On Sunday, The New York Times blew a kiss to exiting Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Writer Amy Chozick's article celebrated the head of the organization while excoriating those on the Pro-Life side of the aisle as hypocrites:
"According to Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood for over a decade, protesters who wave anti-abortion signs outside one of the organization’s clinics will sometimes return -- a week, a month or a year later -- for an annual medical exam."
Chozick predictably endorsed Richards's book, titled Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead -- My Life Story:
"[Richards's departure from Planned Parenthood] is well timed for her to promote a new memoir...which Touchstone will publish in April. Ms. Richards said she planned to pour herself into the midterm elections, fund-raising and campaigning for Democrats, and advising the expected record number of women candidates."
The reporter did recognize the polarizing nature of Richards's position in the culture, cast against the former president's claim that the largest abortion provider in America has no ties to political ideology:
"Her refrain that Planned Parenthood is apolitical will strike some as laughable. Depending on whom you ask, the elegant 60-year-old is a national 'hero' or a 'deeply evil woman' and 'mass murderer.'”
Chozick went on to admit that there is "a dark side" to the abortion business -- not the termination of babies' lives and the selling of their body parts, but pro-life protesters :
"But the work, and her visibility, had a dark side. Death threats to abortion providers, blockades, fires and protests at Planned Parenthood clinics -- already hotbeds of political unrest -- increased after the videos (regarding the organization's sale of fetal body parts)."
Chozick portrayed Richards as a clever "master" for keeping the notion of abortion out of her discussion of clinics which terminate hundreds of thousands of pregnancies per year:
"Many conservatives are celebrating the end of her reign. 'Cecile Richards Leaves Behind Brutal Legacy,' read a headline in The Blaze. The story estimated the group had performed 328,384 abortions in 2016. Planned Parenthood disputed those figures, adding that the organization served 2.4 million patients that year, largely for physical exams, breast exams and the treatment of sexually transmitted infections...[Richards] seemed more reserved about using the word abortion, masterfully pivoting to phrases like 'women’s health' and “reproductive medicine” when a reporter brought them up."
For an issue so steeped in controversy and so heavily opposed by so many -- 77 percent of American women, and 74 percent of Americans in general, favor limiting abortion to the first trimester; 51 percent of women in the U.S. believe abortion does more harm than good -- The New York Times sure does seem to think that only the fringe of society stands against it. But that's the nature of the Left: they believe -- or they want others to believe -- that their view is the common view, and anything else is an outlying element to which no attention need be paid.
This pro-abortion bent is old news at The Times -- in 2006, Robin Finn wrote about "retro" pro-lifers as compared to the "magnetic" new president of Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, the most retro thing at The New York Times should be news; but it is, instead, left-wing bias.