news department is to deliver ears and eyeballs for the sales department to sell to advertisers, sensationalism is in the best interest of the media company.  If you don't like that fact, then you need to change the nature of media in this country.  

    Sarah Palin's greatest desire is to make sure that George Bush does not go down in history as our worst President.

    by rhonan on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 03:15:31 PM PST

  •  That chart underestimates the good they do (1+ / 0-)
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    I suspect it only shows the initial reason for a visit, rather than what was provided, because in general if you go seeking contraception you'll also get cancer screening and STD screening.

    They do prenatal care as well as care for women past childbearing age.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 04:57:48 PM PST

  •  Two other great articles on this "non-scandal" (1+ / 0-)
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    To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

    by choice joyce on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 05:13:55 PM PST

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