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PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff to Pro-Lifer: 'I'm Not Familiar' With Any Horrible Abortionists

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PBS anchor Judy Woodruff exposed a serious case of ignorance in a segment on Virginia’s abortion-ultrasound bill. When Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life warned “think about Kermit Gosnell and the house of horrors in Philadelphia, with abortion clinics that are horribly...” At that point, Woodruff admitted “I'm not familiar with...?” Yoest explained: “He's on trial now for women who died in his abortion clinic.”

Woodruff might be under-informed because the PBS NewsHour ignored the Gosnell story a year ago. Associated Press reported “Prosecutors described the clinic as a ‘house of horrors’ where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients, and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions.”

Or try the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Semiconscious, moaning women sat in dirty recliners and on bloodstained blankets. The air reeked of urine from the flea-infested cats permitted to roam the clinic. There was blood on the floor and cat feces on the stairs.”

But to the liberals at PBS, requiring a woman to get an ultrasound is much more horrific and newsworthy?! Liberal journalists don't tend to do any homework on anything that might confuse their ideological worldview.

Woodruff’s other guest was Nancy Keenan, head of “NARAL Pro-Choice America,” and Keenan knew she wouldn't be on the defensive about horrific abortion clinics. Woodruff allowed her to lay out how it was somehow dangerous that any legislature would propose limiting or regulating the glorious and liberating feminist practice of abortion. Get a load of this string of softballs:

JUDY WOODRUFF: I want to ask you, Nancy Keenan, about moves, as we reported, in, what, 24 states to discourage abortion through one requirement or another. What concerns you and your organization and others who agree with you about this?

NANCY KEENAN: We have seen twice as many anti-choice pieces of legislation passed in 2011 than we did in 2010. I think that these are folks that ran for office, whether it was a state legislature or here in Congress, ran on jobs and the economy, and now are absolutely attacking women's health and particularly reproductive health...

WOODRUFF: So are you saying there's a coordinated effort nationwide to do this?

KEENAN: Absolutely. Absolutely. There's a strategy to defund women having access to birth control and family planning, at the same time making all of these barriers so women can't access a legal, a legal procedure in this country.

Both Woodruff and Keenan want the storyline to be how what might seem to be an utterly reasonable focus on making sure a woman with child actually is offered a peek at that child is really a national conspiracy to take down Roe vs. Wade:

WOODRUFF: Is that what's taking place?

CHARMAINE YOEST: The problem is, is that the abortion lobby is afraid that a woman having access to a sonogram might be dissuaded by having the full information about her baby's development and about the abortion procedure.

WOODRUFF: But across the board nationally, with these other requirements that have been proposed or enacted, longer waiting time, we mentioned some of the other ways. . .

YOEST: We saw 28 pieces of AUL-based legislation passed this last year, and there has been a dramatic increase. . .

WOODRUFF: And how much of that is coordinated across the country?

YOEST: Well, there was a huge influx of pro-life legislators who were elected by the people. So they're responding to their constituents who want to see greater protections across the board. We're talking about parental consent, informed consent, things that people, the vast majority of the American people do support.

  KEENAN: This is so out of touch with America's priorities and values.

We know PBS doesn't usually have laugh tracks, but Keenan desperately needs one here. The abortion lobby clearly mobilized in 2010 and had their "just a fetus" heads handed to them.  They lost the election, and then call the other side out of touch with American priorities and values. Then Woodruff asked about the VRWC, the Vast Roe v. Wade Conspiracy:

WOODRUFF: What is the goal of these state-by-state efforts, Charmaine Yoest? Is it to get as close as possible to practically overturn Roe vs. Wade? What would you say is the goal?

YOEST: I think it's responding to the fact that the majority of the American people say that they're pro-life. And there's a huge consensus in this country on commonsense regulations on abortion like sonograms.  Sonogram laws are -- in 22 states have passed because the American people think this is commonsense things that we can all agree on no matter what your opinion on abortion is. Informed consent, parental consent, these are things that the American people do agree on.

Woodruff never asked if Keenan's views were extreme, or if they had a national effort to repeal any limit on abortion at any time. There was an outbreak of political rationality at the end:

WOODRUFF: Nancy Keenan, if this is the result of individuals elected to the state legislature and they're doing what they believe, it's the political process, right?

KEENAN: It is. And elections matter.

Keenan just wants to pretend they lost in 2010 because people were obsessed with taxes and deficits overwhelmed their tremendous passion for "abortion rights."


#1 Abortion is like everything else liberal.

They are "boiling the frog" to move the American public to the point in the future where the idea of Eugenics will be just a little bitty baby step for us. (No pun intended)

Their dream is to have the government decide who can have babies, how many they can have, what people who are already walking around actually "deserve to live," etc.

They are just easing society into that mindset by starting with abortion as a "right" of women, and to hell with the rights of a baby. They are so prejudiced in their own warped minds that they figure the "white people" won't get too worked up if they are whacking a disproportionate number of black babies, because they think that we think that blacks are worthless anyway. Once that goes down in people's mind, they move on another little bitty step.

See how easy it is to boil frogs, or train sheep?

Comrade Bubba

#2 You're using the metaphor "boiling a frog"?

How dare you make a joke like that, sir?! It's like saying "chink in the armor." It's scurrilous!

The allegations against Kermit Gosnell, an Amphibian-American doctor in Philadelphia are preposterous. All the babies were dead, even the ones that cried. You must know that all the allegators against Dr. Kermit are so-called "right to life" extremists, oppressors, and conservatives. And Catholics, too, of course, a bunch of abortofascists who don't want to use insurance to pay for this medical procedure!

#3 unintended consequences...

By boycotting this story a year ago as part of PBS's policy of keeping their audience uninformed and ignorant, they also create uninformed anchors and hosts. This occassionally comes back and bites them. However, they are still safe because the vast majority of their audience will just shrug and think that if it was important then PBS would have covered it.


Madison and Jefferson and Franklin built a Republic - Roberts killed it! 

#4 Selective ignorance

Some of us, who keep up with the news, know about this clinic, strategically placed in an area most suitable to Justice Bader Ginsberg's teachings on Margaret Sanger.

But I fail to see why we would expect Judy Woodruff to know anything about "news". Didn't she get kicked off CNN after throwing an absolute hissy during Bush v Gore?

#5 Judy Hearts Mengele

We're all abortionists now.

Life does not begin without conception.

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.

#6 Woodruff

I am always amazed but not surprised at the numbingly stupid remarks that liberals make. Woodruff is just the latest airhead to add to the list. Most of us would be embarrassed after we made such a statement about abortion or wouldn't say it at all, but it never stops the liberal. They just keep lying to us and themselves thinking that we won't notice. Surprise liberals---we do.

#7 Judy! Judy! Judy!

Didn't someone once refer to Judy as the "Chicken necked witch?"

Wind them up, and they spout the party line. I thought she and her leftist husband, Al Hunt, had been banned to the al gore TV network.. They keep popping up like in a game of Whack-A-Mole. Woodruff, Hunt, Cokie, Sam, they just return like a bad dream. They haven't had an original thought in thirty years.....just a bunch of Chatty Cathy's. Pull the string in their backs, and off they go!

#8 Give her a break

Judy Woofwoof is one of the smart peoples, SHE'LL decide what's worth knowing and what's not

#9 Gosnell + "abortion clinic" - an easy search on google

Gosnell + "abortion clinic" - is an easy search on Google.

Now - I'm going to warn readers - the following is very graphic - very disturbing. Contains photographs that big famous names in the media like Judy Woodruff would never want the public to see (nor, herself). Here you will witness what a late-term abortion, actually is - compliments of Gosnell's Philadelphia "horrible" abortion clinic  OperationRescue is the source.

Here's the PA Grand Jury Report.

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable the crass ignorance displayed by leading journalists at NPR, and in the rest of the MSM.

(;~/ gary


#10 Dr. Gosnell

Wasn't he the dad on "Kermit & Kate Minus Eight"

#11 LOL

Frogs were once used to determine human pregnancy - cheaper than rabbits and you don't sacrifice them to get the diagnosis.

#12 Guess What Darlins

Roe v Wade will be overturned and PP will be defunded and then you poor baby killin darlins will be out of a job and it'll be hard to find anyone who'll shake your bloody hand. And you lib talking heads, i would suggest you buy you a pick and shovel and learn how to dig a ditch cause your hands are bloody too.

kilrod "the Birther"

If an unborn child cannot trust you, why should I,?? 

#13 I will bet a dollar that Judy

I will bet a dollar that Judy Woodruff is unaware that Barack Obama supports the summary executions of infants who survive abortions and voted to allow such summary executions of infants who survive abortions while he was in the Illinois legislature. Woodruff, like all leftists, is an uninformed and misinformed dimwit.

#14 Liar


'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'

#15 Gosnell v. Tiller

What are the odds Woodruff knows the name George Tiller and his untimely demise? I'd say pretty good. But Kermit Gosnell she doesn't know? This from a news reporter at a broadcast network best known for its news programs?

Get Judy to immoderate the next presidential debate! Yeah, that's the ticket.

#16 That's not surprising, Judy

Judy, I'm not supposed that you're "not familiar with" any horrible abortionists, as you seen nothing horrible at all with the dismemberment and disposal of living, unborn humans as a means of "birth control." Those little humans were all "unwanted" anyways, correct? So why not toss them out like last week's garbage? Right? I mean, really, they would just become a drain on society anyways, isn't that correct?

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

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