Except Us

Saturday, May 17, AD 2014

 

 

A brilliant piece by Brandon McGinley at The Federalist on the ongoing journalistic malpractice when it comes to abortion.  Legal abortion on demand largely exists in this country because the public is shielded by a pro-abort media from the every day grisly reality of the blood trade that kills a million human beings a year in this country.

 

 

What if we had a latter-day Upton Sinclair willing to expose our abortion regime, rather than the incurious mandarins who pathetically claim his mantle?  What would he find when he opens the door to the dungeon?

He would find systematic slaughter, but of children rather than hogs.  In Delaware, Planned Parenthood nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.”  The conveyor of pregnant women moved so quickly that bloody discharge remained on the exam table.  We know about this only because courageous nurses came forward; one can only imagine how many other abortion facilities still operate in such putrid conditions.

He would find callous disregard for human dignity, as children are treated in life and death more like livestock than persons.  Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (again, a whistleblower rather than a journalist) reports that the organization had abortion quotas it expected its centers to fulfill, because abortion is the most lucrative part of the Planned Parenthood business model.  And only a few weeks ago we learned from The B.C. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver that children aborted in British Columbia were being incinerated as fuel in Oregon.

And he would find that the squeals of hogs have a human analogue, as well:

[Sherry West] hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions—never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia. “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified Monday at Gosnell’s murder trial. “It wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.” Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the “specimen”—the term she said she used because “it was easier to deal with mentally.” “It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front,” West added.

And when Dr. Gosnell arrived, we can safely assume, with a snip the screeching fell silent.

And the silence persists.  The voiceless remain so, except for that terrible shriek of primordial fear.  They have no champion to make them heard.

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  • Mans inhumanity to man knows no bounds nor respects his final day.

    Eucharistic King Jesus Christ conqueror of human hearts, take back what was yours. Convert hearts. Reclaim your property. Restore your Kingship on earth, so when you do return you will indeed find living Faith in abundance.

    Processions of the Blessed Sacrament.
    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels.
    Daily Holy Rosaries.
    Daily Mass.
    Satan is powerless when we embrace these four weapons.
    Abortion advocates are hopeless.
    They may have deep pockets, but they don’t have Life.

    Thank you Mary DeVoe and others for answering my call for prayer six Weeks ago. Our Right to Life fundraiser is shaping up to be our best one yet.
    Double in corporate sponsorships this year!

  • Here is the thing about Gosnell. I feel the need to link to this: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    This quote specifically caught my eye…

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • Regarding Gosnell, I feel the need to link to this article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    More specifically, this quote:

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • If God is merciful, then will He not be merciful towards the unborn? And if He is merciful towards the unborn, then what kind of justice will that mean for those of us who are born? History tells us. God was merciful towards those in America who were enslaved in the 19th century. We know what kind of justice resulted on the un-enslaved in both North and South. It was bloody, painful and dreadful. God’s mercy and God’s justice do not change because God does not change. Israel learned this from Sennecharib and Judah from Nebuchadnezzar. Old Covenant or New, God hates sacrificing children to Molech. We had better buckle up, folks, because God’s mercy that we always cry for is drawing nigh faster than we anticipate.

  • ““If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011″.”

    Completely untrue. The mainstream media did their best to spike the story.

    “The local press has extensively covered the shocking testimony about the Philadelphia “House of Horrors” where Gosnell allegedly killed seven babies and one woman since the trial began on March 18, nearly a month ago. But while it seems obvious that the national media has mostly ignored the story, a bevy of left-wing journalists and activists have loudly disagreed in recent days—asserting that the big three networks and the major newspapers have appropriately covered a trial that none sent a reporter to cover.

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story,” Irin Carmon wrote in a widely circulated Salon piece, “it’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011. There would be something rich, if it weren’t so infuriating, about these (almost uniformly male, as it happens) reporters and commentators scrambling to break open this shocking untold story. You know, the one that was written about here, here and here, to name some disparate sources.”

    One should immediately be struck by how strange it is that a person who is claiming this is an important story—feminists wrote about it!—now seems angry that reporters are finally rushing to cover it. Shouldn’t she be glad?

    As for her claim that there was “copious coverage” she links to RH Reality Check (Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice), The Grio, Philadelphia Weekly, The Nation, CBS News’s Crimesider blog, and NPR. That so many of the people now rushing to claim that Gosnell was widely covered can’t tell the difference between activist media and The New York Times or CBS Evening News is a little scary. Of the outlets she listed, NPR is the only one that can reasonably be considered mainstream, so yea for that one story.

    Some on the left are claiming that the reason the trial was ignored (even though it wasn’t really ignored—stay with me here) is because nobody cares about poor people. Carmin writes, “How often are the travails of the women whose vulnerabilities Gosnell exploited—the poor, immigrants and otherwise marginalized people—given wall-to-wall, trial-level coverage?” But if you search “Gosnell” at The Nation, there’s not a single story on the trial. A search at Salon showed one story: a set-up piece about the “looming” trial. Before today, search The American Prospect for “Gosnell,” and all you find on the trial is a story in January.

    The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man. The column that started the firestorm over the media blackout didn’t claim that the mainstream press had “never” covered Kermitt Gosnell. I know, because I wrote it.

    The column, and the ensuing outrage—and much of the outrage came from people with vaginas despite Carmon’s egregious and divisive claim that it was just the patriarchy rearing its ugly head—was specific to the fact that the mainstream media had not covered the trial of Kermit Gosnell, which started March 18, 2013. I am going to repeat this, because a starling number of people on the left, including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, either cannot grasp this or are intentionally ignoring it. Repeat after me: “The problem is that the trial has not been covered.” That the Times ran one story about Gosnell in January is hardly relevant to the trial that started in March.

    It is the trial that has included spectacular and headline-grabbing testimony from Gosnell’s former assistants and workers. It is the trial that has been largely ignored outside of local media and activists on the right and left. This, despite the normal obsession with murder trials (Good Morning America has done a 10-part series on the Jody Arias trial). It is the trial—rife with grisly details about an abortion doctor who maimed and killed women and babies—that was ignored, despite The Washington Post’s, The New York Times’s, and network evening news’s usual obsession with all things abortion related.

    So, the continued misleading claims that the trial has been widely covered are empirically false—as is Carmon’s claim on CNN Friday that the only reason anyone is talking about this is because of Fox News, always the left’s go-to scapegoat. Unless Fox News owns USA Today, I’m not sure what she is talking about. It’s remarkable how quickly a story of a trial about decapitated babies and maimed women was overshadowed by liberal rage at Fox News and the “conservative media” who allegedly were hypocrites because they hadn’t been covering it, either. (In fact, Fox News has run 11 stories over the course of the three-week trial, while The New York Times so far has run just one piece, on A-17, the day the trial began.)”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/16/yes-there-is-a-gosnell-trial-coverup-by-the-big-news-organizations.html

  • The article provides links.

  • NVM….computer did not show your full post…just your first sentence.

  • Yep it does, and Kirsten Powers destroyed the whole mendacious theme of the story that there was not a coverup by the mainstream media.

  • Interesting point…

    This isn’t related to Gosnell per se, but I wanted to get your reaction to something….

    What would your reaction be to a pro-choice individual who pointed out that across the many strands of Judaism, there is a tenancy to define human life as beginning at birth? Would a Catholic living in a majority Jewish nation that defined life as such be obligated to fight to define life as beginning at conception? Would a Catholic in such a nation who voted for a “pro-choice” politician be as sinful as we say voting for American politicians who define life as beginning at birth is?

  • All decent human beings are required morally to protect innocent human life. There are no lives more innocent than those of unborn children from the moment of conception.

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Kickstarter and Gosnell

Wednesday, April 9, AD 2014

Liberal Kirsten Powers was a key player in embarrassing the mainstream media into giving any coverage to the poster boy for legal abortion, Kermit Gosnell.  Now she is reporting how Kickstarter  worked against an attempt to obtain funding for a film on Gosnell:

 

Another incident of muzzling those without the proper worldview received less attention. Kickstarter, the nation’s biggest crowd-funding site,refused to accept a film about convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell unless descriptions of his crimes were removed.

After producers Phelim McAleer and his wife, Ann McElhinney, complained publicly, embarrassed Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler claimed on Twitter that the allegation was false. Strickler released an e-mail accepting the Gosnell film, but failed to mention that it was accepted only after the filmmakers withdrew in frustration. The producers released e-mails from Kickstarter demanding that references to stabbing babies and “similar language” be removed. The “acceptance letter” came March 28, the day after the producers withdrew their proposal.

Kickstarter explained its reasoning for blocking the movie by writing, “We understand your convictions … however … our Community Guidelines outline that we encourage and enforce a culture of respect and consideration, and we ask that that language specifically be modified.”

Somehow, making a movie recounting the crimes of a convicted abortion doctor is disrespectful and inconsiderate. Kickstarter would only speak off the record, but its explanations were dissembling and contradictory. That might be because Kickstarter’s standards aren’t exactly rigorously enforced. An album titled Incest is the Highest Form of Flattery was fine. The movie Die Sluts Die telling “the story of … sex crazed friends … murdered in unusual and creative ways,” ditto.

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  • When people learn the truth, they will learn how to think for themselves.
    Thank you for this, Donald McClarey.

  • Roe v. Wade legalized the disembowelment and disenfranchisement of the human soul, for you, for me, for everybody, and the demons of hell are salivating over the fetid soul of Kermit Gosnell.
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    Kermit Gosnell is a ghoul feeding on human flesh. So hideous are his deeds, sucking the life out of living human souls, that the media cannot, dares not, expose that the monster has been paid with our tax dollars to feed on the blood of living human beings. Even ghouls have the decency to eat only dead human flesh. Cannibals kill and eat their enemies to intake their virtues of courage and wisdom, but this ghoul, Kermit Gosnell’s demon, insists on exterminating the living innocence and virginity of our constitutional posterity.
    The devil feasts on the souls of people who waste themselves on evil. When the slaughterhouse face of Kermit Gosnell reaches hell, there will be a bonfire so large, so high, that it will illuminate the abortionists, the media and every human being with a sight that will cause a saint to drop dead and fall into hell himself. Only Our Lady’s hand kept the children of Fatima from dying and falling into hell when they beheld the sight of hell.
    Only truth has freedom of speech and press. The media has indicted itself in its refusal to bring the truth to all. The media suppresses the truth to make evil more palatable, trying to hide the 55 million souls aborted in the most ghoulish procedure, a procedure that might only be conceived by the devils in hell.
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    Life is from God. Abortion is from the devil.
    .
    Respect God and God will not vomit you out of the land.

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Texas, Satan and Gosnell

Saturday, July 13, AD 2013

 

 

Well, after  all the sturm und drang of the Wendy Davis filibuster, Davis of course being the pro-abort Democrat Texas State Senator elected into office with the help of Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, pro-aborts saluting their dishonorary leader, Satan, and pro-abort thugs having confiscated from them bricks, feces and urine that they intended to throw at Texas state legislators, the bill banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks has passed:

 

After a day filled with pro-abortion threats, pro-life people hiding in secure areas of the capitol fearing for their safety, jars of feces and urine and protestors disrupting the Senate proceedings, democracy finally prevailed.

Members of the state Senate approved the bill to ban late-term abortions on a 19-11 margin on second reading. The chamber then approved the bill in third reading by the same 19-11 vote.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.

Go here to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air to read the rest.  Ed makes an interesting prediction:

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  • Bravo Texas.

  • This shows what vile people these pro-abortion advocates really are. The filth from their private parts which they intented to throw on the legislators matches the filth they have in their souls.

  • She was elected “with the help of Ralph McCloud, director of Catholic Campaign for Human Development”????!! Wasn’t that apostate band forced to drop the Catholic part from their name? Or am I just dreaming that would happen?

  • Human sacrifice is the ultimate devil worship, especially innocent children. So, “Hail Satan” is the truth coming out.

  • “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment. Inciting to riot and mob mentality with bricks and other obscenities is not peaceable assembly and these interlocutors had no civil right to use the public square for their promotion of human sacrifice.

  • ” a case that focused the nation on the humanity of the unborn.”

    The nation focuses on reality TV, not reality. The Gosnell case received nearly no major media coverage. The polls are either inaccurate or the people are reacting emotionally, i.e. not from a firm bedrock of principles, or from the little moral conscience left. They can be swayed into a belief and understanding of what it means to pro-life, and I hope so. But until the cause is firmly planted in the mind and heart, they can easily be swayed back. The Democrats just haven’t figured out a way to buy their conscience on this issue yet.

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  • Way too cynical Kyle. If you were correct we might as well pack it in and go hide in caves. I actually think the reverse is true: our current hedonism uber alles culture is a hot house plant that requires reinforcement continually from the mainstream media, academia and the entertainment industry. Think about it. All of these major organs of our culture have been in the control of our enemies since Roe and half the nation is against abortion. That is a monumental achievement. If I were our culture war adversaries I would be worried long term, especially since they abort so many who might well be members of their ranks.

  • “The Gosnell case received nearly no major media coverage.”

    You hit the nail on the head. That’s the reason the execrable left so fears (weak as it is) FOXNews and (gasp) the Koch brothers gaining control of a major news outlet.

    “Orwell wrote: “Without a free press, it is impossible not merely to appeal to outside opinion, but to bring a mass movement into being, or even to make your intent known . . . ” Replace the word “free” with “unbiased

  • How about starting a petition going to the Bishops, individually, and to the USCCB. Clean up the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Relief Services or resign yourself if you cannot do your job better than this. See LifeSiteNews.com “Catholic Relief Services gave over $13 million to pro-abortion group in 2012”.
    The dumbest reason to end up in hell is for sticking up for someone else’s sin. In the case of abortion that would not be taking part in that particular sex act, not making any money off of it as you are not the pimp, abortionist, paid-off politician, worker for a pro-abort organization, etc. yet still backing those who are and helping them continue in their sins. Sounds like one could end up in hell, waiting for your friends to show up while they realize their sin, confess and end up in Heaven. Poor, lonely you.

  • When the pro-abort forces yelled “Hail Satan,” that showed the true spirit behind their evil cause.

  • the inhumanity of abortion . How can one human being do that to another and walk away like nothing happened ? its beyond me. all i can think of is how they crucified Jesus, the cruelty of what nations have done to each other, how our children are treated. how will we pay for letting this happen ? that should scare all of us.

  • To Gov. Perry and the legislatures who are trying to protect life, I say, remember what Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they persecute you for your reward will be great in Heaven!”

  • While I find abortion murder, this is a bit of a stretch. I only heard one girl at the end say “hail Satan”

  • There’s a battle for souls going on.

    Every once in awhile, it bursts through the Veil, and becomes visible.

    This is one of them.

  • Has anyone seen the attack on our Blessed Mother in a facebook sight? Horribly anti Catholic as well. The evil one is prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Our Bishops need to be held accountable for their lack of leadership, their lack of guiding their priests.

  • Patty Morris, I wouldn’t know how to start a petition, I’m one of those nearly-internet-illiterate old crocks, but I thought your comment so good I sent it to the USCCB.

    In other news, at locutions.org there is a passage promising that if we can do away with abortion in our country, it will be spared the worst of the chastisements the rest of the world can expect. (Economic collapse, unfortunately, is not one of those chastisements. We did that to ourselves.)

  • d says:
    Friday, July 19, 2013 A.D. at 4:36pm

    While I find abortion murder, this is a bit of a stretch. I only heard one girl at the end say “hail Satan”
    – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2013/07/13/texas-satan-and-gosnell/#sthash.pDc7eTs9.dpuf
    ______________________
    so what.
    perhaps you were in the wrong area –
    it’s all up and public on youtube and there is more than one one voice
    but if you were there you would have heard and witnessed the commotion.

  • as for gosnell ? TX has their own named Karpen.

Gosnell Trades Appeal Rights for Two Life Sentences

Tuesday, May 14, AD 2013

 

 

Like most butchers of humans Kermit Gosnell is a coward.  Today he exchanged his appeal rights for two life sentences.  The death penalty is off the table for a man who doubtless is one of the great mass killers, by his own hand, of all time.   Doubtless he would have probably died considering his age before a death penalty could have been carried out, but I wish that this squalid murderer had paid the ultimate penalty.  A thousand of his worthless lives would not be worth one of the innocent lives he routinely snuffed out for cold cash.  My consolation is that one day he will face a tribunal where no plea deals are ever made.  Would that his victims could have been sentenced to life. 

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  • For the IRS:
    Cold cash for murder types such as this one – Alert. Alert.

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  • Perhaps, if one wishes to heap hot goals on Gosnell’s head, although even I will not go that far. God died even for Kermit Gosnell. That does not diminish one whit the Justice he should face in this world and the next. His relationship with God is up to him, society’s responsibility is to punish Gosnell and deter others from following in his footsteps and his punishment will help that, although so long as abortion remains legal there will be other Gosnells. However, now they will be looking over their shoulders.

  • Robert P. George makes one statement at the link that JL provided which is false:

    “He is our (very wayward) brother.”

    Kermit Gosnell, in having rejected the Gospel of life, rejects adoption into the Kingdom of God (as St. Paul describes it in his various epistles) and is therefore NOT our brother. He is a human being like the rest of us to be sure, and yes, we all deserve death for our sins (hence Jesus having paid the supreme penalty on the Cross). But he is NOT the brother of any true and authentic and orthodox follow of Christ.

    Galatians 4:4-6 states:

    “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!'”

    Unless Gosnell repents, he is NOT an adopted son and hence is NOT our brother.

  • Before Gosnell cut his deal, it was discouraging to see Catholic writers I respect, like Robert George, Elizabeth Scalia and Kathryn Lopez, immediately assert that he should not get the death penalty. This guy murdered infants and joked about it. If he doesn’t deserve the death penalty, who does?

    I think the problem stems from the complete removal of punishment from Catholic thought on the death penalty determination. Apparently centuries of teaching can be overturned by adding a couple of sentences to the final draft of the Catechism. The Church is not supposed to operate that way, even when the guy who probably added the sentences will be a saint soon.

  • I hope this cause those pro-life Catholics who have an unqualified knee jerk opposition to the death penalty to rethink that position. If there wasn’t a death penalty to take off the table to give Gosnell no motive to forego his right to appeal, given the connection of the case to the abortion issue and the mentality of many appellate judges, the result of an appeal could have been a bad one.

  • “Apparently centuries of teaching can be overturned by adding a couple of sentences to the final draft of the Catechism.”

    Actually, what the Catechism does is lump prudential judgments (that modern penal systems are able to satisfy the ends of punishment without recourse to the death penalty which is outside the scope of Church teaching) and the teaching of the Church itself. And the confusion that has caused is indeed problematic.

  • I think social justice cadres employ the DP sham to justify/rationalize aiding and abetting abortion. “I can vote for Obama because he says he is opposed to the DP, Guantanamo, rendition, etc.” – All lies.

    “Apparently centuries of teaching can be overturned by adding a couple of sentences to the final draft of the Catechism.”

    Close to Truth.

    This was a largely-complete re-write on capital punishment. It seemed to advance “protecting society from the killer killing again” over and above punishment and expiation of the sin. Not to mention that it utterly ignores the protection of innocent lives through deterring other killers.

    Genesis (look it up): “Who spills man’s blood by man shall his blood be spilt. For man is made in the image of God.”

Gosnell Guilty!

Monday, May 13, AD 2013

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  • I have not been following this tragedy closely but it is fitting that there will be some accountability for the
    grotesque practices exposed in this case. It is very troubling, however, that there is not a large public outcry against these practices. When one’s “convenience”, mental, physical or economic, justifies the taking of an innocent life AND is NOT unnerving to those intimate with such procedures, choices are being made to IGNORE the consequences of such actions. It is appalling!

    Yet, those who point this ugliness out, continue to be viewed and treated as the “haters”, rather than those whose behaviors drive and support the murder mills!

    There are a host of very sick people out there. We MUST make choices in OUR lives, each day, to cease
    contributing to the circumstances which support such behavior. Pay attention to what the Catholic Church teaches. Submit our desires and our wills to what the Catholic Church teaches. Live lives which witness to those teachings, not which bring charges of hypocrisy against Catholics or the Catholic Church, when the “polls” reflect a great disparity between those teachings and OUR practices.

    It is not an impossible task. Perfection is not a requirement, however a functional level of humility is.

  • It’s a good thing that he was found guilty and his ‘practice’ ended. However,
    I don’t think justice will truly be served until the pro-abortion politicians in
    that state are made to accept some responsibility for Gosnell being able to
    operate for so long.

    When pro-abortion Governor Ridge was elected in 1995, the Pennsylvania
    Dept. of Health ceased to inspect any of the state’s 22 abortion facilities, and
    didn’t resume inspections until the Grand Jury released its report of the Gosnell
    facility in 2011. Nail salons and barber shops were inspected, but abortion
    mills were off-limits for 15 years. There has to be a political price to pay for
    the officials who made the decision to ignore their duty and made Gosnell’s
    abattoir inevitable.

    We’ve heard so much from the pro-abortion folks about how they want
    abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare”. What I’m taking from this horrible case
    is that they really only care about the “legal” part.

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  • PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!

  • The Gosnell case should serve to draw attention to the utterly illogical state of the law, in which killing a child that has once drawn breath is murder and killing it moments before is perfectly legal. One can only hope that this case will demonstrate to the world that the dividing line between abortion and infanticide is illusory and that they must support both, or neither; something that the more extravagant supporters of abortion, like Peter Singer, have long insisted upon.

    Whatever qualms the old lawyers might have had about difficulties of proof, the time has, surely, come to remove this anomaly from the law.

Kirsten Powers and the Still Small Voices

Tuesday, May 7, AD 2013

 

Kirsten-Powers

 

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

1 Kings 19: 11-13

One of the ironies of the Gosnell case is that a liberal Democrat, Kirsten Powers, is largely responsible for shaming the Mainstream Media into covering the Gosnell case.  A supporter of abortion, who now believes that life begins at conception, she wrote a fiery series of columns in which she called out the media for their obvious bias in refusing to cover the Gosnell murder trial for fear of jeopardizing the right to abortion.  Yesterday she called for banning late term abortions:

 

 

But Gosnell’s clinic was not illegal. It was a licensed medical facility. The state of his clinic was well known: there were repeated complaints to government officials and even the local Planned Parenthood. He wasn’t operating under the radar but in plain sight, and he received referrals from abortion clinics up and down the East Coast. Gosnell performed plenty of abortions within the 24-week limit in Pennsylvania and worked part time for a National Abortion Federation–accredited clinic in Delaware.

 

The woman Gosnell is on trial for allegedly killing, Karnamaya Mongar, perished during a legal abortion while she was 19 weeks pregnant. Gosnell was not forced to operate in the dark because of anti–abortion rights regulations. It’s the opposite: he was able to flourish—pulling in $1.8 million a year—because multiple abortion rights administrations decided that to inspect his clinic might mean limiting access to abortion. It’s all in the grand jury report, if you don’t believe me.

 

One of the bodies discovered in the raid of the clinic was of a 22-week-old baby with a surgical incision on the back of her neck, which penetrated the first and second vertebrae. The only thing that would make her death illegal would be if Gosnell failed to finish her off in her mother’s womb.

 

Does that statement make you uncomfortable? Good.

 

What we need to learn from the Gosnell case is that late-term abortion is infanticide. Legal infanticide. That so many people in the media seem untroubled by the idea that 12 inches in one direction is a “private medical decision” and 12 inches in the other direction causes people to react in horror, should be troubling. Indeed, Gosnell’s defense attorney Jack J. McMahon has relied on the argument that Gosnell killed the babies prior to delivering them, therefore he is not guilty of murder. His exact words were: “Every one of those babies died in utero.”

 

Gosnell is accused of aborting infants past the 24-week limit in Pennsylvania. But those same deaths – if done in utero – would have been perfectly legal in many states with sometimes abused health exceptions, which can include the elastic category of “mental distress.”

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  • The distinction is not new. In 1797, David Hume (a nephew of the philosopher and the leading authority on the criminal law) says this: “A child, though it has become quick is regarded as pars viscerum matris and not a separate being and it cannot with any certainty be said whether it would have been born alive or not. The destruction of an unborn infant therefore, though an atrocious crime and severely punishable under a different denomination is not murder. But if breathing once has begun, it is immaterial how frail may be the tenure by which life is held … A child which is only a minute old, or an old man on the brink of the grave are equally entitled to have their lives protected by the pains of murder; for it belongs to the Supreme Disposer of events, not any human hand to determine the duration of life. (Commentaries on the Law of Scotland Respecting Crimes 1:186)

    I believe the law of England was to the same effect.

  • Yep, a distinction based on bad science, as this Report of the American Medical Association in 1859 on abortion stressed:

    “AMA Report on Criminal Abortion, 1859

    Although no draft of the Report on Criminal Abortion has been located, the unanimous approval of Horatio’s March effort probably indicates slight changes at most from the following final version read at the convention in Louisville in May, 1859 and published later that year in the Transactions of the American Medical Association.

    The committee appointed in May, 1857, to investigate the subject of Criminal Abortion, with a view to its general suppression, have attended to the duty assigned them, and would present the following report:

    The heinous guilt of criminal abortion, however viewed by the community, is everywhere acknowledged by medical men.

    Its frequency – among all classes of society, rich and poor, single and married – most physicians have been led to suspect; very many, from their own experience of its deplorable results, have known. Were any doubt, however, entertained upon this point, it is at once removed by comparisons of the present with our past rates of increase in population, the size of our families, the statistics of our foetal deaths, by themselves considered, and relatively to the births and to the general mortality. The evidence from these sources is too constant and too overwhelming to be explained on the ground that pregnancies are merely prevented; or on any other supposition than that of fearfully extended crime.

    The causes of this general demoralization are manifold. There are three of them, however, and they are the most important, with which the medical profession have especially to do.

    The first of these causes is a wide-spread popular ignorance of the true character of the crime–a belief, even among mothers themselves, that the foetus is not alive till after the period of quickening.

    The second of the agents alluded to is the fact that the profession themselves are frequently supposed careless of foetal life; not that its respectable members are ever knowingly and intentionally accessory to the unjustifiable commission of abortion, but that they are thought at times to omit precautions or measures that might prevent the occurrence of so unfortunate an event.

    The third reason of the frightful extent of this crime is found in the grave defects of our laws, both common and statute, as regards the independent and actual existence of the child before birth, as a living being. These errors, which are sufficient in most instances to prevent conviction, are based, and only based, upon mistaken and exploded medical dogmas. With strange inconsistency, the law fully acknowledges the foetus in utero and its inherent rights, for civil purposes; while personally and as criminally affected, it fails to recognize it, and to its life as yet denies all protection.

    Abundant proof upon each of these points has been prepared by the Committee, and is elsewhere* [Report Footnote: *North American Medico-Chirurgical Review, Jan. 1859, et seq.] being published to the profession; but as the statements now made are almost axiomatic, recapitulation would be here wearisome and is unnecessary.

    Our duty is plain. If, by any act, we can effect aught towards the suppression of this crime, it must be done. In questions of abstract right, the medical profession do not acknowledge such words as expediency, time service, cowardice. We are the physical guardians of women; we, alone, thus far, of their offspring in utero. The case is here of life or death–the life or death of thousands–and it depends, almost wholly, upon ourselves.

    As a profession we are unanimous in our condemnation of the crime. Mere resolutions to this effect, and nothing more, are therefore useless, evasive, and cruel.

    If to want of knowledge on a medical point, the slaughter of countless children now steadily perpetrated in our midst, is to be attributed, it is our duty, as physicians, and as good and true men, both publicly and privately, and by every means in our power, to enlighten this ignorance.

    If we have ever been thought negligent of the sanctity of foetal life, the means of correcting the error are before us. If we have ever been so in deed, there are materials, and there is good occasion for the establishment of an obstetric code; which, rigorously kept to the standard of our attainments in knowledge, and generally accepted by the profession, would tend to prevent such unnecessary and unjustifiable destruction of human life.

    If the tenets of the law, here unscientific, unjust, inhuman, can be bettered–as citizens, and to the best of our ability we should seek this end. If the evidence upon this point is especially of a medical character, it is our duty to proffer our aid, and in so important a matter to urge it. But if, as is also true, these great fundamental, and fatal faults of the law are owing to doctrinal errors of the profession in a former age, it devolves upon us, by every bond we hold sacred, by our reverence for the fathers in medicine, by our love for our race, and by our responsibility as accountable beings, to see these errors removed and their grievous results abated.

    In accordance, therefore, with the facts in the case, the Committee would advise that this body, representing, as it does, the physicians of the land, publicly express its abhorrence of the unnatural and now rapidly increasing crime of abortion; that it avow its true nature, as no simple offence against public morality and decency, no mere misdemeanor, no attempt upon the life of the mother, but the wanton and murderous destruction of her child; and that while it would in no wise transcend its legitimate province or invade the precincts of the law, the Association recommend, by memorial, to the governors and legislatures of the several States, and, as representing the federal district, to the President and Congress, a careful examination and revision of the statutory and of so much of the common law, as relates to this crime. For we hold it to be a thing deserving all hate and detestation, that a man in his very originall, whiles he is framed, whiles he is enlived, should be put to death under the very hands, and in the shop, of Nature.

    In the belief that we have expressed the unanimous opinion of the Association, our report is respectfully submitted.

    Horatio R. Storer, of Massachusetts.
    Thomas W. Blatchford, of New York.
    Hugh L. Hodge, of Pennsylvania.
    Charles A. Pope, of Missouri.
    Edward H. Barton, of South Carolina.
    A. Lopez, of Alabama.
    Wm. Henry Brisbane, of Wisconsin.
    A. J. Semmes, of District of Columbia.

    If the recommendation of the report are adopted, the Committee would offer the following resolutions:

    Resolved, That while physicians have long been united in condemning the act of producing abortion, at every period of gestation, except as necessary for preserving the life of either mother or child, it has become the duty of this Association, in view of the prevalence and increasing frequency of the crime, publicly to enter an earnest and solemn protest against such unwarrantable destruction of human life.

    Resolved, That in pursuance of the grand and noble calling we profess, the saving of human lives, and of the sacred responsibilities thereby devolving upon us, the Association present this subject to the attention of the several legislative assemblies of the Union, with the prayer that the laws by which the crime of procuring abortion is attempted to be controlled may be revised, and that such other action may be taken in the premises as they in their wisdom may deem necessary.

    Resolved, That the Association request the zealous co-operation of the various State Medical Societies in pressing this subject upon the legislatures of either respective States, and that the President and Secretaries of the Association are hereby authorized to carry out, by memorial, these resolutions. “

  • Horatio Storer is probably one of the greatest American pro-life heroes that no one has ever heard of. Notice also that the AMA committee represents both Northern and Southern states, at a time when they were on the verge of war; perhaps they themselves or their own family members fought one another on the battlefield just a few years later. Yet they all agreed on the need to halt the “wanton and murderous destruction” of unborn children. It would be interesting to know whether any of the Confederate states, in the period between their secession and readmission to the Union, attempted to carry out the AMA’s recommendation for tougher abortion laws.

  • Alison, a student of Hume’s, writing in 1832, certainly recognized the humanity of the child, for he says, “the life of one human being is by such practices seriously endangered, and an incipient existence stifled in another.” Note that he says “incipient” and not “potential.”

    Hume’s reason is that “it cannot with any certainty be said whether it would have been born alive or not.” and Alison stresses that “Administering drugs to procure abortion is an Offence at common law punishable with an arbitrary pain and that equally whether the desired effects be produced or not,” which obviates difficulties of proof, especially in a system that requires proof beyond reasonable doubt and on corroborated evidence. I once checked the indictments for abortion in the Books of Adjournal for the period 1900-1967. I looked at about 40 of them and all were for administering drugs or using an instrument with intent. In only two was it averred that the pannel actually “caused or procured [the woman] to abort, or part in an untimely manner with the foetus or child in her womb;” In both, the actual delivery was averred to have taken place in the Casualty Ward of a hospital, and one was coupled with a charge of murdering the mother. Clearly all these charges were based on what the prosecutor could prove.

  • I e-mailed her on this same point last week but she never answered. Orthodox, Indeed!

Kermit Gosnell and the Abortion Industry

Monday, April 29, AD 2013

Abortion, all abortion, is violence and violence is an impermissible alternative in a world of reason.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Eclipse of Reason

 

One of the myths of the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is that he is not representative of the abortion industry.  In regard to the manner  in which Gosnell performed late term abortions, and his indifference to state laws restricting late term abortions, Gosnell is typical.  Lila Rose and her intrepid band at Live Action are helping establish this fact with their patented undercover videos.  From their press release:

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Roe and Back Alley Abortions

Friday, April 19, AD 2013

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  • I still fear that the left sees this as nothing more than added reason to expand abortion rights: “See what happens when you stigmatize late term abortions?”

  • I wish I could fight as you do, Donald. I am simply appalled and revolted. I get too angry to stand outside abortion clinics. I have to go to Adoration and pray. That’s all I can do. For crimes like this, God allowed the Assyrians and Bablyonians to plunder and burn Israel and Judea. What will He allow to happen to us? 🙁

  • I had an abortion years ago. I was afraid. I didn’t know then that I would be haunted forever?

    If I met my baby in the afterworld, what should I say? “I could have been your mom but I was afraid? You could have lived and had A LIFE but I was afraid?”

    What a worthless coward I am, contributing to the moral decay of this country. I wish i was dead.

  • I murdered my baby. Christ should not love me. Nobody should love me.

  • There is forgiveness for us all thanks to the love of God, Exiled. Remember the ringing words of Isaiah: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

    Some of the most fervent pro-lifers I have met are women who have had abortions. Put the anguish that you feel into helping other women cherish the gift of life that they have been given. The peace of Christ be upon you.

  • Christ did not die upon the Cross Paul to see evil triumph. In the love and grace of God we are more than conquerors and we shall prevail.

  • Lies piled upon lies J. Christian can have their brief moment, but truth will ever ultimately prevail.

  • Do you know what I recall about my abortion? Not the abortion itself I was put under. It was after it was over. One of the PP nurses, or whatever they are, came around, made us stand up, and pulled our underwear and looked down to see if we were bleeding. ‘Oh, you look fine.”

    Having some stranger look down my underwear was the most dehumaning moment…nothing, though, compared to what my poor baby went through.

    Please, please, Jesus, please, have mercy on my soul.

  • ExiledonMainStreet,

    I was involved in an abortion long ago when I was in my apostasy and rebellion. I know what I deserve, especially since I had been taught the sanctity of life from the age of a child. But God in His mercy did not give me what I deserve – death. You see, that’s the reason for the Cross. He took that punishment on Himself, a punishment I deserve. I am still ashamed of what I did. I still cannot get rid of the feelings of guilt. And I still cannot stand outside of abortion clinics. Indeed, this is one reason why I get so mad at Obama and the abortionists – because I am angry at myself for my own failure. Yes, God will forgive you, but you have to forgive yourself. For me, Confession and Penance are gifts.

  • Donald, I want to tell women all day long that that baby is worth it! I would do anything to tell women to keep the babies (or give them up for adoption) and not abort. Do you know where Ican do this?

  • What a terrible person Tom Ridge was for allowing this. Ridge was brought up Catholic. It is disgusting to see how many Catholic politicians in this nation have supported abortion.

    The disgusting media, who I now ignore almost completely, has done its worst in ignoring this trial. God will have more mercy upon all involved who perpetuate this than I would.

    Exiled, God’s forgiveness is not denied to you, but you must seek it and ask for it. Obviously you are a penitent person. Go to a priest.

  • Go to Birthright and give their 800 number a call: 800-450-4900. I am sure they will be able to put you to work as a volunteer giving help to women in troubled pregnancies. I was doing this while I was in college. Here is a link to their site:

    http://www.birthright.org/

    If that doesn’t work out, there are a ton of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers around the nation. I have been Chairman of the Board of the one in my county, and I can’t speak highly enough of the volunteers, and among them there are women who have had abortions.

  • I never had an abortion in a clinic, but I did have an IUD. I am guilty as others. Project Rachel has helped me. I know Jesus and the Father loves me, and I am forgiven, thank God.

  • The Apostles’ Creed finishes with, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.”

    We are all sinners. I am worse than most.

    No one is good except God.

    I must, each day, prayerfully resolve to repent of my sins; to confess my sins, to do penance; to amend my life; and to do good works to glorify Almighty God through our God and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

    One step is to embrace humility and to recognize that I cannot do it without the grace of God.

  • Dear ExiledonMainStreet,
    You are the beloved daughter of a Father who has loved you for all eternity and still loves you. No He cannot undo what has been done–He respects our decisions. However, He can repair the damage we have done and He can heal. The evidence is in your regret, sorrow and determination. Sylvia mentioned Project Rachel and I know you will receive help there and strength for the journey ahead: http://hopeafterabortion.com/ or call 1-888-456-HOPE (4673). You, dear child, are in my prayers. I hope to meet you in heaven.

  • ExiledonMainStreet-
    even with massive amounts of support, and our kids being dearly wanted, each pregnancy has been terrifying; I have trouble imagining what it must be like without the kind of help I have.
    There’s a reason most pro-lifers are less hard on the mother.

    Please, talk to the various post-abortion support groups folks here have suggested. If you can, volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers. Speak up about the regret, if you can. If you’re in the New York area, I’ve heard a lot of good about the Sisters of Life. It looks like they’re connected to a network around the US and Canada.

    God forgives. And a great thing about heaven, as I understand it, is that your child will understand.

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  • @ExiledonMainStreet — there is forgiveness through Christ. You are a valued person and Christ loves you and wants to help you. I’d suggest investigating Rachel’s Vineyard (http://rachelsvineyard.org/) in your area. There is real forgiveness and healing and they can help. Please consider reaching out to them. God bless you. We’ll keep you and your baby in our prayers.

Reading the Grand Jury Report on the Gosnell Case

Wednesday, April 17, AD 2013

MrsDarwin has done the public service of reading through the entirety of the Grand Jury Report on the Gosnell case. The following is a reprint of her post.

In The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan proposes a thought experiment:

Tell me yourself, I challenge you — answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature — that baby beating its breast with its fist, for instance — and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.

I was reminded of that passage this afternoon when I read the entire Grand Jury report on the Kermit Gosnell case:

pg. 101: After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, “the doctor just slit the neck,” said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.” 

The neonatologist testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false. If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of pain” when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.

Gosnell was an eager butcher, one who was willing to torture babies for women under the desperate illusion that they could attain “peace and rest at last” through this “foundation of the unexpiated blood of a little victim”, as Ivan puts it. He had a psychopathic distain for the external nicetices of the abortion business: the sterile clinic, the efficient staff, the quiet, hidden murder and the quick disposal of the bodies. It was all in the open at 3801 N. Lancaster St., insanely blatant in the sheer horrific scale of murder, murders of babies born alive, infanticide, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, hindering, obstruction, and tampering, perjury, illegal late-term abortions, violations of the Abortion Control Act, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, abuse of corpse, theft by deception, conspiracy, corrupt organization, and corruption of minors.

Think I’m exaggerating? Those are the charges recommended against Gosnell and members of his staff by the appalled Grand Jury (pg. 219).

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  • “jaw-drop”….i still say that when they give Gossnell the death penalty they do exactly what was done to all those babies…jam scissors in the back of his neck and cut his spinal cord…

  • “Jesus Wept!” was my constant thought as I read through the Grand Jury Report. After thirty years at the bar few things shake me, and this report did. The degrading and corrupting impact of legal abortion on us as a people was on full display on every page.

  • That this went on so long is remarkable.

  • I’m assuming even Obama didn’t have him on the short list for Surgeon General??

  • I think some strong female perceived leader in the Left will stop forward to disavow this and proclaim that this is Not what they are for, that they are against This. And people will be mollified by her (maybe Michelle’s) aghastness and quit worrying about it.
    If it is done in more clean and sanitary conditions, and just an inch inside the mom, it will still be ok

  • Why was my comment to J.A.C., admonishing him for wishing a painful death upon another human being, deleted?

  • JL,

    I don’t see one, and I haven’t deleted one. Did you perhaps have that discussion on another thread?

  • I didn’t delete any comments, having been busy in the law mines all day.

  • Yes, to be clear: I see you have some comments like that on another thread. I think that the comment you’re looking for here is there.

  • Whatevs. In a nutshell, let’s make sure we don’t let our desire for righteous justice be perverted into an unChristian thirst for vengeance.

  • HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill recently said on his show “for what
    it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not
    to cover this (Gosnell) trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion
    rights. Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct
    connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political
    commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I
    think that’s the way it is”.

    Well, OK then. I’m sure that the folks down at the Pennsylvania Dept. of
    Health and the operators of abortion mills everywhere are breathing a bit easier
    today. We’ve already heard of ‘too big to fail’, and now we’ve got ‘too PC to
    investigate’.

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  • If as Gosnell claims, the babies were already dead, then why was it necessary for him to cut their necks, spinal cords and decapitate them?
    I do not believe in the death penalty, however, I find it difficult to argue against applying it to him.
    There must be a criminal violation that can be applied to Staloski and others in the Dept. of Health. There must be at least a charge or public embarrassment for the two governors, mayors and others in charge of doing nothing.
    There should be murder charges filed against the mothers that took their babies to the slaughter house to be killed.

  • How disgusting…And this abomination occurred in our ‘civilized’ time, under our ‘civilized’ government, when ‘civilized’ people concern themselves with cruelty to animals while our future children remain unprotected…!!! May God have mercy on us…!!!

Kermit Gosnell and the Nightmare of the Pro-Aborts

Tuesday, April 16, AD 2013

 

The murder trial of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell is a nightmare for pro-aborts.  In one case it combines the following elements:

1.  It displays the fact that the abortion industry is about money and little else.

2.  It demonstrates the grotesque conditions in which abortions are often carried out, giving the lie to “safe”, legal abortions.

3.  It shows that the practitioners of abortion tend to be quacks of marginal competence.

4.  The racism and classism of the abortion industry is on full display as poor black women are treated like cattle while white women with money receive much better treatment.

5.  The callous indifference of abortionists to their “patients”.  Kill unborn kids for a living and the callousness necessary to do that will usually not be limited to humans within a womb.

6.  The unwillingness of government to do anything to protect women undergoing abortions.

7.  The inhumanity of the radical pro-aborts is revealed as we see what their determination to have abortion legal for all nine months means in practice.

8.  The “glob of cells” mantra so beloved of the pro-aborts completely goes out the window as the gruesome aspects of the abortionist trade, and the humanity of the victims, are presented for the world to see.

9.  All the stats about partial birth abortion are revealed to be junk as people realize how common were Gosnell’s murders of late term babies.

10.  The humanity of the unborn is demonstrated as we read in horror of fully developed unborn kids  having their spinal columns severed with scissors while Gosnell makes jokes about their murders.

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  • Donald McClarey.
    Please excuse my inquiry on this post.
    Are you familiar with the Catholic blog; Holy Souls Hermitage?

    I ask because the author has need of counsel, and if you are familiar with his site then you might possibly direct his pathway to answer his questions.

    Once again, please excuse my route to inquire.
    Philip.

  • Now that the media ARE covering Dr Gosnell’s trial the comboxes are (and some articles) aflame pro-choicers proclaiming that the whole thing would never have happened if women had access to government-paid abortions unfettered by any restrictions imposed by pro-life troglodytes.

    For a sample, see HuffPo:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-michelman/kermit-gosnell-abortion_b_2924348.html

  • “Are you familiar with the Catholic blog; Holy Souls Hermitage?”

    No, but I will check it out when I have time.

  • “pro-choicers proclaiming that the whole thing would never have happened if women had access to government-paid abortions unfettered by any restrictions imposed by pro-life troglodytes.”

    I think that argument will prove convincing only to hard core pro-aborts. There is a reason why pro-aborts have attempted to bury this story.

  • I think we might want to be careful about trying to portray the Gosnell or the conditions at his clinic as typical amongst abortion providers. Not that I am saying you are wrong to do so, but rather because a single case doesn’t provide sufficient evidence.

    However I think it does show the silliness of the position that making abortion legal somehow makes it safe… at least as long as pro-choice supporters fight every attempt to make abortion providers meet the same sort of high standards that would be required in most other areas of medicine.

  • These recent revalations at an abortion clinic in Delaware run by Planned Parenthood indicate that Gosnell may not be that far from the norm:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9059172

    There is a reason why pro-aborts have always fought any regulation or oversight of abortion clinics. People I have talked to over the years who have worked in abortion clinics have uniformly told me that the emphasis is always on money rather than patient care and that the conditions were often unsanitary.

    Another example:

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/alabama-abortion-facility-did-not-clean-tables-between-abotions-inspectors/

  • “…or the conditions of his clinic as typical amongst abortion providers.”

    The most sterile of OR’s become for the aborted the epitome of cesspools.
    Hyperbole? For many some would agree.
    For the voiceless however, this is the ugly truth of “female reproductive health.”
    This innocent blood is screaming for justice.
    As you said MarylandBill…the silliness of the pro-aborts position on legalized abortion making it safe. Silliness? Satanic!

  • Phillip, I hope you understand that I was discussing how to communicate with those who have fallen for the argument that women should have a right to an abortion because otherwise they would have “dangerous back alley abortions”.

    Obviously the moral dimension of abortion makes it perhaps the single most evil practice, perhaps in the history of the world. If the 50 million killed in America is not enough to convince someone of that, then perhaps speculating on the tens if not hundreds of millions killed in other countries should.

    I actually read an article earlier today that claimed America was basically good despite the issue of abortion. To my mind that is arguing that a serial killer is basically good except for all the people they kill. Sure, no person or state is entirely evil.. but certain sins are so great they cast doubt on the current moral state of the entity involved.

  • Bill-
    I do understand.
    The part I don’t understand is how the safety of the one is more valuable than the life of the other.
    You are not supporting abortion rights I know, it’s the facility and cleanliness thats not indicative of Our good Doctors practice.

  • things like this would not even be going on if people were smart and didnt have abortions….it sickens me to think that people want this sort of thing at all…abortion is murder…plain and simple…and those who agree with it or support it in ANY manner are sick in the head…when that stupid moron Gossnell get the death penalty i certainly hope they jam scissors in the back of his neck and cut his spinal cord…

  • J.A.C., wishing death upon another, and a painful one at that, is a damnable offense. i suggest you not let your desire for righteous justify pervert itself into an unChristian zeal for vengeance.

  • JL….so i guess is ok for Gossnell to murder and we should just idly stand by and just pray that things get better…it doesnt work that way my friend…yes prayer does help but action does speak louder than words…i am only saying what many others agree with… he should get the same death sentence as all those innocent lives that he killed…

  • J.A.C.-
    This is the challenge as Christian.
    As much as I would want to agree with your punishment, I can’t.
    Where would it stop?
    Our discipleship in following the Master would have us do the opposite.
    Mercy to those who are merciless?
    Not easily acceptable, but worthy of contemplation.

  • Philip….to let this monster go unpunished IS UNFORGIVEABLE…you think that just giving him a life sentence is enough???…what is wrong with people today…i just dont understand…i know as well as anybody else that God will punish this monster but what right do you have to tell me or anybody else how we are supposed to feel about this???….we are all human and have feelings…we all have our faults…we were not made perfect…my feeling toward this moron i feel are justified…i am not the one who is going to kill him…let the courts decide…but if he gets off scott-free then we shall see how you really feel about all this..

  • J.A.C.-
    I’m not telling you how to feel.
    If your a follower of Christ you may want to take a deep breath and read my advice for Christians one more time.
    Remember this when you stand before the throne of God.

  • The discussion is going off on a tangent. Stay focused on Gosnell’s deeds and not his punishment, which none of you have anything to do with in an case.

  • Focusing on his deeds gives me vertigo.

    All have fallen short of the glory of God.
    Some much more than others.

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Gosnell Grand Jury Report: A Mirror For Our Times

Sunday, April 14, AD 2013

Miracles do happen.  The uproar over the non-coverage of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial is forcing the mainstream media to cover it.  A good starting point for media coverage is the Gosnell grand-jury report.  Here are some selections from some of the most harrowing reading I have ever done.

It begins bluntly:

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.

The report notes that the actions of Gosnell and his accessories are not the only issues raised by the investigation:

The callous killing of babies outside the womb, the routinely performed third trimester abortions, the deaths of at least two patients, and the grievous health risks inflicted on countless other women by Gosnell and his unlicensed staff are not the only shocking things that this Grand Jury investigation uncovered. What surprised the jurors even more is the official neglect that allowed these crimes and conditions to persist for years in a Philadelphia medical facility.

What the initial raid on Gosnell’s “clinic” revealed could add a canto to Dante’s Inferno:

The search team waited outside until Gosnell finally arrived at the clinic, at about 8:30 p.m. When the team members entered the clinic, they were appalled, describing it to the Grand Jury as “filthy,” “deplorable,” “disgusting,” “very unsanitary, very outdated, horrendous,” and “by far, the worst” that these experienced investigators had ever encountered.

There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets.

All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff – long before Gosnell arrived at the clinic – and staff members could not accurately state what medications or dosages they had administered to the waiting patients. Many of the medications in inventory were past their expiration dates.

Investigators found the clinic grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility. The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – Agent Dougherty described them as resembling “a bad gas station restroom.” Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected. The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed. There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.

Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but (just as on the night Mrs. Mongar died three months earlier), no one, not even Gosnell, knew there the keys were to open the emergency exit. Emergency personnel had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock. They discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients (just as emergency personnel had been obstructed from reaching Mrs. Mongar).

The search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic – in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers. Some fetal remains were in a refrigerator, others were frozen. Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation – even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls.

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  • Another aspect that liberals, if they were honest, should be decrying is the fact that he had white girls from the ‘burbs sent upstairs to a clean, sterile operating room where he saw to them himself, while he had poor black and Asian women handed over to unlicensed, unknowledgeable medical “assistants” who “administered” to them with rusty surgical tools and cocktails of dangerous drugs. Honestly, if this wasn’t about abortion, there would be a number of elements to this disturbing “story” that would make it front-page news for weeks.

  • How often have we been told that any sort of restriction on abortion will
    only bring about a return to the days of rusty coat hangars and botched jobs
    by unqualified quacks? It seems that rather than making abortion ‘safer’,
    such license merely institutionalizes the filth and the butchery, and hides it
    behind the skirts of Roe v. Wade.

    I think the facts of the Gosnell case demonstrate that so-called ‘progressives’
    care far less about women and minorities than they do about their ideology.
    Sure, Gosnell is an inhuman butcher, and good riddance. But in this case,
    justice will not be truly served until the bureaucrats of the DOH, the press,
    and the pro-abortion apologists are also exposed for their hand in keeping
    Gosnell and his like in business.

  • The drone’gressives were commanded (through tinfoil hats) to shriek 24/7 “murdered babies” and “Sandy Hook!!”

    I bet the Obama-worshipping dirtbags would turn guns into an entitlement if KIller Gosnell had used an assault rifle with high magazine capacities.

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  • And this is what Obama considers to be health for women…I am surprised that he doesnt have Gosnell as VP..

  • Welcome to the Pit of Hell.

  • As appalling as the facts about Gosnell’s charnel are, the probable ‘progressive’ spin will, I predict, be worse:

    ‘See? This is what we’ve been on about! Now, if only infanticide were legal, women wouldn’t have to endanger their lives by going to filthy backroom facilities like Gosnell’s to get one! Legalize infanticide!’

  • The left was already arguing that cases like these are the reason late term and partial birth abortion should be legal. As if performing the same acts in a sanitary environment would make them less barbaric.

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  • Ahhhhh, Planned Parenthood still insists what-ever-happens to the baby is the mother’s choice…… they also are on record supporting infanticide….

    How many more abortion mills are just like this one?

  • Mike Malone-
    Question; How Many Catholics are like Pelosi and Biden?
    That might answer your question.

  • Philip,

    Do you remember the comedian that had a say something like, “You can me Jay or you can call me JJ or you can call me J but you don’t hasta call me Mr. Johnson”. I loved that guy. For some reason our question brought this old schtick to mine. Here is my answer….

    You can call Pelsoi & Biden and those of the same ilk Katholyics, ex-Catholics, Catholic dissidents, cafeteria-Catholics, Catholics-in-name-only, pretend-Catholics but you don’t hasta call them Catholics….because they ain’t.

  • Mike-
    “Yeahhhaaaa yeahhhaaa dats da ticket.”
    We are so divided on one of, if not the most important issue during our lifetime. The erosion of our Nation has been from the river of innocent blood. How do we as a people dare ask favor, blessings and protection for ourselves and our Country from a loving Father when we are slapping God in the face at the same time?

    Mike. As many Kathlicks that see abortion as a acceptable form of law, are there as many sick doctors and Co-executioner’s spilling body parts in strip malls across the crying landscape. Pray Pray Pray

  • It seems we are in violent agreement. Abortion is nothing more than legalized murder. I pray to the God of Infinite Mercy for forgiveness and help.

  • This Gosnell trial is going to have a long term effect upon this nation as the truth always turns up, like a bad penny.

    The disgusting media will continue to ignore it. Politicians like Pelosi and Biden use their Catholicism to garner votes, but otherwise care nothing for it. God will have His judgment on them no matter what they think. Spineless clergy and dumb as a box of rocks Catholics who voted for these clowns are no better.

  • I like the way you phrased that Phillip.

    I hear friends say that God is punishing us. I don’t think that is it. I think He is leaving us to our own devices, that He has withdrawn His Providence from us.

    The OT is, to my mind, a collection of tales that repeat the same theme: when Man relies on God, His face shines on him. When Man relies on himself, God hides His face.

    This monster, and those he employed, are no worse than other people left to their own devices. They are callous, grasping, bitter, and mean. They are a caricature of Man without God, of the people of Sodom before justice rained down on them, of the Israelites before Babylon, of Rome before Christ, of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. They are us, minus God and that scares the Hell out of me…

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  • Even the Jews of Warsaw could defend themselves with no more than a half dozen pistols but the murdered babes have utterly nothing. Nothing except the outrage of just men and women and especially the outrage of those of the household of the faith. Where do you stand?

  • Surely, there is a moral incoherence in allowing abortion and condemning infanticide.

    Many people were shocked by Peter Singer’s 1994 book, “Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics,” in which he insisted, “[The argument that a foetus is not alive] is a resort to a convenient fiction that turns an evidently living being into one that legally is not alive. Instead of accepting such fictions, we should recognise that the fact that a being is human, and alive, does not in itself tell us whether it is wrong to take that being’s life.”

    He argues explicitly that we cannot accept the principle that “it is wrong to kill an innocent human being” and, at the same time, justify abortion. In that, I think he is right.

  • I am not sure if your question was meant for me. I am outraged and dumbstruck and I entirely agree. Indeed, the OT makes clear that we can’t be like Lot, expecting God to extend His favor to the society in which we live, on our account alone. It takes a generally and genuinly god-fearing acknowledgment that we are Man, but merely Man, for Providene to shine Her face on us.

    I fear that, in this godless age there are too few of us to forestall the consequences of our sin. We are not Ninevah.

  • Anderson Cooper and a few others seemed genuinely apologetic about the lack of coverage of this trial. Contrasting his reaction with Amanda Marcotte’s, who defended the status quo (while blaming the pro-life side), it’s truly striking. It’s like there is an ember of objectivity still glowing and I think there is hope for mainstream media. It may take a while for CNN and others to divorce themselves of the pro-abortion propaganda, but I’ve not given up.

The Narrative Patrol

Friday, April 12, AD 2013

Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings nails the media attempt to spike the Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial story:

There is no area of American politics in which the press is more activist or biased or unethical than social issues, the so-called culture wars. And the culture of permissive abortion they favor has consequences, which they would rather not look squarely at, thank you very much.
[Quote from here.] Here’s some unsolicited advice for social conservatives: never, ever speak to large-circulation newspapers or television networks.
Why not? Because they our enemy, that’s why. They have concocted a narrative of breath-taking mendacity regarding us: we’re authoritarian haters, patriarchal tyrants straight from the pages of The Handmaid’s Tale, and/or killers of “providers of women’s health services.” Period. Stock villains, to be quoted briefly, if at all, and subject to well-poisoning adjectives like “strident,” or “militant,” or “inflexible.” And if there is a story that indicates social conservative arguments have merit, or threatens to move the ball in that direction–it gets downplayed or embargoed.
This will never end–they will never quit doing this–until the entire edifice of fraud goes bankrupt.
Exhibit A: the news embargo on the hellish millionaire abortionist Kermit Gosnell, alleged murderer of a 41 year old Asian immigrant, Karnamaya Mongar, and seven infants. One of the local reporters, someone who takes his profession seriously, says simply:

Sat through a full day of testimony at the Kermit Gosnell trial today. It is beyond the most morbid Hollywood horror. It will change you.
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  • The media is afraid that by exposing the butchery of Gosnell, light will be shed on the abortion industry and, heaven forbid, more “abortion restrictive laws” will come to pass. Andrew McCarthy has an excellent, if difficult to read, essay on this at NRO. Too bad those who are for “women’s reproductive rights” won’t have the guts to read it or the Gosnell Grand Jury report.

  • Well, of course the media won’¡t cover the Gosnell trial. It would destroy their point of view, and they can’t have that, can they? Many find it comforting to live within the bubble of one’s own fantasies and lies.

  • A dirty and dangerous business. Those same murders are also done in very clean clinics with highly educated professionals.
    I am tired of being mad at the media.
    I feel responsible somehow- a bit like one of the holocaust deniers /ignorers who lived in the same countries where the holocausts of WWII took place. “all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to…”
    I don’t know.
    Here, Tuesdays are the day the female abortionist comes to town to do maybe 15 maybe 20 deaths on a given Tuesday. I know there have been ambulance calls there, but it is never in the public record in the paper.

  • Imagine the media outrage if they murdered babies with assault rifles and high magazine capacities.

  • There’s really no other example of a situation in which liberals are complicit in the protection of a money-making industry over the interests of individual people, especially the interests of poor, female, often non-white people. But the Gosnell trial blackout is exactly that…protection of the abortion industry at the expense of its victims.

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Krauthammer and Powers on the Gosnell Trial Media Blackout

Thursday, April 11, AD 2013

Hmmm, now this is interesting.  Both Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers are pro-aborts, but they are also both outraged by the media blackout on the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell:

Chaos” isn’t really the story here. Butchering babies that were already born and were older than the state’s 24-week limit for abortions is the story. There is a reason the late Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called this procedure infanticide.

Planned Parenthood recently claimed that the possibility of infants surviving late-term abortions was “highly unusual.” The Gosnell case suggests otherwise.

Regardless of such quibbles,  about whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb — as in a routine late-term abortion — is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks  has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.

The Washington Post has not published original reporting on this during the trial and The New York Times saw fit to run one original story on A-17 on the trial’s first day. They’ve been silent ever since, despite headline-worthy testimony.

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  • What’s the difference between a jihadist and a journalist?
    I can’t tell. They both are engaged in a “holy” war, and at the moment were losing.

  • Give it a few years. Gosnell will then be a bioethicist at a Ivy League Med School.

  • It won’t take a pew years, Phillip. “Ethicists” are already making the case for After-Birth Abortion, see the British Medical Journal:
    http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.full

  • In 2016 he will selected as the HHS czar in a hostile emergency third term Obama administration. Meanwhile the MSM will be praising the FDRist takeover.
    Republicans will back it 🙁

  • I don’t know why Charles is so surprised that pro-aborts continue to treat abortion in the sacramental way they always have. Frankly I’m more surprised that he committed such an egregious error in logic when he stated that one can believe in outlawing late term abortions and still support its legitimacy at some arbitrary point after conception but before late-term.

    You can’t be a little bit pregnant and neither can you be a little bit pro-infanticide.

  • It’s astonishing that journalism in this country has fallen so far so fast.
    The other day I heard the MSM referred to as “the audio-visual department
    of the Democrat party”. Too horribly true. News blackouts on stories
    inconvenient to the left wing are increasingly common, and increasingly
    blatant.

    How could this trend be reversed?

  • “It won’t take a pew years, Phillip. “Ethicists” are already making the case for After-Birth Abortion, see the British Medical Journal”

    Unfortunately I know. I have one like these at the hospital I work at.

  • And then in todays Scripture reading; ” If, on the other hand, it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them without fighting God Himself.”

    Why the gloomy defeatist attitude? I should be rejoicing at the folly of bias journalism and Killer doctors because they are not from God.

  • Clinton- The left has owned nearly every major institution in this country for the last 50 years, especially the media. If it appears that it has fallen so far so fast, it’s only because of how quickly and triumphantly the veneer has been shed in this day.

  • God help us but we will be hearing the term “After-Birth Abortion” more and more and more. The results of Gosnell’s trial will have incredibly far reaching effects.

  • Where are the new media on this? Aren’t they supposed to be the new Upton Sinclairs? All I’ve seen are complaints about the old media’s failure. Well, guess what: we already know that they’re corrupt. (I’m not yelling at Don. I’m yelling at Charles and Kirsten a little bit for trying to shame the unshameable. But I’m really yelling at the PJ Medias who aren’t grabbing the low-hanging fruit.)

How Many Dead Babies?

Tuesday, April 9, AD 2013

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  • This is too horrible for words.

    Thank you for covering this. Dear God…

  • Amazingly, most people in society seem pretty comfortable with abortion and homosexuality. Many people, in fact, have become ardent proponents of these practices. America has changed dramatically within several decades; actually within the lifetime of many people alive now. These last several decades have seen an enormous acceleration of liberalism.

  • I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.

    The most common idea I hear expressed, at least with regards to abortion and homosexuality, is “I wouldn’t do it but whose to say…”

  • It’s so sickening, and I agree with David. “Who are you to judge” is the phrase that most people seem to utter when talking about most things. I’ve seen, in more than one comment section, people say that Jesus is non-judgmental & He wouldn’t be upset with abortion. Most people forget that He said, “Go and sin no more.” And I believe that most people don’t even think about sin anymore. I was at the doctor’s office, leaving the building with my kids. There was a woman walking near us. I was talking to my son, but he was 10 feet ahead of me. I said, “Don’t lie, it’s a sin.” And she gave me a funny look. The bizarre thing is that Kermit Gosnell is being ignored, and Christians are on the “Extreme Terrorist” list.

  • Forty years ago on April 9th I lost our third child. I still have all the admittance and dismissal papers from that experience. I remember how sad and weak I felt and was in a state of loss. The nurse on charge(and I will never forget her, Miss Bell) was very cold and heartless. “Is this your first?” “No it is my third”. Well settle down, you got two kids, you can always have more.” That experience was very painful both physically and mentally. I had already picked out names, Jennifer or Matthew. The baby was clearly a baby. It wasn’t a blob of protoplasm. I know it is in heaven as I “baptized it with baptism of desire”. When I asked what they did with the remains, she said, “it wasn’t anything anyway”. They threw in the garbage. I don’t know how anyone could deliberately kill their own. I would take every baby. I would find a home for them all or they could live here. And I have done that over the years. Yes I went on to have a lovely family of six, but I can never forget that little tiny person they threw in the garbage. My husband and I cared for many children over the years and opened our home to unwed mother’s. I have sat with these young women through childbirth and watched as they gave their babies up. Am I like not ok? When I read these stories of these butchers I actually feel sick. I will never understand.

  • I cant read this without wanting to throw up…

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  • “I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.”

    I don’t know about that. Individualism is the favorite boogeyman of many a Catholic. But what about the hyper-collectivism of the “your child belongs to the community” crowd? Many of that crowd have supported such activities.

    No. I think the source of the problem is found in Genesis 3.

  • Kristen Powers, “Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault. […]”

    Your question is vital: “How many dead babies?” Let’s ask our pastors and our bishops and the cathlicks that vote democrat because of the lie that the GOP would cut their entitlement/welfare money . . . Howze that working for you now that Obama has finally put up a budget?

    Note to Kristen Powers, It’s the fault of politicized (read liberal democrat) catholic educators, hierarchy, clergy and their subversions of social justice teachings . . . And, all the MSM (and the Murdoch empire) 24/7 waving 20 little, bloody shirt, er, undocumented democrats, er, gay marriage, er, global warming . .. .

  • Ugh . . . I do not know how you can rationalize this in any way, shape, or form. My stomack churns at the horror of what Ms. West said happened!

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  • My heart is just split right in two, for the mothers and the babies.

  • This is such a blatant failure on all levels. It is unspeakable.

  • Something diabolical is going on inside the upper levels of govt. They ignored all this. There is much more to this than your worst nightmare.

Kermit Gosnell: Symbol of our Times

Wednesday, March 20, AD 2013

 

The trial of Kermit Gosnell, the symbol of our age of abortion, is proceeding:

 

 

A medical assistant told a jury Tuesday that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox late-term abortions at a West Philadelphia clinic.

Adrienne Moton’s testimony as part of her guilty plea to third-degree murder, came in the capital murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the clinic owner, who is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies.

Prosecutors accuse him of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws.

Gosnell’s lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.

Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cell phone photograph of one baby left in her work area. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.

‘The aunt felt it was just best for her [the mother’s] future,’ Moton testified.

Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.

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Gosnell, Abortion and Reality

Saturday, January 22, AD 2011

 

“What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party — where are they? Let us apply a few tests. You say that you think slavery is wrong, but you denounce all attempts to restrain it. Is there anything else that you think wrong, that you are not willing to deal with as a wrong? Why are you so careful, so tender of this one wrong and no other?  You will not let us do a single thing as if it was wrong; there is no place where you will allow it to be even called wrong! We must not call it wrong in the Free States, because it is not there, and we must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion; we must not bring it into the Tract Society or the other societies, because those are such unsuitable places, and there is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong!”

Abraham Lincoln, speech at New Haven Connecticut, March 6, 1860

Thirty-eight years ago today, the US Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade struck down the laws against abortion throughout the country on the grounds that they were unconstitutional.  The decision was, as Justice White noted in his dissent, a “raw exercise in judicial power”, as there was no basis at all in the Constitution to support the ruling.  Since that day approximately a million, on average, unborn children have been put to death each year, and a large and powerful faction has championed these deaths as right and proper and opposed all efforts to ban or restrict abortion.

It is fitting that as we observe this dreadful anniversary, the nation is shocked by the revelations at the murder mill run by abortionist Kermit Gosnell for over three decades.  As Paul noted in his post on Gosnell here last week the grand jury described his activities in gruesome detail and noted that he was able to do this only with the complicity of the local authorities:

We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.

The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed.

Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design. …

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  • Why am I not shocked?

    Those people hold the “trump card.” They totally support the “preferential option” for the poor . . . they (such as IL Sen. Obama who voted to de-criminalize this form of infanticide) get to orate at The University of Notre Dame . . .

  • Sorry, I don’t buy the line that “the nation is shocked” about this. In fact, the pro-choicers are all but defending the guy, as their comments on websites like Slate and Salon make it clear. Of course, they wish the place had been a little cleaner. But they have no problem at all with the purpose it served.

  • You are wrong Ron. Some of the pro-aborts are shocked:

    “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.

    That’s insane.

    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.”

    http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/19228.html

    Additionally, the pro-aborts are not the nation. Their view of an unlimited abortion “liberty” is becoming an increasingly smaller viewpoint in this land. Gosnell and his murder mill will help make it even smaller.

  • Governor Tom Corbett is launching a probe, and what a fortuitous moment to have a newly elected pro-life governor of Pennsylvania:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/22/corbett-demands-probe-of-failure-to-regulate-abortion-clinics-in-pennsylvania/

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  • I’ve never seen those Lincoln quotations before. Excellent.