COMMENTARY | As Philadelphia’s ABC Action News reported Wednesday, the defense rested in the murder trial of 72-year-old Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
Gosnell didn’t testify, and his defense didn’t produce a single witness to take the stand on his behalf.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Gosnell will be convicted of “killing four babies allegedly born alive at his clinic,” and for the 2009 murder of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, one thing’s for sure. The ugly light this case has shined on the truth about abortion has pro-choice pushers in a panic.
In a classic CYA effort, Planned Parenthood called the Gosnell case “appalling,” saying he “should be punished to full extent” because “he ran a criminal enterprise, not a health facility.”
To disprove accusations of a Gosnell story “coverup by the liberal mainstream media,” Salon’s Irin Carmon cited “the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011.”
But rather than writing articles to protest the horrors, which these “pro-choice and feminist journalists” acknowledge had been perpetrated on women and innocent babies by Gosnell, they engaged primarily in frantic efforts to defend abortion in spite of it all.
Carmon pointed to an article from “The Nation,” in which Katha Pollitt blamed Pennsylvania’s “antichoice legislators” who “have laden abortion with restrictions.”
How horrible it is that “a woman must receive state-directed counseling” and “wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.”
“Blood-spattered floors. Cat feces. Broken equipment. A 15-year-old giving anesthesia. Two women dead, countless more maimed and injured. Third-trimester fetuses delivered alive whose spines were then severed by the doctor.” According to Pollitt, “this was the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. This is what illegal abortion looks like.”
According to former staffers and “a series of emergency calls,” this is what legal abortion looked like at the now-shuttered Planned Parenthood clinic in Delaware.
Having a woman wind up in the hospital with injuries and an infection, from a botched PP abortion that left pieces of the baby in her womb, is what legal abortion “looks like” in Colorado.
The death of Tonya Reaves from a punctured uterus is what legal abortion looks like in Chicago.
Carmon carped that people are blaming “pro-choicers for supposedly doing nothing to stop” Gosnell.
That’s because “pro-choicers” like Planned Parenthood admitted they knew about Gosnell’s “house of horrors” but were “doing nothing to stop him.”
Then there’s the jaw-dropping testimony delivered by Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow against a Florida bill that would “require abortionists to provide emergency medical care” to babies that managed to survive the effort to kill it in the mother’s womb.
It was similar to the disturbing rant delivered by Barack Obama on the General Assembly floor while arguing against the Born Alive Act as an Illinois senator.
Ever heard of the “Mother’s Day Massacre?”
According to the grand jury report on the 2011 investigation into Gosnell’s practice that prompted the current trial, Planned Parenthood partnered with Gosnell and Dr. Harvey Karman, a convicted felon who wasn’t a real doctor but for whom abortion was a “consuming passion,” in a grisly abortion experiment on 15 women in their second trimester of pregnancy on Mother’s Day Weekend back in 1972.
Several hours after the untested abortion device called the “super coil” was inserted into their wombs, their body temperature would cause the gel ball to melt, and 97 razors would “spring open,” essentially “cutting up the fetus, and the fetus would be expelled.”
Still, it makes former NARAL Pro-Choice America president and former PP Executive Director Kate Michelman angry that Pennsylvania law forbids the use of state funds for abortions “except in those three rare circumstances” that happen to be the very same “three rare circumstances” that “pro-choicers” insist are the main reasons why “a large number of women” get abortions.
It drives Michelman crazy that “low-income Pennsylvania women” actually have to pay for their own abortions because the cost “equals or exceeds an entire month of” the taxpayer funded benefits they’re already receiving through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Michelman quoted Carol Tracy, the executive director for the pro-choice Women’s Law Project, who said “the problem” that caused the Gosnell case “was that Pennsylvania has always focused on eliminating abortion, not on abortion as healthcare.”
No. The problem is that “pro-choicers” like Carmon, Michelman and Tracy keep defending “a woman’s right” to use abortion as a form of birth control and pushing the absurd notion that killing a healthy but unwanted child is somehow a form of “healthcare.”