By Jonathon Van Maren
In perhaps the least surprising announcement of 2020, Planned Parenthood has announced that they are endorsing Joe Biden for next president of the United States. There was never any doubt that the Democrat would get the abortion industry’s support, and Biden has obediently caved to their demands (Biden 2000 would find Biden 2020 unrecognizable in many ways), including retracting his support for the Hyde Amendment and declaring his commitment to using your tax dollars to pay for abortion.
But it takes an extraordinary level of cognitive dissonance for Planned Parenthood, of all organizations—a corporation that specializes in suctioning tiny humans to death and racks up a kill count of over a quarter of a million per year—to announce that this election is a “literally a life and death election.” From NPR:
With abortion rights advocates on the defensive at the federal and state levels over the last four years, Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in his race to defeat President Trump.
Activists are putting their hope in Biden, whom some see as having a mixed record on abortion, as they watch a U.S. Supreme Court reshaped by Trump appointees for key decisions that could scale back access to abortion and birth control. They’re also reeling from a series of policy reversals related to reproductive health during the Trump administration.
“This is literally a life and death election,” Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood, told NPR ahead of the announcement. “We felt like we can’t endure another four years of Trump; we have to do everything we can to get him out of office.”
“Literally a life and death election.” Let that chutzpah sink in for a minute.
To be fair, Planned Parenthood does have a point. If elected, Biden has promised to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, restore—and probably increase—federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and, of course, support the use of tax dollars to terminate the next generation of Americans in abortion clinics. All of this is from a politician who once condemned Roe, frequently voted pro-life, and was considered an unreliable ally by the abortion industry.
But Joe Biden is nothing if not a politician who desperately wants to be president, even if he has to sell whatever is left of his soul to do so. Progressives are happy to support not only because he is the alternative to Trump, but also because they recognize Biden for what he is: An empty vessel they can fill with whatever the current dogma happens to me. Biden will be a figurehead president, a hoary head to distract us from the fact that those running the show are America’s fresh new revolutionaries.