Why the Planned Parenthood Videos Didn’t Change the Abortion Debate

Joe Carter | July 15, 2016


one year ago yesterday, a group that almost no one had ever heard of before released an undercover video. The video produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showed a national-level executive of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider sells intact fetal body parts.

Over the next few weeks CMP released other videos. The pro-life movement was electrified. Many defenders of life thought to themselves, This changes everything.

Only, it didn’t.

The videos garnered a surprising amount of media attention, sparked congressional hearings, and launched dozens of investigations into Planned Parenthood (PP). But one year later, not much has changed. And many people are wondering what went wrong.

In what follows I attempt to provide a partial answer to that question. But before I do let me state unequivocally that this is not intended as a criticism of CMP. The scrappy upstart single-handedly took on the abortion behemoth, and while CMP didn’t deliver a knockout blow to PP, it gave them a black eye. CMP deserves our continued praise for such bold efforts.

A post-mortem consideration can be valuable, though, not as an exercise in second-guessing, but as a potential roadmap for what other groups can do in the future. CMP is…


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