I’m sure many of your other readers were as horrified as I was by the revelations that came out of the recent trail of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

  • Fetal remains stuffed in refrigerators, mil jus, cat food boxes and even a bizarre collection of several fetal feet displayed in jars.
  • Medical-waste-filled boxes leaking blood onto the floor ... unwashed and contaminated medical instruments spreading disease.
  • Third-term live births cut short after Gosnell or associates would “snip” the baby’s neck to “ensure fetal demise.”
  • One baby was delivered into a toilet and thrashed around so that it appeared to be “swimming,” whereupon it was lifted from the commode and had its neck snipped.
  • One baby’s weight was estimated at 6 pounds, whereupon Gosnell reportedly “joked” that it was big enough to “walk me to the bus stop.”
  • Gosnell joked as one baby writhed while he snipped its neck, “That’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”
  • Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman, died in Gosnell’s clinic in part because it failed to meet even the minimum standards of an outpatient surgical center.
  • But if anything, I was even more horrified by the testimony of an abortion-industry lobbyist about a state law that would require efforts to save the lives of babies born alive after attempted abortions.

    Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow was asked by a Florida representative: “So, it’s just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

    Ms. Snow: “Um, well, we believe that any decision made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician.”

    This chilling response from the lobbyist for Planned Parenthood — by far the largest and most influential abortion provider in the country — raises a question:

    More than 55 million abortions have taken place in America since Roe v. Wade — why isn’t this industry held accountable?

    I call upon Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber and our Oregon Legislature to ensure that abortion clinics operating in our state are investigated and held accountable.

    And I urge my fellow readers of the West Linn Tidings to directly contact Gov. Kitzhaber and their representatives in the state Legislature, and join in this urgent call for a public investigation and hearings.

    Until we know for sure, we can’t just assume that what we now know happened in Gosnell’s clinic isn’t happening right here and now in Oregon.

    Mary Grace McDermott is a West Linn resident.

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