Abortionist Willie Parker’s new column at The Huffington Post is a good indication of just how scared abortion activists are of the new “Gosnell” film.
Parker, who works at abortion businesses in several southern states, described the film as the “propaganda of extremists” and claimed it tries to vilify abortion activists like him.
Just short of describing himself as a saint, Parker argued that women “need abortions,” and he is helping them get them. He once described his abortion work as a “ministry.”
“I believe the most important thing you can do for another human being is to help them in their time of need,” Parker wrote. “That’s why I am proud to be an abortion provider. I wake up every day knowing that I am helping patients make decisions that are right for their health, their lives and their families.”
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” which opened Oct. 12, follows the true story of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist who murdered newborn babies and committed numerous other crimes inside his “house of horrors” abortion facility. It stars Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark”) and is directed by Nick Searcy (“The Shape of Water,” “Justified”). It broke into the top 10 films over the weekend.
Though Parker said Gosnell was rightly convicted for his crimes, he noticeably left out the worst of what Gosnell did: murder viable, late-term newborn babies by snipping the backs of their necks with scissors.
“What Kermit Gosnell did was outside of the bounds of medicine and the law. His actions were horrific and cruel. He harmed women when they were most vulnerable and in need of help. And what he did bears no resemblance to the quality abortion services delivered by ethical, trained providers every day in too few places in this country,” Parker wrote.
He focused solely on Gosnell’s adult victims, presumably because any mention of babies would draw attention to Parker’s own life-destroying work.
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He described himself as a victim as well, writing:
Because I am a Black man, a physician and an abortion provider, anti-abortion activists have called me many ugly things. Protestors have hurled racial epithets at me and accused me of being a “race traitor.” They have also called me “Kermit Gosnell.”
Gosnell was a physician who, in 2013, was rightly convicted of three counts of murder, as well as numerous other felonies. By the time his clinic was raided and he was arrested, his facility in a poor neighborhood of Philadelphia had not been inspected in over a decade. He was sentenced to life in prison. We in the reproductive health community were glad that he was convicted, given the danger his actions posed to vulnerable people seeking vital health care, but anti-choice opponents across the country have exploited the criminality of his actions to stigmatize abortion and intimidate abortion providers.
But the grand jury report indicates abortion activists are the ones to blame. They ignored Gosnell, allowing his horrific business to continue for decades.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a pro-abortion Republican, stopped annual inspections of abortion facilities in the 1990s, “motivated by a desire not to be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions,” according to the grand jury.
A National Abortion Federation representative who inspected Gosnell’s facility also witnessed some of the horrors but never reported them to authorities – something the grand jury questioned.
“We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities,” the grand jury wrote.
And that is one of the key reasons why Parker and other abortion activists try so desperately to hide or manipulate the Gosnell case. It exposed how those who claim to want “safe abortions” were the ones who ignored him. They allowed Gosnell to get away with injuring potentially thousands of women and killing countless late-term newborn babies. Because legal abortions are more important than safe abortions.
Parker claimed the film “exploits the pain and suffering of women,” but that description fits the abortion industry much better.