VIDEO: Lawmakers, media react to Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

( Hans Johnson)

We were shocked on July 14 by the blockbuster release of an undercover investigative video showing Planned Parenthood executive and abortionist Dr. Deborah Nucatola blithely discussing the value of keeping a baby’s organs intact during a late-term abortion. It was like a new Grimm’s Fairy Tale: “The better to harvest from you!”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) movingly spoke for many as the news broke on the floor of the House:

At a weekly press briefing July 16, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he’d instructed committees to investigate, but added he’d “vomit” if he had to talk specifically about the contents of the video…

And Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was moved to tears when describing Planned Parenthood’s grisly practice of harvesting baby parts (especially from 4:15 on):

The mainstream media was much slower to react, waiting for PP talking points to be issued, then focusing on the edited production values of the video (the norm for almost all news video) and ignoring the unedited version released at the same time.

As far as television goes, only July 15’s Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier was there a substantive report by Shannon Bream.

Bill O’Reilly followed up with an interview with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress about the investigation:

Then, Megyn Kelly oversaw a fiery debate between radio host Dana Loesch and Democratic advisor Robert Zimmerman:

And finally, on July 16, CBS News ran a fair, in-depth story, including a bombshell that “up to a dozen additional videos of top officials from Planned Parenthoods from across the country, which he’s gonna be releasing in the days and weeks to come”:

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at, and is reprinted here with permission.)

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