Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kermit Gosnell Roundup

On the Blogosphere, the results are what you'd expect -- prolifers saying, "Dead babies at an abortion clinic. Well, DUH!", prochoicers saying, "It's all the antichoicers' fault!" And in the news -- we have the standard post-exposure "other victims coming out of the woodwork" phenomenon. The floodgates appear to be opening in Philly.

I've Wikified (or rather, am in the process of Wikifying) the entire Grand Jury Report (breaking it up into sections, cross-linking, adding supplemental material), for the benefit of those who want to use this as a learning experience.

  • Alleged Patient Of Abortion Doctor Is “Scarred For Life”

  • The Anchoress notes: "Its funny how framing works. A massacre perpetrated by a deranged man is not about the deranged man; it’s about “rhetoric.” But a massacre perpetrated by an abortion provider whose violations against laws of the nation and of humanity were overlooked for years is “not about abortion.” It’s about criminal behavior, and that’s all."

  • Feministing proves The Anchoress right by saying: " I also agree with Amanda that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet until all of the facts are revealed..." Yeah, an 11 month investigation by a Grand Jury, with dozens of witnesses (both eyewitness and expert witness) provides inadequate "facts". (Remember, for your convenience, I'm Wikifying the Grand Jury Report here.)

  • Abortion Clinic Days was more thoughtful, while still managing to squirm away from the fact that it was prochoice ideology that moved regulators to turn a blind eye. I told them, "This guy worked two days a week at a National Abortion Federation member clinic that allowed him to start illegal third trimester abortions there (they even collected his fee for him) and finish them in his filthy Philly facility. Even after a NAF inspector saw the place, he was allowed to continue his association with the NAF member facility -- an association that continued until he lost his Delaware license after the raid.Chew on that for a while." I wonder if they will, or if they'll just dismiss the NAF connection and keep whistling past the graveyard.

  • The Stir actually wanders off into some bizarre world where Kermit Gosnell "had nothing to do with abortion", ignoring the fact that while Gosnell certainly refined and elevated the ghoulish disregard for human life we've come to expect from abortionists, he's hardly a pioneer in that area. (She entitles her piece, "Arrest of 'Abortion Doctor' Kermit Gosnell Is NOT a Victory for Women", which calls her sanity into serious question.)

  • This post is mainly interesting for the first comment: "Unsanitary conditions? Unqualified personnel performing medical procedures? Desperate women paying huge amounts to end an unwanted pregnancy? Women dying from botched abortions? Welcome to a glimpse of the world before Roe v. Wade." No. Welcome to Abortion Land. I've been documenting all this stuff happening at safe-n-legal mills for a quarter of a century now.

  • I'll close with this:

  • Ed Driscoll's It's Funny How Framing Works is absolutely magnificent.
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