If Camille Paglia Is Upset With Planned Parenthood, Things Are Grim
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If Camille Paglia Is Upset With Planned Parenthood, Things Are Grim

No one can call Camille Paglia an easy person to pidgeon-hole. She’s a feminist, but refers to herself as a dissident one. She’s a professor, an author, a critic. In the late 1990s, she began writing a regular column for Salon (she continues to contribute, but not regularly.) She once said she would not be unhappy if her entire career were to be judged by this sentence she wrote: “God is man’s greatest idea.

Suffice it to say that she cannot be pidgeon-holed, but she loves to ruffle feathers.

Blake Neff at The DC Caller reports that Paglia is – we’ll put this daintily – quite upset with Planned Parenthood (PP). What? One of the greatest feminists of the 20th-21st centuries calling out that bastion of liberal feminist ideology? Oh, you bet. And in typical Paglia fashion, she pulls no punches. The particular target of her anger? Those undercover videos that have appeared recently PP higher-ups negotiating prices of human parts from aborted fetuses. Paglia made her remarks to Salon:

When the first secret Planned Parenthood video was released in mid-July, anyone who looks only at liberal media was kept totally in the dark about it, even after the second video was released.  But the videos were being run nonstop all over conservative talk shows on radio and television.  It was a huge and disturbing story, but there was total silence in the liberal media.  That kind of censorship was shockingly unprofessional.  The liberal major media were trying to bury the story by ignoring it.  Now I am a former member of Planned Parenthood and a strong supporter of unconstrained reproductive rights.  But I was horrified and disgusted by those videos and immediately felt there were serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials.

Neff calls Paglia’s remarks regarding PP “telling” as they come from one of the best known and greatest supporters of the left. In the complete Salon interview, Paglia castigates those on the left for not being open-minded, despite their claims to the bastion of true liberal thought.

Elise Hilton

Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.