Jewish World Review May 6, 2013/ 26 Iyar, 5773
The silence of the lambs
By Paul Greenberg
Some things must not be mentioned in those quarters, at least no more than in passing. One of them, it seems, is the grisly case of Dr. Gosnell, whose murder trial upsets too many myths about abortion, the one American institution the Progressive establishment never challenges.
Those of us who question this kind of news coverage, or rather non-coverage, are told the Gosnell trial is "just a local issue." Right. The way the Boston Marathon bombings were just a local issue.
The same goes for the Sandusky scandal at
The coverage of those "local" cases has been national and intense, and should be. But not the trial of
For reasons of the mainstream media's own, any story that might raise questions about abortion has become taboo. In our era, abortion has become a political litmus test for the orthodox left, not to say an article of faith.
Result: What was once recognized as a low crime now has become a kind of political sacrament. To criticize abortion, whether its legal, moral or political aspects, has become a kind of 21st-century heresy. It's something respectable, certified, capital-J Journalists don't do.
If we violate that taboo, we get kicked out of The Club. Not that some of us hopelessly unfashionable types ever wanted to join it. Which explains why we were bound to break the rule about commenting on the Gosnell case -- an informal rule, but all the more powerful for being informal. Much like any other social taboo.
Dr. Gosnell's has not been a solo practice. At one point in 1972, the year before the
The team of Karman and Gosnell bused 15 desperately poor women between four and six months' pregnant to
Sound familiar? It's much the same promise today's abortion mills hold out to the poor and desperate, or just afraid. Nine of those 15 women in 1972 suffered serious complications; one required a hysterectomy. The whole bloody fiasco became known as the
It sounds less like a medical experiment than a medieval torture. Although the comparison may not be fair. To medieval torturers. As anyone who reads the description of
No one who has kept up with the blood-stained history of abortion will be surprised to learn that
Yes, that's the same Planned Parenthood whose meeting was just addressed by the president of
The first myth the Gosnell case threatens to expose is the belief that Roe put an end to "back-alley" abortions, making them "safe, legal and rare." It might be more accurate to say they have simply been moved to store-front clinics like
The second myth is that Dr. Gosnell is some kind of exception to the benevolent rule of ethical abortionists, to use an oxymoron. But the grand jury report in his case notes that "respectable" abortionists up and down the
A general named Sherman, whose name is still anathema in these Southern latitudes, defended his war against innocent civilians by telling those who objected: "War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it...." The same applies to abortion on demand, however much you try to refine it.
The original sin was making abortion itself the law of the land; once that was done, the awful consequences of that decision followed logically, reasonably, coldly. And so did the callous acceptance of those consequences, not just by distinguished jurists but by nice, well-meaning, respectable people who even now shield their eyes from what they condone, and even hail it as great step forward for "reproductive freedom," meaning the freedom to kill.
After Roe, life itself, or rather death, became just another commodity subject to a free, if not rapacious, market in which operators like
Any who object to such homicidal practices, and any of us who would dare try to protect the most innocent and vulnerable of us by state law, are accused, in the inverted newspeak of our times in which good is evil and evil good, are accused of waging a "war on women."
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