[Sorry for any typos. I was a bit upset and hurried.]
I’m mostly pro-choice but this horrific story demonstrates just how utterly extreme and insane the left in general and the Democrat party in particular have become on the matter of abortion:
A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors” that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
He “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Gosnell referred to it as “snipping,” prosecutors said.
Prosecutors estimated Gosnell ended hundreds of pregnancies by cutting the spinal cords, but they said they couldn’t prosecute more cases because he destroyed files.
How could this go on for over 30 years?
State regulators ignored complaints about Gosnell and the 46 lawsuits filed against him, and made just five annual inspections, most satisfactory, since the clinic opened in 1979, authorities said. The inspections stopped completely in 1993 because of what prosecutors said was the pro-abortion rights attitude that set in after Democratic Gov. Robert Casey, an abortion foe, left office.
Again, I am pro-choice but this tragedy occurred because the left violently resisted even the least regulatory oversight of even the most extreme late term abortions. The left has made abortion the highest good that trumps every other concern, and the resulting real-world policies border on the surreal.
A school nurse cannot give a child an aspirin but any stranger can legally talk a 13 year old into an abortion at almost any term with no oversight whatsoever. The FDA paternalistically denies adults medicines and procedures that the FDA judges “unsafe” but allows children to decide about invasive medical procedures? WTF?
All prominent Democrats claim to oppose third-term abortion except for cases that endanger the physical or psychological health of the mother. Of course, they leave out who the courts said gets to decide whether a necessary degree of physical or psychological danger existed: the woman and her doctor. So, after all the posturing, in the end the decision to kill a 8-month-and-29-day fetus rests in the same hands and has the same oversight as killing a two-week fetus.
Hell, according to leftists, Gosnell’s only moral or technical crime was in not killing the babies inside the womb. Had he snaked a surgical instrument inside the womb and killed the viable baby there, he would be morally in the clear in the eyes of the left.
That is insane.
The most disturbing thing I have read is the Philidelphia DAs statement:
“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said Williams. “But as District Attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”
He’s apologizing to his deep-blue/far-left constituency for having to prosecute the guy for killing hundreds of live babies! That he feels he needs to apologize for prosecuting this case speaks volumes about the left’s extreme and irrational attitudes towards abortion regulation.
I get the left’s counter argument, I really do. I have a relative who had a miscarriage in the eighth month. The baby died within her without inducing labor. Owing to all the controversy over abortion, she had to make a long, sad, 200 mile journey to one of the rare hospitals with the surgeons and equipment needed to remove her dead child from her. The blame for that extra tragedy lays on pro-lifers who shutdown such capability in virtually all hospitals in the region.
I agree that women in the modern world have to control conception and sometimes birth if they are to contribute to the economy and society. We simply need to have women in the workforce. Sometimes, late-term abortions are necessary. Most late-term abortions are probably simply to remove a dead or non-viable fetus.
However, that is not always the case and the society and government have a compelling interest in seeing that viable, third-term babies are not murdered out of mere convenience. No right is absolute. At some point, a one-cell zygote has developed into a baby even if it is still inside the mother and we have to recognize that in morality and law. The argument that the only thing Gosnell did wrong was kill the babies outside instead of inside the womb should be dismissed out of hand. Women, who are adults, will just have to make sacrifices to protect the lives of innocent children.
The left has made a fetish out of the pursuit of cosmic equality and fairness. It is a fetish they are literally willing to sacrifice babies to. Modern, capital-F feminism has made selfishness, self-gratification, pathological ambition and staggering narcissism into virtues instead of vices. They’ve basically said that all young girls should aspire to grow up and behave like a Kennedy.
The left just has to admit that life’s not fair and sometimes not even the violent power of the state can make it so. Is it fair that evolution forced women to assume the great risk of bringing children into the world? Is it fair that a small percentage of women who could reach elite levels of wealth and power are held back by childbirth and childrearing?
I don’t know. Is it fair that every human society treats males, especially young adult males, as utterly expendable? Is is fair that men die at higher rates at all ages than women? Is it far they live shorter lives? Is it fair that for every high-status elite male that feminists want to emulate, there are hundreds if not thousands of men who labored and died in obscurity? On what scale to balance the sacrifices that evolution has imposed on us?
(I’m sure all the men down in the mines, out on the fishing boats, crouching in foxholes or dying a decade early from overwork might have been willing to trade part of their lives of constant pain, stress and danger for a percentage chance of an unwanted pregnancy or two.)
In the end, the hundreds of live babies murdered by Gosnell died because of the left’s attempt to create a world of cosmically perfect equality between men and women. They failed to compromise with reality and children died.
As in so many other things, it is time for the left to grow up and act like adults. Adults suffer so that children don’t have to. If hundreds or thousands of women have to suffer some emotional distress just to protect the life of one child then so be it. It’s time for capital-F feminists to admit that, as adults, women have an innate responsibility to put the good of children before their own.
They need to come back down to earth and accept some basic oversight over late-term abortions so this does not happen again.
[Update (01-21-2010 6:44): I've gotta say, a lot of pro-lifers in the comments aren't doing their side any favors. I spent yesterday angry at idiot leftists. I woke up this morning 2 hours before dawn from nightmares still just as mad and disgusted at leftists. Then I read the comments. About a third of the comments so far (some of which I deleted) are from pro-lifers angrily denouncing me for supposedly lying about my relative's experiences as they were relayed to me. Good job. Now I'm pissed at pro-lifers as well.
I mean, really? Here we have (1) a horrific story that puts the pro-choice camp in the worst possible light (2) represents a chance for pro-lifers to form practical political alliances with the many American like myself in the middle and (3) could very well lead to some kind of regulation that, while not being perfect in the eyes of pro-lifers, might well save the lives of thousands of children every year. I would have naively thought that pro-lifers would take the chance to offer out a hand instead a shank in the back.
But no. The pro-lifers have their panties in a bunch because I poked at them the least little bit. Instead of building bridges and finding areas of mutual agreement, they would rather spend time tearing into me for saying the least critical thing about their political movement. All they can see is that they've been blamed for something and they don't like it. It's all about them. They're just as self-absorbed and narcissistic as the leftist.
A pox on both their houses. -- Shannon]