Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A good question

John Fund on inspections done and not done:
It’s a stunning tale of bureaucratic neglect and incompetence. Despite its law against partial-birth abortions, Pennsylvania stopped regular inspections of abortion clinics in 1993. But regulators still received frequent — and credible — complaints about unsanitary or horrific practices taking place behind Gosnell’s clinic door. And they did nothing.

A 2011 grand-jury report singled out racism and politics for the “see no evil” attitudes. “We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion,” the grand-jury report stated. Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams, a liberal Democrat and one of the prosecutors in the case, maintains that abortion clinics are held to lower standards than other businesses are. In 2011, he asked, “How is it that we have more oversight in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of women’s hair salons than we do over abortion clinics?”
My guess? Because to inspect the charnel house of Kermit Gosnell would have revealed things like this:
Johnson worked as a janitor, maintenance man and plumber of sorts and he was the common-law husband of 51-year-old Elizabeth Hampton, who is herself Gosnell’s wife’s sister. He told jurors some of the morbid details that appear in the grand jury report — including how he threatened to quit working at the abortion clinic because he refused to pull any more flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing.
There's no end to the horror with this case. Both links are worth your time.


Bike Bubba said...

I had had the thought that when life contradicts the assumptions you'd held, sometimes it's a good idea to change your assumptions to match reality.

Apparently that's not the case in the media and the pro-choice left.

Mr. D said...

Apparently that's not the case in the media and the pro-choice left.

Yep. And the greater fear, I suspect, is that a more thoroughgoing examination of this case might lead to discoveries that there are other Gosnells.

Bike Bubba said...

Perhaps not to that degree, but you'll find it, and it's been in the press. I gave a few examples in my recent post, and a diligent investigator can find a bunch more.

Put differently, it's not for no reason that the abortion lobby opposes things like clinic inspections and mandatory reporting of likely child abuse and statutory rape.