Links for 3-21-2013

  • John Sexton asserts that the mainstream media isn’t covering the criminal trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, although they would lead off with his story if he was on trial for murdering an abortion doctor. President Obama is predictably AWOL, too: “So where is Obama on the 7 infants killed in Philly (really it’s many, many times that number)? Why are there no teachable moments this time? Why no national dialogue about the grim reality of late term abortion? No discussion of the razor thin line between constitutional rights and murder from the First Lawyer. No vow to prevent this happening again by banning scissors or, more to the point, working to eradicate illegal late-term abortions (which like gun crimes are already illegal but still happen). Don’t Gosnell’s victims deserve a vote?” I have a difficult time with this case – reading the accounts of what Gosnell did makes me physically ill. If you can stand it, here’s an account of what’s happening in the courtroom from LifeNews. The judge wouldn’t allow the jury to visit Gosnell’s abortion clinic, so the prosecution set up a replica of one of Gosnell’s “procedure” rooms inside the courtroom. During the trial there’s been a lot of discussion of Gosnell’s habit of collecting severed feet and preserving them in specimen jars. A RedState article alleges that former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was an accessory to Gosnell’s murders because his administration stopped regular inspections of abortion clinics – Ridge didn’t want to “put a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Even after a complaint was filed with the Board of Medicine, the inspector assigned to the case never visited the clinic.

  • Texas Senate Bill 537 advanced out of committee; it requires that Texas abortion clinics meet the minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers. I find it hard to believe they aren’t already required to meet this standard. Of course Planned Parenthood is screaming that this bill would result in the closure of 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state.

  • The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution by a vote of 318–109 and Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget by a vote of 221–207. Senate Republicans attempted to attach Ryan’s budget to the Democrat’s budget as an amendment, which resulted in its failing by a vote of 40–59. Among the “no” votes were Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz, presumably because they believe Ryan’s budget doesn’t cut enough and it was going to fail the vote anyway.

  • Jason Mattera conducted an ambush interview of Jim Messina. Messina denied that Obama has attacked Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. No, I don’t know what color the sky is in Messina’s world.

  • The FBI searched the apartment of Robert McFarlane as part of an investigation into whether he illegally lobbied on behalf of Sudan’s government.

  • Colt is making more noise about leaving Connecticut.