President of the Family Research Council
Kermit Gosnell may be behind bars, but his deadly legacy lives on. Just
when the abortion lobby thought it could turn the page on the PR disaster
of the Women's Medical Society, a new "house of horrors" is making headlines--this
time in Texas. There, the eye-witness accounts rival those of even Gosnell's
clinic, as three former employees described a staggering amount of violence,
which would, on occasion, involve Douglas Karpen twisting off the heads
of newborn babies. It was a routine procedure, Deborah Edge said of the
born-alive killings--which usually involved cutting babies' spinal cords
or gouging them in the skull.
thought, well, it's an abortion you know, that's what he does, but I wasn't
aware that it was illegal... Most of the time, we would see him where
the fetus would come completely out, and of course, the fetus would still
be alive." Asked how often the babies would be delivered before they were
murdered, Edge responded, "every morning... on several occasions."
one of the more heart-wrenching parts of the interview, Deborah described
how babies would be born "too soon" and would be "alive, moving, and breathing."
She said that sometimes Karpen would deliver the babies "feet first with
the toes wiggling until he stabbed them with a surgical instrument." At
that moment, she explains quietly, the toes "would suddenly splay out"
in excruciating pain "before going limp." The process was so sickening
and so messy that she recalls "the whole floor dirty. I'm talking about
me drenched in blood."
Texas officials investigate, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) took the
opportunity yesterday to press Attorney General Eric Holder on whether
the DOJ is turning its back on this grisly trend. "In 2002," Franks said,
"Congress enacted the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that provides that
all federal protections--including from your office, sir, for persons
apply to every infant born alive. So will you enforce the Born-Alive Infant
Protection Act as Attorney General and will you consider carefully what's
happening in clinics across the country like happened at the clinic that
Kermit Gosnell ran?"
whose wife has her own ties to the abortion industry, insisted that he
shared Franks's concerns and acknowledged his responsibility to "enforce
all the laws that Congress passes." Yes, said Franks, but "have you ever
enforced this law even one time?" "I don't know," replied Holder. "I just
don't know what the statistics are." Enforcement, after all, is a relatively
new concept at the Justice Department (see U.S. marriage and obscenity
laws). Still, if there had been prosecutions, he would know about it.
a web of underground killing fields in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona,
Maryland, and now Texas clinics, this is no longer a hypothetical question
of children's safety. It's a pervasive practice that had obviously gone
undetected for years--until Gosnell trial's and Lila Rose's undercover
discoveries will be the subject of a special webcast edition of "Washington
Watch" next Tuesday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Together with congressional
leaders like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, we'll explore Live Action's "Inhuman"
campaign and explain how you can be involved in ending the Gosnell-type
violence in clinics across America.
the President tries to contain the IRS scandal by firing the acting chief,
new details are trickling out about the administration's ideological harassment.
According to the Washington Examiner, the corruption went straight to
the top, as even the President's pals seemed to have power over which
groups were approved for tax-exempt status. In one instance, even Planned
Parenthood seemed to hold sway in the application of Coalition for Life
of Iowa. The IRS specifically withheld approval until the Coalition sent
a letter "with the entire board's signatures, stating that, under perjury
of the law, they do not picket/protest outside of Planned Parenthood."
The IRS explained that only when they received that letter would their
application be approved.
that isn't government tyranny, I don't know what is. The administration
was actually withholding the group's nonprofit status until it surrendered
its constitutional rights to peacefully assemble. It's almost Orwellian,
the extent to which the IRS was willing to go to control people's thoughts
and actions. And obviously, this goes well beyond the tea party to a direct
assault on pro-family, pro-life conservatives. So it comes as cold comfort
to our movement that the Justice Department--which has its own vendetta
against pro-life groups--is heading up the IRS's criminal investigation.
Under President Obama, the DOJ has relentlessly targeted pro-lifers with
frivolous lawsuits, which judges have consistently rebuked for their "chilling
effect on free speech." Forgive us for being skeptical that the DOJ could
put its agenda aside long enough to prosecute this wrongdoing!
Mail-igned over Benghazi
the President promises that he knew nothing about the IRS racket, emails
prove that his administration knew plenty about Benghazi. In a major document
dump, almost 100 emails show an obvious conspiracy by the State Department
to hide the truth about who was responsible for the embassy attack and
what the White House knew of the tragedy. The conversations tie administration
officials to a major rewrite of the CIA's talking points--despite their
public statements to the contrary.
one email, reported by the Weekly Standard, a CIA official explains, "The
State Department had major reservations with much or most of the document.
We revised the document with their concerns in mind." Yet Secretary Clinton,
during her January 23 testimony, insisted, "It was an intelligence project...
[The] intelligence community was the principle decider about what went
into the talking points." To most people, that sounded fishy. After all,
why would intelligence community revise their own document unless they
were directed to? Based on these exchanges, that's exactly what happened,
as State Department officials intervened to try to shield Clinton and
the President from blame.
contradiction after another is exposed in the 99 pages, including the
administration's insistence that a YouTube video helped motivate the attack--when
in fact, there's absolutely no mention of such a video in the CIA's talking
points. For now, the renewed furor over the administration's cover-up
is being credited, at least in part, to FRC. Thanks to a letter of 700
special ops veterans, organized by our own Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin with
the group Special Operations Speaks, the scandal found new legs.
Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who is helped to keep the story simmering, told Politico
that "The outside groups have made all the difference in the world." Lt.
Gen. Boykin is seen by many in the media as a leader in the fight to get
Congress more engaged on the issue. That seems to have paid off mightily
here, as the American people are finally getting an accurate picture of
the depth of administration's deception on Benghazi. Let's hope it continues
until those responsible for hiding the truth are finally held accountable.
don't have to be in Texas next week to make a difference in the Boy Scouts'
vote. Join a rally for Scouting tomorrow in one of the 40 cities across
America and show your support for the BSA's longstanding values! Find
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more, visit the webpage!
Why are military officials in sandbag mode? Find out in my new column,
"Back to the Basics of Religious Liberty." Also, where does the President's
IRS scandal rank in the history of Oval Office corruption? Read Ken Blackwell's
op-ed, "Formula for Abuse of Power" in today's Huffington Post.
News of Kermit Gosnell's crimes is making headlines around the world.
Higgins respond to the horrors on a special BBC report (below).