Yesterday a grand jury in Houston, TX announced that it would not seek charges against Planned Parenthood and would rather indict the makers of a series of investigative films that allegedly show the abortion giant participating in an illicit fetal tissue trade.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
A grand jury in Harris County, tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood’s Houston affiliate following the August release of an undercover video taken inside the clinic, cleared the organization of misconduct Monday, and instead indicted the group behind the video.
The investigation was ordered at the request of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick one day after the undercover video from inside the Houston clinic was released. The video was the fifth released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical Progress over the summer in an attempt to prove Planned Parenthood was making a profit off of tissue reimbursement fees. Planned Parenthood repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Needless to say, this absurd perversion/inversion of justice immediately got the internet’s attention. As the mainstream media fawned over the grand jury’s move, several abortion advocates joined the chorus on Twitter.
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) January 25, 2016
— Lady Parts Justice (@LadyPJustice) January 26, 2016
— atweetfromlukas (@That_LUKAS) January 26, 2016
— Hexe (@hexepatty) January 26, 2016
Some couldn’t help but use the opportunity to slam Republican candidates who dared believe the videos were legit, as suggested by independent forensic analysis.
— hikergal (@hikergal333) January 26, 2016
— Rick (@SauvignonRick) January 26, 2016
— Kelli Russell Agodon (@KelliAgodon) January 26, 2016
— Inherit My Wind (@StinkyMalloy01) January 26, 2016
Bernie weighed in.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 26, 2016
And others weighed in on Bernie.
So sick you say Planned Parenthood is doing a wonderful job. Really? https://t.co/UsGuh8Lnv2
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 26, 2016
Sanders: Not only should we not DEFUND Planned Parenthood, we should expand funding! More death, please!
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) January 26, 2016
The Twittersphere was not a complete echo chamber, however; some Twitter users realized the irony of shooting the messenger, as it were, and the mainstream media’s near non-existent coverage of the videos (until now, that is).
Grand jury does not induct Planned Parenthood but does indict videographers who documented traffic in aborted baby parts. God help us.
— Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) January 26, 2016
The grand jury indicted Daleiden--not Planned Parenthood--for organ trafficking. Let that sink in. https://t.co/goD1kmR35K
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 25, 2016
Just another example of how the courts are bought and paid for, this time with the blood of babies. #PlannedParenthood
— Heather (@ampronetowander) January 26, 2016
Some reveled in it …
— William Hay, MD (@Whhaymd) January 26, 2016
There was this helpful and insightful information,
— FRC (@FRCdc) January 26, 2016
Imagine a scenario in which a child tells his mother that he saw his older brother hitting the family dog with a baseball bat. Now imagine that, instead of actually stopping the older child from engaging in the clearly abusive act, she disciplines the younger for tattling on his sibling, allowing the older brother to continue wailing away on Sparky. Now imagine that the Center for Medical Progress is the younger child, Planned Parenthood the older, the criminal justice system is the mother, abusing a dog is engaging in a macabre and illegal human body parts racket, tattling is investigative journalism and a time-out is a felony. That’s what we’re seeing here.
Normally one would hope to see justice properly served and atrocities like PP’s tissue racket prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, this is Houston, and if you can subpoena preachers’ sermons in order to ensure that any man can arbitrarily use the ladies’ room when he wants, you can pretty much do whatever you want.
Nate Madden is a Staff Writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religion and culture. He previously served as the Director of Policy Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A John Jay Fellow, Citadel Parliamentary Fellow and National Journalism Center alumnus, Nate has previously written for World Magazine, The Washington Times, Catholic News Service, Patheos, Ethika Politika, and The Christian Post. Follow him @NateMadden_IV