In a five-page piece, the Washington Times showcased a spectrum of abortion advocates who blame pro-life scare tactics and intimidation for the recent migration of abortion workers out of the abortion business and into the pro-life movement, and touts evidence of other ‘Gosnells’ as purely fictional.
The article primarily aimed to conduct the misleading voices of many abortion workers across the country. Towards the end of the piece, however, a seeming contradiction occurs when the author cites Lila Rose and Live Action’s undercover investigations, which maim the entire article’s entire premise (that the abortion industry is awesome and — with the ‘anomaly’ of Gosnell — it is never associated with illegal or unsafe practices), but fails to attempt to refute or offer follow-up to the citation.
The piece quotes clinic workers who staunchly deny Gosnell-like activity within the US abortion industry, saying:
“No, no, no,” Ms. France said when asked about “other Gosnells.” There are hundreds of clinics, and 13 in Ohio, she said. “Certainly, we all give good care. We are regulated, and we want to do good work.”
“Gosnell was very much a rogue and had nothing to do with what good abortion care is,” Ms. Taft said.
The article goes on to quote Live Action president Lila Rose, who refutes the perception that Gosnell was a “rogue” within the industry:
“Dr. Kermit HYPERLINK “https://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/kermit-gosnell/”Gosnell is not alone” in the kinds of “inhuman practices” he and his staff performed at their Philadelphia clinic, said Lila Rose, president of Live Action, citing her group’s “undercover” videos at abortion clinics. The abortion industry is “united,” Ms. Rose said. If there’s a problem in one clinic, “you’re going to find it in another one.”
The article suggests that the pro-life movement exploited the so-called ‘isolated’ instance of pro-abortion malpractice and illegal activity, Gosnell, in order to manipulate clinic workers into believing that their jobs may put them in situations where they could be complicit with crime.
For example, a billboards in Delaware, sponsored by Delaware Right to Life, read: “Don’t let your job put you in prison.” In reality, as we have documented relentlessly through reporting and undercover investigations like Inhuman, Gosnell was clearly only the tip of the iceberg. Planned Parenthood has been caught up in massive Medicaid fraud; Douglas HYPERLINK “https://liveactionnews.org/douglas-karpen-the-texas-gosnell/”Karpen and many others are under scrutiny for severe malpractice a la Gosnell; and the industry has been caught red-handed time and again covering up rape, promoting racism, and skirting the law. Therefore, the legitimacy of suggesting to clinic workers that their jobs could be at odds with the law is painfully clear; the facts speak for themselves.
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The author also insinuated that genuine concern for clinic workers is not what motivates groups, like Life Dynamics and the Society of Centurions of America, to reach out to former clinic workers and offer them the opportunity to seek better employment. However, Father Frank Pavone (National Director of Priests for Life of America, which oversees the work of the Society of Centurions) focuses primarily on the spiritual and emotional impacts which work within the abortion industry can cause. As a result, his ministry is not obsessed with luring clinic workers away from their jobs – it is centered on offering the spiritual and emotional healing that abortionists and clinic workers alike often seek after their experiences in the industry. Fr. Pavone said the following in a statement regarding the Society of Centurions:
These individuals need healing, and a helping hand to walk the difficult path of re-humanizing the children they killed by re-humanizing themselves. The Society of Centurions provides this path to healing through powerful seminars that gather and guide such former abortion providers.
Priests for Life is playing a key role in announcing and fostering this healing. We invite those who are in the abortion industry to come out. We invite those who have come out of the abortion industry to contact us and to discuss their options for healing and wholeness.