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Downplaying the Abortion Crimes



The liberal media has long protected the grizzly abortion clinics from public scrutiny—both to keep information from those championing cause of protecting the unborn but also to keep women ignorant of the dangers of abortion procedures. The establishment press has been loath to give much coverage to the prosecution of an abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, whose crimes are not just against the unborn. Jonathan Capehart wrote that,

“If witness testimony and a grand jury’s report are true, Kermit Gosnell is a serial killer, a monster who preyed on women of color in desperate situations and an alleged killer of infants who might have survived outside the womb had he not “snipped” them.”

To make matters worse, Gosnell’s bloody business was allowed to persist because of widespread neglect by and silence from public officials and institutions that had the power to stop the evil that allegedly ran rampant at the “Women’s Medical Society” in West Philadelphia.

As the wrote:

The Pennsylvania Department of Health makes it next to impossible to file a complaint concerning abortion providers. … When persistent lawyers, like Semika Shaw’s; and doctors, such as Dr. Hellman, the Medical Examiner from Delaware County, and Dr. Schwarz, Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner, have registered complaints anyway, they have been uniformly ignored. DOH did not inspect Gosnell’s clinic even after Karnamaya Mongar died.

In other words, there is a systematic protection racket among liberals for abortion—to protect it at all costs in order to preserve this one major out for escaping the consequences of rampant immorality in America. Capehart continues: “The opening paragraph of the case overview from the grand jury report sums it up:

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.

Gosnell was approved to provide abortion services after an on-site inspection in 1979. There were other site reviews in 1989, 1992 and 1993. Violations were noted at each of those visits. Nothing was done to ensure they were corrected. Complaints about Gosnell from injured women, a doctor and even a medical examiner went unheeded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Department of State and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Ultimately, the conspiracy of silence on Gosnell lies not with the press [It lies with everyone who sought to downplay this horror]. It lies with the workers at the clinic who allegedly participated in barbarous acts or allegedly watched them happen and said nothing. It lies with members of the community who knew about the alleged deplorable activity and conditions at “Women’s Medical Society” and said nothing. And it lies with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania officials who fielded numerous credible complaints about Gosnell and did nothing.