Kermit Gosnell is one of a kind

  • Article by: William Saletan , Slate
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 8:38 PM

We shouldn’t dismiss his actions or ignore prolifers’ concerns, but we ought to work with the actual numbers.

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goferfanzMay. 14, 13 8:38 PM

Of course, we know this how? Government numbers? In the sudden scandal era of IRS, State Dept, HHS, and Justice Dept, plus the ever wrong CBO, this columnist really picked a poor time to opine.

jobrowMay. 15, 13 8:04 AM

1. Their numbers are based upon published gov't records. My first question is "How many unrecorded abortions are taking place". These are the ones that would better reflect what's happening in the world where a Gosnell is working. 2. let's stay with his working statistics. here's a few numbers I found with a quick search that show recorded abortions Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 1973, roughly 50 million legal induced abortions have been performed in the United States. Let's take the CDC number, which is over one million "recorded" abortions a year, and then apply it to the article. Slate in the article says that only 8% of abortions are done after 13 weeks and 1% after 21 weeks ( and they say that's a decline!). Even using 1 million abortions average per year, as the number, we're looking at 80,000 and 10,000. Taking the worst case, haven't we shown that after 21 weeks a fetus shows life outside the womb? The simple question to me that needs to be asked is "How are the lives of these 10,000 fetus's terminated?"

jackster4May. 15, 1310:28 AM

Prolifers clipped parts of Pigman’s testimony, removing the section where he referred to other perinatal conditions, and they attributed all 1,270 deaths to botched abortions. "That number is off by a factor of 30 to 40. If you go to the CDC’s Wonder database and plug in code 96.4, you’ll find that in 2010, the total number of deaths linked to this condition (“Termination of pregnancy, newborn”) was 30. In 2009, it was 42. In 2008, it was 33. In 2007, it was 30." ...........So according to the CDC ONLY 135 babies, not fetuses, 135 BABIES were killed over four years only because the mother and doctor made that "choice". Is that an acceptable number for the "pro-choice" crowd?If not, what is the number? What has happened to our country?

mike2636May. 15, 13 3:01 PM

Isn't it funny how "liberal" people have to label people who don't agree with them. In this article anyone who does not believe this guy is a "profiler." If you don't buy the global warming thing you are a "denier." Fact of the matter is how hard would it be to get away with this kind of activity? Seems to me given the numbers with just a little precaution you could get away with Murder??? They do that everyday don't they?

gvvoiceMay. 15, 13 3:26 PM

Nice to see the folks at the Star Trib getting their editorials from Slate - just demonstrates their irrelevancy.

convwmMay. 16, 13 1:53 PM

One of a kind? Douglas Karpen. Make that two of a kind, so far....but to be fair, I only spent 30 seconds on a google search.

norgemnMay. 16, 13 5:11 PM

First, what Gosnell did is not an isolated incident (see the link below). The fact is, this is not a light topic for people to confront - and it's very easy to simply look away and pretend it's not there It's also easy to look at as just another political issue. However, this is above politics and if it is at all possible for any good to come out what Kermit Gosnell carried on for years, then it just might be that we're finally seeing the horror for what it is that actually takes place in every abortion clinic throughout the world. And more importantly, is there any real difference as to what these "doctors" are doing outside the womb and inside the womb? Hopefully we don't lose consciousness of what's happening and can start to make some real progress on ending the holocaust of the unborn.

cecilia33May. 20, 1312:14 PM

Add to Douglas Karpen, Nicola Riley, Martin Haskell, LeRoy Carhart

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