Abortion’s Alternate Realities

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By Mr. Curmudgeon:

It was a presidential first. Last Friday evening, President Obama became the only sitting president to address a Planned Parenthood conference. This occurred against the backdrop of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s trial for the murder of still-living aborted infants at the West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society. What follows is the juxtaposition of Obama’s empty Progressive platitudes alongside the tangible, real-world horrors perpetrated by the abortionist Dr. Gosnell:

President Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood:

“So what I see in this audience, extraordinary doctors and nurses, and advocates and staff who work tirelessly to keep the doors at health centers all across the country going, then I’m reminded of those very early efforts and all the strides that we’ve made in subsequent decades.  And I also think about the millions of mothers and daughters and wives and sisters, friends and neighbors who walk through those doors every year.”

In the matter of Dr. Kermit Gosnell:

Defense attorney Jack McMahon demanded that Judge Jeffrey Minehart dismiss all seven murder charges against the extraordinary Dr. Gosnell for terminating still-living infants. According to councilor McMahon, the babies in question moved very little after they were brought into this world thanks to the good doctor’s use of the toxic abortion-inducing drug Digoxin, which Dr. Gosnell’s attorney insisted doomed the tiny victims before they left their mother’s wombs.

Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron countered that one victim, identified as Baby Boy B, who was preserved in a freezer at the West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society, had a hole in the back of his neck, his spinal cord severed by the expert hands of Dr. Gosnell – with the aid of scissors. Citing medical data saying 70 to 80 percent of Digoxin-induced abortion victims survive outside the womb, Cameron asked rhetorically, “Why put a hole in the neck of a baby unless you’re killing it?”

President Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood:

“Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.”

In the matter of Dr. Kermit Gosnell:

41-year-old Karnamay Mongar came to the United States after living in a squalid Nepalese refugee camp for 20 years. When the mother of three and grandmother of one discovered she was 18-weeks pregnant, she sought the abortion services of two clinics, but was denied; the clinics refusing to conduct second-trimester abortions.

“She was referred to the Women’s Medical Society because Gosnell had a reputation for performing abortions regardless of gestational age,” said the Philadelphia Grand Jury’s report. Throughout her abortion procedure, members of Gosnell’s unlicensed staff “gave repeated injections of … sedative drugs that Gosnell referred to as a ‘twilight’ dose.’”

Karnamay Mongar stopped breathing when she died from an overdose of Demerol.

When the Philadelphia medical examiner’s toxicology expert, Dr. Gary Collins, drew a chart illustrating the high concentration of Demerol in Mongar’s bloodstream for the grand jury, he pointed to the air high above his chart. “The peak concentration is going to be off the scale way up here,” said Dr. Collins.

President Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood:

“So the fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

Obama, Dr. Gosnell and Planned Parenthood:

Contrary to President Obama’s claim, the birth control-abortion debate is a throwback to the late 19th/early 20th century. In 1921, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote, “The campaign for Birth Control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal with the final aims of Eugenics.”

What is Eugenics, you ask?

The English mathematician Sir Francis Galton, who coined the term Eugenics, defined it as “the science which deals with all influences that improve the inborn qualities of race; also with those that develop them to the utmost advantage.” Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, believed that improving the gene pool would create healthy, happy and wealthy humans if the principles of natural selection – “survival of the fittest” – were strictly enforced. In America, a movement of “reformers” took up the Eugenics cause, advanced under the guidance of an enlightened Progressive intelligentsia.

In 1921, Margaret Sanger wrote, “As an advocate of Birth Control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit’, admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization … the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”

In 1932, one year before Hitler became chancellor of Germany, Sanger delivered a speech at the New History Society in which she said America’s “dysgenic [defective] population” be given a “choice of segregation or sterilization.” Those choosing “segregation” would be handed over to “special departments under government medical protection.” Sanger put as positive a spin on her proposed concentration camps as possible, saying the estimated twenty million or so souls would be “soldiers of defense – defending the unborn against their own disabilities.”

The concentration camps never materialized, but several states enacted forced sterilization laws … with the support of the United States Supreme Court. Writing for the majority in Buck vs. Bell, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”

As the San Francisco Chronicle’s Edwin Black noted, “Hitler proudly told his comrades just how closely he followed the progress of the American eugenics movement. ‘I have studied with great interest,’ he told a fellow Nazi, ‘the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock.’”

Hitler would eventually expand on Margaret Sanger’s concentration camp idea, abandoning forced sterilization in favor of mass extermination.

When Nazi criminals stood in the docket at Nuremberg, they recounted America’s Progressive-Era Eugenics policies in their legal defense.

And now the moral to this twisted tale:

Our Progressive betters have been on a century-long crusade to improve the condition of mankind. In doing so, they elevated themselves to a God-like status, divining what is desirable and what is not. In their effort to remake man in their image, they dehumanized the less desirable by dismissing them as “feeble-minded,” “mentally defective” and the “poverty-stricken classes.” Early 20th century Progressive Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes dehumanized Carrie Buck in his ruling ordering her forced sterilization by declaring, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Justice Harry Blackmun, in Roe vs. Wade, dehumanized all unborn life existing before “the interim point at which the fetus becomes ‘viable’” as mere tissue mass. Dr. Gosnell of West Philadelphia simply extended Justice Blackmun’s dehumanization of the unborn by a few weeks. Progressive eugenics is alive and well in America.

“No matter how great the challenge of [abortion] opposition,” Obama told the conference audience last Friday, “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere.”

In his 1922 book, Eugenics and Other Evils, philosopher, poet, journalist and Christian rationalist G.K. Chesterton wrote, “The thing that really is trying to tyrannize through government is Science … for the government will really help it to persecute its heretics … If it means the imposition by the police of a widely disputed theory, incapable of final proof – then our priests are not now persecuting, but our doctors are.”

Dr. Gosnell is one such persecutor. And as President Obama said, Progressivism’s medical persecutors aren’t “going anywhere.” Obamacare will accelerate our plunge into the abyss of America’s century-old Progressive Dark Age by the lights of perverted science.

“As the Christ Child could be hidden from Herod,” wrote Chesterton, “so the child unborn is still hidden from the omniscient oppressor. He who lives not yet, he and he alone is left; and they seek his life to take it away.”

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