Hi! Are you pro-life, Pennsylvanian, and didn’t vote for Tom Corbett in the last election?
Yes to all three?
Well, then: you fornicated the canine. Big time.
New Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed veteran bureaucrat Pedro Cortés as acting secretary of the commonwealth—a top member of the governor’s cabinet and head of the Department of State—pending permanent approval by the Republican-controlled state Senate. This is Cortés’s second stint in this position; his first, from 2003 to 2010 under Gov. Ed Rendell, coincided with the grossest period of negligence in the department’s history of lax enforcement of state abortion and medical regulations.
Continue reading Pedro Cortes – the man who didn’t stop Kermit Gosnell – wants his old job back.
What does this even MEAN?
At a Thursday press conference, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi condemned a bill that would prohibit abortions during the final four months of pregnancy with exceptions for when the life or physical health of the mother was at stake.
Asked what the moral difference is between what Dr. Kermit Gosnell did to babies born alive and aborting those same infants moments before birth, Pelosi refused to answer.
“As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” Pelosi said. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.”
Continue reading Nancy Pelosi: my Roman Catholicism requires me to be pro-choice!
I’m going to quote Matthew Clark of Bearing Drift here, because he set up the situation pretty straightforwardly:
Virginia, with the support of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has enacted some of the most stringent health requirements for abortion clinics in the country. The law allows the Virginia Board of Health to regulate abortion clinics much like hospitals, to ensure that they provide the same operation, staffing, equipping, staff qualifications and training, and conditions as hospitals in Virginia. These regulations would ensure that no “House of Horrors” operates in Virginia.
Yet, late last week, McAuliffe sent a fundraising email asking supporters to fund his campaign because his opponent, GOP gubernatorial all-but nominee Cuccinelli, “pushed through medically unnecessary regulations on women’s health centers with the aim of his number one goal: ending safe and legal abortion in Virginia.”
Why were these regulations proposed? Precisely to prevent the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic. The Washington Post reported at the time this bill was passed, “In recent weeks, abortion foes have cited the case of a Philadelphia area clinic [Gosnell’s] recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetal parts.”
Continue reading No truce with the Kermit Gosnells.
Before we get started, let me be clear: the article that Melinda Henneberger wrote makes it clear that her personal answers to both questions were identical to mine, and probably had the same faint taste of vomit in the back of her mouth. But the Washington Post itself? …Yeah, I think that it’s hoping for a different answer for the second one.
Are there more abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell?
…Yes, there are.
And do we want to know?
…Yes, we do. Continue reading Late-term abortion (aka infanticide): bigger problem than typically reported?
Now, I understand that this Alex Seitz-Wald fellow wishes to a) distract and b) infuriate the Right by repeating the bald-faced lie that conservatives only covered the Kermit Gosnell stories in the last week or so (and it is a bald-faced lie). I will therefore trashcan my previous remarks and thus merely note that if Salon is going to talk about how conservatives supposedly did or did not cover the Gosnell atrocities in 2011, then they really should include a survey of what RedState – you know, a site that has its own Salon tag – did during that time period:
…Or did Alex Seitz-Wald actually do that research, and then decide that it was… unhelpful? Continue reading Salon’s sad attempt at smearing the Right wrt Kermit Gosnell.
This was known already, by the way.
Before we go any further: here’s a section from the grand jury report on the Kermit Gosnell atrocities (“Mrs. Mongar” is Karnamaya Mongar, one of Gosnell’s adult victims).
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 where 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).
Continue reading States are passing new abortion clinic regulations *because* of Kermit Gosnell’s atrocities.
I will not – in some ways, cannot – remain calm about the Kermit Gosnell case. I cannot make myself revisit the testimony, I cannot bear to look at the pictures, and I cannot maintain any sort of detachment about this. My hands clench involuntarily into fists when I think about it for too long.
I don’t want this man and what he’s done in my head.
…with regards to adopting a more pro-life position?
Then have people keep writing passive-aggressive Kermit Gosnell-situation apologetics like this one. Actually, the problem isn’t the writing; it’s the publishing. Because every time I see a pro-choicer start off on this topic without admitting that the Gosnell story confirms the absolutely worst fears and suspicions of the pro-life movement*, I get just a little bit angrier. And the angrier I get, the more I stop caring that people have a problem with me having a problem about being lied to.
But I hear that the other side wants to find some common ground? Fine. Let’s start with “Born-alive babies are not to be killed.” Then the pro-choice movement can explain how they [expletive deleted] that one up, and what they’re doing to keep from [expletive deleted] that up again.
Also, Ms. Kuschmider?
And you do not have the right to impose your personal sexual morals on anyone else. You don’t. It’s rude. So please don’t try.
You go first. Thanks in advance!
*Fears that we were told were ridiculous, exaggerated, hyperbolic, and generally silly.
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.
Moe Lane Continue reading #rsrh What pro-choicers need to grok.