LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014—The New York Post reported yesterday that the New York State Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics. Some of these facilities have escaped scrutiny for more than a decade. The report by Carl Campanile states that NY tanning salons are more rigorously inspected:
“Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state.
Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years.”
The lax procedures by the NY State Health Department in issuing oversight is what allowed abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s to perform late term and other murderous acts under the protection of pro-abortion groups. At a Grand Jury trial in Philadelphia Gosnell was convicted of three count of murder for cutting the spines of live birth babies with scissors and 21 counts of performing late-term abortions among other medical violations.
According to the Grand Jury report, the Philadelphia Department of Health conducted sporadic, inadequate inspections for 13 years, and then none at all between 1993 and 2010. This led to Gosnell operating his “House of Horrors” unchecked for close to 40 years. It was only when the clinic’s illegal drug activities came under scrutiny that the tragedies of this “safe and legal” abortion clinic began to unfold.
Is it any coincidence that approaching the one-year mark of the Kermit Gosnell trial, we are seeing the same negligence that led to the Philadelphia nightmare?
Gosnell was indicted in 2011 on eight counts of murder stemming from babies who were born alive then murdered, and a woman who died on his table. The trial that was all but ignored by the national media, using the excuse that it was a “local story” or because the indictment had been covered nationally in 2011, it was old news. The empty seats set aside for press at the trial were a stinging indictment on the media’s priorities.
Only after being called out by Daily Beast columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers did certain media outlets bother to churn out any coverage. Some of that said coverage was more reactionary, condemning the pro-life movement and certain other outlets (read: Fox News) of ratcheting up anti-choice sentiment.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had this to say to The Huffington Post:
“Instead of encouraging more restrictions on reproductive rights, the Gosnell trial should serve as a warning about the consequences of denying women access to safe and affordable abortion care.
“This is exactly what happens when you place undue restrictions and you try to shame women to keep them from exercising their constitutional right to safe and legal abortions.”
Gosnell spent nearly four decades overseeing his legal clinic where babies were being born alive in toilets and had their spinal cords “snipped” to complete their murder. Women were infected with venereal diseases from the reuse of non-sanitized instruments, had baby body parts left inside their uteruses, and had internal organs ripped and punctured due to Gosnell’s butchery.
One woman in particular, Karnamaya Mongar, died because she was not afforded adequate or timely medical treatment. But instead of acknowledging the travesty that these things were allowed to occur in a legal abortion clinic, Hogue chose to grandstand.
She is but one example of why I refuse to wear the feminist label.
What is even more incredulous is the fact that Hollywood has not rushed to tell the story.
The Jodi Arias trial occurred in tandem with the Gosnell trial, and received wall-to-wall coverage from national mainstream media, mostly because of its titillating sexual aspects and beautiful defendant (CNN Covered Arias Trial More In One Day Than the Gosnell Trial In Eight Weeks). Less than a month after the Arias mistrial, Lifetime Movies premiered Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, to critical acclaim, and even higher viewership.
But in this past year, there has been not a whisper or rumor of similar treatment being given to the Gosnell trial that led to multiple murder convictions. So in Hollywood’s development bubble, a hot femme fatale who violently murders her boyfriend is a draw, but innocent babies and poor women being murdered just isn’t very sexy or profitable.
It took the FrackNation filmmakers to recognize the power, repugnance, and warning in this story, and they are determined to see it made into a movie. Journalists and filmmakers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segieda have mounted an IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign to raise money to produce Kermit Gosnell: The Movie.
McAleer calls Gosnell “America’s biggest serial killer”, but he does not simply plan to paint a picture of the gruesome clinic or the maniacal doctor; McAleer will also focus on the bureaucratic and media inattention that enabled a monster like Gosnell to continue for so long.
Ann McElhinney said in their site promotional video, “the mainstream media or Hollywood don’t think this is a story. Even though Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, The Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined. In a 30-year killing spree, it is thought he killed thousands of babies.”
Since the campaign was launched on March 28, the filmmakers have raised over 400,000 out of 2.1 million goal with 35 days to go. Whether you can contribute $1 or a thousand, there are a number of options available.
It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice; the sheer ugliness, injustice, and senselessness of these crimes, and the many lives lost at Gosnell’s hands should be spotlighted and documented as an example of what lack of government and personal accountability, greed, and disregard for life can produce.
To contribute to the movie’s campaign, visit Gosnellmovie.com.