Conservative opinion outlets buzzed Tuesday over an quote from last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer, in which Dayle Steinberg, president of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, said that horrors perpetrated by accused murderer Kermit Gosnell show why access to safe and regulated reproductive health services are so needed.
That’s not what Breitbart.com or shock jock Rush Limbaugh read, however. In separate reactions yesterday, both zeroed in on Steinberg’s acknowledgment of rumors that something was wrong at Gosnell’s facility.
“The Gosnell trial has shifted the focus off the high-quality services we provide,” the paper quoted Steinberg as saying at a recent fundraiser. “These are criminal, horrendous . . . acts and should be appropriately punished.”
She added that second-hand reports from their patients of the conditions at Gosnell’s facility were troubling to the group. “We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg reportedly said.
That’s all it took for Breitbart and Limbaugh to cry scandal.
“Folks, that is profound to me,” Limbaugh said Tuesday. “We know what was going on in Gosnell’s… House of horrors doesn’t describe what was going on in there. And now we find out that Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood knew all along.”
“Gosnell performed abortions later than Planned Parenthood does, which may have led the abortion provider to ignore the horror and carnage and encourage the women seeking these abortions to visit Gosnell,” Breitbart blogger William Bigelow added, linking to anti-abortion advocacy site LifeNews.com as his source.
They neglected to mention that Planned Parenthood’s Steinberg made the comment to begin with becaue she believes that recollections of Gosnell’s abuses “makes [it] more clear why you need Planned Parenthood.” Nothing in the article indicates that Planned Parenthood had any detailed knowledge of what was really going on at Gosnell’s clinic.
“Oh, in a related story, President Obama is going to headline the Planned Parenthood gala,” Limbaugh said, noting the organization’s announcement on Wednesday. “The event Thursday will celebrate champions of women’s health. I wonder if some day Kermit Gosnell might get an award.”
This audio is from “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” aired Tuesday, April 23, 2013, snipped courtesy of liberal watchdog group Media Matters.