by Jack Minor
Under Obama’s administration the Justice department has begun more aggressively enforcing laws against sidewalk counselors at abortion clinics.
Following several abortion-related bombings, the government passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances act which limited the rights of protestors outside of abortion clinics.
The Associated Press reported that, under Obama, at least six pro-life supporters have been charged under the law while there was only one person charged under President Bush. Among those charged were a woman from West Palm Beach who blocked a car from entering an abortion clinic, and a Texas man who threw his body across the door of a patient waiting area.
Enforcement of the law was revived following the murder of Dr. George Tiller by Scott Roeder. Tiller was killed as he left church services in Kansas. Rachel Maddow claimed that Roeder conspired with Operation Rescue to murder Tiller despite Roeder’s never having been a member of the group. Her claims were based on Roeder calling a representative of Operation Rescue to get Tiller’s address.
Immediately following Tiller’s death, Operation Rescue and other pro-life groups came out in public condemnation of Roeder’s actions. Many abortion rights groups rejected the apology insisting that anyone who believed in the sanctity of life and opposed abortion was responsible for Tiller’s murder.
By contrast, when an elderly pro-life supporter was murdered in public for his beliefs, there was no similar condemnation from the pro-abortion community. James Pouillon was peacefully protesting outside an abortion clinic when he was gunned down by Harlan Drake. During the trial Drake admitted he shot Pouillon because of abortion.
While authorities have stepped up enforcement of protestors, they have reduced oversight of abortion providers. In several states the enforcement of health and safety regulations of abortion clinics have been neglected.
A Pennsylvania abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, has been charged with eight counts of murder. The District Attorney’s office has charged Gosnell with seven counts of first degree murder for killing live babies by stabbing them with scissors and cutting their spinal cords. He is also charged with third degree murder of 41-year old Karnamaya Mongar who overdosed on anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.
While a Senator in Illinois, Barack Obama opposed a bill that would give infants born alive protections from being murdered like what occurred in Pennsylvania. The reason for doing so, according to Obama, was that the law would “burden the original decision of the woman” to require an additional doctor called in during an emergency to help save the child.
The clinic had not had any health inspections between 1993 and 2010. The inspections were halted under Republican Governor Tom Ridge. Officials believed that subjecting the clinics to inspections like other medical facilities would be “putting up a barrier to women” seeking to have an abortion.
Reports have also come out of similar health violations in other states including Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, North Dakota Alabama and Florida.