Is Obama planning a moment of “national healing” for Kermit Gosnell’s victims?

posted at 1:42 pm on March 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

There’s not much to add to John Sexton’s piece. I just want to give it a more prominent place than sticking it in Headlines.

President Obama has made a habit of offering words of comfort when tragedy occurs, especially tragedy that involves children. He traveled to Tucson and spoke movingly of the 9 year old girl who was killed by Jared Loughner. He had great compassion for the young victims of Adam Lanza and promised to work to change the laws that, he claimed, allowed those killings to take place.

So where is Obama on the 7 infants killed in Philly (really it’s many, many times that number)? Why are there no teachable moments this time? Why no national dialogue about the grim reality of late term abortion? No discussion of the razor thin line between constitutional rights and murder from the First Lawyer. No vow to prevent this happening again by banning scissors or, more to the point, working to eradicate illegal late-term abortions (which like gun crimes are already illegal but still happen). Don’t Gosnell’s victims deserve a vote?

The President will not offer nationally televised words of healing at any of the funerals (complete with souvenir t-shirt). He will not stare into the rafters, pause dramatically and stage whisper something about Kermit Gosnell failing to live up to our best ideals. In short, he will not capitalize on the deaths of these innocent children. And no one in the media seems to have noticed his unusual disinterest in doing so…

The President himself voted to defended partial-birth abortion, which is one technicality away from the crimes Gosnell committed. Given all this, shouldn’t the President at least be asked to comment? Even if he wants to remain silent, for obvious reasons, how can the media allow him to do so?

Excellent points all, but we’re forgetting that liberal failures can only be cured with liberal solutions. Once ObamaCare spirals out of control, the left’s proposed solution won’t be repeal, it’ll be “Medicare for all” or some other variation on single-payer. If the assault-weapons ban passed and inevitably didn’t do much to reduce gun violence or mass shootings, the proposed solution wouldn’t be repeal, it would be a ban on a wider class of semiautomatics. Put O on the spot by asking him about Gosnell, and what’ll he say? That it’s time to rethink policies that have so devalued life in the womb that Gosnell could cut a baby’s spine while joking about how big it was? Of course not. His answer will be that we need to make sure abortion is widely available (and culturally acceptable, although that’ll be only implied) so that women never have to visit a butcher like Gosnell. If anything we need more clinics by reputable doctors so that babies can be killed earlier in development, through “humane” means. As Mark Steyn noted yesterday, the few news outlets that are covering this are sufficiently confused about the morality or immorality of what Gosnell did that they’ve taken to describing the live-born babies he’s accused of murdering as “viable fetuses” and noting, drily, that “Abortions are typically performed in utero.” What’s the term for an “atypical” abortion performed outside the womb? Is there a one- or two-day “grace period” after birth where slitting the baby’s throat in its crib still technically counts as “abortion,” not murder? Part of me wants to hear how Obama would field that one, and another part of me really doesn’t.

But needless to say, no, there won’t be any “national healing” for Gosnell’s victims. Anything that’s potentially unhelpful to the pro-choice cause is something he’ll be staying far, far away from, no matter how unexceptional in theory a denunciation of murdering live-born crying infants should be from the country’s chief law enforcement officer. Exit question: Assuming the charges prove true, will Gosnell get the death penalty or not? If it were “just” one or two babies he killed, I’d bet heavily on life in prison. But maybe the sheer scale here — Sexton notes that the number of potential victims could run into the dozens or hundreds — will require a recognition of the value of infant life that’s a bit more robust than usual.


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Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

from what I understand, those were late-term abortions that are ILLEGAL…because they are so developed. Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Then presumably you also carp at Leftist sites about unflattering and deceptive images of Republicans?

For example, anything to say about the Associated Press’s image of Senator Tim Scott at CPAC in what looked like a Step-in-Fetchit contortion as he actually described a car accident?

rrpjr on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I wish that there was a scratch-and-sniff website of Auschwitz – just for you.

Mass murder is a bitch, isn’t it?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

This is a baby at 3 months. (Totally safe, non-graphic) His/her heart is beating, and the brain is functioning.

It is legal to kill this child, and I think it should be required that pro-abortion people see images and/or video of an abortion at 3 months.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

There are currently 3 pictures of Obama on the homepage corresponding to posts, 4 if you count the actor who played Satan in the Bible series. You might want to look. I am not seeing evidence of your claim in recent history at this site.

weaselyone on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

These children don’t look old enough. Oh well, to the showers.

- SS Officer at Auschwitz.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

rrpjr on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I don’t even know who the hell tim scott is lol

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I am not seeing evidence of your claim in recent history at this site.

weaselyone on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I agree. The pictures could even be considered flattering in their seriousness. The original comment was stupid.

rrpjr on March 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I don’t even know who the hell tim scott is lol

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Nice non response.

rrpjr on March 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Considering the subject of the post, would you prefer a halo over his head, since this is such a “saintly subject” of sanctioned extermination?

Rovin on March 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

This is a baby at 3 months. (Totally safe, non-graphic) His/her heart is beating, and the brain is functioning.

It is legal to kill this child, and I think it should be required that pro-abortion people see images and/or video of an abortion at 3 months.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Explain why it’s okay to kill a baby that looks like this.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Why am I not surprised that the trolls actually showed up in this thread?

And why am I not surprised at their hamfisted attempts at dodging the issue at hand?

CurtZHP on March 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

It is legal to kill this child, and I think it should be required that pro-abortion people see images and/or video of an abortion at 3 months.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

They try to fight for their lives…

Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Murdering babies for FUN and PROFIT is the democrat way – Gosnell is a HERO to obama and all democrat/liberals.

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Gosnell kept dozens of jars of severed baby feet in his office as “trophies” …

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130321_Gosnell_abortion-murder_trial_focuses_on_jars_of_preserved_fetus_feet.html

Pork-Chop on March 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

They try to fight for their lives…

Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Which is quite a feat for a clump of cells.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

My, how “nonpartisan” of you. Hear that, AP…only photos of Obama with a halo (as the Associated Press likes to do) are allowed.

changer1701 on March 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Perhaps they should have used one of the pictures where he’s got a fly on his face. As in “Lord of the…”

CurtZHP on March 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

35% of Black babies are aborted…that was the Eugenics scheme.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I don’t even know who the hell tim scott is lol
 
nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

 
I love your work.

rogerb on March 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

But I thought Obama was beautiful and awesome — dreamy, even — no matter what. I guess libs prefer the pic of him with his eyes closed and nose in the air, looking so above it all.

The best-fitting pic of Obama, far as I’m concerned, is the one of his Scowl(Reg. US Pat. Off.). That is the real Obama to me.

Liam on March 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

This is ridiculous. Do you honestly think that, were Bush president, we’d have a “moment of national healing”? This is not akin to a public mass murder; it lacks the immediacy and imagery, the latter of which is (sadly) important in a media age. It is more like those medical workers who are caught killing multiple patients under their care. Those cases rarely rise to the attention level of garden-variety serial killers, let alone the types of one-day public mass murder of innocents that merit screaming headlines and presidential attention. It is not hypocrisy to ignore this; the reason some people here aren’t ignoring this is the same reason Biden is still mentioning the “beautiful babies” of Newtown months after the massacre: Because it aligns with political goals, whether those be limiting/ending gun rights or limiting/ending abortion access. In both cases, the dead deserve better.

calbear on March 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Do you honestly think that, were Bush president, we’d have a “moment of national healing”?

For all his flaws, Bush had more character than to stand on the corpses of dead children, a la Dear Leader and his cabal.

CurtZHP on March 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Would you have preferred a dismembered fetus, as that’s the topic?

Be happy you just have to look at a bad picture, whiner.

kim roy on March 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

obama is simply the dream of upper class culture that dictates tastes and mores.

I remember the days where this story would be used non-stop by the leftist/cultural left to demonize back alley abortions.

Now, not so much. The upper classes like abortion on demand…especially the women. Freedom to Choose a trendy, fashion froward life-style.

The narrative has no room in the US media for this. Obama is just simply an exponent of the high culture’s sensibilities

r keller on March 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I don’t even know who the hell tim scott is lol

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM
Nice non response.

rrpjr on March 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

…doesn’t know what’s between its legs either!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

btw, El Rushbo frequently used to make a point that the R male establishment pols are frequently ridden hard by their wives.

The wives are staunchly pro-abortion, and, probably have a high need to fit into the social milieu of progressive GeorgeTown society

r keller on March 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

What’s really disgusting is the media embargo of this story.
The press is truly enabling so much evil in this country right now. From normalizing abortion and the homosexual agenda, to providing aid and comfort to our enemies. We’ve got a big problem.

Iblis on March 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

You dropped your murse.

Chuck Schick on March 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

This is ridiculous. Do you honestly think that, were Bush president, we’d have a “moment of national healing”?
calbear on March 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Thanks for making the point that Bush is too classy to use the death of innocents to promote a cause. Unlike Obama.

Vince on March 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Poor Baby.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

yes, I am nonpartisan…

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

No, all you are is an unusually poor liar.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Ironically, or as fate would have it; Oboobi is glad abortion was illegal at the time of his birth, since that would have qualified as a “mistake” for Stanley.

AH_C on March 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

yes, I am nonpartisan…

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

No, all you are is an unusually poor liar.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Well said.

ShadowsPawn on March 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

yes, I am nonpartisan…

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Yeah right, and thuja is a conservative.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

MelonCollie on March 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

This is a baby at 3 months. (Totally safe, non-graphic) His/her heart is beating, and the brain is functioning.

It is legal to kill this child, and I think it should be required that pro-abortion people see images and/or video of an abortion at 3 months.

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

+100000

1nolibgal on March 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Do you honestly think that, were Bush president, we’d have a “moment of national healing”?

For all his flaws, Bush had more character than to stand on the corpses of dead children, a la Dear Leader and his cabal.

CurtZHP on March 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

That which President George W. Bush hacks up in the morning and spits in the toilet has more character than the REB.

slickwillie2001 on March 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

yes, I am nonpartisan…

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Yeah right, and thuja is a conservative.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

MelonCollie on March 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Just got finished with yet another one, namely the Democrat doofus I fondly call “Mmmmm…3 Week Old Refried Beans”, who ridiculed a poster for suggesting that Democrat voters are idiots. Claimed to be a “registered Independent”, but when was the last time a “registered Independent” even bother to defend the Democrats? Er, never.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

changer1701 on March 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

yes, I am nonpartisan…hence I don’t like deliberately bad pictures of Obama being chosen, as they feel propagandish

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Screw you you god forsaken government worker. You are a parasite that would sell your mom and kids for your instant gratification.

You’ll make a good drone operator or an IRS agent charged with impisoning people that don’t buy the correct health insurance.

May you rot with all your progressive abortionists, rump rangers, welfare queens, drug dealers and gang bangers. You are exactly what the founding fathers knew would happen when the government took over all aspects of our lives.

acyl72 on March 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Obama has something in common with that evil human being..he also supports infanticide

sadsushi on March 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Maybe your obamassiah is just an “ugly” little person.

Solaratov on March 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Release the photos (of the abortees)! Repulsion is truth!

Axeman on March 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Can gay fetuses get married? Then killing them would be unacceptable.

Akzed on March 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

So if these are illegal late term abortions where are the women who chose to go to this psychopath to murder their own babies? Unless these women went into see the abortion doctor kicking and screaming, these women should not be off the hook- they knew what they were doing and are as culpable as Gosnell..

Alibali on March 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Kermit Gosnell didn’t have any “victims”, if the Democrats are to be believed. Just like Stalinists talking about Kulaks and Jews, Democrats think infants are fair game. Old people too, but that will take a domestic “Liverpool Protocol” and is yet to be devised.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I find it distasteful that lying liberal trolls care more about the public appearance of their Satan-faced president than about the story topic of multiple babies murdered by a serial murderer, who carried out their president’s gory desire…

You are not “nonpartisan”, and we all know it. Your mask doesn’t work here…

dominigan on March 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

See that X in the top right hand corner of your browser? Click it.
Free will, exercise it.

Jason58 on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Maybe your obamassiah is just an “ugly” little person.

No “maybe” about it.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Some sociopath actually turned the topic of cutting the spinal cords of live viable children into a thread about unflattering photos of Obama?

Really?????????

SondraK on March 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

This guy hasn’t done an honest day’s work since he bamboozled the foolish electorate into putting him in office.

rplat on March 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

T. S. Eliot saw it coming in “The Hollow Men” :

“This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

Marco on March 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The only thing that has Obama conficted about this event is that Gosnell was aborting mostly future Democrats. If Obama thought of it as someone snipping the spinal cords of illegal aliens, he would find it relevant. And worth mourning.

Gosnell was never conflited. He was in it for the money.

Both are subhuman species. This is murder in the first, plain and simple. Gosnell should be hung to know breifly what it’s like to have your spinal cord severed.

NoPain on March 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Typo. I meant “briefly.”

NoPain on March 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

This guy hasn’t done an honest day’s work since he bamboozled the foolish electorate into putting him in office.

I don’t believe for a moment that Barry has ever done an honest day’s work, or any real work at all, in his entire life.

He’s always had someone around to do all the heavy lifting for him.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Gosnell’s defense plays the Race Card…

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

This is the EXTREME abortion position..

melle1228 on March 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

No. This is THE abortion position. Any woman can end any pregnancy at any time, for any reason.

Any attempt to deny her that ‘right’ is inherently discriminatory, bigotted and an attempt to keep women ‘in their place.’

Washington Nearsider on March 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Yes, it is the extreme abortion position. It is also the current status of abortion in this country. Any time, any place, any point during the pregnancy right up until a couple minutes before birth. Or, in this case, right after birth as long as there aren’t any inconvenient witnesses around to dispute whether the baby was out of the womb at the time.

Now, you might think something like abortion would be subject to reasonable regulations, but you would be mistaken.

It’s only for guns that we have to have reasonable regulations. For abortion, any restriction at all is considered unreasonable and extremist.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

News sources say that after visiting Yad Vashem, Mr. Obama will return to Philadelphia to host a memorial for the victims of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. While there, the President will view an exhibit of Gosnell’s freezer filled with tiny body parts, and will then lay a wreath upon the graves of the hundreds of children cruelly murdered by Dr. Gosnell, as a moment of national reflection on the failure to act to preserve their lives.

“These children should not have died so painfully — they should have grown up to be wanted and loved, but, instead, were evilly denied that right”, the President said. “My Administration will work ceaselessly to assure that no more children die in this manner. There has to be a better, more humane, way to rid the world of unwanted children than to snip their spinal cords or to plunge scissors into their skulls.”

This act, White House officials say, is in full keeping with Mr. Obama’s caring concern for children wherever they may be — in Israel, in Palestine, and even in the United States. Previous visits relating to children have included the President visiting a seven year old gunshot victim in Arizona, and Mrs. Obama’s attendance of a funeral of a girl slain by gunfire in Chicago.

unclesmrgol on March 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

from what I understand, those were late-term abortions that are ILLEGAL…because they are so developed. Legal abortions are not the same as that as the fetus haven’t developed to such a degree.

nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Once upon a time, all abortions were illegal — because the children were developed. Then a Supreme Court, armed with faulty science, stated that there was an untrammeled right to an abortion up until the first trimester. Some states allow abortions up until birth — which is why the “partial birth abortion” is used to legally terminate late term pregnancies.

The only thing Dr. Gosnell did wrong, according to Pennsylvania law, was to allow the head to completely crown before either snipping the spinal cord or plunging scissors into the skull, and to fail to have a second attending physician.

http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_PLTA.pdf

unclesmrgol on March 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I wish someone had asked Diane Feinstein if she had ever viewed the bodies of mangled abortion victims (as she claimed to have seen the bodies of the Newtown victims).

notasheeple on March 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

obama and his party are baby killers and anyone who votes for a democrat is complicit in murder……

crosshugger on March 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Hmm, not sure.

api on October 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I wonder what else was going on.

api on October 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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