The subject of abortion is a very delicate issue. At one time I avoided talking about it because I generally don’t like dealing with people who melt down, scream and become irrational loons when they’re two feet away from me. All too often this one topic is one where people decide decibel levels correspond with how correct they are, and because I don’t liked screamers … I opted out.
I also don’t like when people put their hands on me, and certain subjects are made to cause weak-willed people to lose control of their ability to respect their opponent’s physical space.
These days, I’m less inclined to care about the screamers or the guys who go all Al Gore vs. Bush when debates get heated. And one case has caught my attention. Unfortunately, it hasn’t caught the mainstream media’s attention.
Life News provides a summary:
Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s capital murder trial continues this week in a courtroom packed with worn, bloody furniture and outdated equipment seized from his dilapidated abortion clinic, which has come to be known as the “House of Horrors.” Gosnell is charged with seven counts of first degree murder for killing newborn babies born alive after abortions by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. He also faces one count of third degree murder in the overdose death of a patient, Karnamaya Monger.
And then there’s the testimony:
A former employee of Kermit Gosnell who has a history of anxiety and depression broke down on the stand yesterday and tearfully recanted her guilty plea as she was testifying against her former boss.
[Sherry] West called the babies she helped to abort “specimens” because it was “easier to deal with mentally.”
She recounted a particularly horrific experience when one baby, who she described as 18-24 inches long, was born alive. Other workers called her into the room for help.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West told the court.
“It wasn’t fully developed,” she said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien…It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front.”
The Washington Times Valeria Richardson’t puts it perfectly:
Not every murder trial receives prominent national coverage, but the Gosnell case would seem to contain all the ingredients of must-see television: a formerly respected community leader accused of unspeakable acts; the death of a young immigrant woman; a parade of former employees offering graphic testimony on the gruesome deaths of more than 100 just-born infants; and even the implication by the doctor’s lawyers that the charges have been motivated by racism. Dr. Gosnell is black and his clinic was in a mostly minority neighborhood.
And that is the crux of the matter, isn’t it? If we’re going to talk about public policy, these are the things we need to talk about. But instead, we talk for multiple news cycles about Sen. Marco Rubio taking a sip of water at a podium instead of a baby gasping for air on an abortion clinic table.
Rep. Jim Boyd: “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
Snow: “Thank you Mr. Chairman. We [Planned Parenthood] believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.” …
Rep. Daniel Davis: “What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving? What do your physicians do at that point?”
Snow: “I do not have that information. I am not a physician. I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.” …
Rep. Jose Oliva: “Along the same lines, you stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”
Snow: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”
Oliva: “I think that at that point the patient would be the child struggling on the table, wouldn’t you agree?”
Snow: “That’s a very good question. I really don’t know how to answer that. I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about this.”
What kind of morally bankrupt person would answer a question about a baby who has been born in such a manner?
Years ago in graduate school at American University there were two women who worked at Planned Parenthood who sat in the front of the class. I remember them joking — yes, joking — that when people asked what they do for a living they would say: “We kill babies.” They chortled and laughed and I couldn’t help but feel as though I was sitting in the presence of soulless monsters.
Regardless of my personal feelings as it pertains to abortion, what bothers me is that the American people are not given all the details with which to make an informed decision. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment got countless news cycles dedicated to mocking him — in order to make sure the world thought his bumbling, bone-headed response represented the thought patterns of anyone with an ‘R’ next to their name. Never mind the fact that even socialists like Roger Ebert could be pro-life.
My choice is to not support abortion, except in cases of a clear-cut choice between the lives of the mother and child. A child conceived through incest or rape is innocent and deserves the right to be born.
But Democrats are never pushed on these issues, are they? And cases like Kermit Gosnell’s are spiked in newsrooms all across the country. And Planned Parenthood gets a pass on public statements that make the skin crawl.
Over the decades, media has done the American people a great disservice. It went from looking to expose corruption and thoroughly cover stories — no matter who was in power — to becoming a shill for one political party or the other. There are many reasons for the sad state of affairs the country is in, but one of them is that free media has willingly abdicated its role to good citizens with a much smaller megaphone on their personal laptops.
Sad. And in the case of Kermit Gosnell — evil.