Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kermit Gosnell, America's most prolific serial killer
This was published yesterday in the Daily Caller.
Marchers, rioters, and construction crane climbers of the last week have closed down subways, smashed windows, burnt limos, unfurled banners from hijacked building cranes, incinerated newspaper boxes, and in one case set themselves on fire to call attention to how a Republican agenda of deregulation will result in death: deaths of people newly insured under Obamacare, the death of the earth and the environment.
D.C. has one more national march this week, the annual March for Life, which promises to bring half a million supporters to the Capitol on Friday. For the first time a high White House staffer, the ubiquitous KellyAnne Conway, the first woman to manage a winning presidential campaign, will address the marchers.
And in advance of this final march, a husband and wife journalist team make the case that this march is also about how a Republican agenda of deregulation created the occasion for death and tragedy.
In their new book Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer, Anne McElhinny and Phelim McAleer, blame Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Ridge (1994-2002) for creating the lax regulatory climate that allowed Kermit Gosnell to murder women and children for two decades. Ridge, the couple argue, took a laissez faire approach to reproductive health clinics, not so much as part of a general libertarian economic policy as of a campaign strategy that only a moderate-to-liberal Republican could win and be re-elected in Pennsylvania.
McElhinny and McAleer, Irish nationals who have re-located permanently to Los Angeles, were previously known as sort of libertarian fellow travelers who shied away from social issues; their previous 2013 documentary, FrackNation, covered hoaxes and intimidation by environmentalists trying to outlaw fracking.
The genesis of their current project was, as McElhinny told a Heritage Foundation audience this week, providential. McAleer was in Pennsylvania promoting his fracking documentary and had a three free days, and decided to sit in the audience at the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, then on trial for murder. Upon his return to LA McAleer insisted that McElhinny and their business partner should make this their next project.
They resisted. As McElhinny writes: