Texas Politicians Use Gosnell Verdict to Remind You How Much They Want to Outlaw Abortion
If there's one thing everyone in America can agree on this morning, it's that Kermit Gosnell is disgusting and belongs in an especially dank and fetid section of some sort of subterranean prison.
In a case that millions of talking heads have been shouting at you about from your TV, the Philadelphia doctor was convicted yesterday of first degree murder of three infants and involuntary manslaughter in the death of an adult patient.
Gosnell induced labor in women who were more than 24 weeks pregnant (illegal under Pennsylvania law), then snipped the spines of live infants. He was helped along by a staff that included zero licensed doctors or nurses, in a filthy fake clinic that also doubled as a "pill mill."
To hear some Texas politicians talk, though, Gosnell represents a "typical" abortion provider, and the experiences of the women and children who died on his table are appropriate fodder for a series of talking points about the evils of safe, legal abortion. Anti-abortion groups have jumped all over the Gosnell case, despite the fact that Gosnell was committing infanticide and murder, which literally everyone in the universe opposes (except, apparently, Kermit Gosnell). And almost no one has leapt onto the bandwagon with more gusto than your elected officials.
Irin Carmon over at Salon has already done an excellent job debunking the Fox News & Co. allegation that the libtard media "covered up" the Gosnell trial or refused to cover it. There's been a lot of discussion about why the many complaints against Gosnell's clinic were ignored by Pennsylvania state health officials for so long (hint: possibly because many of his patients had the misfortune of being poor, black and in the wrong part of town).
But now we get to embark on an even more irritating section of this debate, in which conservative politicians use Gosnell as a boogeyman to justify more and more stringent abortion bans (as will groups like Texas Right to Life, who are busily implying that Texas abortion clinics currently don't have to "meet ... minimum safety standards and health regulations.") Never mind the fact that 90 percent of abortions happen in the first 12 weeks, or that less than half of one percent of women experience a complication that requires hospitalization. Let's get right to the insane posturing, shall we?
In a statement issued yesterday, Governor Rick Perry said the Gosnell trial and verdict "shed light on a detestable and gruesome industry that takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies every year in communities across our nation." Further demonstrating his confusion about his job versus that of the Supreme Court, Perry added, "Those of us who believe in the sanctity of life will continue to fight for the day when abortion is nothing more than a sad footnote in American history."
Senator Ted Cruz, meanwhile, called the case a reminder of the "truly gruesome acts" of "late-term abortion." He also reiterated his opposition to "deliberate infanticide," which, just to reiterate, everyone is against. Everyone. Yes, really.
Representative Steve Stockman, in his ongoing bid to out-crazy Cruz, took things a mile or two further. "Democrats do not want abortion to be safe or rare," he said in a statement.. "Democrats oppose even the most basic of health and safety standards for abortion mills. Democrats don't care how many women are maimed, infected with diseases or die on the routinely filthy abortion mills. Democrats worship abortion with same fervor the Canaanites worshipped Molech." (Stockman's Twitter feed is, at this point, little more than an ongoing, spittle-flecked repetition of the words "Gosnell," "Benghazi" and "Obama," followed by millions of hashtags. The dude tweets more than a 14-year-old girl.)
And then there's Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who tweeted, "Pray that ruling from #Gosnell trial ensures abortion laws are strengthened & such an unspeakable tragedy never happens again."
Just a reminder: This is what the people you elected are doing with their time. When they're not creating anti-Obama petitions or just straight up trolling liberals. It can be hard to tell the difference sometimes.