In a head-scratching piece at the Huffington Post, Miranda Blue attempts to paint The Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden, the man behind the undercover video project investigating Planned Parenthood’s fetal parts business, as a ‘radical’ in the pro-life movement.
While Blue could have focused more on the March for Life as a whole, instead, she chose to focus in David Daleiden, whom she says “connects” several aspects of the pro-life movement. Blue also attempts to tie Daleiden to what she calls the “rescue” movement – a term that hasn’t been used in pro-life circles for quite some time.
While Daleiden is certainly a pro-life figure receiving much attention from friend and foe alike, he is not necessarily more radical than others in the pro-life movement. That’s now how Blue sees it, however:
The central role of Daleiden in this week’s events reflects the extent to which his project, which stemmed from one of the most radical strands of the anti-choice movement, has brought radical protest groups back to prominence and shifted the strategy and priorities of the more “mainstream” parts of the movement.
Blue gives little insight about what constitutes “the most radical strands of the anti-choice movement.” She does, however, claim that the “rescue” movement is at the root of all this:
This renewed focus on Planned Parenthood has helped to elevate the rescue movement, which Daleiden’s project grew out of. Two of Daleiden’s closest advisors, Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman and Life Dynamics’ Mark Crutcher, helped to pioneer the strategy of cutting down access to abortion by making life miserable for abortion providers and patients. Crutcher has specialized in doing this through “sting” operations, including one that Daleiden’s was modeled after, and now hopes to train and “unleash a whole army of David Daleidens” on abortion providers.
As much as Blue and other abortion supporters would like to have more evidence against pro-life figures like Daleiden, they don’t. And as much as they’d like to blame Daleiden and the pro-life movement for the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood perpetrated by a deranged man unaffiliated with any pro-life group, Robert Lewis Dear proved by his actions that he is not pro-life.
Blue, of course, takes the opportunity to defend Planned Parenthood in her piece, making the oft-repeated and tiring point that Planned Parenthood is not allowed to use taxpayer dollars for abortions – as if that’s the only reason to be in favor of defunding a scandal ridden ‘non-profit,’ which is the nation’s largest abortion provider. Undercover video stings from long before Daleiden’s have demonstrated that the abortion giant not only circumvents the law, but considers itself to be above the law.
And while Planned Parenthood gets off unscathed in the piece, somehow the March for Life is tarnished by the actions of so-called radical Daleiden, according to Blue.
Nice try, but pro-lifers are proud of the work Daleiden has done, and likely won’t be taking advice from the pro-abortion Huffington Post.