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Noemie Emery: Kermit Gosnell means Democrats lose their 'war against women'

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Remember the "war against women" -- or rather, the war the Democrats claim to be waging against evil Republican social conservatives? It just got a lot harder for the Democrats -- who are Kermit Gosnell's latest victims -- to win.

Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortion provider on trial for nearly two months on multiple murder charges, who has spiked their winning 2012 electoral tactic the way he once "snipped" baby's spines.

In 2012, we saw demure Sandra Fluke being called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh. In 2013, we see Kirsten Powers, a stunning, blond center-left Democrat, blowing the whistle on the press and assorted pro-choice fanatics on their efforts to keep the murder trial of the not-so-good doctor out of the public's not-yet-inquiring minds.

The day after Powers' column appeared, her charge was picked up by a host of pro-choice and centrist writers, including Melinda Henneberger and Megan McArdle, Jeffrey Goldberg and Conor Friedersdorf, the last in a stunning and scorching indictment, who said, yes, the blackout had been a scandal, and the press had been biased beyond all belief.

As Henneberger had put it, "I say we didn't write more because the only abortion story most news outlets ever cover in the news pages is every single threat or perceived threat to abortion rights. In fact, that is so fixed a view of what constitutes coverage ... that it's genuinely hard, I think, for many journalists to see a story outside that paradigm as news."

Remember, too, when ABC anchors injected contraception into an early GOP debate in the 2012 primaries as a contribution-in-kind to Democrats? The press has been called now, and people remember. All this got much harder to do.

Remember as well the "women's health" mantra, the euphemism of choice for the abortion-rights movement, which subsumes the general gore of the entire procedure under the kinder and gentler framing of "care?"

This was blown to bits by the report of the grand jury, as quoted by Friedersdorf in the Atlantic: "one patient 'was left lying in place after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon,' another 'was held for several hours after Gosnell punctured her uterus' ... a third 'went into convulsions ... fell off the procedure table, and hit her head on the floor.' "

All this was covered up or ignored by pro-choice supporters, by the state, after two pro-choice governors succeeded the pro-life Bob Casey Sr., and by a representative of the National Abortion Federation who inspected the clinic, was disgusted by it, yet never filed a complaint.

Other clinics knew Gosnell's reputation and referred clients to him, the health of women being less important than the unfettered right to abort past delivery. Any "choice" advocate who uses the word "health" in this context after these horrors deserves to be stoned off the stage.

And don't forget from last year (in fact, from all years) when the press and the Democrats (and we repeat ourselves) used the strange words of extremists and oddballs like former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., on rape and abortion to taint the entire Republican Party?

The Gosnell case has unearthed a cache of strange words from so-called respectable sources, which in this context sound extreme and peculiar themselves.

As Henneberger tells us, "there's no mystery about where Gosnell could have gotten the idea that his youngest victims weren't human, or entitled to any protection under the law."

He could have gotten the idea from Planned Parenthood, a spokesman for whom refused to say that a child born alive during the abortion process should not be killed anyhow, or allowed to die quietly.

Or it could have come, "though it pains me to say so," from Barack Obama himself, as a state senator. Is he the Democrats' latest Todd Akin? It's just got much harder to say.

Washington Examiner Columnist Noemie Emery is contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."

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