How Far will the Secular Media Go with the Kermit Gosnell Story?

The absolutely gruesome story received national coverage.  When the news broke the week of January 17th about the horrific discoveries at a Philadelphia abortion facility, the story was featured on CBS News, Fox News, the Associated Press, and even the New York Times published a report. The Times buried the story on page A25 but at least they did cover it as did countless other secular news organizations.  This was a story, at least at first, which the media couldn’t ignore. It involves a man who ran what law enforcement in Philadelphia referred to as a “shop of horrors”.  Kermit Gosnell is behind bars charged with eight counts of murder.  One of the charges included the botched abortion death of a 41 year old woman. The other murder charges were for children who were born alive at his center, the “Women’s Medical Society,” and then killed.

If you can handle it, read the Grand Jury Report.  It not just the disgusting details of the macabre operation that will turn your stomach, it’s the very long trail of people in a variety of public positions with a variety of agencies who were well aware of complaints and lawsuits filed against Gosnell; people who could have done something about the atrocities that were allegedly occurring for years, but who instead did nothing.

That’s why we have to wonder and ask just how far the media will go with this story. Will they finally start seeing the bigger picture and not just in Pennsylvania?  Shortly after the arrest of Gosnell, similar reports surfaced, although not nearly as egregious, about abortionists in several other states including Maryland, California, and New Jersey.  With this in mind, considering what seems to be countless other problematic cases at abortion centers uncovered by pro-life activists over the years, will the secular media finally see that “Houston, we really do have a problem here”?  Also, we have the issue of the National Abortion Federation. The NAF is an association of abortion providers which claims to uphold strict health and legal standards for its members.  (Sure and I’m the new Queen of England.) According to the Grand Jury Report this is the same group that denied Gosnell’s membership application because of serious and numerous problems uncovered at his operation.  In fact according to the Grand Jury Report, the NAF “investigator” called it “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected.”  So what did the NAF do?  It rejected Gosnell’s application, but, according to the report, kept the information from authorities.  That’s helpful. So much for “safe, legal, and rare.”

This is not exactly a difficult story to uncover or cover.  For crying out loud most of the information concerning Kermitt Gosnell and others like him is a matter of public record thanks to lawsuits or charges that have been filed.  Not to mention the fact that this is one heck of story with all sorts of legs and angles to it involving the stuff big and bold headlines are made of: Blatant Government Corruption, Medical Malpractice, and Gross Levels of Greed. But, as the Grand Jury points out on page 16 of its report, that old hot button topic of abortion just seems to keep getting in the way.

“Bureaucratic inertia is not exactly news.  We understand that. But we think this was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

I know many in the pro life movement will do their best to put pressure on local and national news outlets to finally start connecting the dots and do more than just cover Gosnell’s trial and sentencing. We should all do the same. We should also be writing letters to the editor as they may be the only way this story, outside of the Christian media, remains in the public square.  In the end it would be nice to think that the media would start acting like the public servant and watchdog it’s supposed to be. But, then again, this is the sacred cow of abortion and the secular press we’re talking about here.  In other words, I won’t be holding my breath.

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Teresa’s latest book, God's Bucket List: Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond is available on Amazon and one of her other popular books, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture has been on the Catholic best-seller list since its release in October, 2011.

Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with nearly 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper.

In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company. Many of you remember Teresa from her days in the Detroit media, especially her awarding winning radio work and her many years on Channel 7 and Channel 50.

Teresa’s daily morning radio program, “Catholic Connection”, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, and now heard on over 150 Catholic stations nationwide. Her talk show is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, “Our Sunday Visitor”. She appears frequently on EWTN Catholic Television, most recently covering the March for Life in Washington D.C. Teresa has also been featured on “The O’Reilly Factor” and Fox News.

In 2008 Teresa was chosen as only one of 250 delegates from around the world to attend the Vatican Women’s Congress held in Rome marking the 20th Anniversary of John Paul the Second’s Letter entitled “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.”

As a speaker Teresa travels around the country addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. Her first book, “Noise—How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families”, published by Ascension Press is a Catholic best-seller and now in its second printing. Her second book, “Newsflash! My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist” was published in September of 2008. Teresa has also co-authored a series of best selling Catholic books called “All Things Girl” for tween girls focusing on modesty and chastity.

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