Yesterday, police charged abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia with the murder of one patient and seven infants. For decades, Mr. Gosnell operated in a clinic that, by the description from the grand-jury report, was strewn with dirt, blood, and fetal remains. According to TheNew York Times, Dr. Gosnell "performed late-term abortions, after 24 weeks, which are illegal, and employed staff members who were not trained medical professionals."
Since Jared Loughner's attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, Republicans have united behind the idea that this was an isolated act by a crazy person. They argue that because Loughner was mentally unstable, their political rhetoric, often filled with guns and other violent intimations, is not to blame. Loughner probably was a mentally ill person with no coherent political agenda, but that's actually a good indictment of the conservative policy failures that allowed the shooting to take place.
In TAP's anniversary issue this summer, Ann Friedmandefended identity politics with the simple and compelling argument that seeking justice through politics is what makes being a liberal meaningful. Rather than dismiss the issues that truly matter to the constituencies that form the progressive base -- African Americans, women, Latinos, and members of the LGBT community – as "special interests," Democrats should remember why these groups signed on to the progressive agenda in the first place.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Not long into George W. Bush's second term, Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla introduced a measure to rename D.C.'s 16th Street -- a major north-south thoroughfare -- "Ronald Reagan Boulevard." Luckily for the heavily Democratic District, even Bonilla's fellow Republicans scoffed at the idea. As one noted, Reagan already has the airport; if Bonilla wants to name anything else after Reagan, "he has to look at his own district in San Antonio."
Winnie Adler narrates a re-enactment of a major case in the push for women's suffrage in Indiana. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz)
Women's rights advocates are already sounding the alarm about Republican control of the House of Representatives. National Organization of Women President Terri O'Neill fired off a press release warning that "under the new Republican leadership, women's issues will be compromised" while an e-mail from Planned Parenthood described a "'Stupak on steroids' abortion ban" agenda. Perhaps comedian Etta Devine articulated it best on Twitter: "Hold on to your vaginas for the next two years or government will try and do it for you."