Mona Charen

Planned Parenthood does perform breast exams, which are a form (though, according to the latest research, a dubious one) of cancer screening. And the clinics do provide Pap smears, which screen for cervical cancer. So why did Richards feel the need to lie about the mammograms?

Perhaps because supporters of abortion have always had a difficult relationship with the truth. When debate first erupted about partial-birth abortion, the industry at first claimed that there was no such procedure. Forced to retreat from that lie, they claimed that the procedure was exceedingly rare. When that line was exposed as false, they insisted that it was only performed to save the lives of pregnant women or in the case of severe fetal abnormality. That wasn't true either.

Behar speaks for many when she smears abortion opponents as "evil, immoral, unethical, and stupid." Now there's a moral inversion of the first order: those who justify killing a developing child because his or her life poses a temporary inconvenience waxing indignant and morally outraged at those who oppose such a gruesome act.

When she visited the United States near the end of the 20th century, Mother Teresa pleaded with Americans to reject abortion as "violence." And so it is. Behar and most members of Planned Parenthood probably think of themselves as non-violent types. They've probably never fired a gun, and they probably oppose most wars. If asked to kill a baby robin in its nest, they'd probably recoil with horror.

Think about that.

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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