Is it alive?
A Planned Parenthood lobbyist was asked in a Florida Legislative committee what should happen to a baby struggling for life after a botched abortion.
Her reply that any decision should be “left up to the woman, her family, and the physician” went viral, causing Planned Parenthood to clarify its position.
A spokesperson said that in the “extremely unlikely event” that should happen, “of course” Planned Parenthood would provide “appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.”
Meanwhile, much of the nation was just beginning to learn that such “extremely unlikely” events were commonplace at a Philadelphia abortion clinic run by the now infamous abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
Ironically, Gosnell, who is black, is being prosecuted by the first black district attorney in Philadelphia and in Pennsylvania, R. Seth Williams — the product of two foster homes after his mother put him up for adoption at birth. She opted for adoption — not the alternative.
William’s grand jury indicted Gosnell on seven counts of first degree murder in the deaths of newborn infants and third degree murder in the case of an Asian immigrant.
Last week, the number of murder charges were reduced from seven to four and the defense rested without presenting a single witness.
Gosnell is innocent until proven guilty.
Four of his clinic workers pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and testified against him, with one saying:
“... We had to prevent life. We had to kill. Simple as that.”
Another four pleaded guilty to lesser offenses — including his wife.
Regardless of the outcome, the grand jury report and trial testimony leaves no doubt that the “Women’s Medical Society” in the city of brotherly love was a horrific abortion mill.
Some could even argue that Gosnell is a modern day “Black Angel of Death.”
The grand jury report paints a stark portrait of the clinic:
“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. ... 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. ... He overdosed his patients ... spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels — and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.”
An intergovernmental search team that raided the clinic described it to the grand jury as "filthy," "deplorable," "disgusting," "very unsanitary" ... "horrendous," and "by far, the worst" that these experienced investigators had ever encountered:
• “Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions moaning in the waiting room or recovery room ... on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets. ...”
• Filthy and unsanitary surgical procedure rooms described as resembling “a bad gas station restroom” with unsterile instruments and rusty and outdated equipment.”
So why relate such gruesome detail?
The grand jury said it well:
“… For us as a criminal grand jury … the case is not about [abortion]; it is about disregard of the law and disdain for the lives and health of mothers and infants . . .”
Why was such evil allowed? The grand jury was blunt:
“. . . the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”
Then there is the element of black against black racism.
J.D Mullane of phillyburbs.com, one of the few reporters who initially attended the court proceedings, described the testimony of one former employee:
“White women ‘with money’ were taken to an ‘immaculate’ upstairs room where Gosnell treated them personally. Poor black, Latino and other women were kept in the clinic’s dingy, dirty downstairs rooms, and were usually treated by medically unqualified staff.”
For years, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania authorities had a “see-no-evil” attitude on what was going on at the clinic. And, except for Fox News, so did the national media — until recently.
As Media Research Center President Brent Bozell put it:
“The abortion agenda is so fierce, so militant, so extreme within journalism ranks anything that challenges the practice is suppressed.”
As Mullane wrote, a court staffer agrees.
“'If you’re pro-choice, do you really want anybody to know about this?' he said, motioning to the filthy medical equipment set up in the courtroom.”
Even liberal Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill, a frequent guest on Fox News, said:
“I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights ...”
Is Professor Hill, who is black, really saying that protecting the left’s abortion agenda is more important to the media, including a black commentator like himself, than the killing of innocent newborn black babies?
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., were so incensed over the lack of media attention that they, along with 70 of their colleagues, including one Democrat, sent a letter to three major television networks protesting the “blackout.”
As is the usual case when it comes to abortion, especially black abortions, the Congressional Black Caucus and the civil rights community are nowhere to be found.
I guess they missed the opening statement of one of the prosecutors:
“The standard practice here was to slay babies. This is not a case about abortion. ... This is a case about murder.”
Closing arguments in the case began on Monday.
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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