By Dave Andrusko
My wife and I hail from Minnesota. I lived most of the first 35 years of my life in Minneapolis, but also resided in St. Paul for a number of years. It was (as they said) a city of neighborhoods, and I enjoyed my time there immensely.
Granted, this was a long, long time ago—the 70s—but it is unimaginable that those city councils could have passed anything honoring an “Abortion Providers Appreciation Day,” as the council did 7-0 this past Wednesday.
Without public discussion (presumably, nobody saw it coming] , the council “approved a resolution recognizing March 10 as Abortion Providers Appreciation Day in St. Paul,” according to Frederick Melo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
A letter to the editor summarized the response of many:
‘I can think of 10,000 Minnesotans from this past year, plus 9,000+ Minnesotans from the year prior, plus 10,000+ Minnesotans from the year prior to that, etc. (or ad nauseam), who will not be celebrating the St. Paul City Council’s newly approved Abortion Providers Appreciation Day.”
The letter writer was referring to the number of abortion casualties that occur year in and year out. Alas, Minnesotans already “honor” abortion providers in a more tangible way.
Unless you are pro-life, it is highly unlikely you know that, courtesy of a 1995 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court (Doe v. Gomez), taxpayers are obligated to pay for abortions for low-income women. And the numbers are huge.
On the 23rd anniversary of the decision, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life explained, “Minnesota taxpayers have reimbursed abortion practitioners close to $25 million for nearly 82,000 abortion procedure claims.”
Naturally, the St. Paul City Council was selective in whom they used as examples of why abortion providers should be honored.
I’m guessing nobody mentioned, say, Kermit Gosnell. It’d be tacky to mention a man convicted of three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of babies he consciously aborted alive and then “snipped” their spinal cords. And the seven Democrats would probably be uncomfortable if anyone brought up Karnamaya Mongar, the woman who died at the hands of Gosnell’s hideously unqualified staff.
It’s roughly a seven and a half hour drive from St. Paul to a cemetery in South Bend, Indiana, where the remains of 2,411 aborted babies, hoarded by the late Ulrich Klopfer, are buried. Just guessing but I suspected none of the 7 Democrats were around to hear Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill say, “We have identified a burial site with the purpose to memorialize these 2,411 unborn, keeping them together in rest, each of them connected by their common fate.”
But surely, the council members could confidently trot out Planned Parenthood, the largest “provider” of abortions in the United States, right? After all, who would bring up (or even remember) the candor with which the then-senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) talked about fetal body parts in an undercover video taken by the Center for Medical Progress.
The CMP investigators met for lunch with this high mucky-muck at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Between bites of salad and sips of red wine, she talked about livers (“and always as many intact livers as possible”), lungs (“Yesterday was the first time [a buyer said a client] wanted lungs”), and brains (“The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is the calvarium, the head is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact”). But she was just getting warmed up.
The context for what follows is how to get the baby’s body parts out intact, and what Planned Parenthood is willing to do to get around the obstacles posed by the “big issue”–the brain:
[Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium [the skull], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex [head first].
But, who cares? You’re a pro-abort Democrat who has complete control of the council and you can say and do what you want.
For those of us who do not wish live under the thumb of the likes of the St. Paul City Council, it is a stark reminder of what life would like (only infinitely worse) if pro-abortion Joe Biden or pro-abortion Bernie Sanders were ever became president.