Did Obama “Endorse” Kermit Gosnell in Planned Parenthood Speech?
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/26/13 1:52 PM
Did President Barack Obama indirectly “endorse” embattled late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell in his speech to Planned Parenthood today?
Obama ignored Gosnell and made no mention of his murder trial during the speech to the abortion company today, but Billy Valentine, the director of policy and political work for the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, says that if you take Obama literally at what he said, he should have no problem with what Gosnell did at his “house of horrors” abortion clinic.
During his speech, Obama said “there’s nothing conservative about the government injecting itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.”
But what about the decisions made between the women who went to “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell for late-term abortions that involved him and his staff snipping their necks and spinal cords in what amounts to infanticide? Does Obama oppose government “injecting itself” into those decisions as well? He didn’t answer that, so Valentine is left to wonder:
Obama said it’s wrong to inject oneself between woman & doctor. Is that an endorsement of “Doctor” #Gosnell & PAs lack of oversight?
— Billy Valentine (@valentinebilly) April 26, 2013
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser didn’t go quite as far but chided Obama for ignoring Gosnell and Planned Parenthood’s connection to him. She told LifeNews:
“President Obama touts Planned Parenthood as a trusted friend and health care provider to women and girls, but this could not be further from the truth. Planned Parenthood last week admitted to knowing about the conditions inside Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic yet chose not to act to help end the killing of newborn babies and butchering of women.
“President Obama blatantly ignored this inconvenient truth about the abortion industry’s horrific lack of oversight, and disparaged the pro-life advocates who wake up each morning with the goal of saving the lives of unborn children and women from the pain of abortion.
“It seems that nothing – not even eyewitness accounts of Gosnell-style conditions in their own clinics – is enough to make President Obama reconsider his unyielding support for Planned Parenthood, which in a single year performed more than 333,000 abortions and received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. It is no wonder that in introducing him, the first thing Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards did was to lavish praise on President Obama for supporting the abortion giant to the point of willingness to shut down the entire government during the continuing resolutions battle.”
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On April 18, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Planned Parenthood knew about the conditions in Gosnell’s clinic, yet did not contact the police or elected officials. According to the Grand Jury Report, the National Abortion Federation also inspected Gosnell’s clinic and despite rejecting his application to join, they too did nothing to report the clinic to the authorities.