On Wednesday, CNN actually had the audacity to bring on the former president of Planned Parenthood to demand that public officials "protect our children" by backing draconian COVID regulations being pushed by the Biden administration. In the 1:00 p.m. ET hour, Newsroom host Ana Cabrera referenced the total COVID death count, noting that 1 in 500 Americans have died from COVID. She then brought on Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Jeremy Faust to discuss.
Dr. Wen, who Cabrera introduced as “CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore health commissioner,” was the president/CEO of Planned Parenthood from October 2018 through July 2019. During the 2018-2019 business year, according to their own annual report, Planned Parenthood facilitated 354,871 “abortion procedures,” or, to be less euphemistic, killed 354,871 babies.
Wen expressed shock that Americans have not done more to stop the spread of COVID-19, saying “Imagine if 1 in 500 Americans have died in a war due to a foreign adversary in the last year and a half. How would we be processing that information and what would we be doing differently? Wouldn’t we be doing everything we can to end the war, to end the suffering and death?”
She seemed especially appalled at one North Carolina school district’s decision to end quarantining and contact tracing for COVID-exposed students. “Overall we need to decrease the level of transmission in the community, but in the meantime we need to be protecting our children,” Wen emphasized. “It’s, again, really unconscionable that we’re not doing everything we can.”
It seems that “protecting our children” only applies when the children are outside of the womb, and therefore subject to onerous and often unscientific COVID restrictions.
Just what is Wen suggesting for schools? Masking, quarantining, contact tracing, improving ventilation, and eligible students getting vaccinated, just to name a few. Currently, only children age 12 and older can get vaccinated, but companies are still collecting trial data for younger children. Wen’s repeated emphasis on the phrase “everything we can” communicates that there is no sacrifice too great or requirement too strenuous in order to prevent COVID cases among children.
The irony of a former leader of Planned Parenthood, America’s leading baby-killing regime, claiming to stand up for the health and well-being of children, is apparently lost on CNN. In fact, Wen’s position at CNN as a medical analyst is disturbing, given her track record of violating the Hippocratic Oath. She has done inconceivable harm to hundreds of thousands of babies, along with their mothers – but CNN is perfectly fine with letting her accuse schools and viewers of not taking sufficient care of their own children.
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The relevant portions of Wednesday's transcript are below. Click "expand" to read:
1:21:49 p.m. Eastern
ANA CABRERA: Another sobering milestone in this pandemic: 1 in every 500 Americans has now died of COVID-19. As of last night, the official count is nearly 664,000 deaths nationwide. To a large degree, this remains a pandemic of the unvaccinated. And just two days from now a key panel of FDA advisors will debate whether to authorize COVID booster shots for the general population. There is little agreement on this even within the medical community. With us now is Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore health commissioner and also with us is Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Thank you both for being here. Dr. Wen, just your reaction first to this pandemic now taking the life of 1 in every 500 Americans. Did you ever think it would get to this point?
LEANA WEN: No. It's actually a number that is very difficult to process. Imagine if 1 in 500 Americans have died in a war due to a foreign adversary in the last year and a half. How would we be processing that information and what would we be doing differently? Wouldn’t we be doing everything we can to end the war, to end the suffering and death? And yet right now we actually have the tools. We know that vaccines are our best and only way out of the pandemic. We have the tool that it will take for us to save lives and for us to not do everything that we can with vaccines and masks in the meantime, it’s really unconscionable.
CABRERA: Dr. Wen, one of the places that COVID is really surging right now in the US is inside schools. Georgia health officials say 60% of COVID outbreaks in that state are occurring in K-12 schools. Schools are still struggling to respond. One North Carolina school district is deciding it's gonna end quarantines. It’s gonna stop contact tracing for the students and staff who may have been exposed but are asymptomatic or they test negative. Does that approach make sense to you?
WEN: No. I mean, that's the same as saying, if we just don't look for disease, we're not going to find it. But just because you're not looking for it doesn't mean the disease isn't there, it just means that you don’t know about it, and then there’s further spread, chains of transmission that could be occurring at home and in the community due to what's happening in schools. I think what's really frustrating about what’s going on in schools is that we know what it takes to keep COVID out of schools. We know what it takes to prevent the COVID from spreading in schools. That is everybody who is able to be vaccinated, 12 and older getting vaccinated, that’s indoor masking, that’s quarantining, contact tracing, all these measures that we’ve been talking about, improved ventilation. All of these things are layers of protection. The more virus there is in the school, the more layers you’re going to need. Overall we need to decrease the level of transmission in the community, but in the meantime we need to be protecting our children. Nearly 30% of all new infections are occurring in kids. In the last two weeks, there have been half a million new COVID-19 infections in our children. It’s, again, really unconscionable that we’re not doing everything we can. We have the tools. We know what works. Why not deploy these tools to protect our children?
CABRERA: Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Jeremy Faust, I appreciate both of you. Thanks so much for joining us.