Pro-Choice Feminist Berates Liberal Media’s ‘Censorship’ of Planned Parenthood Videos

Margaret Knapp | August 6, 2015 | 11:00am EDT
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Feminist author Camille Paglia. (Facebook)

( -- Pro-choice feminist author Camille Paglia, a former member of Planned Parenthood, berated the liberal media’s “censorship” of the “huge and disturbing” story about “serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials,” calling it “shockingly unprofessional.”

The self-described atheist said she was “horrified and disgusted” by the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the disposition of aborted baby parts that were recently released by the Center for Medical Progress, which Paglia said were met by “total silence in the liberal media.”

“Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!  Liberalism has sadly become a knee-jerk ideology, with people barricaded in their comfortable little cells,” Paglia said during an interview with

“They think that their views are the only rational ones, and everyone else is not only evil but financed by the Koch brothers. It’s so simplistic!

“Now let me give you a recent example of the persisting insularity of liberal thought in the media.  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,” Paglia, a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, told Salon.

“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.  

“But here’s my point: it is everyone’s obligation, whatever your political views, to look at both liberal and conservative news sources every single day. You need a full range of viewpoints to understand what is going on in the world,” she said.

Although she describes herself as pro-choice, Paglia also frankly admitted that “abortion is murder” in a 2008 column, calling it “the extermination of the powerless by the powerful.”

“Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue,” she wrote.

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