In this recent piece, I described the many ironies of the age of Obama, focusing on his May 23, 2013 foreign policy speech. One line from that speech that I didn’t mention, but which was also very ironic, was the following sentence, which occurred while our naîve chief executive discussed the “high threshold” that his administration has set for “lethal action” against terrorists:
“This threshold respects the inherent dignity of every human life.”
The inherent dignity of human life? I thought that issue was above his pay grade. Would he have us forget that he is the man who is so enamored of abortion on demand that he voted against requiring that babies who managed to survive botched “reproductive health procedures” receive medical attention? I’m sure he wishes we would forget, but we won’t. If we needed any reminder of that fact, the recent trial of butcher Kermit Gosnell provided a reminder. Mr. “Dignity of Human Life” chose not to comment on that case, even after this disgusting excuse for a medical practitioner was convicted of first-degree murder.
The Gosnell case created some serious discomfort for many “pro choice” (never say the A word!) extremists. After attempting to sell the risible explanation that these crimes made the case for more access to abortion, they retreated to their ultimate, and very predictable, explanation that this Gosnell house of horrors was an outlier, by no means typical of the squeaky clean abortuaries operated by stellar outfits like Planned Parenthood.
From the Washington Post:
When Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic, it brought a continuing debate onto the front pages, with even the amount of trial coverage a cause of conflict. With his case as a backdrop, abortion-rights activists warned that his filthy and dangerous clinic would be the norm for desperate poor women if increasingly restrictive laws continued to be approved. Planned Parenthood called his crimes “appalling.” Many opposed to abortion saw Gosnell and his clinic, ignored by regulators, as indicative of why terminating a pregnancy, particularly late in the process, should be illegal. …
In neighboring Delaware, state lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday tried to sort out allegations of questionable medical conduct at several clinics there, and what the state did or did not do in response.
The setting — a bipartisan hearing at the state capital of Dover though no legislation was pending — could be considered political. The focus was the testimony of two nurses who said they were not opposed to abortions, but to unsafe medical practices. They described conditions they said they witnessed at their former employer, Planned Parenthood of Delaware, including rushed abortion procedures that emphasized speed and profit instead of patient safety, insufficiently trained staff and a neglect of medical standards that ultimately put patients at risk. …
Both testified that they had long pushed for action from state regulators. They repeated charges they had made in an April investigative report on WPVI-TV ABC News, in which Mary Peterson from the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services said her investigators went into the facility in October of last year after a complaint and found no problems with the sterilization of utensils or with blood being left between surgeries. Peterson also said in the report that in Delaware the department usually investigates only in cases where a complaint has been made. “I am not going to lie to you,” she said, “we don’t have the manpower to do routine inspections.” A federal inspection by OSHA did cite the facility for two violations
A News Journal/DelawareOnline report said that hours before the hearing, the Delaware Division of Public Health released results of its survey of Planned Parenthood’s Wilmington clinic. The survey cited more than a dozen “unsafe and unsanitary” practices and conditions at the clinic, “including inadequate documentation of narcotics, supplies that had exceeded expiration dates, lax practices to ensure sterility, unlabeled bottles of fluid, overdue or uncertain maintenance records.” The report said an April 24 letter from the division director gave the clinic 10 days to correct the violations and come up with a plan to prevent future problems, and that Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, said in a May 22 response that policies and procedures, including staff training, had been modified and improvements implemented.
So perhaps “Dr.” Gosnell’s “appalling” filthy death trap was not such an outlier after all. In fact, at the risk of sounding like Ron Popeil, let me say “wait there’s more.” From Life News, describing the case of one “Dr.” Robert Alexander in Michigan:
“Dr. Alexander perforated the woman’s uterus so badly that it was hanging on by two blood vessels,” he wrote. “The decapitated head of a fetus was in the woman’s abdomen and the large intestine had been grasped and pulled away from its blood supply and into the vagina. The woman required a hysterectomy, colonoscopy and several units of blood to save her life. “I for one, was very happy to hear he is no longer practicing in Muskegon, but I fear for women anywhere this man would go.”
Talk about your “war on women,” which is yet another ironic phrase In the Age of Obama.