~After I discussed the matter with Sean Hannity on Fox News last week, I got a barrage of abuse from abortion absolutists with a familiar talking point: abortions are “only three per cent” of what Planned Parenthood does. This statistic is very curiously formulated: The group said that abortions account for three per cent of the 10.9m services its provides in nearly 700 clinics.
Even if you know what that actually means, the correct response is: So what? Do American liberals listen to what they’re saying: What percentage of a business model does selling baby parts have to be for it to disturb you? Any murderer could make the same defense: Murderers actually spend very little time murdering. For 99.99 per cent of the time Major Hasan was providing psychiatric services to US military personnel, and standing on the table, opening fire and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” was only 0.01 per cent of his business model. So what?
That dentist in Minnesota everyone wants to string up: C’mon, give the guy a break. Ninety-seven percent of his time is devoted to cavities and root canals. The lion-killing portion of his schedule is minimal.
If you were told that the fellow at the convenience store devotes 97 per cent of his time to selling groceries and gasoline but once in a while he likes to go down to the seedy part of town, chop up a hooker and leave the pieces in a trunk at the airport, but don’t worry, it’s only three per cent of what he does, would you still want to buy a quart of milk from the guy? American liberals say: What’s the problem? They’re so used to looking the other way, they’ve immobilized their moral compass.