Gosnell is Not an Exception|
April 22, 2013
Kirsten Powers has done a national service, by virtue of her now famous USA
Today column, of getting the news of the trial of abortion doctor Kermit
Gosnell on the national radar screen.
This of course, is the horror story of a cesspool in Philadelphia posturing as
an abortion clinic, operating without inspection for 17 years. Gosnell, the
doctor who ran the place, has been formally charged of murder of one woman and
However, the grand jury report and testimony of family and staff at the trial
indicate that if there were records in this dump, where life and death were
meted out daily, Gosnell would be indicted for hundreds of murders of live
Most likely, and sadly, this horror story will have its fifteen minutes of fame
and the nation will move on. The national press got dragged unwillingly to
report it, finally, because of Ms. Powers’ courageous column. But there is no
way to keep them on a story they don’t want to cover.
Maybe we can keep this story alive by keeping in mind a few things.
What was happening in Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic was not some
bizarre exception to the rule.
You can ask Day Gardner, founder and president of the National Black Pro-life
Union. Her life is dedicated to covering these realities. In her words, “This is
not an exception. These realities are happening every day all over our country.”
Despite the sense that no one was paying attention to the Gosnell story before
Kirsten Powers wrote about it, know that Dr. Gardner, Dr. Alveda King, and other
pro-life activists were demonstrating outside Gosnell’s clinic as early as
They held a press conference about the trial on April 4, a week before Powers’
column appeared. Alveda King wrote in her blog the day before, “…Rev. Clenard
Childress and Dr. Day Gardner…are in Philadelphia reporting on the Kermit
Gosnell trial that the mainstream media is virtually ignoring.“
Just this week, The Washington Times has reported that Gosnell-like
conditions have existed at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Vice
President Biden’s own backyard in Delaware.
The Times reports “Abortions have been suspended at a Delaware Planned
Parenthood, after several 911 calls made from within the clinic prompted a new
investigation by Health and Human Services.”
Two nurses quit to protect their licenses, one saying “I couldn’t tell you how
ridiculously unsafe it was.”
According to the story, “Since Jan. 4, five patients have been rushed to the
Last year pro-life activists worked assiduously to get press attention on the
story of the death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who died after a botched
abortion procedure at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic.
These realities persist for two reasons.
One, we still as a nation are willing to tolerate the reality of abortion. We
still allow ourselves to believe that Dr. Gosnell should be convicted of murder
because he botched an abortion, the live child was born, and he still destroyed
it. But that somehow it would have been okay if that same child died while still
in the womb.
And two, the squalid conditions allowing this butchery to take place all over
the nation persist for the same reason that the Gosnell trial almost went
uncovered. The press does not want to report about the gruesome truths of
abortion. And, because it occurs disproportionately among low income, minority
women, they are even less interested.
We can, at minimum, do something as a nation today. We can stop allowing our tax
dollars to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
According to Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), who has submitted a bill
to stop funding Planned Parenthood, “Every 94 seconds Planned Parenthood
performs an abortion and in that amount of time they take in over $1600 in
federal taxpayer money.”
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
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