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Bureaucratic inertia is not exactly news. We understand that. But we think this was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.
Grand Jury Report Re Misc. No. 0009901-2008. First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Criminal Trials Division. (HT: Ace of Spades)
Let us please be honest here. Let us cut through the restrictions on honest rhetoric that may lead others to violence. The aggressive marketing and promotion of abortion as a life style choice is the modern outgrowth of the 19th and early 20th Century Eugenics Movements. The marketing is aimed overwhelmingly at poor and minority women.
It is the safest, cleanest and most socially sanctioned methodology our governmental leviathan has devised to rid itself of large numbers of undesirables. Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner made the infamous argument that aborting certain children prevented future crime. Their thesis read like a Planned Parenthood propaganda exercise.
Perhaps the most dramatic effect of legalized abortion, and one that would take years to reveal itself, was its impact on crime. In the early 1990s, just as the first cohort of children born after Roe v. Wade was hitting its late teen years—the years during which young men enter their criminal prime—the rate of crime began to fall. What this cohort was missing, of course, were the children who stood the greatest chance of becoming criminals. And the crime rate continued to fall as an entire generation came of age minus the children whose mothers had not wanted to bring a child into the world. Legalized abortion led to less unwantedness; unwantedness leads to high crime; legalized abortion, therefore, led to less crime.
Like the Pre-Crime Department from the Stephen Spielberg movie, you could just take out the right ones. Abort the ones nobody wants, and society no longer faces negative externalities from these children having ever been spawned. As Sartre once said, “Hell is other people.”
A cursory study comparing rates of abortion in America to our population demographics demonstrates which groups of people American society would obviously like to see comprise a smaller minority of the general population. Filtering out miscegenation, 63% of Americans were White Alone, while 12.4% were purely Black and 15.8% were at least partially Hispanic or Latin in Anno Domine 2009. The other 9% were either Asian or racially mixed.(Ht: Wikipedia).
The New York State Department of Health reports that in 2008, almost 50,000 out of 118,000 abortions were performed on African-America unborn children. 54,000 out of the 118,000 pre-birth assassinations were directed at White unborn children. Assuming that New York State more or less “looks like America”, and that American demographics didn’t undergo watershed transformation in 2008, there is an obvious disparity between population proportion and numbers of abortions taking place in America today. 42.3% of New York State’s abortions involved a racial cohort representing 12.4% of the population. Less than ½ of the abortion procedures (46%) involved white children.
I’m sure Dr. Levitt would rapidly demure if asked whether the race of an aborted child had meaningful impact upon the crime prevention value or externality cost avoidance associated with the abortion procedure. In other words, I doubt he would care to opine as to whether aborting a disproportional cohort of poor, minority children of unmarried women was a good risk abatement strategy for modern Western Society to legislate towards and engage in officially. Most people with a political IQ> 6 would demure in a similar manner.
His damage to how Western Society values a human life is by implication and, as was the case with “Women’s Medical Society,” the societal mandate to get rid of these people somehow, is implicit and kept strictly under wraps. Dispose of these people quietly, as if they were environmental waste or something, and the methods by which it is done are not watched too closely. Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell, the murderous, vile abortionist in Pennsylvania, fit this grizzly purpose to perfection. In the words of Joe Biden, he was storybook, man.
Gosnell seemed impressive as well. A child of the neighborhood, Gosnell spent almost four decades running this clinic, giving back – so it appeared – to the community in which he continued to live and work.
(Grand Jury Report, Ob. Cit.)
However, the extent to which conditions in his clinic were reminiscent of medical care in the worst of the 3rd World, belies any sort of narrative suggesting that the Doctor, or anyone who was supposed to regulate and monitor the doctor, considered the women he treated as decent or valuable human beings. Dr. Gosnell, and the society that supported him, felt nothing other than hatred and contempt for the patients of the “Women’s Medical Society.” The Grand Jury that indicted Gosnell described his clinic as follows.
The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.
(Grand Jury Report Ob. Cit.)
Dr. Gosnell was paid handsomely to dispose of socially undesirable children. America wanted those babies dead and didn’t give a damn how Gosnell made them go take a dirt nap. His procedures for later-term pregnancies show how evil, he and by extension, our entire kfucked-up culture and society have become.
When you perform late-term “abortions” by inducing labor, you get babies. Live, breathing, squirming babies. By 24 weeks, most babies born prematurely will survive if they receive appropriate medical care. But that was not what the Women’s Medical Society was about. Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord.
(Grand Jury Report. Ob. Cit.)
I leave this now with the same last words that Joseph Conrad had Kurtz utter when he left his debased and Neitzschean existence. “The Horror…The Horror.”