John on September 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm
From Philadelphia Weekly:
Earlier today a duo of guerilla artists sent out invitations to a renegade art installation titled Regard, to be showcased by lights tonight at 3801 Lancaster Ave., the former site of the now-infamous clinic run by alleged baby serial murder and drug trafficker Kermit Gosnell.
They call it “Regard” and the idea is to finally pay attention to a place that didn’t get the attention it should have for many years. I guess I sort of appreciate that idea, but the overall effect is marred by the fact the the artists both deny any connection between Gosnell’s crimes and legal abortion:
The artists say they wrote a mission statement to try to prevent their work from being co-opted by the anti-choice movement.
“I hope people come away from the work with the understanding that this piece was conceived with an eye toward compassion, rather than judgment,” says Jane.
Some excerpts of the mission statement:
“The shame and condemnation preventing fair-minded discourse in the wake of the Gosnell murders are the same operative forces that allowed the Women’s Medical Society to hide in broad daylight for decades. No one wants to look wide-eyed upon a scene of human atrocity; it is easier to buckle down beneath the blanket statement of well-established political conviction, however well-intentioned, in pursuit of something to control.”
This is the kind of pro-choice double-think that gets tiresome fast. I’m all for looking “wide-eyed upon a scene of human atrocity” but in this case the connection to legal abortion isn’t incidental or irrational, it’s inescapable. Shame wasn’t what kept eyes off of this clinic, pro-choice politics was. The grand jury report made this clear:
The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed.
Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design.
There’s the real reason nobody wanted to “regard” this den of mass murder. No one wanted to go up against Planned Parenthood and NARAL. As I pointed out here, at the time these crimes were uncovered NARAL’s website indicated that restrictions on abortion facilities in PA were too strict!
So, sure I support anything that makes people look at what really happened 3801 Lancaster, but it’s clear from their idiotic mission statement that these artists only have one eye open. They may be willing to look at what happened, but they still haven’t looked honestly at why.
Update: Type “‘Troy Davis’ execution” into Google and you get 26 million results. Type “‘Kermit Gosnell’ abortion” into Google and you get 110,000 results. That’s a 260:1 ratio. If you do the same with Google News you get 11,600 results for Davis and 95 for Gosnell. This is despite the fact that a) Davis was a convicted murderer and at least arguably guilty and b) no one doubts that Gosnell murdered dozens if not hundreds of completely innocent babies.
People still aren’t regarding this case with anywhere near the seriousness and attention it deserves.
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