This post originally ran at The Right Sphere on 4/11/2013.
Putting aside for a moment their staggeringly abhorrent vox populi, it’s nonetheless somewhat refreshing when the Left reveals in full clarity the breadth of its intentions.
That is exactly what’s taking place on two related fronts in the war over so-called abortion rights: Planned Parenthood’s oral argument for “post-birth abortion” in Florida, and the continued unveiling of the gruesome details in the Kermit “The Butcher of Philadelphia” Gosnell case.
The first, Planned Parenthood’s plea for “post-birth abortion” is as gut-churning as it is incomprehensibly illogical. While still clinging to the charade of “women’s reproductive rights”, it seems Planned Parenthood is hoping with “post-birth abortion” that the thus-far legal and public acceptance of the last word causes people to somehow skip over the atrociousness of the first two.
Twitter aficionado @hale_razor nailed it with this gem: “They say our right to bear arms ends when it interferes with another person’s right to live. The right to “women’s health” should end at the same place.”
I wrote a piece back in May 2012 pointing out that the pro-aborts have already acknowledged what they’re endorsing ends a human life, but just don’t care. Further evidence is mined from this stunning Slate column entitled, “So What If Abortion Ends Life?” where the author makes an argument in favor of the practice regardless. In what is certainly a removal from the pseudo empathic cajolery of the past, Democrats have exchanged their 1990′s abortion mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” for “as many as you can, at any stage, for any reason.” A removal, yes, but an altogether unsurprising one.
Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger, who started the business with the goal of eliminating “inferior races”, believed “Eugenics is the solution of racial, political and social problems.” Sanger would be proud to see her dream of the rampant use of the ultimate “Birth Control” realized. African-Americans comprise 13% of the U.S. population but have 30% of the abortions. Hispanics represent 17% of the population but have a quarter of the abortions. The most dangerous place for a minority in America is a mother’s womb.
And lest you think Planned Parenthood was founded by a Nazi-sympathizing genocidal racist but has since moved past its roots and denounces its original underpinnings, know that in September of last year a Planned Parenthood spokesperson called Margaret Sanger the organization’s “hero.”
As for Kermit Gosnell’s trial, far be it for me to attempt opining on the carnage with more brutal elegance than Mark Steyn.
“This is a remarkable moment in American life: A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale – and it barely makes the papers. Had he plunged his scissors into the spinal cord of a Democrat politician in Arizona, then The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and everyone else would be linking it to Sarah Palin’s uncivil call for dramatic cuts in government spending. But “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell’s mound of corpses is apparently entirely unconnected to the broader culture.”
You might yet be unaware of the goings on in Pennsylvania, because as Steyn points out, the media is largely turning its blind eye. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is on trial for the murder of a woman in 2009 while trying to perform an abortion. He killed the mother while trying to kill her unborn baby. He also faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder for killing numerous newborns. Yes, newborns.
In a scene one of Gosnell’s employees described as “raining fetuses and blood everywhere,” over 100 living, breathing, crying human beings were either stabbed in the skull or had their backs punctured with scissors and their spines severed. Or both, for good measure.
This is not the typical back and forth over appropriate pregnancy termination lines or the clashes of rhetorical superiority of baby versus fetus. There is no gray area here. Whereas most births are followed by a cleaning, check of vitals, and then a return to a relieved and happy mother, Kermit Gosnell and his band of merry executioners ended human life “while the babies where still screaming,” said another employee.
According to the AP’s story, Gosnell is pleading not-guilty, and “insists that he helped many vulnerable women and teens get medical care, including later-stage abortions.” “Later-stage abortions,” as in a stage so late the babies were breathing real air and crying real tears.
Apparently, as long as a child hasn’t teethed and developed motor skills yet, his life is fair game to be destroyed as a blood-thirsty “doctor” sees fit. Or perhaps even later in life than that. Whilst still crusading for third trimester, partial-birth, and “post-birth” abortions, the Left has yet to designate at just what point it is too late. One might guess they’d draw a quick line whenever a person starts to consider voting Republican.
The argument over when life begins (at conception or some point later) is entirely irrelevant when the other side believes you can kill Johnny up until he can catch and throw a ball.
The Left and their media cohorts (pretty much everyone but Fox News) raised a much bigger huff over the North Dakota legislature voting to axe abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy than over the extremely disturbing and coinciding stories about Planned Parenthood and Kermit Gosnell.
It’s almost as if liberals don’t take much offense at the reality of mass infant slaughter. It’s almost as if they demand taxpayers subsidize it, and run entire campaigns demonizing Republican politicians who wish to, at the very least, withdraw government funding. It’s almost as if they want more babies dead than alive, as both then-Senator Barack Obama and now Planned Parenthood have argued against laws protecting the lives of babies who survive botched abortions.
Remember, liberals are the ones who want government involved in every aspect of our lives: health and dietary choices, coerced insurance purchases, and promoting “fairness” through progressive taxes and wealth redistribution. They think banning pet goldfish in San Francisco is for the greater good, but working to prevent the murder of 3,000 lives a day is an infringement on personal freedom. These are the people who want to outlaw plastic bags and large Cokes, but put their liberty-loving foot down at pre-abortion ultrasounds.
When one is on the side of extensive government oversight in every area except saving babies’ lives, it’s high time for self-reevaluation.
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