Jonah: That AP story about the teen who went in for an abortion at 23 weeks, whose baby survived the induced delivery that was supposed to kill it, is, of course, disgusting. The image of a girl, alone, going into drug-induced labor, the doctor a no show (two hours late?), the abortion clinic owner rushing in, seeing that the baby was born alive, and throwing it in the trash to die is horrific and violates our sense of humanity and morality. If there is a hell, the owner is headed there.
But… But how does the young non-mother have standing to sue? She came to the clinic to have the baby removed from her body and destroyed. The baby was removed and destroyed. What’s the actual harm to her? She didn’t like the method? The issue seems to be that she was forced to witness the ordeal that was a direct, if messy, consequence of the procedure she requested. Would it have been better to see the baby taken out in parts? Injected with poison and born dead?
Her lawyer claims she was ambivalent to begin with. Sure. But so what? She made her decision. Her lawyer responds, “She came face to face with a human being. And that changed everything.” While that is emotionally plausible — even likely — again, so what? She was aborting the baby precisely because it was a human being which, she says, she was not mature enough to care for. What was it she thought would happen?
To be sure, one is happy to see that people, and courts, recognize the terrible behavior involved — (behavior that our president voted in favor of in the infamous Illinois “Born Alive” act). Even the local head of NOW seems to feel disgust at this outcome. “It really disturbed me,” said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique (the doctor). ”I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics.”
Because what happens in other abortion clinics is substantively different? And, for the record, there are plenty of sleazy, highly profitable abortions mills, staffed by doctors of dubious quality and practice, precisely because NOW and the abortion lobby have been extremely successful in making sure that this area of medicine is significantly less regulated than pretty much all others, lest someone who wants one not have easy access.