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Kermit the Fraud

Philadelphia discovers a “House of Horrors,” an abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell.

NEW YORK — A US abortion doctor was arrested Wednesday and charged with using scissors to murder late-term babies. …

“He regularly performed abortions beyond the 24-week limit prescribed by law. As a result, viable babies were born. Gosnell killed them by plunging scissors into their spinal cords,” the district attorney said. “He taught his staff to do the same.”

Among those arrested and charged was the doctor’s wife, Pearl Gosnell.

Gosnell is being charged with infanticide and murdering his patients. The Philadelphia DA’s office says charges include the illegal distribution of narcotics. Reports say that drug complaints led to Gosnell’s investigation. “The investigation began February 2010 when police received tips that Gosnell was illegally selling thousands of oxycontin prescriptions to ‘patients’ he had never examined.”

With respect to the death of Karnamaya Mongar, Kermit Gosnell, Lynda Williams, and Sherry West are charged with third-degree murder, drug delivery resulting in death, drug violations, and conspiracy. Gosnell operated a corrupt criminal enterprise, for which the Grand Jury recommended racketeering charges against Kermit Gosnell, Lynda Williams, Sherry West, Adrienne Moton, Maddline Joe, Tina Baldwin, Pearl Gosnell, Steven Massof, and Eileen O’Neill. Massof and O’Neill, who pretended to be doctors, will be charged with theft by deception and conspiracy, with Gosnell, to deceive patients. Gosnell and Massof are also charged with conspiracy and drug violations for illegally dispensing narcotics.

Gosnell made millions of dollars over the decades doing late term abortions. His profile on HealthGrades says he practiced obstetrics and gynecology and accepted a number of insurance plans, but noted that “sanctions” had been applied against him including the suspension of his license in New York and Pennsylvania.

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Predictably, “the pro-life and pro-choice camps have had very different reactions to the news,” according to AOL News:

Many pro-choice groups are arguing that the Gosnell case underscores the need for abortion insurance coverage and access to quality providers. As the staff of Clinic Escort claimed in a Tweet that Gosnell was created by the Right. “1 in 3 women abort. 87% of counties have no provider. The right wants AB out of insurance. #Prolife, Gosnell isn’t ours. He’s YOURS. Bravo.”

Maybe it’s a little too soon to say whether Gosnell, who practiced in PA and NY, belongs to the “right” any more than Jared Loughner did. However, the process of ascription, that of assigning today’s villain to the other side of the political spectrum, is a process that is more alive and well than any of the babies in Kermit Gosnell’s obstetrics and gynecology clinic.

Golda Meir once said that “peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” Maybe the West is not as far above the fray as it thinks; perhaps when you hear, “it’s for the children,” that is really an infallible sign that it “it’s about the politics.”

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