Here is something that you didn’t know you needed when you woke up this morning: 61-year-old metal god Glenn Danzig has weighed in on a popular but unfounded Planned Parenthood conspiracy theory. Via a recent L.A. Times profile, Danzig says:
I might be conservative on some issues, and some issues I’m really liberal... I’m pro-abortion and I’m pro-Planned Parenthood. But I don’t think Planned Parenthood should be selling baby parts like a chop shop in Brooklyn, OK?
This is a somewhat surprising position to take from the man who wrote and sang the words: “Hot cherry on Friday night / When the sun goes down my spine / I put an axe in my baby’s head / I’m gonna end up doing time.” Regardless, Danzig is most likely referencing a disputed video from two years ago by the so-called Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group which purported to show a Planned Parenthood employee discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses, but which was heavily edited in order to support the group’s false claims. As a result of their secret filming of Planned Parenthood employees, the Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been charged with 15 felonies.
In case you need reminding, Planned Parenthood refuted the claims made by the video, allowing that its patients are given the opportunity to donate fetal tissue for research purposes, and a choice to donate does not generate a profit for the donor or PP. Which is to say that Planned Parenthood doesn’t think Planned Parenthood should be selling baby parts like a chop shop in Brooklyn either, OK?
Fake news (I mean real fake news) is a hell of a drug. As Anna Merlan’s above-referenced post also notes, the whole “fetal body parts for sale” claim is a recurring unsubstantiated rumor in our culture.
Reading this statement, you may think, “Hmmm, Danzig sounds like the kind of white dude who’d bemoan... something about modern culture and wonder why he doesn’t get a parade.” You’re a fucking genius, you. Regarding Trump’s travel ban, Danzig had this to say:
It’s really not a travel ban. When you walk into the country, we want to see who you are and what you’re doing. Well, when I go to every country right now, they look at me and they see whether I can come in or not,” he continued. “And I’ve been turned away from Canada and other places before. Where’s my protest? Where’s my parade?
Danzig also commented that he hates the “stupidity” of Trump’s detractors.