Gosnell Gets More than He Gave — Life

Image: Gosnell Gets More than He Gave — Life Dr. Kermit Gosnell (AP)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 05:25 PM

By Clarence V. McKee

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia’s “black angel of death” has given himself what he deprived his infant victims of — a chance to live!

After being found guilty of first degree murder for the gruesome killing of three babies born alive after botched abortions, Gosnell took the coward’s way out. He struck a deal to avoid the death penalty and chose “life” without parole.

This coward was also found guilty of:
  • involuntary manslaughter related to an adult patient who died after a botched abortion;
  • 21 out of 24 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit; and,
  • all but 16 of 227 misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law.
Planned Parenthood issued a post-verdict statement saying that “. . . we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women's options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell."

Note that the statement said nothing about the innocent babies slaughtered over many years and definitely no mention of the need for inspection and regulation of birth control clinics. The organization’s concern was “access” to abortions.

We are left to assume that, from Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups’ perspective, laws that would “limit women's options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell” would include inspection of such facilities on a regular basis.

Don’t hold your breath for Planned Parenthood, other pro-abortion groups and their allies in the Democratic liberal establishment to seek more oversight of abortion clinics to prevent more Gosnell-like horrors. Like Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, they oppose efforts to tighten regulations on abortion clinics because they view them as threatening access to abortions. That sounds like the rationale Pennsylvania used to avoid such inspections in the case of Gosnell.

If there was any good to come out of the Gosnell trial, in addition to his conviction, it was the effort of two House Committees to gain information on how states monitor and regulate abortion clinics.

The first was directed to state Attorneys General by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Constitutional and Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks, R-Texas. It said in part:

“We have all been shocked by the tragedy in Pennsylvania . . . We are simply writing to gather information . . . to see how the federal government might partner with states to help prevent similar atrocities.”

The information requested includes:
  • Asking whether prosecutors treat the deliberate killing of newborns, including those newborns who were delivered alive in the process of abortions, as a criminal offense, and, if so, have there been any prosecutions?
  • Asking whether state legislatures have enacted laws specifically to protect newborns delivered alive in the process of abortions?
  • Asking whether abortions performed after the state’s statutory limit have resulted in prosecutions.
The second initiative was led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., who sent letters to state health officials stating:

“The criminal investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell of Philadelphia, Pa., raises troubling questions about the practices of abortion clinics, and whether state departments of health are aware, or even conducting appropriate monitoring, of these facilities . . .”

Among other things, the letter requested information related to:
  • licensing of abortion clinics and providers
  • revoked or suspended licenses of abortion clinics
  • inspections of such clinics, including numbers and manner of inspections each year from 2008-2013
  • procedures for monitoring and investigating complaints or adverse health events related to abortions
  • disciplinary actions taken by the state against “facilities or healthcare providers” related to abortions and,
  • copies of any rules or regulations governing abortion facilities or providers
Upton was joined by Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton, R-Texas, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts, R-Pa., Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations and Health Subcommittees Michael C. Burgess, M.D., R-Texas. If such information is compiled it would be the abortion lobby’s worst nightmare not to mention that of its Democratic allies.

How many Gosnell’s are out there?

Anti-abortion groups such as Life Dynamics, Inc., Live Action and black prolife groups say Gosnell is not an aberration — he is just the tip of the iceberg!

Let’s hope the horrible revelations of the Gosnell grand jury report and the grizzly testimony at his trial will lead to a re-examination of the age of viability for abortions by state legislatures — less than Pennsylvania’s 24 weeks (6 months).

Planned Parenthood and congressional Democrats would probably fight the above requests. The would view any legislative re-examination of the viability period or, the monitoring of clinics as “misguided laws that would limit women's options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”

But, there is one thing they don’t dare refute after this verdict: killing a baby born alive after a botched abortion is murder and those who participate are murderers!

So what is the difference between killing a baby just born and killing it a few seconds earlier in the womb? Some would argue none at all — murder is murder, infanticide is infanticide.

As for Gosnell, he had better start watching his own neck. Baby killers are not well regarded in prison.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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