The White House website has a section for issues to be addressed by petition. At last glance, there were over 310,000 signatures on whitehouse.gov for Cecil the Lion, and fewer than 27,000 for an investigation into Planned Parenthood.
The latest in a group of videos of Planned Parenthood released by the Center for Medical Progress may be the most disturbing yet, showing graphic footage of aborted baby parts and a laughing Planned Parenthood employee referring to dismembered fetuses by saying, “We had a really long day and they’re all mixed up together in a bag.”
Throughout the video, Melissa Farrell, Planned Parenthood’s Gulf Coast Director of Research, casually discusses the harvesting and selling of fetal tissue as well as ways in which Planned Parenthood can assure specific volumes of intact specimens, aka aborted babies, of stages as late as 22 weeks.
It seems to be a no-brainer that this would outrage all Americans, both pro-life and pro-choice. But America’s outrage continues to stay misplaced.
Over 310,000 people have signed online petitions on whitehouse.gov relating to the extradition of Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to Zimbabwe, and countless others have tweeted out their animosity and threats for the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion.
In a combined total of 9 petitions on whitehouse.gov relating to the defunding or investigation of Planned Parenthood, however, fewer than 27,000 signatures exist.
Where have America’s priorities gone?
When did the death of an animal become more important than the alleged illegal sale of aborted baby parts by a government funded organization?
Even 2016 Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton initially called the Planned Parenthood videos “disturbing” after their release and stated that she thought there should be a national investigation into the practice of aborted fetal tissue.
Walter J. Palmer may be the most hated man in America right now, but he certainly isn’t one of America’s biggest problems.
Federal law clearly says that if an alteration of time, method, or procedure is used in the termination of a pregnancy for the sole purpose of obtaining tissue, that tissue cannot be sold or used for research.
The evidence is clear. This is not an issue of pro-life or pro-choice. This is not an issue of women’s health. This is an issue of American law and justice must be served.
• Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.