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An Hour with Gosnell


Bret Baier hosted a special Friday night on Fox News Channel about the Kermit Gosnell trial. (I tweeted some about it, @kathrynlopez.) During it FNC’s Peter Boyer, formerly of The New Yorker, described Gosnell’s defense: He was doing his job. Boyer was in the courtroom and described the defense attorney as having a “Jack Nicholson” “you can’t handle the truth moment.” Essentially: Abortion is ugly, he provided abortions, deal with it.

This is not unique to Gosnell, as we saw inside a clinic in Arizona yesterday: There’s an understanding that, once a mother requests an abortion, she has a right to a baby’s death.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former sex-crimes prosecutor, also spent time in the courtroom. She says the testimony she heard there – of babies being born alive and murdered – was the worst she has heard in a courtroom.

As Baier pointed out, if the grand-jury report is accurate, Gosnell would be guilty of more “premeditated homicides” than anyone in U.S. history.

The jury deliberations continue. Whatever they decide, what are we going to do about this? Kirsten Powers, who did that excellent USA Today column that shamed some into covering the story, argued on the Fox special that just as Newtown has policy implications, so does Gosnell.

How could we ever tolerate late-term abortions again?

The Fox special is on again tonight at midnight and Sunday night at 9 p.m. and midnight, Eastern. I urge you to watch. And not in the background. Make sure there are no children around and look at the baby they’ll show. Look at the jars. It’s awful. Don’t look away. Look at it and insist this isn’t who we are. How can we let women subject themselves to this? How can we let children die this way? And I don’t just mean the ones who were born alive and murdered. But, goodness, we can at least start there and stop that, can’t we?

I wish the president of the United States would watch the Fox special. Maybe Bret Baier could send him a DVD in a Rachel Maddow Show envelope?


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