Former Time Reporter: Childbirth Is Violent and Gruesome, Like Gosnell's Abortion Clinic

Former Time reporter Nina Burleigh – the infamous feminist journalist who once announced "I'd be happy to give [Bill Clinton oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal" -- has a new article at The New York Observer on “The Year In Sexism.”
 
Even the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in May was used audaciously as a feminist moment to correct those who “demonize abortion generally.” She insisted while late-term abortions were violent and gruesome, so is childbirth:

The murder conviction of quack abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell for scissoring viable fetuses to death propelled a new effort to demonize abortion generally. Even moderates like the Times’ [sic] Ross Douthat used the event to remind people how violent and gruesome late-term abortions are when performed by competent doctors, failing to note that childbirth itself is a violent and gruesome event too.

This sounds a lot like PBS talk-show host Bonnie Erbe, who announced in 1995 that “partial-birth abortions” shouldn’t be seen as atypically gruesome: " "But aren't most medical procedures, when you describe them in detail, pretty disgusting? Isn't, for example, the production of veal, when you describe it in detail, and how people eat meat, when they crunch down on the flesh of living beings, formerly living beings with their teeth. Isn't that pretty gruesome, too?"

In other months in review, Burleigh denounced the entire state of North Dakota:

March: North Dakota, a state with the third largest male-to-female ratio in the nation, passed a law that effectively forces women to give birth if impregnated by outlawing all abortions after the six-week mark, when a fetal heartbeat is detectable but before many women know they are pregnant. Signing the bill, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, crowed that it was “a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.” On the upside, job opportunities for strippers and prostitutes have shot up thanks to the lopsided ratio and influx of horny, fracking roughnecks. Sex crimes are on the increase too.

On top of that, she wasn’t really a fan of Kentucky or Texas, either:

April: In Kentucky, wax-figure U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff were revealed to have schemed to paint Ashley Judd as “emotionally unbalanced” if she ran against the cadaverous senior senator from the Bluegrass State, one of the longest-serving forces of darkness on Capitol Hill. Ms. Judd bailed out of a run she was considering...

June: The great Texas legislative rebellion led by Wendy Davis ended in defeat as Texas changed its own rules to pass—and Gov. Rick Perry hastily signed into law—an omnibus abortion bill imposing frivolous and harassing sanitary standards that will shut down most of the clinics in the state. For good measure, Fox’s Erick Erickson nicknamed the heroic filibusterer “Abortion Barbie.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis