A reporter who did her job

hashtag-gosnell (1024x355) (800x277)I’m indebted to Karen Testerman and TheGosnellMovie.com for reminding me of this anniversary: two years ago today, journalist Kirsten Powers called out her professional colleagues for their silence about the crimes of Kermit Gosnell. She effectively shamed major news organizations into covering the trial of an abortionist from whose activities they would have preferred to avert their gaze.

See her groundbreaking article from USA Today, 4/11/13. It was all the more effective coming from a woman not associated with the pro-life movement. Gosnell snipped the spines of children who survived attempts at late-term abortion. He ran a facility that left some women injured or worse. In Powers’ own words, “This is not about being ‘pro-choice’ or ‘pro-life.’ It’s about basic human rights.”

Abortion advocates went into damage-control mode as soon as Powers put the spotlight on Gosnell’s trial. A NARAL Pro-Choice America “Blog for Choice” post was particularly fascinating in a watching-a-train-wreck sort of way, with the writer claiming, “The horrific conditions in Gosnell’s clinic are an example of what happens to women and our basic dignity when abortion isn’t available through safe and legal providers.” I wrote a post of my own in response, “NARAL blames pro-lifers for Gosnell”, pointing out that Gosnell was operating legally, and he was “safe” as far as the state of Pennsylvania was concerned.

Kermit Gosnell wound up in jail for his crimes, including his role in the death of Karnamaya Mongar. (At last report, he was unrepentant.) Never forget what he did – and never forget what Kirsten Powers did.

By the numbers: 5/6/13

FOUR: number of days of deliberation so far in the trial of Kermit Gosnell. No verdict has been handed down yet.

TWO: number of days in an upcoming workshop on how to be a peaceful and effective sidewalk counselor outside abortion facilities.The Manchester sessions will run from 6-8 p.m. on May 13 & 15, just a week away. Get more information here.

ONE Twitter feed to browse: @KirstenPowers10. She is a self-avowed political liberal on all matters including abortion, but she draws the line at infanticide. She helped force the Gosnell trial onto the radar of her fellow journalists. Simply because she is reaching people who otherwise wouldn’t have paid any attention to the carnage in Philadelphia, she’s done a public service. She continues to cover the trial.

And now to use this platform to promote a friend’s project. FIVE: number of dollars Ben Hartford would be happy for you to donate to his fundraising run to benefit the Payson Center for Cancer Care at Concord Hospital. More about Ben here; more about the Rock’n Race here.

Enjoy the week!