When it comes to “shot-chaser” memes, this one — featuring Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro — should be immediately inducted into the Shot-Chaser Hall of Fame.
Our story begins with Richards slamming a leaked internal White House document, which contains repeated references to “fertility awareness.” The document was obtained exclusively by Crooked Media:
Fertility awareness methods—including the so-called “rhythm method”—are birth control alternatives popular among social conservatives, who advance dubious claims that prescription contraception is abortifacient.
These methods, by which women seek to avoid pregnancy by tracking ovulation, are “about 76% effective,” meaning “24 out of 100 couples who use FAMS will have a pregnancy each year,” according to Planned Parenthood.
Needless to say, Richards was livid:
You know what we call people who practice the rhythm method?
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) October 26, 2017
Nice shot. Then came the chaser from Shapiro:
You know what we call people who kill babies? Planned Parenthood. https://t.co/u3q7JJDKvM
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 27, 2017
Twitter responded, with user James feigned horror at the very thought of being a parent:
O no! Not parents!!! pic.twitter.com/3MXvdq8ScQ
— James Kaplan (@JamesJKaplan) October 27, 2017
Margaret played on PP's name, seemingly suggesting perhaps a more accurate name for America's largest abortion provider might be “Planned Unparenthood”:
You really haven't a clue about Natural Family Planning, have you? And, remind me again, you are the CEO of PLANNED PARENThood?
— Margaret Moore (@clairol78) October 27, 2017
In response to Shapiro's tweet, Katarina and Logan thought they caught Richards admitting life begins at conception:
Does she even realize she just admitted life begins at conception? For once, a leftist is in agreement with science.
— Katarina (@kat_samb) October 27, 2017
Why is no one calling out the fact that she's admitting people become parents when pregnancy begins?
— Logan Williams (@ScarletHarrier) October 27, 2017
Jack's a big fan of the rhythm method for one obvious reason:
I am a product of the rhythm method. I’m here so I am pretty confident I prefer it to abortion!
— Jack (@jacismee) October 27, 2017
Finally, Sienna pretty much thought Shapiro's tweet was “game, set, match”:
— Sienna 🌹🎃🌿🎃🌹 (@SIENNAWESTLAND) October 27, 2017
Incidentally, the battle is just beginning.
On cue, The Washington Post on Wednesday launched a broadside against the Trump administration in response to the leaked document: “The Trump administration’s attack on family planning is an attack on women’s economic well-being.”