Trying to shift blame away from Gosnell and the abortion industry fails miserably

By Dave Andrusko

Granted, no matter how many posts you read, you can’t say you’ve read them all or even (necessarily) a representative sample. With that qualifier, let me say that I’ve read a ton of apologetics by pro-abortion scribes the goal of which is (a) to put the atrocities of thrice-convicted murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell in “context,” and (b)to turn the deaths of two women, and hundreds, if not thousands of viable babies into an indictment of (hold on) pro-lifers.

No doubt timed to appear the same day as “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the latest (as far as I can tell) came today in an opinion piece written for NBC News.

It is so wrong on so many different levels you’d need the equivalent of the 261-page-long Grand Jury report that was the impetus for the trial of Gosnell, a West Philadelphia abortionist who slaughtered huge babies with the efficiency of an industrial plant while treating their mothers like cattle, to do it justice. Let me make a few points.

If Gosnell is an “outlier,” as rare as hen’s teeth, why do abortion clinics fight with every ounce of their strength any unannounced inspection? If their clinic is clean, safe, and practically shining, why not let inspectors come in without giving them days’ notice to clean up the place?

As an illustration of their recalcitrance, Kansas chose to remove Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri as a qualified Medicaid provider in the state after the abortion provider refused to allow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to complete an inspection and photograph portions of its facility as required under state law. Of course they have been fighting that in court every since.

The answer, of course, is to announce that abortion is safe, safe, safe, and safe as if repetition is proof.

These defenses of late-term abortions roll out statements that are simply made up. For example, how dare the movie (or pro-lifers) compare Gosnell to abortionists “who legally performed third trimester abortions, usually for women victimized by sexual assault or who learned that their child had fatal fetal anomalies”?

This is pro-abortion cant, recycled talking points so old they are covered in dust. In most instances, women do not have these abortions for the reasons the abortion industry likes to highlight.

Washington Post Film Critic Ann Hornaday went gaga over the 2013 documentary “After Tiller.” To be fair to Hornaday after giving us the standard line–that “More often than not, the reasons for a late-term abortion are medical, having to do with fetal abnormalities that would mean a short, painful life for the baby after delivery”—she writes, “But eventually, ‘After Tiller’ gets around to the much gnarlier ethical questions of women who, for whatever reason, have simply put off their decisions, circumstances that the physicians and their staff members grapple with openly and thoughtfully.”

“Gnarlier”? How about grotesque?

They’ve “put off their decision to abort,” which has nothing to do with fetal abnormalities in the overwhelming percentage of cases. That’s a cover story to hide the truth.

One other point about “Legal abortion is vilified by pro-life Gosnell movie.” The op-ed writer concedes that, yikes, Gosnell is awful and there is “no defense” for what he did.

Having said that, she quickly pivots. The blames rests with pro-life protesters which drove these women to Gosnell’s clinic and, oh by the way, Gosnell paid no mind to the 24 week abortion limit in Pennsylvania.

Which begs the question she raised the paragraph before when she dismisses the lax behavior of state health department as a “boogey man.” How did he get away with this? His abortion clinic wasn’t inspected for 17 years!

The Grand Jury report eviscerated the entire legal and medical establishments and did not pull punches about the pro-abortion politics involved, either:

…[T]he Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety. Without regular inspections, providers like Gosnell continue to operate; unlawful and dangerous third-trimester abortions go undetected; and many women, especially poor women, suffer.”

Enough. There is nothing abortionists can do that cannot ultimately be explained away and/or blamed on pro-lifers by reporters and columnists dedicated to carrying water for the abortion industry.