A couple of readers suggested I work up another “Hitler Learns About. . .” parody of the Planned Parenthood videos. I hesitated a long time on this. There’s nothing funny or ironic about this story, like a botched play call at the Super Bowl. The reductio ad Hitlerum style of argument is usually wrong or trivializing of the most monstrous evil of the last century when applied to current political or moral issues, and the issue of abortion—even late term abortion—admits of some genuine moral ambiguities at the margin. But the abortion absolutists—think Barbara Boxer, who once said on the U.S. Senate floor that the protection of the law shouldn’t attach to a live, born human being until the parents took the child from the hospital—aren’t dealing with the rare difficult cases at the margin.
Then PP’s Cecile Richards (2013 compensation: over $500,000) went on TV yesterday to say that the most “disgusting” part of the story was the deception and editing “out of context” of the videos. There is no “context” that can redeem what Planned Parenthood is doing here. A person as ghastly as Richards deserves the reductio treatment. And it seems no more out of line than a number of the editorial cartoons posted here the other day—some of them by liberal cartoonists I note. So here goes:
And if you think this was too strong or inappropriate, take in Brit Hume on the same subject. Brit is a very nice and calm man. He is not here: