Politics, Abortion, and Infanticide: Obama Responds

As I noted yesterday in an earlier post, the grand jury report incident to the indictment for murder and infanticide of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was released earlier this week, and it suggests that what those most opposed to abortion have always claimed about the so-called abortion mills is all too true. As at one reporter put it,

Gosnell and his associates not only broke state law by performing abortions after 24 weeks—they also killed live babies by stabbing them with scissors and cutting their spinal cords. Law enforcement officials found blood-stained furniture, unsterilized instruments and fetal remains scattered about the clinic. At least one woman, a refugee from Nepal, had died under Gosnell’s care after being given repeated injections of a dangerous sedative. Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions from treating and sometimes maiming his patients, who were mostly low-income, minority women.

As it happens, yesterday was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It offered President Obama, who is a man even more quick to seize upon an event and exploit it as “a teaching moment” than I am, the perfect opportunity to say something about the grand jury report and its larger meaning. Here is what he said:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

I wonder what sort of dreams he had in mind.