Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Just who is being "medieval" here?

The brief media honeymoon for Pope Francis is apparently coming to an end. LifeNews reports:
The media backlash against Pope Francis may be beginning. After relatively positive coverage last week, ABC and NBC on Monday both highlighted the Argentinean President denouncing his “medieval” views on social issues.

World News’s Ron Claiborne offered no ideological label for the country’s left-wing leader, praising, “Cristina Kirchner stands for a new view of a changing world– embracing gay marriage, sex education in schools, free contraceptives in hospitals.”

He added, “But when [the now-pope] was a cardinal in Argentina, Kirchner described his social views as medieval.” Yet, while Claiborne didn’t call Kirchner a liberal, he made sure to point out that although Francis is “enormously popular,” “what the world is just beginning to learn is how conservative he is on social issues.”

In case viewers didn’t get the point, anchor Diane Sawyer reminded that the Argentinean president “once called his views medieval.”

On NBC’s Nightly News, Anne Thompson parroted similar comments: “As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Pope opposed many social programs that Kirchner endorsed, including gay marriage and free contraception.”

Thompson alerted, “She, in turn, had accused him of holding positions that she said were medieval, hearkening back to the Inquisition.”

On the CBS Evening News, Bob Schieffer managed to recount the conflict without discussing Pope Francis’s “medieval” views. Instead, he remarked, “They have differed sharply on several issues in the past, including his opposition to same sex marriage and contraception.”
Consider the number of times the term "medieval" is used to describe the pope's views on "social issues" while reading this report on the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell:
A medical assistant told a jury Tuesday that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox late-term abortions at a West Philadelphia clinic.

Adrienne Moton's testimony as part of her guilty plea to third-degree murder, came in the capital murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the clinic owner, who is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies.

Prosecutors accuse him of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws.

Gosnell's lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.

Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cell phone photograph of one baby left in her work area. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.

‘The aunt felt it was just best for her [the mother's] future,’ Moton testified.

Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.

Jurors saw Moton's photograph of the baby on a large screen in the courtroom, which took on a bizarre look Tuesday as she testified near a hospital bed with stirrups and other aging obstetric equipment.

Denied the chance to bring jurors to the shuttered inner-city clinic, prosecutors are instead recreating a patient room in court.

Moton, 35, sobbed as she described her work at the clinic. She first met Gosnell through his niece, a school friend of hers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Because of problems at home, she had moved in with Gosnell and his third wife during high school.

Later, the 35-year-old medical assistant testified that the abortion doctor helped her terminate two of her own pregnancies and she began volunteering at the clinic in January 2005 sterilizing instruments.

Not before long, the woman with no college education or medical training began administering anesthesia under the tutelage of Gosnell, whom she called 'uncle,' and then assist in abortions, including the doctor's method of 'snipping' the spinal cords of fetuses.

‘I learned it from Dr. Gosnell,’ said Moton in response to a question from Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron.

‘I never asked why.’

‘Can you say how many you did?’ Cameron asked.

‘I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,’ Moton replied.

She earned about $10 an hour, off the books, to administer drugs, perform sonograms, help with abortions and dispose of fetal remains.

Workers got $20 bonuses for second-term abortions on Saturdays, when a half-dozen were sometimes performed.

She once had to kill a baby delivered in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors, she said. Asked if she knew that was wrong, she said, ‘At first I didn't.’

Abortions are typically performed in utero. In Pennsylvania, abortions cannot legally be performed after the 24th week of pregnancy.

Moton has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, which carries a 20- to 40-year term, as well as conspiracy and other charges.

She has been in prison since early 2011, when Philadelphia prosecutors released the harrowing grand jury report on Gosnell's Women's Medical Center and arrested the doctor, wife Pearl and eight current or former employees. Most of them are expected to testify.

Women and teens came from across the mid-Atlantic, often seeking late-term abortions, Moton said. She recalled one young woman from Puerto Rico who did not speak English and appeared to be 27 weeks pregnant.

Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee who traveled to the clinic from Virginia, died after an overdose of drugs allegedly given to her during a 2009 abortion.
Now, just who would any rational person say is being "medieval" here?