But you'll not see a story virtually anywhere on this budding scandal because the press studiously avoids scrutiny of its liberal sacred cows -- or focuses its guns on that person who would dare to get in their way. They'd lionize a state official attacking crisis-pregnancy centers that try to talk women out of abortions. But investigate the abortion industry, and you're a national disgrace.
In 2005, Kline was demonized by glossy national magazines like GQ as the man "who will do anything to stop abortion." In that GQ article, his local Planned Parenthood adversary, Peter Brownlie, was allowed to make the ridiculous claim that "Planned Parenthood, by its efforts to prevent unintended pregnancies, has prevented more abortions than any anti-abortion group that has ever existed. They talk. We do."
So pro-lifers should applaud Planned Parenthood -- for not killing every baby it encounters.
Now comes another ABC News story on its Website, with a fresh liberal tilt. ABC's Emily Friedman began by suggesting Kline was "either an agenda-driven prosecutor operating outside the law or one of the best friends the anti-abortion rights movement has ever had."
Not only are pro-lifers not "pro-life," they're not even "abortion foes." They're now -- in a news report, remember -- "anti-rights." Friedman unloaded the critical comments of liberals: not just Planned Parenthood's Brownlie, but Kansas professor Burdett Loomis (whom even she noted was a strategist for the Democratic governor of Kansas in 2004) and Kim Gandy, the boss of the National Organization for Women, who lionized Dr. George Tiller, the champion of hideous third-trimester abortions, as "one of the very few who has the courage to do this kind of work."
A Kline spokesman tried to rebut the claims of "critics," but it was hopeless. The overall tone of the piece was how Kline is not only ruining the "choice" of third-trimester abortions for desperate women, his pro-life agenda is ruining the Republican Party on the plains. ABC's expert analyst? Loomis, the Democrat, who concluded the article: "I think even within the Republican Party, this is a guy who has probably outlived his welcome."
Planned Parenthood is a formidable force in national (and state) politics. One major reason is networks like ABC, news outlets that don't really care whether this corporation plays by the rules, as long as the abortion assembly line keeps running.