Dear Mr. LoGiurato:
You did an amazing job on this concise and pithy piece regarding Obama's failure to weigh in on the Gosnell trial when he had spoken strongly on the Trayvon Martin case at a far earlier stage of the game.
You might also place Obama's silence in the light of his statements regarding the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he opposed as a state Senator in Illinois:
"As I understand it, this puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child -- however way you want to describe it -- is now outside the mother's womb and the doctor continues to think that it's nonviable but there's, let's say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just coming out limp and dead, that, in fact, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved."
"Essentially, I think ... the only plausible rationale, to my mind, for this legislation would be if you had a suspicion that a doctor, the attending physician, who has made an assessment that this is a nonviable fetus and that ... labor is being induced, that that physician (a) is going to make the wrong assessment and (b) if the physician discovered, after the labor had been induced, that, in fact, he made an error ... that this was not a nonviable fetus but, in fact, a live child, that that physician, of his own accord or her own accord, would not try to exercise the sort of medical measures and practices that would be involved in saving that child. Now, if you think that there are possibilities that doctors would not do that, then maybe this bill makes sense, but I suspect and my impression is ... that doctors feel that they would be under that obligation, that they would already be making these determinations and that, essentially, adding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really deisgned simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion. ....I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they're looked after."
I'll admit that I'd love to see him eat those words. Clearly his unshakable faith in abortion providers was unwarranted.