By Brandon McGinley
Even now, exactly a year after the trial of “house of horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell, it is little known outside of Pennsylvania political circles that one of the women he killed was the cousin of a state legislator. In 2002, Semika Shaw suffered violently until her death after an appointment at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. This was one of the family tragedies that drove Margo Davidson, a Democrat who grew up in the neighborhood where Gosnell lurked, to seek state office in 2010.
In that race, Davidson was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the state political arm of the national abortion business. And then Kermit Gosnell was found out and arrested. And then state lawmakers moved to close the regulatory loophole that allowed abortion clinics to operate largely uninspected across Pennsylvania. And then, in December of 2011, Rep. Davidson spoke out on the floor of the House:
Today I honor [Semika’s] memory by voting for this legislation that seeks to safeguard the health of women that is long overdue, so that never again will a woman walk into a licensed healthcare facility in the state of Pennsylvania and be butchered, as she was, with her uterus perforated and her death of sepsis and infection permeating in her body till she writhed in pain on the floor of her home to her ultimate death. And today I thank the members of this house that supported this legislation for the safety of women.
Now, in 2014, almost one year to the day of Gosnell’s perverse not-guilty plea, Planned Parenthood announced it is actively working to remove Margo Davidson from office. They have endorsed one of her primary opponents—opponents who have emerged because Rep. Davidson’s witness to the suffering of her family has unsettled certain factions in the Democratic Party.
If Planned Parenthood really cared about women like Semika Shaw, it would have examined and reformed itself in the wake of the Gosnell revelations. But two years later Planned Parenthood of Wilmington, Delaware — only 30 miles from Philadelphia — was shut down by the state after nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.” Patients were moved through the facility at such a pace that bloody discharge would remain on the exam table as woman after woman after woman was herded into the office. Kermit Gosnell would’ve been right at home.
It was one of the most under-reported revelations in an under-reported story: Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania received repeated complaints about Gosnell’s putrid office. The Philadelphia Inquirer dropped this tidbit in a story about Gloria Steinem’s appearance at PPSP’s 2013 “Spring Gathering”:
[PPSP president and CEO Dayle] Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.
“We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg said as she sat with Steinem before Tuesday’s events.
Women like Semika Shaw and Margo Davidson frustrate Planned Parenthood’s business model. They place a human face on an inhumane business. They force us all to grapple with the reality of what happens in our cities and our suburbs and our countrysides, where children are destroyed and women along with them — psychologically if not physically. They bring to light what certain forces would prefer be kept shrouded in darkness.
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