Ulrich Klopfer: Just another “outlier”

By Dave Andrusko

Well before it became impossible to avoid the truth that West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was a monster, the Abortion Industrial Media Complex (AIMC) was busy cranking out excuses why he was not one of theirs. We wrote about Gosnell over a hundred times and about the various and sundry AIMC ploys on a number of occasions.

I say that to say this: what does the AIMC say about the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer whose widow and her sister found stack and after stack of boxes filled with 2,246 preserved fetal remains going all the way back to the period 2000-2002? This is crazy stuff—and, by the way, leaves open the question of whether a man who aborted at least “tens of thousands of babies,” if not 40,000 to 50,000 as Indiana right to lifers believe, didn’t stash many more fetal remains elsewhere.

Well, leave it to Rewire.News to give it the good old college trial. We’re told Rewire.News is nothing short of “an award-winning, nonprofit daily online publication devoted to evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice, and the intersections of racial, environmental, immigration, and economic justice.” (My emphasis.)

Alys Brooks’ conclusion is in the subhead:

The Trump administration and anti-choice lawmakers are using the case of Ulrich Klopfer to attack abortion providers as dangerous and unregulated.

Read any of a thousand Rewire.News stories and the whole approach of its evidence-based reporting is to “use” any and all actions by pro-lifers as the raw material for conspiracy tales so wild even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might give pause.

Let’s just look at a few of her cockamamie statements:

Anti-choice organizations and lawmakers are using the finding of fetal remains at the home of deceased Indiana abortion provider Ulrich Klopfer to push for more unnecessary and onerous abortion restrictions.

Is there any “abortion restriction” that is not “unnecessary and onerous?” In the world of Rewire.News, the abortion industry is a marvelous mechanism, self-monitoring and self-regulating to a fault.

The Gosnells and the Klopfers are “outliers” who bizarre behavior pro-abortionists like to imply is the result of (guess what?) clinic regulations and pro-life legislation.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, the only abortion clinic in South Bend, said anti-choice legislators and activists are using the Klopfer case to “try to smear all of us because of what appears to be substandard practices.” (Abortion rights opponents had done just that with rogue abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, who was roundly condemned by abortion providers and pro-choice activists.)

For the record, back in 2013, reporting for the Philadelphia Daily News, Morgan Zalot wrote about Gloria Steinem who had been “addressing a crowd of 500 spanning four generations at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania’s annual Spring Gathering.”

In Zalot’s story we read this incredible admission from (guess who?) Dayle Steinberg, who was the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.

“’We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health.’”

PPFA was not alone in its hands-off approach to Gosnell. Gosnell asked the National Abortion Federation if he could join (soon after a woman died from an overdose of Demerol administered by Gosnell’s untrained staff). NAF sent out an evaluator who deemed Gosnell’s clinic “beyond redemption,” as the Grand Jury that investigated Gosnell wrote.

Guess what? Just like Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, NAF “did not report Gosnell to authorities.” I could go on, but the message is clear.

One other. (We’ll skip the whole topic of proper humane disposal of the bodies of aborted babies. What’s the point of bringing that up to Brooks? Not when “A Rewire.News investigation found that by requiring cremation or a burial, the laws created additional distress for some patients who had a miscarriage or chose abortion.”)

Conservative media picked up the story on Klopfer, often citing a statement by White House spokesperson Judd Deere, who perpetuated the myth of infanticide, a common strategy employed by the Trump administration.

There are truths that are so horrific that most (although not all) pro-abortionists must deny in order to live with their consciences. It has to be a “myth” that abortion survivors are not given the same medical treatment any other baby of a similar gestational age would receive.

Never mind that the governor of Virginia, a pediatric neurologist by training, flatly stated the decision to treat is entirely in the hands of the now-aborted woman and her abortionist.

Here’s what he said in an interview on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor.” [You can hear him at wtop.com. The abortion discussion begins at the 30 minute mark.]

“The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated, if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

And, of course, ignore how congressional Democrats in the House and the Senate are adamant there will not—NOT—be a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Indiana Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun today wrote Attorney General Barr to “respectfully request the U.S. Department of Justice assist the attorneys general of Indiana and Illinois in their investigation of this matter” of the 2,246 fetal remains crammed into Klopfer’s garage in Crete, Illinois.

If I were the AIMC, I’d be petrified that answers might be found to these questions posed by Sens. Young and Braun:

Dr. Klopfer’s blatant disregard of human life raises many questions about how the remains were transported across state lines, where and when the abortions occurred, the gestational age of each unborn child at the time of the abortion, and the current condition of the remains. It is also important to know if other individuals had knowledge of this activity or participated in the preservation and transfer of these remains, as well as if violations of state or federal laws occurred.

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