Skip to comments.Return of the Back Alley
Posted on 02/05/2011 10:52:27 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
If the famous pro-choice litany is safe, legal, and rare, the logical endpoint of a culture of abortion on demand is none of the above.
Legal abortion was supposed to end back-alley abortions, both their dangers and their entanglements with shady characters. But the practice and the mores of the back alley are with us still, tolerated by people for whom the ready provision of abortion trumps all else.
Pro-choicers have long invoked the dignity of women. The nightmarish case of the Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the sting video of a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic cooperating with a supposed pimp show the dignity of women is decidedly secondary.
The 261-page grand-jury report in the Gosnell case could have been written by Stephen King. Gosnells gruesome operation was, on its own terms, highly efficient. During the day, his assistants administered labor-inducing drugs to pregnant women, overwhelmingly poor minorities. Then the good doctor showed up in the evening.
On some women, he performed traditional abortions, occasionally butchering them in the process. Other women had delivered babies before he arrived. Here, he performed post-birth abortions cutting the spinal cords of the newborns with scissors. Their tiny bodies were disposed of with all the care youd expect: Some were reportedly stored in paper bags in the employees refrigerator.
Gosnell specialized in late-term abortions that were technically illegal in Pennsylvania (although the Supreme Court has made even this prohibition problematic). The grand-jury report recounts one case of a 17-year-old girl who was almost 30 weeks, or seven-and-a-half months, pregnant. After her six-pound child was born, Gosnell killed it and disposed of the body in a shoe box.
Any profession has it miscreants. Gosnells other criminal enterprise was liberally prescribing painkillers. Does that discredit all doctors? The difference is that no powerful lobby is devoted on principle to enabling dubious prescriptions. In a powerful piece for Politics Daily, Melinda Henneberger notes how abortion-rights activists fight proposed regulations of abortion clinics as TRAP laws Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or just another dirty trick to erode abortion rights.
When the pro-choice Republican Tom Ridge replaced the pro-life Democrat Robert Casey as Pennsylvania governor in the 1990s, regulation of abortion basically stopped. The Department of Health ceased inspections of clinics and ignored complaints and warnings about Gosnell. An evaluator from the National Abortion Federation was horrified by his filthy facility but didnt report him. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania kept mum while it repeatedly treated women whod been injured by Gosnell.
No one wanted to interfere for fear of chilling the right to choose. The grand-jury report says no one acted because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.
In all his awfulness, Gosnell clarifies the moral questions surrounding abortion. He used all the right euphemisms. His clinic was the Womens Medical Society. What he did to newborns was snipping, in the cause of ensuring fetal demise.
In Gosnells case, the frank pejorative baby killer is inarguably apt; hes charged with murder. But if thats so, what about other abortions? If Gosnell was wrong to deliver 24-week-old babies and kill them, why is it acceptable to destroy a 24-week fetus in the womb? If ending a life is wrong at 30 weeks, why not at 20, or 15, or 10?
Compared to Gosnell, the Planned Parenthood employee caught on tape instructing a man posing as a pimp how his underage prostitutes could use her clinic is a saint. Her superiors swiftly fired her on grounds that she violated the organizations core values. But no one should be surprised that someone in her line of work doesnt have the conscience of William Wilberforce, especially when it comes to matters of sexual morality.
All the talk of dignity is nice. At bottom, though, ensuring and facilitating fetal demise is a lowdown, morally corrupting business.
GOP Congress. For the love of God and His creatures, immediately suspend ALL government funding to the criminal enterprise of Planned Parenthood.
Gosnells’ clinic signage has a man and a woman holdng a baby between them ...
‘Pro-choicers have long invoked the dignity of women’
‘Pro Choice’ founders were always motivated by Eugenics and population reduction.
The supporters of abortion were fooled with the dignity and ‘our bodies,our lives’ message.
Abortion in my country today makes me feel the same way that an abolitionist must have felt in the antebellum United States: guilty, ashamed and impotent. I love my country and yet I must live constantly in the knowledge that this monstrosity is upheld by its laws. I think I understand now why John Brown took the hopeless course he took. It was because couldn’t face himself as a man without taking some kind of action, however futile.
The above is straight out of a horror movie....it must be. It cannot be true that a human being did such things for years and no one complained.
Combine this with the 40 days for Life prayer vigils at the abortion sites; the courageous Lila Rose expose of the corrupt PP's all over the country and we've got the momentum building for true change and a victory to end abortion.
"Cut on the dotted line?"
There's a reason Planned Parenthood facilities are located where they're located, and it is NOT because career women aren't "ready to have a baby yet." It's because they believe many of these women will never be fit to raise a baby.
Side note: I have not found a reliable source for this, but there is a lot of buzz going around on the nutball sites that claim the World Health Organization, UNICEF and several other organizations are using tetanus shots to sterilize third world women.
While I can't find a reliable link, here's a link to a Bill Gates speech where he talks about the CO2=PSEC equation. In it, he states that the P=People, S=Services, E=Energy, and C=CO2 per unit of energy. He states that The equation MUST reach a point where the total equals zero, and states that to do that, one of the numbers must be reduced to near zero. He states that he believes through reproductive services, we can reduce the number of people by fifteen percent.
drawing and quartering, no doubt
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Jeepers. Thanks for the ping.