Remain Calm, Etc.: Change Is Coming, But When Will It Get Here?
Posted April 18, 2013on:
Ch-ch-ch-changes! Game changers. Agents of change. I’ve been hearing about this for years – nay. make that decades.
Somehow, someway, despite the multitude of positive changes in the lives of American women, there are still those who did not seem to get the memo, or even the meme. Consider the case of Kermit Gosnell, M.D.
Dr. Gosnell attended Jefferson, one of the premier US medical schools. He has been a practitioner of late term abortions for many years, and is currently on trial for murder. The Washington Post has an article about this, and is one of the few large newspapers that seem to have reported the event. Jonathan Capehart wrote the article, and he includes the following paragraph from the Grand Jury overview:
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
What the hell? With all of the restrictions placed on clinics, how did this hot mess get missed? It certainly isn’t because of non-reporting. Both the medical board and the public health department received complaints, but declined to investigate.
Understand that late-term abortion frequently involves the delivery of what amounts to a low-birth weight premature (yet viable, by medical standards) infant. In most instances, the baby does not live very long. According to patient and staff reports, Dr. Gessner’s patients were encouraged to pass their foetus while sitting on a toilet. Should they deliver them in a non-watery setting, Dr. Gessner dispatched the living infants by severing the spinal cords with scissors. Despite all of the obvious problems, this outrage continued until a federal prescription drug raid took place. Amazing how this works – prescription drug abuse = raid, dead women = no raid.
The New York Times Sabrina Tavernise also quotes the Grand Jury in her article:
A grand jury report issued on the same day offered its own theory on why so little happened for so long.
“We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color,” the report said, “and because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”
Sad, but true. Women who are poor/ of color/undocumented have little in the way of protections. The infants were the result of late- term abortion, which is a knotty problem in and of itself. In all honesty, as pro-choice as I am, I still have a problem with late-term abortions. If performed at all, the sole reason should be the life of the mother. Should the infant be born alive, I honestly believe that you have a live birth that should be treated as such.
Practitioners such as this are the exception that proves the right-wing meme of dead infants abounding in murderous conditions. The damnedest thing about is that the right-wing insistence upon lack of regulation is what permitted this to flourish.
I am a women, and I cannot keep calm about this. Neither should you.
This is an open thread.
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