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There is a trial under way in a Philadelphia court accusing Dr. Kermit Goshnell, a late-term abortion doctor, of killing seven babies and one pregnant adult. Dr. Goshnell is being tried for performing abortions after the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions. Some of the babies were born alive only to be then destroyed in ways unimaginable. Planned Parenthood recently claimed that the possibility of infants surviving late-term abortions as "highly unusual". The Goshnell case suggests otherwise.

If you are unaware of this horror story, there is good reason. The national media, with the exception of USA Today, have avoided this issue. While it provides national coverage of a basketball coach being fired at Rutgers University, somehow the murder trial of Dr. Goshnell doesn't make the cut.

It has been suggested that the national media are predominately pro-choice. This lack of coverage would seem to confirm that. If this story did receive front-page coverage, it might also resurface President Obama's opposition to an Illinois bill -- the Born Alive Infant Protection Act -- when he was a state senator.

One doesn't have to be pro-life to find the Goshnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not an abortion issue. It is a basic human rights issue. To quote USA Today, "The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace."

Richard Kaiser

Elk Grove Village

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