Congressman seeks national inquiry into abortion facilities; Concord should act 1st

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has a post in the Red State blog today about his request that states provide information about Gosnell-like crimes. See post here: We must ensure this never happens again | RedState.

Hooray for Congressman Goodlatte, who holds the exalted position of chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. But why should it take an inquiry from Washington for New Hampshire women to find out what they’re letting themselves in for when they go to an abortion provider?

New Hampshire does not require collection of abortion statistics. Everything is “voluntary.” There is no attempt at all to collect information on post-abortion complications for women. Keeping track of born-alive babies? Nope. All the state will be able to report to Congressman Goodlatte is what public health authorities know, which is nothin’.

Instead of looking to the Beltway for enlightenment about what happens in New Hampshire, let’s look to Concord.

Gosnell: guilty

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar. He was also found guilty of premeditated murder in the deaths of three children born alive despite his best efforts.

There’s much more to be said tomorrow. Today, I am grateful to the prosecutors and jury members, who must be exhausted in mind and spirit.

The President’s recent shout-out to PP

On Twitter, columnist J.D. Mullane summed it up: “In time, video of Pres Obama invoking God to bless nation’s largest abortion provider during #Gosnell trial will stun.”

Almost as stunning, I hope, will be today’s casual and mendacious conflation of “abortion” with “health care.”

Safe-&-legal: let the questions begin in Concord

Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute has just published a thoughtful essay on the current state of justice for the unborn and the just-born, and who does and does not stand up for the “least of these.” Speaking of justice, he also wonders how women seeking late-term abortions are treated by abortion providers, in view of the grand jury report that preceded the Gosnell trial in Philadelphia.

Let our discourse about this be civil, but let’s not confuse silence with civility. The next time the Executive Council votes on Title X contracts, among the bidders will be Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Will Councilors be willing to ask a few questions of PPNNE, in view of its acknowledged status as New Hampshire’s leading abortion provider and its stated claim of “care, no matter what”?

  • Does PPNNE have any formal statement about Dr. Kermit Gosnell or his trial?
  • Does PPNNE believe that Dr. Gosnell’s Pennsylvania facility was operating in violation of applicable laws?
  • How does New Hampshire law assure that conditions such as those at Gosnell’s facility cannot occur here in New Hampshire?
  • Why isn’t PPNNE supporting a law to mandate collection of abortion statistics in New Hampshire, in order to monitor women’s health outcomes?
  • What are PP’s specific medical guidelines for the handling of a born-alive child after attempted abortion?

These questions are relevant to New Hampshire women even though Title X is for “family planning,” even though abortion is not part of Title X (and that is arguable, based on abortifacient drugs being dispensed as contraceptives), and even though PPNNE representatives take pride in their facilities. They speak directly to “safe and legal” abortion.

Stay calm, stay on point, remember the women and children whose lives depend on the answers to these questions.  Potential state contractors are in no position to declare that certain questions or topics are off-limits or irrelevant. The contractors, and the Councilors who vet them, owe us some answers.

To coin a phrase, women are watching.

How to Lie with Statistics

Thank you, Marc Barnes, for questioning abortion statistics provided by the Guttmacher Institute. Read his recent post on how Guttmacher manipulated numbers in a Mexican study to link “unsafe” abortions and maternal deaths.

Ironically, some states including New Hampshire refuse to mandate collection of abortion statistics: how many women seek them, whether there are adverse effects, where the abortions are done, and who does them, for starters. All reporting is voluntary here in the Granite State. The Guttmacher Institute’s NH figures are obtained from Planned Parenthood affiliates and are accepted without scrutiny by legislative committees, as I have seen time and again.

The fact is that none of us knows how many women are dying or suffering irreparable harm due to abortion, whether legal or illegal. I believe each of these women deserves respect and truth, and so do the people who love them.  Policymakers and the medical community need accurate data. No one works harder than abortion providers to keep them from getting it.

Fortunately, writers like Marc Barnes and agencies like the Charlotte Lozier Institute are pressing to discover the truth. More power to them.