Two tweets this morning caught my eye. The first, from actress Patricia Heaton:
The video, a piece of undercover journalism by pro-life activists, is horrifying. The euphemisms the abortion workers use to dehumanize the life being ended. The revelations that late-term abortions are done every day at one clinic. The information that one worker began her employment at the clinic as a young teenager -- just like one of Gosnell's employees.
LiveAction has actually been doing such undercover journalism for years. Sometimes, particularly during hot election seasons, their videos are Gosnelled (that is the neologism for downplaying politically inconvenient news). But at this moment, perhaps because of all the embarrassment over the media's lack of coverage over Gosnell, these stories are getting some coverage. Here's the Washington Post:
An antiabortion group that mounted a six-month undercover investigation has released videos this week that raise questions about what might happen to a baby as a result of an unsuccessful abortion.
One video features a D.C. doctor, Cesare Santangelo, who said that in the unlikely event that an abortion resulted in a live birth, “we would not help it.” Santangelo was answering repeated questions from an undercover operative about what would happen, hypothetically, if she gave birth after an unsuccessful abortion.
“I mean, technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive, but . . . it probably wouldn’t,” Santangelo is shown telling the woman, who was 24 weeks pregnant. “It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point.”
So you know who the real villain is in this story, right? As Will Saletan, Slate's prominent abortion rights journalist, puts it:
What's more disgusting than late-term abortion? This scheme to exploit it by hiring actors & secretly taping doctors. http://wapo.st/11wBHIW
More disgusting than, for instance, tearing a viable baby limb from limb? Why, showing that doctors do it all the time in our country. Makes sense, right?