By Dave Andrusko
No better way to end the week’s editions of National Right to Life News Today than with a withering critique of pro-abortion icon Texas state Senator Wendy Davis. The author of this devastating piece (devastating both because it exposes how little Davis knows about late abortions/abortion clinics and what lapdogs most reporters are) is none other than Kirsten Powers (www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/08/on-abortion-wendy-davis-doesn-t-know-what-she-s-talking-about.html).
We’ve written several times about Davis’s why-ask-me? response to a question by the irreplaceable John McCormack of the Weekly Standard but Powers adds additional layers of meaning.
As Powers describes the exchange
“The Democratic star du jour was asked this week to explain the difference between the late-term abortions she fought to keep legal in Texas and the illegal killings by Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. “I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case,” she told the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, who cornered her after her National Press Club speech on Monday.”
Now it was embarrassing enough that she knew nothing about the case. “After all, Davis is the state senator who held an 11-hour filibuster to fight legislation drafted in response to the abuses at Gosnell’s clinic,” Powers writes. “A passing knowledge of the case seems like basic due diligence.”
But pleading ignorance and showing ignorance are two different qualities. Davis quickly added, “But I do know that [Gosnell] happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in Texas changing our clinics to that standard obviously isn’t going to make a difference.”
Powers was not exaggerating when she wrote, “It takes real skill to pack so many falsehoods into so few words.”
For example, that Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” had ever been treated as a ambulatory surgical center. Powers points to the Philadelphia Grand Jury’s insistence that “The abhorrent conditions and practices inside Gosnell’s clinic [were] directly attributable to the Pennsylvania Health Department’s refusal to treat abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical facilities.”
But Powers doesn’t stop there. She addresses assorted whistleblowers who are breaking the silence surrounding conditions at other abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood. One woman who had worked at a Planned Parenthood in Delaware compared it to Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic. The list of abuses and inadequacies she and another former nurse enumerated went on and on and on.
Davis earned her spurs from a compliant media by leading a temporarily successful filibuster of Texas’ HB 2 bill. She was praised to the heavens for how determined, eloquent, and persuasive she had been. But as the above exchange illustrates, Davis is not above shooting from the hip.
And then she proceeded to shoot herself in the foot with an incredibly condescending remark that had a pro-life Republican male made it he would be hounded until the end of his days.
McCormack asked Davis what she made of the fact a majority of women support bans on late abortions. Davis responded, “I…think that a lot of people don’t really understand the landscape of what’s happening in that arena today and what an incredibly small percentage of procedures take place there.”
To which Powers rightly wrote, “Actually, the people who ‘don’t really understand’ the issue are the Democratic ladies crusading against laws the majority of the country supports.”
It is an article of faith for pro-abortionists that abortion clinics are just fine without additional regulation and oversight to ensure the safety of women and that “late” abortions are “few” and done only in the most extraordinary cases.
Neither half of that bedrock axiom is true, which is why pro-abortion Democrats are more and more and more out of step with the American people.