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Abortionist Kills Babies, the Sun Rises in the East, and Other Earth-Shattering News

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 19:44 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

A Pennsylvania abortionist and several of his employees have been charged with murder in the deaths of a woman and seven babies. An abortionist killing babies? I’ve never heard of such a thing.

A doctor who gave abortions to minorities, immigrants and poor women in a “house of horrors” clinic was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

He gave them abortions? Well, isn’t that magnanimous of him, giving away much-needed legal medical service to poor women for free.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said.

Oops. Maybe not. But at least he provided safe procedures, and hey, everyone makes a mistake once in a while. That’s why abortion is careful regulated by the government, whose primary concern is the women’s health.

State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them given time limits and existing law, District Attorney Seth Williams said.

OK, so someone was asleep at the wheel. But Gosnell was still doing something the women needed. No woman wants to have an abortion, but sometimes there is no other option. And it isn’t like these are real babies who can live outside their mothers. The correct word for them is “fetuses.”

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

Wait a minute, isn’t that called intact dilation and extraction? So Gosnell terminated the fetuses after they were fully removed from the women instead of before. That’s just a change of scenery, really. There’s nothing magical about the birth canal. Why are we persecuting a doctor engaged in such a noble profession? Clearly, he must care a great deal about women to have chosen this line of work.

Gosnell has been named in at least 46 malpractice suits, including one over the death of a 22-year-old mother who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus in 2000. Many others also involve perforated uteruses. Gosnell sometimes sewed up the injury without telling women their uteruses had been perforated, prosecutors said.

Well, he isn’t the most careful doctor in the world. But don’t forget that he is serving disadvantaged women, mostly poor minority women, and I’m sure he cares a great deal about giving minorities equal access to health care services.

Some women came from across the mid-Atlantic for the illegal late-term abortions, authorities said. White women from the suburbs were ushered into a separate, slightly cleaner area because Gosnell believed they were more likely to file complaints, Williams said.

Oh, please. This is obviously just an opportunity for the anti-woman crackpots on the far right to demonize abortion doctors and the women who rely on them. It’s abortion providers who truly care about women, not the evil mean people who want to deny women a choice. Besides, abortion defenders detest the very rare instances when a bad doctor hurts women. Just listen to their vociferous and heartfelt protests over the “house of horrors” that was Dr. Gosnell’s facility:

<Crickets chirping…>

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