Must-read column by David Freddoso: “A Tale of Two Massacres”

Please read and share this column by David Freddoso. When you’re done, review this news story from Florida about a Planned Parenthood employee saying that infanticide – specifically, killing a child who survives a abortion – should be a matter between a woman and her doctor. (Planned Parenthood has since issued a “clarification,” saying that “appropriate care” should be given.)

Planned Parenthood defining appropriate care: there’s food for thought. But I digress.

I am indebted to Freddoso of the Washington Examiner for his insightful column published yesterday. He succinctly summarizes the ghastly murder charges against abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. He compares those murders at the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Then he gets to a question I would like to pose to every New Hampshire legislator who has opposed increased regulation of New Hampshire abortion facilities:

“Many have asked what kind of law they could pass to prevent the next Newtown. Few are writing about how to prevent the next Kermit Gosnell. Given the frequent claim that abortion is safer for being legal, and the eagerness of the abortion rights lobby to distance itself from Gosnell, why such incredible and inflexible resistance to basic safety regulations?”

We’ve seen resistance in New Hampshire to even the slightest increased oversight of abortion facilities. We’ve seen resistance to identifying who is performing the procedures. Yet whenever there is a relevant hearing in Concord, women with soothing voices and moving anecdotes and paychecks from abortion providers assure legislators that more regulation is unnecessary.

Is there a Gosnell in New Hampshire? I hope not. I’ll venture a guess that the spokeswomen for abortion facilities hope not. We’re taking an awful lot on faith, though, especially when New Hampshire does not mandate abortion reporting. Late-term abortions? No one knows how many, or where they are done, or by whom, or how women fare afterwards, or what happens to children who survive abortions. In New Hampshire, is a woman seeking abortion entitled to a termination of pregnancy or to a dead baby?  Gosnell forces me to consider the difference.

We shudder and then become outraged, rightly so, when six-year-olds are murdered at school. We have Congressional hearings and increased activity in legislatures nationwide about preventing more such atrocities. Where’s the similar outrage over Gosnell? Where are the hearings about preventing deaths like the ones of the infants whose bodies were found at his “clinic”? Will the woman whose death has been laid at his door become the face of abortion regulation efforts?

When I hear it can’t happen here in New Hampshire, I fear the real message is I don’t want to know. Get over it. Mandatory reporting is overdue.


Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, pro-life activist, hiker.