Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When extremists are given free rein

Abortion Victims Treated Like Zombies

Abortion advocates hold the specter of "back alley abortions" over people's heads, a threat of what women would face if "anti choice extremists" had their way. We are to trust the abortion lobby and pro-choice activists to look after the well-being of abortion-vulnerable women. "Trust us", they say. "We have women's best interests at heart."

It wasn't the self-appointed champions of women's lives and health who brought Kermit Gosnell down. They had spent decades carefully averting their eyes and ignoring what Gosnell was up to. It took an unrelated drug raid to bring in authorities who had not embraced the abortion cause. Only when law enforcement dragged the pro choice overseers, kicking and screaming, into Gosnell's filthy house of horrors, and -- most importantly -- when the media started paying attention, did these extremists drop their mantras of "Access Uber Alles" and "Abortion Macht Frei". Only when forced by outside agents did they finally relent, and shut Kermit Gosnell down.

Nobody as bad as Kermit Gosnell could have plied his trade unfettered for so long back before Roe. As Planned Parenthood's Mary Calderone pointed out in 1960, "Call them what you will, abortionists or anything else, they are still physicians, trained as such; and many of them are in good standing in their communities. They must do a pretty good job if the death rate is as low as it is."

In 1959, Planned Parenthood's Alan Guttmacher said, "They have to be good to stay in business, since otherwise they would be extremely vulnerable to police action."

What would happen to the quality of care if the vulnerability was no longer there? In 1959, we would have had to guess what would happen if the threat of police action suddenly vanished. Today, we do not have to guess. We have tried the experiment. And we were seeing the results from the beginning.

One of the first criminal abortionists to flee the oppression of police supervision was Jesse Ketchum of Michigan. Although Ketchum's criminal abortion practice wasn't the best in the world, he evidently maintained some standards and protocols for screening patients. No patient deaths have been attributed to Ketchum's criminal practice.

When New York legalized abortion on demand in 1970, Ketchum set up shop in a Buffalo motel suite. For Ketchum, New York must have seemed like the Promised Land. Abortionists were flaunting safety standards with impunity. Practices such as injecting patients with saline then sending them home to abort raised eyebrows, to be sure, but they didn't get anybody thrown in jail. Ketchum, who had managed to keep his nose clean as a criminal abortionist, foud a way to call attention to himself as a legitimate abortionist.

Ketchum had decided to do hysterotomy abortions in his office. It didn't take long for this practice to turn deadly. In the second half of 1971, Ketchum caught the eyes of the authorities by allowing two hysterotomy patients -- Margaret Smith and Carole Schaner -- to bleed to death.

Ketchum was verily astounded when he was charged with homicide in Margaret Smith's death. Abortion, after all, was legal. How could one be prosecuted for doing something legal? When Roe v. Wade was handed down and assorted criminal abortionists started getting their old convictions thrown out, Ketchum tried Roe for leverage. He was to my knowledge unique in that he got nowhere. And to my knowledge, Ketchum is the only New York abortionist to be prosecuted for reckless endangerment resulting in the death of an abortion patient until David Benjamin was tried for the death of Guadalupe Negron in 1993. The rest just blithely went about their business, letting the women live or die, without fear of more than a slap on the wrist from the medical board or a lawsuit by the woman's survivors.

The New York State Assembly took away the realistic threat of punishment for seedy abortionists in 1970. The Supreme Court took it away from the rest of the country in 1973. And Kermit Gosnell is the logical end result of the blind trust prochoice extremists ask the rest of us to have in their care.

Left to oversee abortion on their own, pro choice extremists set the abortion standards bar so low that a snake would hit its head slithering under it. Even a snake like Kermit Gosnell.


monroy said...

Bravo, keep up the good work. It may not be in our life times but Roe v Wade will be seen with clearer eyes in America and judged for the evil that it is.

Cecilia said...

The abortion industry sells a product of death. It's based on lies and leaves a trail of tears in the mothers. There is corruption from top to bottom. A few well-meaning people, who've bought the lie that abortion is a humanitarian endevor, enter the industry, and bring small pockets of ethics to it. But for the most part, the latest scandals with Planned Parenthood, and Mr. Gosnell (I hesitate to call him a doctor) are more the rule than the exception.
With more than 60% of abortions being forced, coerced, or pressured, the mantra about "choice" is nothing but a cruel joke.
If the public ever learns the truth about abortion, it will be over. Roe v Wade will be on its way to being history. But somehow we have to get the word out. I get the news because I read all the pro-life sites. But what about people who don't? The MSM isn't going to help. They're in the pocket of the abortion industry. So how do we get the word out to the general public?
Anyone got any ideas on this? It's going to be the difference in how soon we get rid of Roe v Wade and make abortion illegal again.

OperationCounterstrike said...

RE: "Nobody as bad as Kermit Gosnell could have plied his trade unfettered for so long back before Roe."

You're kidding, right? If abortion were still illegal, Gosnell would have left no paper trail, and probably would never have been caught.

GrannyGrump said...

OC, I know this may tax your intellect -- but most criminals don't leave paper trails. Yet somehow, they still manage to get caught. And yes, that would include criminal abortionists.

OperationCounterstrike said...

But GG, you often post that most illegal abortions were done by physicians. That means they WEREN'T getting caught.