It was a lie from the beginning. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, claimed her pregnancy was a result of rape. It wasn’t. McCorvey admitted the lie years later when she came out of the closet, so to speak, and joined the pro-life movement. But the lie served the purpose of the American Civil Liberties Union, which wanted a test case to strike down the Texas law that allowed abortion only when the life of the mother was at stake. By the time the U.S. Supreme Court had worked its alchemy on the Constitution, Roe v. Wade had become the vehicle for knocking down the abortion laws of nearly every state. On January 22, 1973, the Court declared abortion a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some 50 million aborted babies later, the big lie marches on.
Many have heard about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the West Philadelphia abortionist who was just indicted for the murders of a 41-year-old woman during a botched abortion and eight babies born alive. He committed his infanticide by taking the children and severing their spines with a pair of scissors. Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, this doesn’t come close to painting an accurate picture of the veritable house of horrors that was his abortion mill.
While President Barack Obama was lecturing China's President Hu Jintao about human rights Wednesday, prosecutors in Philadelphia announced they had charged an abortion doctor with eight counts of murder in the deaths of one woman and seven babies. The infants were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said.
It’s always entertaining when politicians pontificate on the free market: they make even bigger fools of themselves than usual.
If anyone has been trying to pin the blame on rightwing Republicans for creating a "climate of hate" that supposedly led to the January 8 shooting in Tucson, it hasn't been the New York Times. That's what the Times says, anyway, in a "news analysis" it published Tuesday.