Ken Blackwell

''It was like a knife in my gut,'' Dr. Hern said. ''It really upset me. What it conveys is that no matter how supportive people may be, there still is a horror.

This long-ago story did not upset Warren Hern enough to make him stop killing unborn children. He has been targeting these defenseless human beings for more than a quarter of a century. Those insensitive comments by his fellow abortionist may have felt like a knife in the gut, but Hern has actually used his knife to slay thousands of innocents. And it has all been legal.

The horror that Hern says even fellow abortionists feel about what he does every day is called humanity. Even in the hardest of hearts, there is a remnant of humanity. It is that still small voice of conscience that Warren Hern has learned never to heed.

That Times article, from as long ago as 1990, shows that people continue to view the slaughter of innocents with horror. In the last four years, some 216 pro-life laws have been passed in the states. These pro-life laws are not “restrictions” as the media keeps saying, but protections. They are efforts by Americans’ elected representatives—women and men—to do what can be done for life under the unjust restrictions of Roe v. Wade.

These laws afford a measure of protection to unborn children and to their mothers and fathers. Overturning these laws—as Blumenthal’s bill would do—is another way of bringing us more Kermit Gosnell cases.

Gosnell ran a filthy abortion center in Philadelphia. Bloody, dirty, and dark, this facility victimized women and thousands of their unborn children. Gosnell was tried and convicted for “snipping” the spinal cords of children who were born alive and screaming after he had failed to end their life within their mothers’ wombs.

Pennsylvania has stronger protective laws on the books, but a succession of “pro-choice” governors—Tom Ridge (R) and Ed Rendell (D)—made sure that there would be no serious effort at enforcing even the most elementary standards of clinic cleanliness.

In Gosnell’s center, it was said to be “raining fetuses” and blood was all around. Women died because of his failure to take adequate care of them. Did the media call this a “war on women”? Not likely. They stayed away from the Gosnell trial in droves. Viewers of FOX were perhaps the only people in America to see on TV the rows of empty seats reserved for the press. “Nothing to see here, folks, just move on.”

So, now Richard Blumenthal wants to overturn hundreds of pro-life laws, protective laws, and open the way to more Herns and eventually to more Gosnells. The Blumenthal abortion-on-demand bill should be defeated in this Senate—and in any Senate.

The Blumenthal bill would have an especially damaging effect on minority mothers. Most of Gosnell's victims were black and Hispanic. We have learned how Planned Barrenhood (Parenthood) targets minority communities. And in Harlem, 61% of black women's pregnancies end in abortion. Blumenthal thinks that 61% is not enough.

Joe Klein was right: “That thing in the womb is a human being.” Or, more to the point, that thing in the womb is a child.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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