Friday, April 12, 2013

The Baby Killer We Almost Never Knew

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The image of the dead fetus above is disturbing but, sadly, central to the story, told in gruesome detail, by Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic in the article, Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should be a Front Page Story.  The article is excerpted and linked below.  This is the second of two articles on the topic I've read, the first by Kristen Powers' article which ran on the USA Today opinion page earlier this week and was subtitled, We've forgotten what belongs on Page One.  After reading the horrific summary of the Grand Jury's report, Full Copy Here, detailed in Conor Friedersdorf I felt compelled to post a note here of my own.

We cannot, as a society, continue to stand idly by as power brokers in the country treat us like Orwellian subjects.  This is madness.  The trial began back in March and the story is only now rearing its head, and primarily in the blogosphere at that.  Until Kristen Powers' brave article - who is a liberal and abortion rights supporter by the way - the national media had completely and utterly ignored this story?  Why?

In my opinion the story was spiked to protect a pet issue of the left and so-called "Progressives", abortion.  It's no coincidence that President Obama supported legislation in Illinois that denied medical care for babies born alive during legal abortions.  But the horrific description of Gosnell's gruesome actions goes far far beyond that.  He and his staff murdered babies.  And they murdered lots of them.  And they also killed women, delivered services in filthy conditions, infected young women with STDs and generally engaged in heinous acts that deserve to be condemned by all.  To not link to this story and share it with others is to endorse Dr. Gosnell's actions.  I cannot do that.

For this isn't solely a story about babies having their heads severed, though it is that. It is also a story about a place where, according to the grand jury, women were sent to give birth into toilets; where a doctor casually spread gonorrhea and chlamydiae to unsuspecting women through the reuse of cheap, disposable instruments; an office where a 15-year-old administered anesthesia; an office where former workers admit to playing games when giving patients powerful narcotics; an office where white women were attended to by a doctor and black women were pawned off on clueless untrained staffers. Any single one of those things would itself make for a blockbuster news story. Is it even conceivable that an optometrist who attended to his white patients in a clean office while an intern took care of the black patients in a filthy room wouldn't make national headlines? 
But it isn't even solely a story of a rogue clinic that's awful in all sorts of sensational ways either. Multiple local and state agencies are implicated in an oversight failure that is epic in proportions! If I were a city editor for any Philadelphia newspaper the grand jury report would suggest a dozen major investigative projects I could undertake if I had the staff to support them. And I probably wouldn't have the staff. But there is so much fodder for additional reporting.   
There is, finally, the fact that abortion, one of the most hotly contested, polarizing debates in the country, is at the center of this case. It arguably informs the abortion debate in any number of ways, and has numerous plausible implications for abortion policy, including the oversight and regulation of clinics, the appropriateness of late-term abortions, the penalties for failing to report abuses, the statute of limitations for killings like those with which Gosnell is charged, whether staff should be legally culpable for the bad behavior of doctors under whom they work...

Then ask yourself what's becoming of our society and what YOU intend to do about it!

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