I do not normally talk about abortion: it’s a difficult subject, and while my opinions on it have progressed to the point where I am definitely pro-life it is not my top domestic policy issue. But upon reading this post on the failure – no; the systematic refusal – of pro-choice individuals and groups to stop Kermit Gosnell, I feel that I should point out three things.
- Kermit Gosnell confirms every single dread that the pro-life movement had about abortionists. If he was in a book, his habits, methods, attitudes, and hygiene would be widely derided as being inflammatory. But it all happened.
- The current visible reaction by the pro-choice movement confirms every single prejudice that the pro-life movement has about pro-choicers. Gosnell has defenders. Defenders who want unrestricted abortion – who we kept getting told earlier didn’t actually exist. Well, they exist… and they’re not being sat upon by less radical members of their side.
- The media’s non-coverage of this atrocity confirms every single suspicion that the pro-life movement has about the media. Eight formal counts of murder, thirty-three formal counts of illegal abortions – and I had to go to the grand jury document itself in order to find that latter number*. Ace of Spades – who is also somebody who doesn’t normally talk about pro-life issues – waxes wroth on this and related subjects; I’ll add that there’s every indication that a cover-up by officials in the state government (including appointees from pro-choice Republican former Governor Tom Ridge**) is going on… which is apparently not newsworthy, either.
Put more simply: there is nothing in this case that does not support pro-life arguments – including the ones that pro-choicers have been prone to denigrate as being silly, paranoid, and/or outrageous. There have been widespread late-term abortions, in flagrant violation of the law. The laws are not preventing this from happening. The people doing the abortions can operate with impunity. Pro-choice officials c0nnived to let ideology trump respect for the law. Minority women were disproportionately victimized here.
And pro-lifers are right to be infuriated by all of the above. I certainly am.
*Here’s Gosnell’s Wikipedia page. More accurately, here’s Gosnell’s lack of a Wikipedia page.
**Who should probably forget about future public service in Republican administrations, by the way.