“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jury deliberation continues today in what is perhaps one of the most famous criminal trials most Americans have never heard of. The case involves the beheading of infants by severing the spinal column after live birth, infant corpses and severed body parts kept in glass jars and cat food tins and assorted other containers, along with rusty surgical instuments and blood-soaked exam rooms. Surely such carnage must capture the top story position and front page of every major news outlet. Except that it hasn’t. Apparently the story of Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion practice is too awkward to probe in-depth on the nightly news.
As they say, “Ignorance is bliss.” And what a happy, happy bunch Americans are. According to a new survey conducted by the Poling Company for the National Right to Life Committee, 55% of Americans don’t know that Planned Parenthood provides abortions. The survey also revealed that 38% of those who call themselves pro-life have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood. I have no words.
Mark Steyn has plenty of words, however: “And so a progressive society evolves, from the me-generation to the meh-generation.” That’s his response to the following Tweet about the Gosnell trial:
@daveweigel Meh. The story needn’t be nationalized. It’s being used to attack reproductive health care for women.
— mcbyrne (@mcbyrne) April 12, 2013
Nope. Nothing to get excited about. Just ignore the fact that Gosnell is not an outlier in his practices or the fact that abortion clinics across the country are given a free pass when it comes to inspection and regulation or the fact that these so-called “healthcare providers” are often untrained (also here) and/or more focused on profit than safety.
The there’s that catch phrase, “reproductive health care for women,” that makes Americans so much more comfortable than the ugly-but-accurate term “abortion.” Just throw that phrase on the sand dune of euphemisms in which American society buries its collective head. That’s how we get the majority of Americans and over a third of pro-life Americans applauding the “service to women” that Planned Parenthood provides.
I wonder how many people believe Josef Mengele was just a doctor providing access to healthcare.