blame the (cynical) messenger

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 02, 2011

Crocodile tears are flowing freely in the offices of Central Jersey Planned Parenthood, where a trusted employee has been fired for "behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable." 

Completely unacceptable, certainly. No reputable organization could tolerate the presence of a clinic director who would provide "expert" advice for a pimp, letting him know how best to avoid detection of his prostitution ring and his exploitation of legal minors. Unacceptable, definitely. Illegal too; law-enforcement officials in New Jersey should take a keen interest in this case, which was brought to life by the undercover investigation work of the pro-life activist group, Live Action. 

But is this "repugnant" behavior really inconsistent with the standards of care set by Planned Parenthood? That's the key question raised by Live Action, in this and several other "sting" operations that have exposed the seamy side of Planned Parenthood's operations. Maybe Amy Woodruff, the New Jersey clinic employee who now has been sent away in disgrace, will have something to say about the guidance she received from her superiors. Maybe her reports will match those of Abby Johnson, another former Planned Parenthood clinic director who has converted to the pro-life cause and written an exposé of the organization's policies. Time will tell.

Meanwhile we can learn something by studying the reactions of officials like Stuart Schear, the vice-president of the Planned Parenthood Federation. When confronted with the latest damning video, Schear chose to question the motivations of those who made the report. The Live Action team had pretended to be involved in illegal activities, he observed: "Falsely claiming sex trafficking to health professionals to advance a political agenda is an astoundingly cynical form of political activity."

But Stuart, the folks at Live Action are trying to save young girls from sexual abuse. Do you see that as nothing more than an effort to "advance a political agenda"? 

And another thing, Stuart: If people are cynical about the work of Planned Parenthood, they're nowhere near as cynical as the people doing that work.


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  • Posted by: Adeodatus109 - Feb. 03, 2012 9:41 PM ET USA

    Such a long year without Diogenes...

  • Posted by: Japheth - Jul. 05, 2011 10:49 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you are still missed very much. I understand that circumstances must be preventing you from writing. I hope this is a time of grace for you. And I pray that you can eventually come back to us.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Apr. 12, 2011 8:53 PM ET USA

    OK, that's enough time off, Diogenes. Return to the fray.

  • Posted by: ILM - Mar. 29, 2011 10:14 PM ET USA

    We miss Diogenes very much. Can you offer us any hope of his return?

  • Posted by: FamilyMan - Mar. 09, 2011 5:20 PM ET USA

    This distressing news is prompting me to comment for the first time ever. Is there a way of petitioning the powers that be to bring him back? I'm hoping for a speedy return!

  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 08, 2011 6:16 PM ET USA

    kman, I was wondering the same thing. I hope Uncle D. is okay.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2011 10:30 AM ET USA

    Has the messenger been shot? No more OTR?

  • Posted by: Phil - Feb. 26, 2011 2:26 PM ET USA

    Since you ask, Japeth, the simple answer is Yes-- a temporary retirement, at least. But please don't spread the news; we don't want people to get too comfortable.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Feb. 26, 2011 11:29 AM ET USA

    Did Diogenes retire?