A more inconvenient truth

Gosnell verdict blurs line between abortion, infanticide

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Most of us saw the Kermit Gosnell infanticides as some of the most heinous crimes we’ve ever heard of outside of Josef Mengele’s lab, and a ghastly reminder that abortion kills babies. The main difference is the timing.

Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, saw the killings as a commercial for abortion. The Gosnell baby-killing case proves we need legal abortion, Planned Parenthood’s twisted logic goes, in order to prevent the killing of babies.

Such mental gymnastics ought to qualify as an Olympic sport.

Note to Planned Parenthood: These grisly murders happened under the plain sight of the supposedly watchful eye of your precious legal abortion, in a clinic licensed by the state of Pennsylvania. The legality of abortion did nothing to prevent them.

Legal abortion doesn’t prevent horrors. Fact is, it desensitizes us to them, while perpetrating them on a daily basis. The line between abortion and infanticide has never been more profoundly imperceptible, at least to the fair mind.

“Dr.” Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for killing three babies born alive in his abortion mill by snipping their spinal cords – while they moved and whimpered – but he was suspected of doing the same to others. His Philadelphia “clinic” was a veritable
Tri-State Crematory of dead babies by the dozens (or the antiseptic term “fetuses,” if you prefer).

The majority of the news media famously stayed miles away from reporting on this historic atrocity. One media watchdog alleges ABC News ignored Gosnell’s shocking trial for 56 days, until confronted with the verdict – while providing some 70 segments on such sensational tabloid stories as the Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox murder cases. One Philadelphia reporter even shot a photograph of the barren media section at the Gosnell case.

The reason, of course, is that the Gosnell murders put a white-hot spotlight on abortion, and the indiscernible line between it and infanticide. It makes pro-choice media outlets very uncomfortable. It’s a very inconvenient truth.

So, naturally, they chose titillating over tormenting. It’s better for ratings, and for guilty consciences.

How sad. They could have opened the nation’s eyes to the Frankenstein’s monster that is the media’s beloved abortion. Merely telling the truth could have saved innumerable little lives.

Indeed, reports indicate that at least one pro-choice reporter changed his views on abortion while covering the Gosnell trial.

Ironically, since Roe v. Wade, the left has managed to turn abortion into the same holy sacrament that they always claimed men would’ve made it if they got pregnant. In truth, abortion is an unholy sacrifice, most often performed as a matter of convenience to those of us fortunate enough to have escaped the abortionist’s dagger ourselves.

But abortion has become so untouchable in American society that not only will the media turn a blind eye toward its worst excesses, but whole governments will as well: Pennsylvania failed to routinely inspect its abortion clinics for at least 15 years in the run-up to the Gosnell case.

They likely do a better job of policing animal shelters.

Then again, killing animals is apparently more appalling to some.

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scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 05/14/13 - 11:11 pm
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Excellent Letter

I can only say that I heartily agree with this letter. Abortion saddens me in ways that very few things can. How many beautiful lives have been lost for the sake of convenience. The way I see it is this: when a mother sacrifices herself for her child that is motherhood; when a mother sacrifices her child for herself then that is murder. Just my opinion of course.

faithson
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faithson 05/15/13 - 12:01 am
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Nope

The spurious use of this terrible situation to advance the argument against abortion is just that, of a decietful nature. This argument only shows how out of touch the zealots for criminalizing abortion are. This incident only goes to show how, when wanted, women WILL find a way, so why would we not want it regulated, instead of criminalized. So much reality thrown out the window in leu of self-righteousness

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deestafford 05/15/13 - 12:01 am
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Maybe, just maybe, people will one day wake up and

realize that it is a human being not a "tissue mass" or "inconvenience" or "problem" (as obama phrased it when talking about one of his girls becoming pregnant). When they do, this infanticide will cease.

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carcraft 05/15/13 - 05:40 am
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Gosnell Isn't the only one

This isn’t isolated, another abortion provider when, talking about fetuses, was heard to say "it is like meat in a crook pot". Planned Parenthood has refused to turn over records of young girls (not women, 12 and 14 year old girls) who are involved with statuary rape. Turning this information over to authorities isn't voluntary, it is law. The list of abuses is long and in order to curb this abortion should be as well regulated as liberals want guns regulated!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/15/13 - 06:17 am
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faithson....hilter used the

faithson....hilter used the same arguement against the jews etc....your arguement only show how depraved people can be...and our dear obumler..has no problem with this late term abortion...inside or outside the birth canal big deal....GOD FORGIVE US AS A NATION..

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/15/13 - 06:23 am
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More nonsense (aka: lies) from Brent Bozell and the MRC
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March 4 jury selection. ABC stories March 4, 4, 4, 5, 12, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 25, 28, April 4, 11, 12, 12, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 26, 29, 29, 29, 30, 30, 30, May 01, 01, 02, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15.
There you go. There's the list of every ABC story on Gosnell since the beginning of the trial. There's no 56 day gap. There is no excuse for the Chronicle to print this kind of information when it can be so easily fact checked. It can only be due to one of 2 things. Laziness on the part of the editorial board. Pull up bull from the usual right wing web sites, plaster in the editorials, and write a few sentences around it. 2. And this would be the most despicable. A deliberate attempt at manipulation of your readers. A belief that your readers are so low information that they'll swallow any bunk you print, hook line and sinker, without checking it out on their own. The people of Augusta deserve better than this. At some point, maybe they'll demand better.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/15/13 - 07:00 am
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"when wanted, women WILL find
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"when wanted, women WILL find a way, so why would we not want it regulated, instead of criminalized. "

Would you be ok with simply regulating robbery, theft, murder? After all...people WILL find a way, right? The reason people want it criminalized is because in 100% of abortions a child is killed. Why would you NOT want that criminalized?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/15/13 - 07:28 am
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While traveling to Cherokee

While traveling to Cherokee NC. I saw a religious sign along side the road.

It read something like:
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PRAYER: GOD Please send us someone to stop Wars, cure AIDS, and Cancer.

GOD: I did, you aborted him.

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Seeing that sign on the other side of Andrews NC, put me to thinking, have we aborted or destroyed our chances of cures, or peace?

I can only say that I ALSO agree with the author of this letter.

When something becomes so PC that we can't debate it or the media will not cover it, that is when we have failing as a society.

The media is scared of Politically Correctness (PC).

PC has now become a Faceless Dictator and a violator of Free Speech.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/15/13 - 07:35 am
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Or the next Hitler or Charles
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Or the next Hitler or Charles Manson? BTW: This is an editorial, not a letter to the editor.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/15/13 - 07:47 am
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The paper said the MRC

The paper said the MRC "alleges" the 56 day gap. Show us a link to these AP stories by ABC after Mar 15. We are suppose to take your word as the MRC and their allegations. But the left is just as misleading if not more so with their info. People often look for what they want to believe. I noted articles on their website related to the story through the time period in question but were these also televised???

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/15/13 - 07:52 am
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Washington Post

The WP has a similiar article. Maybe they are big Brent Bozell fans as well.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/15/13 - 07:54 am
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I noted the black community

I noted the black community up in arms over this too. Apparently a new statistic stating that the black abortion rate is way higher-which I believe is false because it is usually about the same as white-or at least it has been for years. But even if it is what is the complaint. I thought the idea is for everyone to have access -so if one population takes advantage of that it must be good-right???? Now if fewer abortions were being performed then it might be an issue of discrimination. People have the right to privacy and choice.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/15/13 - 08:05 am
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Bizkit....it's ok for the
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Bizkit....it's ok for the left to say something is so with no proof, but they scream when someone else does the same thing. Just look at the 6:23 post for evidence.

grouse
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grouse 05/15/13 - 08:06 am
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The Chronicle's editorial is
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The Chronicle's editorial is the same as judging all Christians by the actions of Westboro Baptist church....

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/15/13 - 08:28 am
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Planned parenthood must be in

Planned parenthood must be in "panic" mode based on their latest statement. If this had been covered as it should have, it may have changed many minds on the abortion issue.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/15/13 - 08:32 am
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Bodhisattve

How do you define coverage. Maybe a 10 second mention on a local ABC station?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/15/13 - 09:52 am
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I support a woman's right to

I support a woman's right to choose. But abortions are, at best, an ugly thing. And I also believe that, at some undefined point, the constitutional right to life comes into play. However, there is NO excuse for LATE TERM abortions other than to protect the life of the mother or possibly a previously unknown catastrophic birth defect.

I wish abortions were limited to first trimester. I am no expert but I think that during the first trimester most birth defects can be identified, most women who were raped would have had time to decide, and most women who just had an "accident" should have had time to decide.

After the first trimester any abortion should have to be certified in writing by the doctor that the mother's life was in danger or that there was a previously unknown catastrophic birth defect. If that is certified and later proven to be untrue, the doctor should be criminally liable and, in addition to any other charges, like murder, his license to practice should be FEDERALLY revoked banning him from ever practicing again in the United States.

Just my humble opinion as a non-Christian, non-religious person looking for some middle ground between a woman's right to control her own body and the common practice of dragging a viable baby out of the womb and snipping it's spinal column or sticking a screwdriver through it's skull.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/15/13 - 10:08 am
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How could Ariel Castro be
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How could Ariel Castro be charged with murder for termination of pregnancy if we don't charge doctors with murder for terminating pregnancies?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/15/13 - 10:13 am
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Editorial needs to be read by all

This editorial says much about abortion THAT REALLY IS MURDER ! If I am not mistaken, this Dr. will get life or death penalty. A fitting punishment for true murder, not abortion. I am left to wonder, "Who turned this Dr. in to the authorities ??" Was it one of the mothers who felt extremely guilty having known this was not an abortion but a murder ??!! Shouldn't the mothers of these three babies be held JUST AS GUILTY ??!!

dahreese
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dahreese 05/15/13 - 10:35 am
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I am not, necessarily, pro
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I am not, necessarily, pro abortion, especially after a fetus is viable.

And Gosnell is guilty without much doubt.

However, this editorial is more of a religious rant intended to inflame its readers than it is an informed editorial.

Abortion, contrary to the writer's/AC's "opinion', is not a "right-left" issue.

There are times when abortion is the right thing to do, especially with a fetus that is "deformed" in some way.

And this, if it is supposed to be journalism ("Note to Planned Parenthood: These grisly murders happened under the plain sight of the supposedly watchful eye of your precious legal abortion, in a clinic licensed by the state of Pennsylvania. The legality of abortion did nothing to prevent them.") is about as juvenile journalism as it can be.

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KSL 05/15/13 - 11:11 am
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Great comment, dichotomy.

Great comment, dichotomy.

KSL
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KSL 05/15/13 - 12:02 pm
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dah

You and I don't usually agree. This time we do. Personal experience.

General Disarray
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General Disarray 05/15/13 - 11:33 am
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"However, there is NO excuse
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"However, there is NO excuse for LATE TERM abortions other than to protect the life of the mother or possibly a previously unknown catastrophic birth defect."

I don't pretend to know the reasons people have abortions but I am thankful that the option is out there for women who may need it. People are so quick to judge women who have abortions but at the same time want to bad mouth women who need help taking care of the child(ren). Society can not have both. Either you want women to have EVERY child that she conceives (and run the risk of having to help her via tax dollars or the child hits foster care and possibly be unwanted or abused) or you want to ensure that there are options for women to not be put in this situation (access to birth control and abortion).

What I have come to realize is that many of the people who are "pro-life" are actually pro-birth. There are all sorts of programs and people to help pregnant women but once the baby is born you are literally tossed out on to the streets. You then have the option of getting state aid and having everyone bad mouth you for it or you put your child up for adoption and don't let the movie stars and socialites fool you, the world is not exactly tripping over themselves for little black children.

At the end of the day, leave these women alone. If they choose to have an abortion a month who is this harming but themselves? Yes, people can scream "what about the innocent babies" all day long but how about we worry about the ones that are already here and languishing in foster care because they have no one. Stop worrying about the life that isn't here and worry about the lives that are.

General Disarray
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General Disarray 05/15/13 - 11:35 am
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Okay lifers... Okay, say Roe
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Okay lifers...

Okay, say Roe vs .Wade is overturned. Answer these questions with feasible and enactable answers:

1. Who is going to provide for these children? The pregnant women didn't want them in the first place, and forcing a woman to have a pregnancy she doesn't want does not suddenly make her into the bastion of motherhood. If she didn't want the pregnancy in the first place, there is no way to make her provide properly for the subsequent child.

2. You're going to bring up adoption next- there are currently 500,000 children in the incredibly stretched thin foster care system. Who is going to pay to provide for them? Until those half a million children find loving homes, you have no business suggesting taking resources away from already existing children.

3. What will you do to prevent the psychological and emotional damage done to children born to mothers who didn't want them in the first place?

4. How are you going to prevent the horrors of do-it-yourself and backalley abortions, which will occur?

5. What are you going to do about the increase in child abuse that is evident in countries where abortion is illegal?

6.How many unwanted children have you adopted?

7.How much of your time do you contribute to foster children?

8.Have you voted in favor of welfare, food stamps, and health care reform?

9.How are you providing for women who would have abortions for financial reasons?

10.Are you helping to provide birth control to low income women?

Beside the fact that you simply can not force someone to be pregnant against her will, until you have sound answers for the above questions then safe and legal abortion is absolutely necessary.

faithson
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faithson 05/15/13 - 11:37 am
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ounce of prevention

support for prevention of pregnancy seems a logical means to at least diminish the supposed need for this procedure. Out right criminalization without the necessary education and in some cases mandatory use of prevention is irrational. I do take issue with the editorial in suggesting that our culture has deteriorated to the point that 'everyone' contemplates an abortion, "those of us fortunate enough to have escaped", as if the choice being made is insignificant and we are the lucky ones.

General Disarray
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General Disarray 05/15/13 - 12:32 pm
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"support for prevention of
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"support for prevention of pregnancy seems a logical means to at least diminish the supposed need for this procedure."

Agreed but how can we when the religious people whining about abortion also hate contraception and only want abstinence taught?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/15/13 - 12:37 pm
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"There are times when
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"There are times when abortion is the right thing to do, especially with a fetus that is "deformed" in some way."

Yeah....I'd rather be killed than be allowed to live with a deformity.

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Red Headed Step Child 05/15/13 - 02:04 pm
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I went to school with a guy

I went to school with a guy that was born with spina bifida - is what some would call "deformed". He has the best soul of anyone I know. He doesn't dwell on his disability - he makes the most out of life and most of all, APPRECIATES life. To think that so many would not have known him, be inspired by him had his parents chosen to abort him simply because he wasn't "normal" saddens me.

I realize that not everyone can care for a disabled person - it's a tough call and hard to demonize people for it. I can only stand on my own moral compass, which would be to take the hand life has dealt me, be responsible for my actions and do the best I can with it.

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Bizkit 05/15/13 - 02:31 pm
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I find it odd that frozen

I find it odd that frozen blastocyst from In Vitro fertility are of legal issue as human beings-case after case. This is a pre-embryonic stage before implantation during the first few weeks after fertilization. Yet put in in the women's womb and suddenly it's not human. Geez. My take on abortion is it should be legal for physicians to perform abortion but it should available but little availed. Really with all the new birth control, etc. unplanned pregnancies should be a smaller percentage. Generally birth control is ineffective because of improper use-but I appreciate it happens too. Abortion is very draconian-the same since the dawn of man and even the original Hippocratic oath forbids abortion. I think even a majority of physicians don't support abortion or at least 50/50 which I understand why considering their vocation. How can you "do no harm" by intentionally killing? But progressives like to pick the winners and losers don't they?? Gosh these IRS management guys sound just like Bod. Those progressive like to pick dem winners. I wonder if they have internet access in prison ? Those IRS management guys will be seeing some time.

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dahreese 05/15/13 - 02:42 pm
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"Yeah....I'd rather be killed
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"Yeah....I'd rather be killed than be allowed to live with a deformity."

Taken at full value, that's a very narcissistic statement.

It's the nature of a deformity, not a deformity itself, that is the measure.

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