It’s sad that this even has to be said, but it does have to be said: Standing up and cheering on a mob, derailing the legislative process in order to defend late-term abortion (or anything else) on behalf of a powerful corporation, is not a heroic act. It is not “special,” to quote Barack Obama. It is sick.
That’s not just my opinion, by the way, it’s the opinion of a Democrat who worked in the Clinton White House. More about her later.
After state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) derailed the legislative process in order to defend Planned Parenthood from sensible regulation Tuesday night, the Texas Democrats think they have a new champion and gifts are flowing Davis’ way from all over the country.
The first objection to this post from Davis’ defenders will be my gender. I’m a man, therefore I’m not allowed to have an opinion on abortion. Because I’m a Republican and a Christian, my thoughts are void as well. Three strikes, I’m out.
Let’s hear what a woman and Democrat has to say about Davis. Kirsten Powers, a former Clinton administration official who worked directly for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, posted about Davis Thursday night on Facebook:
Something is deeply wrong w/a country where a person fighting for abortions of 20+ wk old babies is a ‘hero.’
Earlier in the day on Fox, Powers described President Obama’s public support for Davis as “sick.” In her Facebook post, Powers linked to this story, in which the Washington Post filters through some of the positive things that many are saying about Davis after Tuesday’s action thrust her into the spotlight.
What the Post isn’t telling its readers: the bill Davis aborted, Senate Bill 5, not only enjoys strong majority support in Texas (62%) among both men and women, it was written to protect women from unscrupulous butchers like Kermit Gosnell.
Since the mainstream media declined to cover Gosnell’s trial in any detail, it’s not surprising if most people don’t know about him. The short version of his case: for about 17 years, the state of Pennsylvania refused to inspect his Philadelphia abortion clinic. That absence of oversight allowed heinous abuse to go unchecked for years. Gosnell and his staff, which included some who had no medical training at all, killed babies born alive after he botched their abortions. One baby was so large that Gosnell joked that it could walk home. Women were mutilated and died at his bloody hands in his filthy clinic, in which he kept body parts of aborted babies as souvenirs.
Gosnell was convicted and is now spending the rest of his life in prison. The world only learned of Gosnell because a courageous woman, Marcella Stanley Cheung, outed him. If not for her, Gosnell would still be running his charnel house today. In fact, Pennsylvania took no action for years even after Cheung came forward. Politics got in way of sensible regulation, and cost some women their lives.
Planned Parenthood has distanced itself from him, but during those 17 years, it referred late-term abortion patients to him from all over the eastern seaboard. Planned Parenthood knew of the rumors about his practice and chose to turn a blind eye to them.
Some may object by saying Gosnell was an aberration. He wouldn’t get away with that in Texas.
Three informants, all women, say that Dr. Douglas Karpen is Texas’ version of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The mainstream media is every bit as interested in that case as it was in Gosnell. Which is to say they’re not interested at all.