Bucks County Courier Times columnist J.D. Mullane asked an extremely insightful and disturbing question over the weekend.
Wondering: Did Dr. Kermit Gosnell ever deliver a baby and let it live? #Gosnell
— jdmullane (@jdmullane) April 18, 2013
This is an interesting question, because less than a year ago, some audio from Illinois’ debate over the state version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act was uncovered that has then-State Senator Barack Obama expressing an opinion on this very situation. I encourage you to listen to the audio or read the entire transcript, but this is the part that is on point:
I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they’re looked after.
Senator Obama had a lot of faith that a doctor can do a 180 in record time from doing a procedure designed to kill a fetus—viable or not—to attempting to save the very life he was trying to destroy mere moments before.
President Obama, no longer expresses that degree of faith in the medical profession. At least when it comes to tonsils.
Asked a rather benign question about the Gosnell case by a member of his fan club the mainstream media, Obama refused to comment on the case itself because “it’s an active trial.” (Breaking! George Zimmerman would like Obama to be consistent.) This is a noble position for the president to take, but when the trial ends, the press should revisit the issue. Here’s the questions President Obama should be asked:
- Knowing what we know now about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, do you still feel that doctors doing abortions can be trusted to render aid to babies that survive the procedure?
- Gosnell was charged with 7 counts of first degree murder because he allegedly delivered babies alive and then “snipped” their spinal cords. If he’d done the same thing while the baby’s toe was still in the birth canal, it would’ve been legal. In your view, is that the only thing Gosnell did wrong? Should he have faced a trial because of that technicality?
- If a woman goes to a doctor for an abortion, should they be guaranteed a “successful” outcome? That is, a dead baby?
- You’ve said abortions should be safe, legal and rare. Do you support efforts by state governments like those in Virginia to require abortion providers to meet the same standards as other outpatient medical facilities?
The good news for Obama is that the media won’t ask him any of those questions.