Planned Parenthood: This Gosnell case is “appalling”

posted at 7:21 pm on April 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Proof positive that we’ve reached a new phase of Gosnell damage control. Plan A: Ignore, ignore, ignore. Plan B: If Plan A becomes impossible, use Gosnell as some sort of exception that proves the rule about why, counterintuitively, America needs easier access to abortion.

“Not a health facility” but something underground, not in any way similar to a Planned Parenthood clinic. If anything, the way to prevent future Gosnells is to have more clinics so that babies’ necks can be snipped earlier during gestation in a cleaner, safer environment. Be ready for this spin and know it for the garbage that it is. The reason Gosnell was able to run a “criminal enterprise” for 17 years is because the cretins in Pennsylvania state government decided they couldn’t risk the shrieking from pro-choicers if they insisted on tough inspections of clinics. So they stopped inspecting, which, as the Anchoress pointed out this morning, is likely why Gosnell felt safe keeping babies’ severed feet in jars as souvenirs like some Nazi degenerate at Buchenwald. No one was going to come knocking on his door or other clinics’ doors and he knew it, because the good people at Planned Parenthood, NARAL, et al. would have made too much trouble for the state if they had. Read the grand-jury transcript, via Jordan Bloom:

“After 1993, even that pro forma effort [to inspect Gosnell's clinic and report its failings] came to an end. Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions.”

In other words, it strongly suggests the absolutist pro-choice view that any regulation of abortion constitutes an infringement on reproductive rights led to the clinic not being overseen properly. All of these people [who are trying to spin Gosnell's case] had access to the grand jury report, even back in 2011. To ignore that and then make the case for why abortions should be more widespread and less regulated is incredibly dishonest.

But wait, there’s more. Here’s another bit of the grand jury report showcased in an old post by Melinda Henneberger when Gosnell’s case first came to public attention in 2011:

So too with the National Abortion Federation. NAF is an association of abortion providers that upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell, bizarrely, applied for admission shortly after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. Despite his various efforts to fool her, the evaluator from NAF readily noted that records were not properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused. It was the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected. Of course, she rejected Gosnell’s application. She just never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen.

Of course she didn’t. That would have alerted the state that inspections were necessary, no matter how difficult the politics, and the pro-choicers at NAF couldn’t tolerate that, even at the cost of letting this alleged lunatic go on carving up women and their babies. How can Gosnell’s practice be waved away now as a “criminal enterprise” when even a “respectable” abortion-rights group couldn’t be moved to report the crimes then? Didn’t a Planned Parenthood spokesman, not three weeks ago, refuse to condemn exactly the sort of live-birth abortions, i.e. murders, that Gosnell’s accused of committing? According to Lila Rose, PP still has yet to condemn it despite pro-lifers demanding a response ever since. Beyond all that, if Gosnell’s actually a case study in why we need more higher-end clinics, not less, why hasn’t the media been using him to that effect since he was indicted? Why a blackout instead? You know why: Because no one who sees that picture of the baby with its neck sliced thinks, “We need to make this easier, and to make the slicing happen a bit earlier in development.” The blackout strategy was smart. It just didn’t work.

Update: Lot of truth to this, as a further nuance to Plan B of the Gosnell spin:

There is no defense here. The only defense is to go on offense, and the key to going on offense is to be angry and contemptuous — at Gosnell’s critics, not at Gosnell, who’ll get nothing more than a passing mention in the intro of most of these counterarguments when they start bubbling up next week. “Of course I condemn what happened in Pennsylvania, but these pro-lifers are blah blah blah.”

Update: Evidently filthy Orwellian doublespeak is part of Plan B too:

Update: This is a fair question from Drum and shouldn’t be overlooked. Why indeed.


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Patricia Heaton ‏@PatriciaHeaton 11 Apr

Media treats footballer’s imaginary girlfriend as real, treats murdered babies in Philly abortion clinic as imaginary. #Gosnell
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Dana Loesch ‏@DLoesch 41m

… if you truly care about saving lives. Nearly 123 Sandy Hooks every single day due to the #Gosnell industry. #AbortionControl
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Reminder: Beyond the Philadelphia Horror – California’s #Gosnell ==> http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/26/beyond-the-philadelphia-horror/
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canopfor on April 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I will say what I’ve said before-A woman who goes into an abortion clinic(of her own accord-I understand that on occasion a woman is being forced) is every bit as much of a killer as the actual abortionist. If she dies or get maimed/injured while in the process of murdering her baby…well karma’s a b&tch.
The unborn baby is always innocent. The unborn baby is the ONLY one who is ALWAYS innocent.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I have to wonder why any of these women used this facility if it was as filthy as reported. I wouldn’t lay down on a cot with dirty sheets. I wouldn’t get a bandaid in a place with animals running around.

hopeful on April 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Yes, but you see their lack of discrimination with where (or with whom) they lay down is why they’re there in the first place.

happytobehere on April 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I will say what I’ve said before-A woman who goes into an abortion clinic(of her own accord-I understand that on occasion a woman is being forced) is every bit as much of a killer as the actual abortionist. If she dies or get maimed/injured while in the process of murdering her baby…well karma’s a b&tch.
The unborn baby is always innocent. The unborn baby is the ONLY one who is ALWAYS innocent.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Because ectopic pregnancies never happen.

And when women spontaneously miscarry, do you curse the baby-murdering god who caused it to happen or didn’t stop it from happening?

The idea of “innocence” is one of the great red herrings of the anti-abortion zealots. Innocence is irrelevant to the issue of reproductive rights.

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I smell a national turning point on this. The left cannot put a happy face on this or wish it away. Americans will increasingly hear of this story, and we will see a broad national shift to an even more pro-life posture.

Planned Parenthood is slowly being exposed for the mutant hell hole it is. Mark my words that this is a national turning point. It is one of the most horrific stories in recent years, if not decades.

The media will not be able to ignore it much longer. Their radio silence is slowly crumbling.

blatantblue on April 12, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The idea of “innocence” is one of the great red herrings of the anti-abortion zealots. Innocence is irrelevant to the issue of reproductive rights.

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Funny. Cause so is personal responsibility.

PP treats ectopics now?

WryTrvllr on April 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I guess they must. Conceived at the wrong time and wrong place.

WryTrvllr on April 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM

My previous mobile comment failed so excuse me if it posted twice.

The radio silence from the media is slowly crumbling. Mark my words that this is a national turning point.

blatantblue on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Oh, and if anything, PP increases a women’s chance of an ectopic.

WryTrvllr on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

God bless Dana Loesch. She is a modern day Deborah.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

The radio silence from the media is slowly crumbling. Mark my words that this is a national turning point.

blatantblue on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Sure it is. Until they have an episode of Glee where an evil right-winger rapes a newlywed lesbian and forces her to carry the baby to term.

happytobehere on April 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM
Not the same thing. Because I had a tubal-I’m even now @ a higher risk for ecoptics.
Ecoptics are medical emergencies that are handled in the ER-not a murder mill!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Oh, and if anything, PP increases a women’s chance of an ectopic.

WryTrvllr on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

That’s true.

http://www.life.org.nz/abortion/abortionmedicalkeyissues/riskectopicpregnancy/

INC on April 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

If we stop killing babies how will women get mammograms?!

happytobehere on April 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

God bless Dana Loesch. She is a modern day Deborah.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Me loves Deborah, and smile.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM
Red herring ?
You crack me up, at least.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM
Not the same thing. Because I had a tubal-I’m even now @ a higher risk for ecoptics.
Ecoptics are medical emergencies that are handled in the ER-not a murder mill!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

And what is the standard treatment for a ecoptic pregnancy?

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Red herring ?
You crack me up, at least.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Often the case with those who are easily amused…

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

If we stop killing babies how will women get mammograms?!

happytobehere on April 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Same way women are getting their mammograms now: from actual medical providers who have mammogram machines (i.e., not Planned Parenthood, which does not have them, but just makes referrals to providers that do.) Women can obtain the exact same information from Google or Bing or any other search engine — or Yellow Pages if they don’t have a computer — and taxpayers can be saved the hundreds of millions of dollars we’re giving these baby-killers at PP every year.

AZCoyote on April 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM
Innocence is irrelevant to the issue of reproductive rights.

Your right. Who cares about the life of a child when it comes to someones “reproductive rights”. Let them sacrifice a million of these insignificant beings so that people can have as much risky and unprotected sex as they want (which is why the vast majority of abortions are preformed). Until I read your post, I was an “anti-abortion zealot”. Now I have seen the light. Babies are such a pain anyway. Always crying and yelling. Heaven forbid that a women should be forced to carry one of these squealing little whelps when she could just as easily go to an abortion clinic and have it killed. After all, we are all adults. Why should we have to bear the responsibility of a child since it’s more convenient for us to just abort it (sarcasm).

bandutski on April 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

AZCoyote on April 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

forgot the sarc tag. my apologies.

happytobehere on April 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

…use Gosnell as some sort of exception that proves the rule about…

It is, actually, an exception that proves the rule, though not in the idiotic way that expression is usually (and idiotically) employed. With the original meaning of “exceptio probat regulam” the exception is what puts a rule to the test. (See nice entry under exception in The Devil’s Dictionary.)

Tzetzes on April 12, 2013 at 9:31 PM

And what is the standard treatment for a ecoptic pregnancy?

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Your “gotcha” is rather pathetic. No pro-lifer considers a mother’s life forfeit just because she is carrying another life. Unfortunately, in very rare cases, a true choice must be made. And mom certainly knows best in that case.

NotCoach on April 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I thought Planned Parenthood would proudly point out that they use sterile garbage cans for the dead and dying babies.

BL@KBIRD on April 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I thought Planned Parenthood would proudly point out that they use sterile garbage cans for the dead and dying babies.

BL@KBIRD on April 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

They contract Clean Harbors™

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Drum’s last question is a lie. I heard about this case for at least a week after the Progressive Death Doc was arrested. On this site, Ace’s, Anchoress’s, and others. It was mentioned then and discussed. In the waiting period before the trial started there wasn’t much new to discuss. But the Gosnell murder clinic was discussed and Drum is a lying leftist propagandist hack.

TABoLK on April 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

What is your definition of innocent, then, oh wise one ?

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Planned Parenthood ✔ @PPact #Gosnell case is appalling. He ran a criminal enterprise, not a health facility, & should be punished to full extent http://bit.ly/ZRyssI


Planned Parenthood Closed, Investigated for Botched Abortions

A Planned Parenthood abortion business in Delaware has been closed pending an investigation over multiple botched abortions at the clinic.

As LifeNews has reported, the Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic has experienced five botched abortion emergencies in less than five weeks. Since then, one abortionist and two employees have left Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware, as a result of the scandal.

The clinic is now under the investigation of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. According to the Planned Parenthood website, surgical abortions will be referred to “another provider” but the abortion drug will still be sold to women.

Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis told WPVI-TV of a “meat-market style of assembly-line abortions where the abortionist refused to wear gloves, surgical instruments were reused without being cleaned, and “bloody drainage” remained on abortion tables between procedures, exposing women to blood-borne diseases.”

Akzed on April 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Akzed on April 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

But, Gosnell is to be chastised, prosecuted to the full extent !
Shed the Light, and let’s not give up !!

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Often the case with those who are easily amused…

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

You’re running low……

itsspideyman on April 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

I’m happy to report that this case still isn’t big on Google News, despite how much the pro-life would like to use it to condemn abortion.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I’m happy to report that this case still isn’t big on Google News, despite how much the pro-life would like to use it to condemn abortion.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

You are one hella sick individual, ghoul. I’m happy to report that the efforts on Twitter have led to #Gosnell trending.

gryphon202 on April 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Q for my new conservative fans: the right wing media didn’t cover Gosnell much before this week either. Why?

What’s “right wing” to you? Fox News? pfft

Ronnie on April 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

C’mon, it’s not like Gosnell was committing ‘abortion’ abortion.
that’s why this is not covered. it was plain old, garden variety serial killing. Thank heavens he did not have a high capacity magazine.

oprockwell on April 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

If abortion were truly a defensible, morally praiseworthy or even neutral act, then pro-abortion organizations would have no problem with investigating clinics and taking appropriate action against clinics that violate basic standards of health and cleanliness for the women who seek out such services. As we see from the Gosnell case, they do not do this. They refuse to investigate abortionists and if they somehow become aware of obvious violations and suspect practices, they refuse an application but they do not report the offense. Politicians so fear pressure from the pro-abortion side that they neglect basic regulation and enforcement that the would not dream of forsaking for any other kind of business.

If it were not already obvious from the very nature of the procedure, this intense fear of accountability exposes abortion for the intrinsically evil act that it is. If it wasn’t evil, it would not need to be hidden.

dkmonroe on April 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

And what is the standard treatment for a ecoptic pregnancy?

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Do tell us chump!

WryTrvllr on April 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Q for my new conservative fans: the right wing media didn’t cover Gosnell much before this week either. Why?

@kdrum

HEY, look over there!

Ronnie on April 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Google does news? Who knew?

WryTrvllr on April 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Because ectopic pregnancies never happen.

And when women spontaneously miscarry, do you curse the baby-murdering god who caused it to happen or didn’t stop it from happening?

The idea of “innocence” is one of the great red herrings of the anti-abortion zealots. Innocence is irrelevant to the issue of reproductive rights.

chumpThreads on April 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Women who have ectopic pregnancies cannot cause them to happen. Things happen that are out of our control. Comparing something that happens due to chance and something someone intends to do is just stupid.

When I miscarried, I blamed myself (and God, for a while), though I did nothing to cause it other than not produce enough progesterone. I now know that I have to have progesterone supplementation to carry a baby to term. If I do get pregnant again, and consciously choose not to take those supplements, then yes, I would be a murderer.

cptacek on April 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM

We over here on the right hate what is happening to your unborn!

Scrumpy on April 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Somewhat parallel to what Golda Meir used to say:

Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.

Peace will come only when the Left loves their children more than they hate just about everyone.

Which will only come when the dupes of the Leftist zealots realize what they are truly supporting.

AesopFan on April 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM

No way around it… abortion is nut’n but GubRmint sanctioned mass murder…. and history is loaded with GubRmint kill’n fields…
Unfortunately all of histories past thugs pale in
comparison to the good ole US of A.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 13, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Sickening how the trolls here are making every stretch to defend Gosnell.

Liam on April 13, 2013 at 5:08 AM

There’s a right way to murder the unborn, and there’s a wrong way…

*gag*

BigWyo on April 13, 2013 at 6:49 AM

When you look at kermit Gosnell’s case, you have to really consider that Obama and all his liberal minions are of exactly the same fundamentally flawed type and character.

It only takes a tiny bit of imagination to see black savior Barack snipping the spinal cords on those mostly black infants. He approves of everything Gosnell did, though he might be much too squeemish to actually perform the deed himself. Barack is programmed to snip spinal cords of millions.

Then you can wonder what Obama and his boys are really doing to this country, because they have already proven they have no restraints at all.

dockywocky on April 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Q for my new conservative fans: the right wing media didn’t cover Gosnell much before this week either. Why?

There is no conservative “media” in the sense of reporting and news.

The entire news media is dominated by liberals. Conservatives sit in talk radio and on the internet, commenting on the news produced by the liberal reporters who work for AP, Reuters, NYT and so on. How much actual investigative reporting is done by conservatives? Not much. Conservatives follow the news cycle, they don’t drive it.

There have been limited cases where conservatives drove the news cycle in specific instances where the reaction and outrage became too large to ignore. However, we just had an election where liberals demagogued pro-lifers like Akin to win, so right now a lot of conservatives don’t want to talk about social-conservatives issues. So when a story like this, which is big for social conservatives, but not as compelling for others, comes out at the nadir of social conservative enthusiasm, it is a bit less likely that everyone gets riled up.

kaltes on April 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I actually saw a comment somewhere this weekend that said this is exactly why we need free and open abortions in this country. The quote was “before Roe v. Wade, all abortions were like this, back alley stuff, poor health conditions, etc.”

My incredulous response: “Uhhh…so Roe v. Wade prevented things like this from happening then? Sure doesn’t seem like it.”

Disclaimer: I’m pro-life and Catholic. Although I became Catholic as an adult long after I’d decided to be pro-life. Still, even I don’t object to abortions in all cases. I think Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, not because of my pro-life beliefs, but because I think it tramples all over the 10th Amendment. I don’t buy the argument that the 14th supersedes the 10th. Never have. Never will. They’re meant to work together.

Chris of Rights on April 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

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