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From Dehumanizing Word Games to Gosnell (how did America get to letting babies die?)
National Review ^ | 04/13/2013 | Andrew McCarthy

Posted on 04/13/2013 9:59:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In Philadelphia, at a human abattoir on Lancaster Avenue, is where it ends, not where it starts. It starts with the perversion of language. It starts when the icons of a dissipated culture reduce a baby to a “fetus.” From there, Yeats’s blood-dimmed tide rolls rapidly in. Before long, a baby is not a person but a punishment, as President Barack Obama framed the matter in his familiar off-the-cuff iciness.

Of course, to describe newborn children in their boundless possibilities and wonder would be to acknowledge, foremost, their humanity. That is why, instead, abortion enthusiasts must grope for words when circumstances force them to speak publicly about their gruesome business.

“That fetus, or child — however way you want to describe it,” Mr. Obama once stammered. This was back when, as a state senator, he was unnerved by the natural resistance of babies to the unnatural insistence of their mothers — of the culture — that they just disappear. If you’ve ever watched a hit man testify, you’ve heard the same stammer: the faint glimmer of a long-forgotten but stubbornly indelible line between right and wrong.

It is the line that makes killing much easier to do than to talk about. It is the line that now impels a self-imposed media embargo against news about the shocking trial of Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell is a 72-year-old abortionist. The formal charges against him — the murders of a woman and seven babies — are but drops in a sea of carnage. Mounting evidence reveals him to be a mass murderer of epic scale and Mengele methods. It also spotlights the evil — the apparently unspeakable evil — of legalized abortion in all its coarsening gore. Plainly, the vaunted journalists of our debased mainstream have determined that there must be no meaningful coverage. No time in the 24/7 cycle to notice the inexorable path from dehumanizing the vulnerable through word games to mass-murdering them with casual sadism.

Better to shove the evidence into a dark closet. That’s what they did in Chicago. There, despite the best efforts of “physicians” (they of the “do no harm” oath), many “however way you want to describe its” were “not just coming out limp and dead,” as Obama haltingly put it. The abortionists’ answer was to stick the helpless survivors in a utility closet where they could die, out of sight and out of mind. Obama, in the pitiless logic of legalized abortion, labored to preserve this oft-practiced but never discussed form of infanticide against the Illinois legislature’s proposed “Born Alive” ban. (See senate transcript, April 4, 2002, beginning at page 29.)

A decade later in Philadelphia, “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” So said Stephen Massof, one of Kermit Gosnell’s fellow butchers, as he described for the jury the chamber of horrors that was the “Women’s Medical Society” on Lancaster Avenue. There, scores of babies — perhaps hundreds of them — were willfully mutilated after being born alive.

Standard fare was the “snip.”

“Snip” is a terse, antiseptic word. Like “choice,” it is tailored to those rare, discomfiting occasions when the intentional killing of a “however way you want to describe it” must be spoken of rather than silently done. It is an effort, as much mentally as verbally, to evade the monstrousness we abide in the United States, where nearly 60 million children — a population roughly equal to that of France or the United Kingdom — have been aborted since the Supreme Court’s 1973 fatwa in Roe v. Wade.

In a “snip,” the abortionist, sharp scissors in hand, grasps the squirming and sometimes squealing baby he has just delivered. He stabs the child in the back and then, snapping the blades, severs the spinal cord from the brain. Massof described the snip as “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.”

He was testifying in exchange for a plea bargain that discounts his participation in numerous such “procedures” to a mere two instances of third-degree murder. After all, most of what he did at the “Women’s Medical Society” was perfectly legal.

The euphemistic “snip” calls to mind the Supreme Court’s opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart, another case about “choice.” Like Gosnell, LeRoy Carhart was an abortion “physician.” In the high court, he joined his progressive friends at Planned Parenthood and the City of San Francisco to defend the “choice” known as “partial birth” abortion — a name soothingly rebranded to “late term” abortion once it became clear that “partial birth” conveyed too much information.

In an uncharacteristically de trop outburst, the five justices in the narrow Carhart majority described varying abortion procedures with startling clinical precision. Most common is the first-trimester “suction curettage,” in which the “physician” vacuums the unwanted “embryonic tissue” from the womb. By the time the second trimester is reached, this “tissue” has matured into the unmistakable shape of a child. Thus the “dilation and evacuation” procedure is often called for.

Employed millions of times in this most civilized country over the last half century, “D&E,” the court explained, involves the “physician’s” use of forceps “to tear apart” the “fetus” by “ripping” it from the cervix and then “evacuating the fetus piece by piece . . . until it has been completely removed” from the mother. Often, the justices observed, the D&E “physician” finds it more congenial to “kill the fetus a day or two before performing the surgical evacuation,” since “medical” experience has shown that, “once dead . . . the fetus’ body will soften,” becoming “easier” to dice and remove. Oh, another helpful tip: “Rotating the fetus as it is being pulled decreases the odds of dismemberment.”

By the time Carhart was decided, Roe v. Wade had been on the books for over a generation — the generation, to be more specific, that is now ruling the roost. It goes without saying — for we wouldn’t want to say it — that, in a nation that has absorbed this generation’s preening “values,” D&E already enjoyed the stamp of judicial approval. The only question before the Carhart Court was whether “partial birth” abortion — “intact D&E” — was beyond the pale.

This “medical procedure” is triggered by an advanced stage of maturation, in which the child’s well-developed head tends to “lodge in the cervix.” Relying on the instruction of Martin Haskell, another experienced abortionist, the justices related:

The right-handed surgeon slides the fingers of the left [hand] along the back of the fetus and “hooks” the shoulders of the fetus with the index and ring fingers (palm down). While maintaining this tension, lifting the cervix and applying traction to the shoulders with the fingers of the left hand, the surgeon takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors in the right hand. He carefully advances the tip, curved down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger.

The surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull. . . . He spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening. . . . The surgeon [then] removes the scissors and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents. With the catheter still in place, he applies traction to the fetus, removing it completely from the patient.

“Evacuates the skull contents” may be more bracing than “snip,” but it doesn’t quite do justice to the process and the frightful insouciance behind it. That was left to a nurse who had watched Haskell perform the “procedure” on a six-month-old “however way you want to describe it.” She recalled that, once all but the head had been delivered,

the baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.

The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. . . . He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used.

Four justices of the United States Supreme Court would have upheld this barbarism. They would not have described it. It is not to be spoken of, only done. After all, to speak of it would infringe upon “choice.”

Speaking of “choice,” if President Obama has the opportunity to choose one more Supreme Court justice over the next four years, the Carhart dissenters will be the majority. Welcome to Philadelphia.

— Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the executive director of the Philadelphia Freedom Center. He is the author, most recently, of Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; gosnell; kermitgosnell; obamacare; partialbirth; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; pennsylvania; philadelphia; zerocare

1 posted on 04/13/2013 9:59:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Impossible to read the entire thing. I mean, it needs to be said, but impossible to comprehend.


2 posted on 04/13/2013 10:03:32 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeekAndFind
(how did America get to letting babies die?)

...step by step....one compromise at a time.

3 posted on 04/13/2013 10:07:59 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: SeekAndFind

Barrack Obama who never fails to opine on every other thing going on seems to have turned into a cricket on this one.


4 posted on 04/13/2013 10:08:53 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Roccus

I’ve been pondering when our nation became Orwellian. I think the ball got rolling with Roe/Wade, defining the unborn baby as just tissue.


5 posted on 04/13/2013 10:21:35 AM PDT by bigmak007 (They who can't control their own passions, want to passionately control others.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

That’s because he voted against BAIPA several times while in the Illinois House. Boy, do I wish THAT would be front and center in this story!


6 posted on 04/13/2013 10:25:50 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind
And still, there are the idiots on this site who can't seem to grasp the America fully deserves -- has earned, in spades -- harsh divine retribution for her sins.

Obama is just the beginning. It will get much worse. Civil war? Nuclear war? Economic collapse? Concentration camps on American soil for those who refuse to embrace the New Order? It's coming.

The price of Roe v. Wade will be a high one. It will "terminate" freedom in America, and probably terminate American nationhood.

7 posted on 04/13/2013 10:30:01 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Roccus
when good and evil compromise, evil ALWAYS wins...
8 posted on 04/13/2013 10:32:28 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

Such a terrible thing routinely happens in this country yet we have the gall to go around the world lecturing to others about human rights. A country that permits such a thing is with a moral compass and will allow anything.


9 posted on 04/13/2013 10:36:11 AM PDT by True Grit
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I know what you mean.

I can only get through about a third of any Gosnell article. The horror and revulsion is too great.

Jesus Christ. Divine Mercy, save us from the fire of hell.


10 posted on 04/13/2013 10:56:43 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I managed to get through it, but not without weeping aloud. Forgive us, Lord, for standing by while this was going on.


11 posted on 04/13/2013 10:58:46 AM PDT by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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To: bigmak007

It has definitely been down hill from there.


12 posted on 04/13/2013 11:02:17 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: redhead

Makes my physically ill to even think about. Sad, depressed, and ill...and the only glimmer is that perhaps this will finally wake some folks up.


13 posted on 04/13/2013 11:13:30 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Slippery Slope. You “kill God” as Nietzsche stated. and there is no “Good and Evil”-—everything becomes ‘relative” and arbitrary. “Might makes Right”. There is no possibility of “Rule of Law” (higher law than man-made-up laws).

Dostoevsky stated that “without God, everything is permissible”. And that is true-—if there is no God-—we are nothing but animals and we will be treated as such and act like animals.

God gives human beings “hope” and “dignity and worth” because of being made in his “image” (who is Truth, Justice, Love, etc) and without God-—we are nothing and meaningless “useless idiots”.


14 posted on 04/13/2013 11:14:20 AM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: SeekAndFind
Chip them early, keep them safe!


15 posted on 04/13/2013 11:30:08 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Campion

I could explain exactly “how America got this way”, but I don’t think there are many who will receive it.

Our country has an original sin. All that’s happening today was bound to happen because we never renounced that sin. Rev. Wright is a nasty messenger, but it wouldn’t be the first time the Lord used one such to chastise a sinful people. I fear God really will damn America, because America has freely chosen damnation.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 12:25:24 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Romulus

As my 29 year old daughter says - “we need to be smited”.


17 posted on 04/13/2013 12:30:28 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

Powerful article.


18 posted on 04/13/2013 1:10:20 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Romulus
Our country has an original sin. All that’s happening today was bound to happen because we never renounced that sin

If you're referring to slavery, it was renounced 150 years ago.

19 posted on 04/13/2013 1:19:40 PM PDT by informavoracious (The ancient Greeks and Romans thought they were on the "right side of history.")
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To: informavoracious

Slavery was only a little piece of it.


20 posted on 04/13/2013 1:27:03 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: SeekAndFind
The mainstream media has a vested interest in suppressing this story. The one thing they can never allow to get out about the Gosnell case is not the grisly nature of his crimes, but the fact that the entire purpose of legalized abortion is to have people like Gosnell do exactly what he was doing: killing black infants (without regard to whether it was done before or after they were "born") as a eugenics measure.

Gosnell isn't a criminal, folks ... he's a paid executioner for the state.

21 posted on 04/13/2013 2:54:32 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: SeekAndFind

By re-defining terms. Now we have a completely fabricated false morality: political correctness, which, of course, condemns those that still call conveniently terminating a pregnancy, murder, as the offender.


22 posted on 04/13/2013 5:01:05 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: SeekAndFind; Finatic; fellowpatriot; MarineMom613; Ron C.; wolfman23601; ColdOne; navymom1; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

23 posted on 04/13/2013 5:07:52 PM PDT by narses
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To: SeekAndFind

Audio: Obama argues against Born Alive legislation in IL state senate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YUkbuhXzbvI#!


24 posted on 04/14/2013 2:39:30 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Roccus
...step by step....one compromise at a time.

The RINO way...

25 posted on 04/14/2013 10:02:09 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: SeekAndFind

Grand jury Report found here

http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/pdfs/grandjurywomensmedical.pdf


26 posted on 04/14/2013 10:06:42 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Campion
America is heading towards Stalinism at the exact time when former socialist countries like China and India are embracing capitalism.

I prefer a break-up of the country -- let New England and Californica and Washington break away to form liberalistan.

27 posted on 04/15/2013 4:00:36 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Romulus


Are you still killing your unborn?

-- GOD


 

28 posted on 04/15/2013 5:16:04 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Roccus
Great AMERICAN Values!!!


I'd like to thank the United States Government for protecting me and my kind.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You see, 40 years ago, my odds of making it out of the egg, alive, were very poor; about 80% of us died. 
 (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rachel-carson-silent-spring-1972-ddt-ban-birds-thrive)
 
 
But a lady discovered our plight and wrote a book that addressed our problem,
and, in 1972, a law was ammended protecting us even further. (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html)
 
 
 
 
 
 
What I find strange is that the same government passed a law the very next year that allowed for killing
of unborn, and apparently unwanted, humans.  Little ones still nestled safely in their Mother's womb.
Around 25% of them are dying before birth - on average nearly 3,300 - every day of the year.
 
 
I hear that by now, somewhere around 55 MILLION of them have perished.
Wouldn't that kind of mess up the humans plans for growth, and welfare, and
retirement?
 
 
 
 
 
Strange birds; these Homo Sapiens.  Perhaps they'll come to their senses
before they are ALL dead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

29 posted on 04/15/2013 5:17:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie
Symbolism over Substance!!!


30 posted on 04/15/2013 5:17:55 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Over at Belmont Club, former freeper Richard Fernandez makes a good point:
Though 3801 Lancaster Street seemed to stand on a major Philadelphia street in the apparent blaze of day its doorways were really guarded by a spell that guaranteed that no one inquired into what happened within because everyone knew what was happening already. A knowledge not only that infanticide was practiced within but that most of us, in small or big ways, had tacitly given our imprimatur to it.

For the House guarded one secret that has not been touched upon in the cultural debate. That the real purpose of abortion is to make it impossible, once we have acceded to it, to object to anything else.

To understand 3801 Lancaster street maybe we should go back to Moloch rather than to the system of industrial execution that flourished 70 years ago. “Child sacrifice — “the ritualistic killing of children in order to please, propitiate or force a god or supernatural beings” was long practiced by the Incas, Aztec, many cultures in the Middle East, North Africa and in pagan Europe. The question is: why? What was its purpose that Moloch should be worshiped thus in his many names?

One theory is that child sacrifice was a sacramental device used to kill what we used to call “God” Himself. Moloch’s problem was how to get everyone to belong to him and to no other. His answer was to arrange a radical crossing over, an extreme commitment, a journey beyond the pale so shocking that to embark upon it was to go beyond point of no return. There was no going back to God after that. And once you had offered your child to Moloch there was no point refusing him anything else.

Killing your own child – just as acquiescing to killing the Jews was to the German public — was a form of enlistment by complicity. It is the last and most decisive step in the extinction of freedom. Though apparently practiced upon the child the real target of abasement is the mother. And by extension it is all of us. That is the shame the conservative pundits felt. Not the shame of sexual guilt. It is the shame of having gone along. By consenting to be an accomplice in the destruction of her own child she binds herself mystically to the doctrine of Moloch. “You are nothing but meat. So take this child and eat. Do this in memory of you.”


31 posted on 04/15/2013 5:32:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That was a hard one to take. What kind of human being can do this or watch this or read this and not cry for these little ones. You know this has got to be bothering alot of people, as it is a purposeful blackout on the network news.


32 posted on 04/15/2013 8:02:17 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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