Gosnell; Baby Feet Kick the Nation – UPDATES

If your stomach and your psyche can stand it, read the grand jury report on this fiendish abortionist, Kermit Gosnell.

I have been afraid to write about this woman-killing, baby-slaughtering, fertility-stealing, heartless and exploitative freak since the story broke. It’s been that horrifying.

But I agree with the assertion of the district attorney that Gosnell was able to get along with for so long by design.

The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed.

Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design. …

State health officials knew that Gosnell and his clinic were offering unacceptable medical care to women and girls, yet DOH failed to take any action to stop the atrocities documented by this Grand Jury.

Of course this neglect toward patient’s safety and the law is by design. A shoddy operation like Gosnell’s could not have continued to perpetrate medical atrocities on women, unless somewhere along the line situations were going unreported and investigations were left unassigned as true-believers within the system looked determinedly away. See pages 9-15 of the report. In fact, just keep reading.

For them, I suppose, these dead or maimed women might be considered “collateral damage” in the efforts to preserve a “choice” they consider sacrosanct. If a few women perish along with the million babies per year, well, it’s such a small number, right?

And if some women are left scarred, maimed or infertile, well…probably they’re the sort of women who shouldn’t have babies, anyway, right?

After all, Margaret Sanger — the poster girl for pro-choice advocates in America — was all about making sure that certain races and certain classes of people were discouraged from reproducing. But you’re not supposed to know that, or at least you’re not supposed to acknowledge that. To do so would be as rude as forcing people to consider that the only way to prevent a pregnancy from advancing to new life is to “stop” it unnaturally, or to note that “stopping” is just a euphemism for “killing.” Because that’s the only way to stop new life from flourishing: by killing it.

But it’s rude to mention that. It is also rude (and “shrill”) to mention in polite company that the method of killing the new life involves reaching deep within a woman’s body with unnatural instrumentation and either sucking the baby, bit-by-bit, through a vacuum tube into a jar, or scraping it out of her, limb-by-limb.

And it is beyond rude to suggest to true-believers (many of whom are enthusiastic students of social and psychological theory) that the violent death-and-dismemberment being performed within a woman’s womb — deep inside her body — may produce both physical repercussions on her body, and psychological repercussions within society.

Intelligent people — people who pride themselves on having curious minds, who have studied philosophy and arcana, and who often allow for notions of karmic energies while rejecting the idea of a sin — would prefer to keep to their euphemisms and change the subject rather than consider what affect it may have on a nation, when so many of its women are walking around carrying all of that unanswered negativity and violence within their bodies.

To approach such people with a Bible and the idea that there was a real child, begotten of God, torn to shreds within the living tissue of its mother, whose soul (her life-force) might then be in peril due to that act, is so profoundly rude and full of “magical thinking” as to inspire mockery and jeering disdain.

To approach them with The Tao and the idea that there was a real being, energetically positive, violently destroyed in a burst of extreme, negative energy — energy that remains within the woman and will affect her chi, her lifeforce, is also rude. But it also scares them to fury.

Generally the true believers in abortion, very comfortable with dismissing all that unsophisticated Judeo/Christian moralizing, find it much more difficult to respond to those arguing from the side of Eastern philosophy. For one thing, Eastern philosophy — if it is embraced superficially — seems so modern and smart and permissive; it’s not full of that dread word “no,” and so they can’t accept that it might contain an argument against abortion.

For another thing, hey, all that talk about “energy” that’s sort of science-y right? And science is supposed to be respectable in ways theology is not.

Yesterday on Twitter, a journalist wrote: “This abortion doctor story is gruesome. Anti-choicers will seize on it, but it’s about criminal behavior, not abortion.”

Its funny how framing works. A massacre perpetrated by a deranged man is not about the deranged man; it’s about “rhetoric.” But a massacre perpetrated by an abortion provider whose violations against laws of the nation and of humanity were overlooked for years is “not about abortion.” It’s about criminal behavior, and that’s all. But some of our most prominent politicians have voted against the very bill — the “born alive” bill — that defines such behavior as criminal. Meaning, I guess, that if only enough politicians had voted with Sen. Barack Obama, Gosnell’s behavior would not be “criminal” at all, and therefore we wouldn’t even be talking about it?

Well, the story of Kermit Gosnell is about abortion; it’s about abortion in America. And abortion in America is about a mindset, — even (or especially) among regulation-happy folk who will make a big noise about public safety on issues large and small — a mindset that will protect a Gosnell, and purposely turn a blind eye to abortion centers and practitioners and all of their lapses and illegalities, as long as the abortions keep on coming.

If that were not true, if the blind eye were not being turned, don’t you think someone — before now — would have seen and been disgusted by Kermit Gosnell’s collection of severed baby feet?

Look at the photo, if you can take it. It’s a kick to the gut.

UPDATE I: Ace notes that all three major news networks embargoed this story. They’re going to want this one to be flushed down the drain, like a “precipitated” fetus, as soon as possible.

UPDATE II: Leticia Velasquez, whose daughter has Down syndrome, writes about the cognitive dissonance that leads some to take great pains with language while discussing those they’d rather see aborted. She dares to be provocative, and to challenge:

Given the choice, I would prefer my daughter to be called a “retard” and know that abortion of babies with Down syndrome had ceased. Early last month President Barack Obama signed a law decreeing that federal statutes must no longer use the term “mental retardation.” The phrase replacing it will be “intellectual disability.”

Many Down syndrome advocates were jubilant, but I am more skeptical. [...] It seems that, every few decades, old terms for those with physical disabilities or cognitive delays are abandoned in favor of new ones, since existing terms have developed a negative connotation.

But drawing a new word from the thesaurus is not enough. We have to respect the right of the mentally disabled to exist. We need to stop aborting them.

Plainspoken and forthright. You’ll want to read the whole thing.

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  • LeoXXVII

    The paragraph starts, “After all, Margaret Sanger — the poster girl for pro-choice advocates”.

    I has nothing to do with ‘choice’. It is ‘Pro-abortion’ plain and simple. Don’t fall for the propaganda that ‘pro-choice’ is an accurate term.

    Truth, learn it, tell it.

  • Brian EnglishEnglish

    “Now…under those conditions, how much additional tax money are you willing to pay to help those unborn children you say you value?”

    And my question to you is: How stupid do you think I am?

    Pouring even more money into the pit of waste, corruption and mismanagement that is the federal government is your answer?

    I have a better idea — let’s drastically cut taxes, which would allow people to donate more money directly to the many fine private entities trying to assist pregnant women and new mothers and their children.

    Eliminating government involvement has the added benefit of allowing for a religious element to the assistance, which as we know, is what can really transform lives.

    And to anticipate an objection that we can’t be sure people would donate the extra money to charities, you will have to take that up with your liberal friends. As Arthur Brooks points out in his book, “Who Really Cares”, conservatives give far more money to charity than liberals do.

    “As foolish as these people were in coming that long distance without food, Jesus didn’t condemn them for their careless actions. He fed them.”

    He fed them. He didn’t send the apostles to Rome to lobby for increased taxation to create more government programs to provide for the poor.

  • Brian EnglishEnglish

    “…but there isn’t any situation where society wouldn’t be protected by [placing] someone in jail for life…-Manny (27)

    “Society” is people. The jail’s guards are people; overlooking such a basic truth is imprudent.”

    Over on Inside Catholic there is an extended discussion of the death penalty issue in the comments to an article by Mark Shea.

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  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Brian, excellent post.

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  • http://patriotstatesman.com/2011/01/american-death-camps-the-horrors-committed-by-doctor-kermit-gosnell/ Patriot Statesman

    This story turns my stomach and I hope it sickens people that have accepted abortion as a “medical procedure”. This should open their eyes to see that it is the deliberate, systematic slaughter of babies in the womb. It’s murder – pure and simple.

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  • Steve

    I didn’t read all there is to read about this. I did read enough for a nagging question to arise. That question is this; “If you had a baby and a day or two later you decided you didn’t want the baby, would this doctor kill it for you?”

    Discusting to think about, right? So, whether its in the womb, birth canal, just delivered and killed on site or brought back a day later, isn’t it still killing another human being? Why does the physical location make a difference? I’m just saying asking.

  • Azygos

    “By the way, speaking of supporting Health services, what’s your opinion about the DHS, which turned a blind eye to what was going on at this abortion clinic? Do you think they weren’t getting enough tax dollars? Enough community support? What was the problem here, in your opinion?”

    Folks if you want to find Death Panels look no further than DHS. I have had two patients killed by DHS and no its not hyperbole. After a DHS agent caused the death of one of my patients he filed a complaint with the licensing board. I then got to spend thousands of dollars defending myself against a bogus complaint over a two year time span. The complaint was dismissed as bogus and the agent was allowed to retire with a state pension. I went to the police, county attorney, state attorney. The State Attorney Generals office told me they would be glad to defend the state employee if he was charged.

    When I asked about the rights of my murdered patient I was told they don’t care about that.

  • Ellen

    Page 158 says that all second trimester abortions must have tissue samples sent to pathologists to check for viability…why must this step be done? A woman can have a second trimester abortion, but *after* the abortion, a test is run to test for viability? What am I missing? That sounds like some kind of sick joke. My daughter got her ears double pierced this past summer for her 16th birthday…it’s no exaggeration that this procedure was more well-regulated than the abortion mill that “Dr.” Gosnell ran…it just boggles the mind.

  • Jodee

    When these places and doctors are detected, one hopes that the truth that is uncovered is enough to begin the process of correcting the direction of our country!

    Thank you Rep. Chris Smith, and others. for your courage and plan to defund all government taxpayer funding for abortions. Places like this in the future will not be able to get off the ground, if we diligently lend our voice to direct our elected officials to exactly what we want and don’t want them to do! Let’s get brave and speak out in HUGE numbers and successfully change our current Culture of Death mentality. This is choosing a course that is right and we must not “let up” for one moment, but press hard – if nothing else uncovering one truth upon another of this Godless abomination that is currently a “justified” practice in our nation.

    Thank God for the journalists and the bloggers who speak out when these atrociities are detected! For if it was up to the gov., we’d enjoy the “Fairness Doctrine” and theirs would be silent voices. This is why we must grow louder, not go away!

  • Emma Okorie

    This abortionist is not more disgusting than President Barak Obama who encourages it and, further, wants the execution of children funded with tax payers’ money. Too bad, America must get this abortion promoter president out of office. God is watching how America reacts.

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  • Doc

    How is the corporate media reporting this? Ignoring it, spinning it, or distorting it so that no one reading their reporting will understand that Democrats own this? They have been the Party of Death for over 30 years and the corporate media is their puppet-master.

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  • Call Me Mom

    Thank you for the links. I used the report for this program. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/irate-tireless-minority/2011/01/26/irate-tireless-minority