Bloomberg: I’m reminded of “Hostel” because my mind is now filled with other images I wish I could expunge. Unfortunately, these are real-world images, contained in testimony about a series of atrocities at a Philadelphia abortion clinic. The clinic, the grandly named Women’s Medical Society, was run by Kermit Gosnell, who is now on trial for murder. According to testimony at the trial, the doctor trained his technicians — unlicensed, usually — to cut the spinal cords of babies who were born alive during late-term (extremely late-term) abortions.
According to William Saletan of Slate, one of the only journalists in the mainstream media to report on this horrific case as it developed, the Gosnell scandal broke open in 2010, when detectives and federal agents, investigating illegal drug sales, raided the clinic. They found “dirty surgical instruments, blood on the floor, cat excrement on the stairs, a stench of urine in the air, and operating facilities one agent compared to a bad gas station restroom.”
They also found — brace yourselves — fetal remains stored in milk jugs and cat-food containers. “Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered in blood-stained blankets. All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff — long before Gosnell arrived at the clinic — and staff members could not accurately state what medications or dosages they had administered to the waiting patients.”
By any standard, this is a newsworthy trial. The question I had, when I first heard of it this week, is: Why is it just being discussed now? I only heard about it because Kirsten Powers, writing in USA Today, scolded the news media for ignoring what is quite obviously a hugely important story.
“Let me state the obvious,” Powers wrote. “This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria,” she continued. “Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human rights story if there ever was one — doesn’t make the cut. You don’t have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy.”
Powers is right: National news coverage of this case has been scarce to the point of nonexistence. In addition to the horror-movie aspects, the case touches on several national policy concerns, including regulation of abortion clinics and the morality of late-term abortions, just for starters.
Kermit Gosnell. Fuck you. I really have nothing to say other than the fact that this man is a monster, and it’s sickening to hear. It’s sickening that the media would rather report that guns need to be banned because children have died recently, but they won’t report an article that goes against a woman’s “right” to execute children in cold blood while still in or even out of the womb. Abortion kills many, MANY more children every year than guns do. I’m not a supporter of capital punishment either, because I believe lethal force is only justified in self-defense. But if I did believe in it, this is one man that deserves about 100,000 volts of electricity running through his body.