BLOGThe Worst Moment of Scandal's Planned Parenthood Plotline

By Marissa Mayer Posted on: | November 20, 2015

You'd think after months of watching the Center for Medical Progress' undercover Planned Parenthood videos, we'd be able to stomach anything. I mean, it can't get any worse than abortionists advertising fresh baby parts to the highest bidder and pulling dead babies out of the freezer, right?

Now I'm not so sure.

Social media was abuzz last night about the TV show Scandal on ABC, created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington. What was all the fuss about, you ask? Two words: Planned Parenthood.

That's right, what is an abortion giant to do when the world has seen it in all of its baby-part-selling glory and states have begun to wrench millions in funding from its cold, dead fingers? Have Hollywood plead its case, of course!

We already told you about Katie Couric's problematic PR visit to Planned Parenthood, but last night's winter finale of Scandal was one big, hour-long Planned Parenthood advertisement. Turned off yet? I was too.

And then I watched it.  It didn't start off so bad. I mean most of what I learned about Planned Parenthood I already knew. For example:

1. Planned Parenthood wants to keep our tax dollars. In fact, they don't even want the possibility of ever losing federal funding.

In the episode, former First Lady Mellie is concerned that making Planned Parenthood's funding discretionary will just allow for defunding it in the future (FYI some Planned Parenthood funding is currently discretionary in real life). So she decides to filibuster the spending bill just in time for Christmas.

By making that money discretionary, you give the people in this room the power to say, "You know what? We're a little over budget this year. How about we don't give that little ladies' organization the full amount they're asking for?" So you don't. And then, next year, you give them even less, and even less the year after that, and you keep chipping away at their budget until, before you know it, Planned Parenthood no longer exists.

But we already know that Planned Parenthood wants our money. In fact, they want our money so badly that they continue to overbill Medicaid (The Daily Signal reports that in Oklahoma this happens more than once every seven times) and have allegedly broken the law by using federal funding to help pay for abortions.

2. Planned Parenthood acts like abortion makes the world go round but still claims abortion makes up 3% of its services.

Apparently Planned Parenthood continues to believe that Americans are just stupid. Why else would they continue to promote this statistic as if it has any meaning? In the episode, it's the Vice President who makes this fallacious claim:

Now, I'm not up here to ask you about abortions, Senator, which, as you know, only makes up 3% of all Planned Parenthood business. I mean, I could, but I won't. Let's talk about gonorrhea! 

Here's the problem:  we've refuted the ridiculous 3% claim over and over and we are not the only ones. Pretending that Planned Parenthood is a necessary healthcare provider for women as opposed to what it actually is—the leading abortionist in the United States (and in most of the world)—is just a lame attempt to deflect the conversation away from Planned Parenthood's many abortion-related scandals.

This is pretty basic Planned Parenthood knowledge. And halfway through the episode, a part of me was relieved that it seemed to be just another very expensive celebrity endorsement.

But then it happened—the worst moment of Scandal's Planned Parenthood plotline:

In the second half of the episode Kerry Washington's character, Olivia, who is the President's girlfriend, gets an abortion. We see the surgical instruments; we see the abortionist begin the horrific act of killing an unborn child; and, in the background, we hear “Silent Night” playing. Silent. Night.

 Let me remind you of some of the lyrics of this beautiful Christmas song:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, "Alleluia"
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

Needless to say, I was speechless as I watched. I was sickened. And mostly, I was just sad.

Planned Parenthood is not a savior for women. The true Savior came on that silent night in the form of an innocent baby—the  form that Planned Parenthood has no trouble killing out of convenience and for money. He came so that we could have life.

Planned Parenthood needs our prayers.

Not since Roe v. Wade have we had such an opportunity to stand up for the over 300,000 innocent lives that are being taken in Planned Parenthood clinics across the country each year. Make your voice heard, and find out what you can do to Defund Planned Parenthood today.

Marissa Mayer

Senior Web Writer

Marissa Mayer is an Arizona native who fell in love with the written word at a young age.

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