Today is the sad 40th anniversary of the travesty of Roe v. Wade. For those of you who may not remember, Kermit Gosnell is the monster (forget all that alleged crap) who: murdered eight babies because he couldn't abort them (he induced labor, then stabbed them to death with scissors); murdered at least one woman after aborting her baby; may have murdered other women aborting their babies; maimed countless other women aborting their babies, in some cases leaving parts of the dead baby in the womb; and, left body parts of the aborted fetuses lying around, sometimes in jars. The Pennsylvania Department of Health not only had not inspected Gosnell's butcher shop for nearly 20 years, they made it a point not to inspect ANY abortion mills during that time (this started when the GOP's pro-abortion Tom Ridge was governor, and continued during pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell's administration). Nobody knew what was going on in Gosnell's house of horrors; his abortion shop was raided by police during an investigation of Gosnell allegedly engaging in illegally dealing prescription drugs. Gosnell has not yet been tried in court. (Read the post I linked to above for more details.)
Pro-abortion zealot, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the current governor of New York state, is urging the state's general assembly to pass an abortion expansion law that will allow New York's abortionists to exceed the monstrosity committed by Gosnell, and to make it legal.
The law in question is the Reproductive Health Act, and he and the legislature are trying to tie it with other bills into a broad-based women's equity package. The New York Catholic Conference, mentioned in one of the Hot Air links, does a point-by-point deconstruction of the bill:
- The bill would permit unlimited late-term abortion on demand.
- The bill would endanger the lives of women by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.
- The bill would preclude any future reasonable regulations of abortion.
- The bill endangers the religious liberty of Catholic hospitals and other institutions.
- The bill could be used to undermine the state’s maternity programs.
Morrissey links to a group called "Democrats for Life", who puts out statistics that claims to say there are pro-life Democrats out there. As far as I'm concerned, the real Democrat Party has abandoned any notion of it supporting life, especially since supposedly "pro-life" Democrats sold their souls to allow Obamacare to pass. On top of that, Allahpundit has a post on a new poll that claims the people believe abortions should be legal in all or most cases. So the idea that a group called "Democrats for Life" is going to have any impact to sway zealous, pro-abortion Democrats like Cuomo, fuhgeddaboudid.
In another link at Allahpundit's post, LifeNews.com links to a report recently released by the National Right to Life Committee. According to the report, there have been nearly 56 million babies killed following Roe. This figure are based on the numbers maintained by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, who receives information directly from abortion providers. The reports also mentions getting information from the CDC, but they rely on state data, which itself is based on voluntary reporting; some states haven't provided abortion numbers to the CDC for years. These numbers are beyond Stalin-esque; they approach the murder rate of China's Mao.
As with everything else, pro-abortion Democrats like to demagogue the abortion issue, especially when federal judges and Justices are appointed. As they've been saying since the confirmation hearings of Robert Bork in 1987, Democrats have been lying that Bork and those like him would return the U.S. to the days of the back-alley, coat hanger abortions supposedly occurring in a bygone era. Democrats have lied repeatedly they want abortions to be safe, rare, and legal. These Democrats oppose every single effort, and I do mean every one, that could lessen the numbers of abortions and make them safer. So what Democrats really want is for abortions to remain legal, and to expand them. Cuomo and the pigs who support this new legislation for New York state have proven that. What's really amazing is how Obama and the Democrats want to control a huge swath of the American economy through regulations and economic planning. But they want all the worst aspects of laissez-faire principles that they whine about employed in the murder of America's most vulnerable, the unborn; and, to have taxpayers pay for every abortion without any pre-conditions or regulations. Democrats monstrously want the back-alley, coat hanger abortions to be legal and paid for by us.
It isn't known how many more like Kermit Gosnell exist in Pennsylvania with that state's government abandonment of their duties with respect to abortion clinics. What is a guarantee is that those like Gosnell in New York are going to get rich on the blood they spill, all thanks to pro-abortion zealots in Albany.