By Dave Andrusko
The week’s last entry combines updates on two ongoing stories.
As we discussed earlier this week, the Texas-based pro-life organization Life Always is running a new pro-life billboard on Chicago’s South side featuring a resemblance of an unlikely figure: pro-abortion President Barack Obama. “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted,” the billboard reads.
“These are babies who could grow to be the future presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou,” Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy said.
The plan is to have 30 billboards bearing that message in Chicago. The first is located about 2 ½ miles from the closest Planned Parenthood in Englewood.
Illinois Planned Parenthood calls this simple of fact, “A shocking attack on women’s choice,” and “an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women while attempting to limit their ability to make private, personal medical decisions.” And that’s just for starters.
Prior to his election in 2008, Obama had been an Illinois state Senator and then a United States Senator from Illinois.
Life Always ran a different billboard in New York City, before the usual suspects convincing the company owning the location to pull the ad which read, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” A 2009 city health department report found that 59% of all African American babies were aborted.
Although it was brief, some of the preliminaries which will culminate in bringing accused murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell to trial started on Wednesday. Commonwealth v. Kermit Gosnell will doubtless be enormously complex— Gosnell’s wife and many employees are charged with a laundry list of criminal offenses, including murder—but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian, the toughest question Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner posed was: “What date is everybody available [for the next hearing]?” Eventually he settled on April 13.
But the trial itself may be a year away, or more, “given the diverse legal issues expected from the defendants.”
Gosnell himself is charged with one count of third-degree murder in a woman’s death in 2009, seven counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of aborted babies born alive whose spinal cords he allegedly cut, and for performing illegal late-term abortions at his Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia.
Four of the eight clinic employees charged on January 19 were also charged with murder—a recommended from the county grand jury’s 260-page report. Mrs. Gosnell “is charged with taking part in an illegal late-term abortion, being part of a conspiracy, and helping operate a corrupt organization,” Slobodzian reported.