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Friday, January 28, 2011

RTÉ doesn't report Philadelphia doctor, K Gosnell, charged for killing babies surviving his late term abortions

Dr. Joseph McCarroll PhD
Pro Life Campaign

In Philadelphia, Dr K Gosnell, a licensed family doctor and practising abortionist, has been charged with killing one women during an abortion, and seven babies who survived his late-term abortions.

Like the dog in the Sherlock Holmes story, the curious thing about RTÉ's coverage of this story is that RTÉ didn't cover this story.

It was covered in the Daily Mail, ABC, CBS and AOL. But not by RTÉ.

It was covered by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press, but not by RTÉ.

Searches on RTÉ's website under world news yielded the following: 'Your search yielded no results.' Indeed.

This is an important story for several reasons. It shines a national and international searchlight into what is involved in later term abortions. It is an example of the way in which abortion targets poor and minority women.

But it also gives the lie to the abortion advocates false claim that it is they who care for women by ensuring the availability of safe and legal abortion for poor women who couldn't otherwise afford them.

The Grand Jury Report shows how pro-choice political pressure brought blocked the implementation of State rules requiring state inspection s oif abortion clinics on the grounds that such inspections would deter poor women from accessing abortion.

As Marian Wang reveals in her piece for ProPublica,
'In the mid-1990s, the administration of Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a pro-choice Republican, ended regular inspections of abortion clinics—a policy that continued until just last year. 

According to the Grand Jury Report released this week by Philadelphia prosecutors, Pennsylvania health officials deliberately chose not to enforce laws to ensure that abortion clinics provide the same level of care as other medical service providers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro.

With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.
“Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety,” the report states. "Without regular inspections, providers like Gosnell continue to operate; unlawful and dangerous third-trimester abortions go undetected; and many women, especially poor women, suffer."

According to the report, the policy change occurred after 1993 when attorneys under the administration of then-governor Tom Ridge "interpreted the same regulations that had permitted annual inspections for years to no longer authorize those inspections." Thereafter, only inspections triggered by complaints were authorized.

You can read the Grand Jury's Report here
You can read the Associated Press article here
You can read the New York Times article here
You can read Marian Wang's ProPublica article here

A search in the World section on RTÉ's website, however, yielded the following:
'Your search for Dr K Gosnell, abortionist charged with 8 murders in Philadelphia did not return any results.'

They sure got that right.  For this ideological censorship we pay our TV licences.


  1. It's quite simple - the Irish government and most of its media have misused a tragic case of medical negligence in order to introduce abortion in Ireland. The Gosnell story is likely to destroy a lot of support for this new legislation and is therefore ignored, just as it is by the "liberal" press in the United States.

    "The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories — if the sick-making was done by 'our side.' (Megan McArdle, pro-abortion reporter)


  2. Thank you for doing what our national broadcaster has failed to do