More furor over Gosnell abortion murder trial media blackout

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Here's the thing though if you want to have the abortion discussion. Abortion being illegal doesn't actually end abortion. It just makes women choose more medically dangerous (it's a rather frequent cause of death among women in Africa for instance) options and you'd actually get more instances of something like this Gosnell atrocity when medically safe, regulated abortions are unavailable.

    Belgium has the lowest abortion rates in the world, even lower than the nations where it's illegal. They make great efforts to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the first place (after all they have one of the lowest birth rates too so it's not like they're just choosing life) by making contraception available to everyone and other policies one might find advocated by pro-choicers like comprehensive sex education.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 16, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    It is interesting that the WP didn't cover the trial much but now is trying to justify why it didn't. It has run several articles a day but not of substance.

    Erik Wemple wrote this today. "Since late last week, a consensus has emerged: The national media has in large part ignored the trial of 72-year-old abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Cameras aren’t allowed in the Gosnell courtroom and the details of the proceedings are too grisly for family-oriented media outlets."

    In a HuffPost Live segment today on the issue, host Marc Lamont Hill made clear where his theoretical thinking lay:

    “For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights. Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.”

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    April 16, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    The issue in this story is not abortion, which can be debated separately.

    The issue here is the curious mainstream media absence of coverage. However, that is easily explained as the media seeking to avoid anything which may tarnish the image of one of their favorite "rights" by revealing the horrific and gruesome details of what went on in this murderous "clinic."

    Omission of coverage is a distortion of truth, just a lot less obvious. Especially to the "low information voters" who make up much of the media's market these days.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Carmon wrote, "To everyone who thinks his case was a reason for more abortion restrictions: What he did was already illegal."

    What he/they did was, indeed, illegal, **and** grotesquely immoral. Just as was all that he/they did **legally**.

    When the Supreme Court imposed on our country the notion that the shadowy concept of implied constitutional rights of "privacy" trump the first, most fundamental and explicitly enumerated right to **life**, we were set on the path to a moral degradation that has plagued us ever since.

    Killing children, legally or otherwise, simply for being inconvenient or unwanted is an inhumane abomination that condemns us. The blatant disregard for this story is only one more manifestation of the blatant dishonesty of most of the media and much of the populace regarding the topic of abortion. A dishonestly that simply condemns them further.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    Seems like none of the three of you commenting above care about this case and the disgusting murders it involves either. You just want to make a political point about abortion.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 16, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    By way of explanation -- abortion is a sacrament of the secular, liberal, [ir]religious [un]church. Liberal media elites are its [un]clergy. The won't admit it, but they're as protective of their dogma and sacraments as we are of ours.

    Just as we hate to hear of or discuss disrepectful acts toward our sacraments, the [un]high [un]priests of liberalism hate to hear anything bad about theirs, particularly the [un]high, [un]holy abortion sacrament.

    Especially when it's the truth.

    The big difference between liberals and real people is, of course, that they're laughably, demonstrably, dangerously wrong. But almost as striking is that they profess not to be affected by their [ir]religious beliefs, when ALL evidence is to the contrary.

    Otherwise semi-intelligent people lose all reason when discussing abortion. They won't admit it, but abortion kills something. Something pretty special. Something that's not a gerbil or a fish, though liberals would scream to [un]high [un]heaven if we were to treat gerbils or fish the way they treat the unborn.


    April 16, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Its COLD BLOODED MURDER! How in God's name do these people live with themselves?

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    April 16, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Carmon claims this is an “illustration of the need for faster, safer and more readily available abortion.” Also, “she also argues for public funding of abortion.”

    It is tragic that this view is being promoted as “normal” by the movers and shakers of America. Abortion is NOT normal and should not be treated as just another casual activity of day-to-day life. Some people just refuse to take responsibility for their actions. If I callously took a life with no justification, I would be held responsible for it, not anybody else. The same should go for those who would give a life without regard to the associated consequences.

    Abortion on demand was one of the primary reasons the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. We stand at a similar brink. Though I believe that it will be the way of the world to push us over, it is worth the fight to keep it from happening for as long we can still distinguish right from wrong.