BarriersMar 20, 2013
The horror of what happened inside a Philadelphia abortion center is almost indescribable. As the capital murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, the “doctor” who operated that facility takes place, we are learning more and more about just how inhumane he and his staff really were. From the Associated Press:
A medical assistant told a jury Tuesday that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox abortions at a West Philadelphia clinic, at the direction of the clinic's owner.
And she said Dr. Kermit Gosnell and another employee did the same to terminate pregnancies.
Adrienne Moton's testimony came in the capital murder trial of Gosnell, who owned the clinic and is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies. Prosecutors accuse him of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws.
Gosnell's lawyer disputes that any babies were born alive and challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses.
Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cellphone photograph of one baby left in her work area in 2008. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.
Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.
Cold. Heartless. Evil.
Of course, the abortion industry in Virginia is quick to claim that its facilities are safe and healthy and that nothing like what happened in Philadelphia could happen here. All Virginia’s abortion doctors are upstanding citizens. And those abortion center standards that include inspections that the Board of Health is about to vote on? Unnecessary “barriers” to a woman’s right to choose.
That’s not a new argument. It’s one used to protect Hermit Gosnell for nearly two decades:
After 1993…the 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.
“That could never happen here” are the words of the uninformed. It could happen here. It might have already happened here and we would never know it. Virginia’s abortion centers have had the same protection as Hermit Gosnell for over twenty years. No standards and no oversight.
Until now. Now, the barrier to truth is about to fall.
Click here to make sure your comment in support of abortion center health and safety standards is heard by the Board of Health.
If you don’t know about the Gosnell story, there may be a reason. I went onto the Richmond Times Dispatch website and searched “Gosnell.” The only “story” that appeared was a five sentence synopsis of the trial beginning. No details. Apparently, it doesn’t fit the narrative the RTD editors want you to know.