Thumb-in-the-Eye vs. High Trump

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (a/k/a PPINK) has predictably filed a lawsuit against a new Indiana abortion clinic regulation, set to take effect in January. You could see this one coming a mile away.

Ostensibly about a statewide law, the lawsuit really is about whether PPINK’s Lafayette facility will continue killing babies. You see, Lafayette only gets a live abortionist to make dead babies one day per week, and he, she or it does not do surgical abortions even then. The other four or five days per week, PPINK accommodates its customers by dispensing chemical abortifacients by “telemedicine,” calling up Dr. Skype for a pro-forma imprimatur on the dastardly deed. Servicing the felt needs of the Sexual Revolution is what PPINK and other PP affiliates are all about.

And, just to prove I’m a fair-minded guy, opposing Planned Parenthood by any nonviolent means necessary increasingly is what Indiana Right to Life is all about. God may have called Christians to faithfulness, not to success, but Indiana Right to Life intends to succeed, by God.

Thus we were treated, during legislative debates on the law, to earnest expressions of deep concern for the health and safety of PPINK’s soon-to-be-ex gravidas. (I’m not saying that pro-lifers wish harm to abortion-minded women, but the safety of abortion for women is not the raison d’être of right-to-life groups. You can look it up.) The Right-to-Life expression of concerns for women’s health and safety was to requires PPINK Lafayette (and the other zero Indiana clinics) providing non-surgical abortions to have separate procedure, recovery and scrub rooms like surgical centers starting January 1 (Chicago Tribune) although women won’t be at the clinic when complications occur.

The statute now challenged proves that Indiana Right to Life  can successfully stick a thumb in the eye of Planned Parenthood. How Christlike!

The lawsuit, in due course, will prove that Federal Courts trump the Indiana Legislature.

If you put feticide on one side of the scale and disingenuousness on the other side, feticide is by most accounts far graver. But without trivializing the arguments in favor of doing little evils in order to frustrate greater evils (a formulation that I’m sure some of the proponents of little evils would reject, but better than which I cannot now do), and despite having undergone the bloodless lobotomy of law school, I just can’t take some positions, and may God have mercy on me if that’s the sin of scrupulosity.

On a lighter note, I’d like to think that it’s a bit of progress when the face of Planned Parenthood is

Betty Cockrum
Betty Cockrum

instead of

Faye Wattleton
Faye Wattleton

(“like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without good sense“) and the face of Pro-life is

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

instead of

Joe Scheidler
Joe Scheidler.

But the fight isn’t over, and I expect lots of twists and turns down the pike.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.