Be careful what you wish for: bringing abortion “out of the shadows” risks showing what really takes place in an abortion

By Dave Andrusko

Phelim McAleer and wife Ann McElhinney

Phelim McAleer and wife Ann McElhinney

This post brings together three themes we written about literally a hundred times: the demented (and now imprisoned) abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the push in Ireland to gut the country’s pro-life underpinnings by eliminating the Eighth Amendment, and an upcoming film by Irish filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, who are based in Los Angeles.

McAleer and McEilhinney wrote a genuinely thought-provoking piece for the hyper-pro-abortion Irish Times which carried the headline “Abortion campaigners should be careful about what they wish for.”

They observe

Those seeking to remove the constitution ban on abortion [the Eighth Amendment] believe the best way to do it is to bring it out of the shadows in the hope that when people hear the details, they will support the liberalisation of abortion in Ireland.

But that’s exactly what happened in the Gosnell trial which culminated with the Philadelphia abortionist convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter

The murder counts were for the deaths of babies Gosnell deliberated aborted alive and then killed by slitting their spinal cords. The involuntary manslaughter was for the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar of Woodbridge, Virginia.

What is almost completely forgotten, even by those of us who tracked the case leading up to, during, and after the trial, is that part of the prosecution’s strategy was “to highlight Gosnell’s illegality, prosecutors decided the jury should hear from ‘good abortionists.’”

What jaw-dropping testimony did they hear from these “good abortionists”? According to McAleer and McEilhinney

*That there are states which allow abortions up to the 24th week (Pennsylvania is one) and some states that essentially allow abortion until birth.

*That one abortionist had performed over 40,000 abortions!

*That “The jury and many in the courtroom shifted uncomfortably as they heard about ‘tools going up into the uterus and basically pulling parts out . . . an arm or a leg or some portion of that.’”

*That to ensure with well-formed, more mature babies there are no live births, one abortionist demonstrated “how, before the abortion, a poison – potassium chloride – was injected through the woman’s stomach directly into the baby’s heart. This would stop the heartbeat, allowing the foetus to be pulled out intact. “

*That when asked what would they do if they missed the heart and the baby was born alive, one abortionist responded

“that the live baby would be covered with a blanket and given “comfort care.”

You could see the genuine puzzlement of people in the court about what “comfort care” was until Dr Feisullin cleared up any confusion.

“You . . . really just keep it warm, you know. It will eventually pass,” she said.

For the most part knowledge of what happens in an abortion is hermetically sealed off. That is why the eleven undercover Planned Parenthood videos had such an explosive impact.

People didn’t know PPFA’s grisly involvement in procuring, packaging, and sending off baby body parts to researchers who clap for joy when they get intact livers and hearts and trachea and skulls and lungs and brains.

McAleer and McEilhinney interviewed local journalist JD Mullane. Mullane who “interviewed many of the key players, confirmed our research that the trial changed many minds and shook assumptions.“

“Almost everyone . . . who spent significant time at the Gosnell trial was less pro-choice at the end. This change was probably because they were for the first time hearing about the reality of abortion from experts under oath . . .

“They had to tell the truth and they had to tell it in detail,” Mullane said.

They end their Irish Times essay by commenting that two years ago they might have agreed with those who want to eliminate the Eighth Amendment that it would a good idea to bring abortion “out of the shadows.”

But our experience of the Gosnell case is that anyone who has learned more about the reality of abortion – the pulling apart of the foetus, the injecting of poison into the heart, the “comfort care” – has come away with only negative feelings about the procedure.

It may be a case of be careful what you wish for.