Pro-life movement must ensure that all “Houses of Horror” are exposed, closed






Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic.

Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic.

The sordid tale coming to a conclusion inside the Philadelphia courtroom where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murdering six people is as strange as the stories being written about the case.

The mainstream media ignored the trial until called out by a handful of journalists and hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter. Now even the most pro-abortion members of the media finally are paying attention to the Gosnell atrocities, but are laying the blame for his horrific alleged crimes at the feet of the pro-life movement. According to one over-reaching report, Rick Santorum is personally at fault for not knowing what went on inside the Women’s Medical Society. That claim is ridiculous. Since when does a U.S. senator at any given moment know the goings on of each any every business in his or her state? How much does N.Y Sen. Schumer know about A1 Medicine in Queens, where Alexandra Nunez died in 2010? How much does N.J. Sen. Frank Lautenberg know about Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood, where investigators found a rusty crochet hook and a quarter-inch of dirt on the floor in 2007?

Pro-lifers, the new narrative goes, should have known what Gosnell was up to because they have had a steady presence outside what the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has described as a “house of horrors.” They should have gotten the inside scoop from the women coming out of the clinic. They should have reported what they knew.

Anyone who has spent time doing sidewalk counseling outside a clinic knows that a woman who has just had an abortion is not going to stop to talk. Once she walks out those doors, she’s already headed into an ironclad denial that can last for years, decades even. Those lucky enough to walk out of Gosnell’s clinic likely were in shock as well.

Also, as the Grand Jury report makes absolutely clear, Gosnell’s patients, former employees and many others did try to report what they saw and heard, but Pennsylvania wasn’t listening. According to the Grand Jury report, “We think 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.”

Pro-aborts also are claiming that pro-lifers’ insistence on clinic regulations and oversight is forcing facilities out of business and leaving women with fewer – and poorer — choices. The truth is that no Pennsylvania clinics closed after new regulations went into effect last summer as a result of the Gosnell mess, but most of them did have to spend money on renovations and new equipment purchases to bring them up to par with other ambulatory surgical facilities. The fact that clinics were unlicensed, uninspected and staffed with untrained people until 2012 is the fault of pro-abortion ideologues, as the Grand Jury report makes absolutely clear.

“..  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 [Bob] Casey to Governor [Tom] Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

Clinic regulations are opposed by NARAL, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups wherever and whenever they are proposed because they know that many facilities would not be able to pass inspection. Think about that for a minute; they put women’s lives at risk in sub-par facilities for the sake of keeping abortion widely accessible. The laws in most states protect animals in veterinary clinics while women are left to abortion clinics with little or no regulations.

In addition, even when there are some regulations the problem is that federal, state and local governments fail to enforce the regulations until you have a “House of Horrors” finally uncovered!

Make no mistake, there are other abortionists working in conditions that are just as appalling, and babies born alive being murdered like those whose “fetal demise” Gosnell is accused of ensuring, despite clinic regulations and laws like the federal Infants Born Alive Act, which spells out in no uncertain terms that a “fetus” who survives an abortion is an American citizen with the same rights, and expectation of live-saving care, as you and I.

What’s missing across the board, from clinic oversight to infants born alive to hazardous waste disposal, is enforcement. Gosnell could not have gotten away with what he is alleged to have done for so long if even the lackluster laws on the books were enforced. Think about it for a minute, speed limit signs would be meaningless if it weren’t for the threat of the highway patrol giving out tickets.  Laws are only as good as the government willing to enforce them.

Pro-aborts, who can’t bear to have an unkind word uttered about abortion, have an obvious reason not to insist on enforcement.  But from this moment on, we pro-lifers have to be vigilant, proactive and insistent to ensure that no one ever again suffers the fate of Karnamaya Mongar and the seven unnamed babies Gosnell is charged with killing. Never again.

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