While reproductive healthcare is embraced as a religious issue on the right and ignored by too many men on the left, actual women—particularly poor ones—get hurt in the shuffle.
But that doesn’t matter to people like Troy Newman or the other right-wingers who see Gosnell as a media opportunity to push the agenda of criminalizing abortion and shutting down clinics.
On Tues., April 16, I appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss all this, and while it was kind of a disaster—I was asked the wrong question and then Newman sucked up all the air time spreading untruths, with no time left to refute—it did serve to illustrate the right-wing’s Gosnell media strategy at play: Gin up a controversy the media loves to talk about (that is, itself and its own biases), grab the mic, then use it to bleat out allegations that are so preposterous, even the host actually laughs at you.
“What happened in Gosnell’s clinic isn’t the norm,” says host Marc Lamont Hill, in response to Newman.
“But it is, see that’s my point,” responds Newman.
Lamont Hill struggles to stop Newman’s rant. “Are you suggesting,” Hill asks, “what happens in Gosnell’s clinic, babies being born alive and having their heads cut off, is the norm in clinics like Planned Parenthood?”
“Yes, it is,” says Newman.
Of course, it’s not. Someone affiliated with the show told me afterward that they’d been advised Newman was “a moderate.” Here’s a clue: If you have to consistently tell lies to get your point across, you have a bad point.
One has to wonder: Never mind the liberal media—what about the conservatives? Where were they for the first 27 months after the Gosnell grand jury report was published? Here’s one answer: They were waiting till the ink was dry on the legislation they cynically, manipulatively hustled into law in Gosnell’s name. They fought the state legislature battle first—the media second.
Politicians are happy to use the concept of abortion to gain political points and win votes, but they ignore the reality of the system they’re knowingly creating along the way—where the less money you have, the more you will suffer.
A timeline of events in the case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
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