Abortion Advocates React to Gosnell Verdict

Abortion Advocates React to Gosnell Verdict May 14, 2013

“They” are spinning the Gosnell verdict as best they can. 

“They’ve” filed lawsuits against pro life legislation. “They’ve” lobbied — often successfully — to kill bills that would require abortionists to have hospital privileges, to give women informed consent before performing an abortion, to require parental notification before doing an elective abortion on a minor. They’ve fought  bills that would allow the state to file murder charges on the life of the baby as well as the mother when a pregnant woman is murdered.

I could go on. And on. With the exception of requiring abortionists to have hospital privileges, the things I’ve just described happened with bills that I authored and that became law in Oklahoma. Abortion advocates fought these bills and then attacked me viciously for having authored them. I could easily multiply these things out to cover every legislature in this country.

Based on this, I believe that “they” do not want any limits on what an abortionist can do to babies, or for that matter, to women. So, it wasn’t any big surprise to me when “they” chimed in with non-sequitur verbal claptrap after the Gosnell verdict today. Their comments today were just an extension of the blab they’ve been blabbing throughout this trial.

Basically, “they” are saying that pro life people are the reason Dr Gosnell was able to commit these crimes. This kind of “who’s on first” sophistry is shameless. “They” don’t care how ridiculous it sounds. “They” know that their faithful followers in the media will buy it and sell it like the kool-aid it is.

Who are “they?”

The big-name abortion advocates Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro Choice America. Here are their comments about the Gosnell verdict today. I am publishing the full statements:


NARAL Pro-Choice America:

Full statement from Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the conviction of Kermit Gosnell:
“Justice was served to Kermit Gosnell today and he will pay the price for the atrocities he committed. We hope that the lessons of the trial do not fade with the verdict. Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.

“From the lack of funding available for low-income women to access abortion services, to the sharp decline of reputable providers in Pennsylvania, to the gross negligence of authorities to enforce the law after complaints were filed against Gosnell, each aspect of this case must be a teachable moment for lawmakers: until we reject the politicization of women’s medical care and leave these decisions where they belong — between a woman and her family and her doctor — women will never be safe. The horrifying story of Kermit Gosnell is a peek into the world before Roe v. Wade made legal a woman’s right to make her own choices. 

“NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual Who Decides? publication has given Pennsylvania an ‘F’ grade precisely because it has passed medically unnecessary laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortion care. It is my sincere hope that the women in Gosnell’s clinic did not suffer in vain and that Pennsylvania, and every state, will step up and join us in making the protection of women’s ability to get, safe, high quality, and legal abortion care a top priority.”

Planned Parenthood


Planned Parenthood Statement on Gosnell Verdict

 “The jury has punished Kermit Gosnell for his appalling crimes. This verdict will ensure that no woman is victimized by Kermit Gosnell ever again.

“This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”

–Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Vice President for Communications

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It appears, based on these statements, that both these organizations have decided that Dr Gosnell is one “abortion provider” they are not going to defend. No matter how “needed” his services were by “desperate” women who just figured out six, seven, eight or even nine months into their pregnancies that they wanted an abortion, the abortion-at-any-time-for-any-reason crowd is going to stand down and let Dr Gosnell take care of himself.

This is a huge sea-change that pro life commenters seem to be overlooking. Always before, abortion advocates have stood by these docs, no matter what. 

What does this mean for the pro life cause? I’m not sure yet, but I do think it’s an important and possibly pivotal development.

As I said in an earlier post discussing this verdict, I am going to hold back on what I say about Dr Gosnell until after the sentencing phase of the trial is over. I think there’s enough for us to chew on with today’s verdict and these statements.

I’m putting them here in their entirety because I want you to read them that way. I’m hoping this will make you better able to recognize the inevitable spin based on what Planned Parenthood and NARAL said when it comes.

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12 responses to “Abortion Advocates React to Gosnell Verdict”

  1. “Until
    we reject the politicization of women’s medical care and leave these
    decisions where they belong – between a woman and her family and her
    doctor – women will never be safe,” Hogue (President of NARAL –
    ProChoice America) continued.- Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No

    Right, the fewer who know about the death of the child, the better…. that’s how Gosnell went on so long, that was
    the EXACT motto practiced by Gosnell and his staff and other
    abortionists where we are now hearing of the infections, brutality, and
    deaths — so more of the same horrific acts now being exposed, nothing
    should change…. I guess that’s how Planned Parenthood is now being
    accused of covering up and not reporting rape/ incest cases.. we
    understand your logic now. What a service to women!

    HERE’S SOME TRUTH for HOGUE that no one can deny – ***Share***

    “Many Americans are not aware that today the US stands with only 3
    other countries for having the most radical abortion policies in the
    WORLD– China, North Korea, and Canada” Dr. Charmaine Yoest – President
    & CEO, Americans United for Life
    Kirsten Powers – “Even liberal
    Europe gets this. In France, Germany, Italy, and Norway, abortion is
    illegal after 12 weeks. In addition to the life-of-mother exception,
    they provide narrow health exceptions that require approval from
    multiple doctors or in some cases going before a board. In the U.S., if
    you suggest such stringent regulation and oversight of later-term
    abortions, you are tarred within seconds by the abortion rights movement
    as a misogynist who doesn’t “trust women.”

  2. There is, IMO, absolutely NO reason to have an “abortion” in the 3rd trimester–none— and I have a hard time with doing it in the 2nd trimester (disregarding the rare medical reasons perhaps). If there is a medical reason in the 3rd trimester, the baby can survive, as some have when very tiny. . That man was killing babies—-and deserves anything he gets.

  3. Notably, neither statement mentions the 3 infants, whose first-degree murder he was convicted of, and who are the reason he faces the death penalty. That would come uncomfortably close to a discussion that could reasonably draw the the logical line from allowing late-term and partial-birth abortiions, which both organizations have supported, to Gosnell’s infanticide (or what hemight call “full-birth abortions”).
    Thank you for posting the full statements; no one can accuse you of distorting what they say.

  4. Also, since a spokeswoman for NARAL said elsewhere that Pennsylvania didnt need *more* clinic regulations, and had laws in place that should have prevented this from occurring if they had been enforced, perhaps she was speaking only about those regulations that would have prevented unskilled teenagers from administering anesthesia that killed the woman, but not those regulations regarding killing live-born children. Oh, pardon me, I should not put words in her mouth; but I cannot help but wonder if that is not implied by her omissions.

  5. Good for France, Germany, Italy and Norway and their regulations of 12 weeks as the limit. That time frame is reasonable, IMO.

  6. On the rare medical reason: the lack of conscience protection for medical personnel from the pro-choice side has led to many a philosophical crisis and even a suicide here and there. IF the pro-life side ever gains ascendency (and the utter lack of concern for mothers and children tells me it isn’t going to in my lifetime, if anything, it has gotten *worse* in the last 20 years, not better) again, let us not forget reasonable triage conscience protection in the emergency room. Those decisions are hard enough without the government intervening, and it is entirely possible to provide for personhood from conception until natural death without it.

  7. I’m French and I can tell you that yes in my country women can have abortions at any time during the pregnancy. The limit for what they call a ‘voluntary interruption of pregnancy’ (woman’s choice) is 14 weeks LMP; but then there is what they call ‘medical interruption of the pregnancy’ (strongly recommended by a doctor because of potential birth defects.) In France there are no abortion clinics (you go to any hospital or regular clinic); but there are ‘orthogenics centers’ (eugenics centers). They aim to eradicate Downs syndrome, spina fida and other genetic disorders. This is what I call the war on disability. Women who are having those late term ‘medical abortions’ (most disorders are diagnosed late), do not understand that they are having an abortion because it is not marketed as an elective abortion. They are told that they are having a therapeutic ‘interruption’ to have a perfect child later.

  8. Thank you for further explaining the French rules on pregnancy terminations, Beatrice. Very interesting.

  9. Sadly, we get what we: settle for, accept as but an alternative to consequences or are forced to pay for [especially today]… even if we don’t agree with this treatment- the practice of abortion with a group willing to commit atrocities but cast their own under the bus when caught. I do believe a woman has the choice to her own actions but I don’t have to agree with the choices made which do nothing for the lack of concern for life itself. Planned Parenthood also has more on the plate than abortions: appealing to underage patients [victims or not], throwing away [discarding] DNA evidence of impropriety [incriminating evidence] and the murders associated with the practice of abortion [not talking the aborted here] by omission of details toward risk and what to do should something go wrong. Here is a link to an article I wrote on this…. http://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/the-scissors-might-as-well-be-in-the-President's-hands/ … and please get some rest Rebecca [Representative Hamilton] after this session is over.

    P.S. My heart goes out to all the families affected by the recent tornadoes, you shall remain in my prayers Oklahoma.