Monsters, Inc? Texas Doc Picks up where Gosnell Left off
Kermit Gosnell may be behind bars, but his deadly legacy lives on. Just when the abortion lobby thought it could turn the page on the PR disaster of the Women's Medical Society, a new "house of horrors" is making headlines--this time in Texas. There, the eye-witness accounts rival those of even Gosnell's clinic, as three former employees described a staggering amount of violence, which would, on occasion, involve Douglas Karpen twisting off the heads of newborn babies. It was a routine procedure, Deborah Edge said of the born-alive killings--which usually involved cutting babies' spinal cords or gouging them in the skull.
"I thought, well, it's an abortion you know, that's what he does, but I wasn't aware that it was illegal... Most of the time, we would see him where the fetus would come completely out, and of course, the fetus would still be alive." Asked how often the babies would be delivered before they were murdered, Edge responded, "every morning... on several occasions."
In one of the more heart-wrenching parts of the interview, Deborah described how babies would be born "too soon" and would be "alive, moving, and breathing." She said that sometimes Karpen would deliver the babies "feet first with the toes wiggling until he stabbed them with a surgical instrument." At that moment, she explains quietly, the toes "would suddenly splay out" in excruciating pain "before going limp." The process was so sickening and so messy that she recalls "the whole floor dirty. I'm talking about me drenched in blood."
While Texas officials investigate, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) took the opportunity yesterday to press Attorney General Eric Holder on whether the DOJ is turning its back on this grisly trend. "In 2002," Franks said, "Congress enacted the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that provides that all federal protections--including from your office, sir, for persons apply to every infant born alive. So will you enforce the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act as Attorney General and will you consider carefully what's happening in clinics across the country like happened at the clinic that Kermit Gosnell ran?"
Holder, whose wife has her own ties to the abortion industry, insisted that he shared Franks's concerns and acknowledged his responsibility to "enforce all the laws that Congress passes." Yes, said Franks, but "have you ever enforced this law even one time?" "I don't know," replied Holder. "I just don't know what the statistics are." Enforcement, after all, is a relatively new concept at the Justice Department (see U.S. marriage and obscenity laws). Still, if there had been prosecutions, he would know about it.
With a web of underground killing fields in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Maryland, and now Texas clinics, this is no longer a hypothetical question of children's safety. It's a pervasive practice that had obviously gone undetected for years--until Gosnell trial's and Lila Rose's undercover videos.
Her discoveries will be the subject of a special webcast edition of "Washington Watch" next Tuesday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Together with congressional leaders like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, we'll explore Live Action's "Inhuman" campaign and explain how you can be involved in ending the Gosnell-type violence in clinics across America. Click over to the webpage for more details!
A Torrent of Tyrants
While the President tries to contain the IRS scandal by firing the acting chief, new details are trickling out about the administration's ideological harassment. According to the Washington Examiner, the corruption went straight to the top, as even the President's pals seemed to have power over which groups were approved for tax-exempt status. In one instance, even Planned Parenthood seemed to hold sway in the application of Coalition for Life of Iowa. The IRS specifically withheld approval until the Coalition sent a letter "with the entire board's signatures, stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest outside of Planned Parenthood." The IRS explained that only when they received that letter would their application be approved.
If that isn't government tyranny, I don't know what is. The administration was actually withholding the group's nonprofit status until it surrendered its constitutional rights to peacefully assemble. It's almost Orwellian, the extent to which the IRS was willing to go to control people's thoughts and actions. And obviously, this goes well beyond the tea party to a direct assault on pro-family, pro-life conservatives. So it comes as cold comfort to our movement that the Justice Department--which has its own vendetta against pro-life groups--is heading up the IRS's criminal investigation. Under President Obama, the DOJ has relentlessly targeted pro-lifers with frivolous lawsuits, which judges have consistently rebuked for their "chilling effect on free speech." Forgive us for being skeptical that the DOJ could put its agenda aside long enough to prosecute this wrongdoing!
Administration Mail-igned over Benghazi
While the President promises that he knew nothing about the IRS racket, emails prove that his administration knew plenty about Benghazi. In a major document dump, almost 100 emails show an obvious conspiracy by the State Department to hide the truth about who was responsible for the embassy attack and what the White House knew of the tragedy. The conversations tie administration officials to a major rewrite of the CIA's talking points--despite their public statements to the contrary.
In one email, reported by the Weekly Standard, a CIA official explains, "The State Department had major reservations with much or most of the document. We revised the document with their concerns in mind." Yet Secretary Clinton, during her January 23 testimony, insisted, "It was an intelligence project... [The] intelligence community was the principle decider about what went into the talking points." To most people, that sounded fishy. After all, why would intelligence community revise their own document unless they were directed to? Based on these exchanges, that's exactly what happened, as State Department officials intervened to try to shield Clinton and the President from blame.
One contradiction after another is exposed in the 99 pages, including the administration's insistence that a YouTube video helped motivate the attack--when in fact, there's absolutely no mention of such a video in the CIA's talking points. For now, the renewed furor over the administration's cover-up is being credited, at least in part, to FRC. Thanks to a letter of 700 special ops veterans, organized by our own Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin with the group Special Operations Speaks, the scandal found new legs.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who is helped to keep the story simmering, told Politico that "The outside groups have made all the difference in the world." Lt. Gen. Boykin is seen by many in the media as a leader in the fight to get Congress more engaged on the issue. That seems to have paid off mightily here, as the American people are finally getting an accurate picture of the depth of administration's deception on Benghazi. Let's hope it continues until those responsible for hiding the truth are finally held accountable.
Rally for the Scouts in Your Hometown!
You don't have to be in Texas next week to make a difference in the Boy Scouts' vote. Join a rally for Scouting tomorrow in one of the 40 cities across America and show your support for the BSA's longstanding values! Find out there's an event near you by clicking over to OnMyHonor.Net/map. The rallies kick off at noon in front of dozens of local councils. To learn more, visit the webpage!
** Why are military officials in sandbag mode? Find out in my new column, "Back to the Basics of Religious Liberty." Also, where does the President's IRS scandal rank in the history of Oval Office corruption? Read Ken Blackwell's op-ed, "Formula for Abuse of Power" in today's Huffington Post.
*** News of Kermit Gosnell's crimes is making headlines around the world. Watch FRC's Anna Higgins respond to the horrors on a special BBC report (below).
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.