It really bothers me that the key defense of Planned Parenthood (besides “the videos were heavily edited,” when they were only excerpted to show the key points and released alongside the full footage) has been “nothing portrayed in those videos was illegal, so this is all a big nothing.”
I think it’s evident that the videos depict illegal actions - but all right, let’s say they don’t. Let’s say that not one action shown in these videos is against the law. How infinitely more horrifying. That means we’re content to live in a country where pulling apart an unborn baby and dragging his disintegrated parts around in a little dish to find the valuable ones is legal. That means we’ve all accepted this as a mundane condition upon which our reality hinges. That is a million miles from something to brush aside as if it’s a technicality to be debated in the abstract, like whether someone violated a traffic law.