Safe, Legal and Rare?

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After generations of graphic and pervasive sex education, easy access to contraceptives, and free reproductive services for anyone who will accept them, the abortion industry still stinks as bad as it ever has:
A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors” that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Here’s some info for the “legalization and government regulation always make it better” crowd:
In a nearly 300-page grand jury report filled with ghastly, stomach-turning detail, prosecutors said Pennsylvania regulators ignored complaints of barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s clinic, which catered to poor, immigrant and minority women in the city’s impoverished West Philadelphia section.

Prosecutors called the case a “complete regulatory collapse.”
If you can’t blame the guy for running a barbaric abortion business, maybe at least you’ll disapprove of his racism:
White women from the suburbs were ushered into a separate, slightly cleaner area because Gosnell believed they were more likely to file complaints, Williams said.
Or maybe you can blame him for his unbridled capitalist greed:
Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions of dollars over three decades performing thousands of dangerous abortions, many of them illegal late-term procedures. His clinic had no trained nurses or medical staff other than Gosnell, a family physician not certified in obstetrics or gynecology, prosecutors said.
A filthy, bloody, stinking capitalist:
At least two women died from the procedures, while scores more suffered perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses, authorities said.
But the fetuses were just clumps of cells… Right?
He “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Gosnell referred to it as “snipping,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors estimated Gosnell ended hundreds of pregnancies by cutting the spinal cords, but they said they couldn’t prosecute more cases because he destroyed files.
Did I forget to mention that Dr Snippy is a filthy capitalist pig?
Gosnell didn’t advertise, but word got around. Women came from across the city, state and region for illegal late-term abortions, authorities said. They paid $325 for first-trimester abortions and $1,600 to $3,000 for abortions up to 30 weeks. The clinic took in $10,000 to $15,000 a day, authorities said.
Ladies seeking an abortion from Dr. Snippy probably could have done better in a back alley. Or at home with a coat hanger:
Prosecutors said the place reeked of cat urine because of the animals that were allowed to roam freely, furniture and blankets were stained with blood, instruments were not properly sterilized, and disposable medical supplies were used over and over.
Dr. Gosnell is a truly evil man:
Few if any of the sedated patients knew their babies had been delivered alive and then killed, prosecutors said. Many were first-time mothers who were told they were 24 weeks pregnant, even if they were much further along, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Gosnell falsified the ultrasound examinations that determine how far along a pregnancy is, teaching his staff to hold the probe in such a way that the fetus would look smaller.

Gosnell sometimes joked about the babies, saying one was so large he could “walk me to the bus stop,” according to the report.
Another snippet for statists:
State regulators ignored complaints about Gosnell and the 46 lawsuits filed against him, and made just five annual inspections, most satisfactory, since the clinic opened in 1979, authorities said. The inspections stopped completely in 1993 because of what prosecutors said was the pro-abortion rights attitude that set in after Democratic Gov. Robert Casey, an abortion foe, left office.
Unfortunately, this case was not brought to light as a result of concerns about the mothers and their babies:
Authorities raided Gosnell’s clinic early last year in search of drug violations and stumbled upon “a house of horrors,” Williams said. Bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses “were scattered throughout the building,” the district attorney said. “There were jars, lining shelves, with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose.”
To those who have the audacity to say that this case shows that “the system is working,” instance, let us point out that “the system” didn’t catch up with this murderer intentionally. The system literally stumbled over stumbled over his victims.

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*Disclaimer: The views expressed in the post reflect the opinions of the author, RightKlik.


  1. So let me get thsi straigh, it is NOT ok to link one crazed person who killed people to an ideology on the conservative issues, but is IS ok to do so with issues that you disagree with, namely liberal ones. NOW I understand the MO of this blog.

    Name ONE pro-choice person who would be supportive of the activities that occurred there!

  2. Steve:

    1. There's no evidence that Dr. Gosnell has any form of mental illness.

    2. Dr. Gosnell did not act alone. As documented by the Grand Jury, Gosnell worked with the active and passive cooperation of his employees, government officials and regulatory agencies:

    3. The grand jury has made it abundantly clear that Gosnell was able to conduct his criminal business for 30 years because of the actions of people who are committed to a reckless pro-abortion agenda in Pennsylvania:

    Read up on this for yourself.

  3. Steve – I can name plenty of people that I have come into contact with personally that support full term, viable fetus abortion, some even post birth. I have had conversations with these people. What do you think about that? Open your eyes — abortion has created a culture of death in this country and the silence on the left in the story of Dr. Gosnell is deafening.

  4. Does it matter if he has a mental illness or not? But killing people and reckless malpractice is criminal and these actions, if not certifiable, must make one question his regard for life and society, much like a serial killer. Point being, one person does not define a whole group of people, whether left or right. I hate Palin, but I know not everyone that supports her is as ignorant or a famewhore like she is, etc.

    LCR- I used to be one of those people and at certain times, would probably still support it in agregous medical situations. However, supporting abortion isn't unconstitutional. No matter your or my personal beliefs on when life begins, the Supreme Court here and in other countries, don't grant citizenship and the rights that come with them until after birth.

    Even if abortions are outlawed, they will continue here just as they always have. The chose is whether you want them to be highly regulated (as they are today, excluding this case an an exception) or done in back alleys or at the home by midwives like the old days. It is almost exactly the same as legalizing drugs. It is safer (and more lucrative to govts) to legalize and regulate than it is to create a black market of risk and unsafe practices.

  5. Steve – Abortion is one of those "irreconciable divide" issues, I'm not going to convince you that it is not murder; you are not going to convince me that it is not. The key for left and right on the issue is to work toward a common goal – reducing the # of abortions. NYC is an example, 40% of pregnancies end in abortion, I'm sure left and right (common sense proponents at least) could address that.

    Look, I don't like the government telling people what to do either, I don't agree with drug criminalization in most cases or the "war on drugs" either, I just think that abortion (especially in late term) comes down to an issue of taking a human life. My libertarian friends disagree and I understand why they do.

    The "it would happen if it wasn't legal" is not a valid argument, the same can be said for murder or a variety of wrongs as well.

    Also, the Supreme Court ruled that African Americans constituted 3/5 of a 'normal' person so be careful in accepting the notion that "all the court does is right" — it may be the law of the land but that does not make it right.


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