(this originally was published by Live Action News)
Dear Wendy Davis,
I was pretty taken aback by your comments today in your interview with the Weekly Standard. Disturbing enough was the reiteration of Nancy Pelosi’s argument that “abortion is “sacred ground,” but I was completely floored that you claimed to know nothing about the horrific Gosnell case. Are you being willfully ignorant of this travesty, or are you so blinded by the abortion money being thrown into your possible governor’s race that you are willing to risk women’s lives instead of researching what is going on in abortion clinics across America?
But perhaps you’ve been too busy helping Planned Parenthood try to avoid clinic regulations that would make abortion safer for the women involved, and didn’t get to read any of Live Action’s extensive Gosnell coverage. Or maybe the lack of mainstream media coverage on the important issue of abortion is to blame for your ignorance. Either way, I’ve decided to help you out with this handy little list of facts from the Gosnell case:
- Gosnell was convicted of MURDERING innocent children who were born as a result of botched abortions.
- Gosnell hired non-licensed staff, such as Eileen O’Neill, who posed as a doctor and performed medical procedures (Grand Jury Report, pp. 2, 32-44, 62-70).
- Gosnell also hired a high school girl, who was responsible for administering dangerous drugs to patients (Grand Jury Report, pp. 2, 34-35).
- Basic sanitation requirements were ignored, resulting in many sexually transmitted diseases being given to his patients (Grand Jury Report pp. 9, 48).
- In addition to his disgusting abortion mill, Gosnell also operated an illegal prescription pain medicine mill, which is the only reason he was even investigated (Grand Jury Report, pp. 2, 19-22).
- Gosnell performed illegal late-term abortions, after the point of viability (Grand Jury Report, pp. 3).
- Gosnell was usually absent from the clinic during the day, which led to many patients giving birth to their children on the floor, and even in toilets, with no medical personnel to care for them (Grand Jury Report, p. 4).
- When Gosnell was there when the women gave birth, he would cut into the infants’ necks with scissors, severing their spinal cords, to ensure “fetal demise” (Grand Jury Report, pp. 4, 99-116).
- While he performed these murders, Gosnell would laugh and joke about the size of the infants – one time remarking that a child was “big enough to walk [him] to the bus stop” (Grand Jury Report, pg. 5).
- Gosnell was a danger to the women who trusted their lives to him – botching many abortions, and leaving women with permanent injuries (Grand Jury Report, pp. 6, 71-72).
- One of these women was Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee who had recently come to the United States from Nepal,
who was killed by Gosnell (Grand Jury Report, pp. 7-8, 117-136).
- Gosnell’s clinic wasn’t inspected for nearly 17 years, despite numerous complaints and reports of shoddy practices, allowing him to get away with these illegal and dangerous practices (Grand Jury Report, pp. 9-13, 137-218).
- The National Abortion Federation DID inspect Gosnell’s clinic in 2009 and, despite finding numerous violations and safety issues, did not inform the proper authorities of their findings (Grand Jury Report, pp. 13, 90-95).
- Gosnell failed to keep his clinic clean, and to make sure that his equipment was up to date and working properly (Grand Jury Report, pp. 44-49).
- Gosnell implemented racist procedures when it came to patient care (Grand Jury Report, pp. 61-62).
- Gosnell defrauded patients, insurance companies, and even nonprofit organizations out of millions of dollars (Grand Jury Report, pp. 88-90).
- Gosnell took unauthorized photographs of patient’s vaginas (Grand Jury Report, pg. 73).
- Gosnell cut the feet off some of the children and displayed them in glass jars (Grand Jury Report, pg. 74).
Now that you know the facts of the case, perhaps you can answer the reporter’s original question:
What is the difference between those two, between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?