As always, Gail Collins expresses what so many of us think and feel about serious stuff, but does it in a witty way without using the language the rest of us would, as we’re screaming.
Ms. Collins is always sharp, but rarely sticks the knife in without some laughing gas. This time, when writing about the relentless and dishonest Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood–and, as she emphasizes, family planning, i.e., contraception–she gives it to us without a lot of lidocaine:
Republicans’ new push against Planned Parenthood isn’t just about abortion.
Planned Parenthood! Government shutdown!
Anti-abortion politicians are in an uproar over videos that supposedly show Planned Parenthood representatives negotiating on prices for tissue from aborted fetuses. Carly Fiorina was passionate about the subject in this week’s Republican debate. Nothing she said was accurate, but nobody’s perfect.
The House Judiciary Committee has been investigating the matter with lawyerly precision, starting with a hearing titled: “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” In a further effort to offer balance and perspective, the committee did not invite Planned Parenthood to testify.