The Washington Post isn't very good at hiding its feelings about abortion when it lets its political reporters profile the Washington elite in their Style section. The latest example was a star turn for Cecile Richards, the new leader of Planned Parenthood. By gum, she's a lovable, open, down-to-earth girl, the perfect soccer mom -- who also just happens to run a chain of abortion factories.
A few weeks back, reporter Darragh Johnson began her profile of the new CEO of the nation's leading abortion provider with sympathy for her personal life. Her mother, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards (the one who taunted President Bush in 1988, and then lost to his son in 1994), is undergoing cancer treatment, but she still had advice for her granddaughter's attire for an interview with CBS for a summer internship. She needs a "new spring suit." But Mom said she would just buy her a new shirt. Johnson also makes sure to mention she's following the NCAA basketball tournament so she can talk brackets with her husband.
The puff piece ends with Richards in a Planned Parenthood shelter for teenagers in the poor northeastern section of D.C., talking with girls as they make collages out of magazine pictures, and then "playing a serious game of foosball." The last sentence on Cecile: "'OK,' she said, still leaning intently over the game, 'we'll do one more, then I'm going home to feed my kids.'"
There was no space in this article for critics of Richards, or of Planned Parenthood.
It read a lot like a January Post profile of Kate Michelman, the retiring NARAL Pro-Choice America boss and new author. Reporter Linton Weeks recounted Michelman's standard story of spousal abandonment and how it inspired her hard-left career. Weeks played up her hobbies (cooking "authentically," and she loves doing the dishes) and her great compassion. As a teen, "Her idea of fun, she said, was organizing a Christmas tree sale to benefit Mexican farm workers in her community."
There were no critics, just former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bizarrely claiming that Michelman had provided "a voice for those who didn't have a voice and a brain for those who didn't have a brain." It's probably not a good idea to tout someone who favors an annual assembly line of hundreds of thousands of abortions as speaking for the "voiceless."