Family Research Council
It has all the makings of a riveting courtroom drama: The man on trial is charged with killing seven children and a young mother in a filthy, blood-splattered building near Philadelphia. Over the course of several years, he preyed on his victims as a "doctor" who relied on staff of teenagers posing as licensed anesthetists. Together, they stashed the bodies in the basement freezer, until authorities raided the office and arrested the man known to many as a "human butcher."
Normally, the media would be tripping over themselves to report every grisly detail of this "house of horrors"--unless, of course, the accused is an abortion doctor named Kermit Gosnell and his victims were the babies born alive in his filthy clinic. As the gruesome testimonies spill out of former employees in Gosnell's real-life trial, the bright lights of the network cameras are nowhere to be found. And the keyboards of reporters, who race to recount the nightmarish details of every other tragedy, have fallen silent.
It's not because the story lacks jaw-dropping revelations. This week, two of Gosnell's staffers described the monster they worked for and the evil that penetrated every inch of his Women's Medical Center. Sherry West, who had been with the office for years, told the court about a screaming baby that had been born in the clinic and then murdered. With tears streaming down her face, West said the tortured cries of the child "really freaked me out... I can't describe it." She says that she called the aborted babies "specimens" because "it was easier to deal with mentally." Then, trying to collect herself, she told prosecutors, "I'm trying to block a lot of this out."
Earlier in the investigation, Steven Massof, who was also hired by Gosnell despite his lack of medical training, sent shivers down people's spines when he described the busy times: "It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place." In those moments, Massof confessed, "I felt like a fireman in hell. I couldn't put out all the fires."
Babies born alive in abortion clinics? According to Massof, it's more common than you might think. He estimated that at least 100 babies were born alive in this single clinic who had their necks snipped in what he described as "literally a beheading." "These killings became so routine," an employee admitted, "that no one could put an exact number on them. They were considered 'standard procedure.'"
And what has become standard procedure for the major networks is to ignore the gut-wrenching story. Maybe they're afraid more Americans will make the connection between Gosnell's barbarism and Planned Parenthood's public support for procedures just like it. Last week, a representative of the abortion giant lobbied the Florida state house to stop doctors from helping born-alive babies. Like Gosnell, Cecile Richards's group believes that only "wanted" children have rights.
In a letter to Planned Parenthood, which enjoys a half-billion taxpayer dollars for its extremism each year, Rep. Marsha Blackburn rebuked the President's closest ally for "publicly argu[ing] that the rights of American citizens are not even bestowed upon at birth, but rather at an arbitrary time that benefits your abortion agenda." Americans didn't hear about Rep. Blackburn's letter--for the same reasons that we aren't hearing the testimony of a nation that has hardened its heart to the cry of the innocent. The media clearly doesn't want the country to see the culture they have helped create.
If the networks won't tell these victims' stories, we will. FRC, along with Media Research Center, and 18 other conservative leaders have released a letter calling on the networks to stop censoring their coverage of the Gosnell trial. As even Marc Thiessen argues on the editorial page of the Washington Post, "Our country is deeply divided over the question of abortion. But can we not all at least agree that killing a born child is murder-not a question that 'should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician?'"