September 19, 2019 - Thursday
Livin' (and Dyin') on the Buttigieg
September 19, 2019
"Nobody knows." That was all family attorney Kevin Bolger -- or anyone -- could muster about Ulrich Klopfer's sick fetish for collecting baby corpses. Like the abortionist's wife, Bolger can't begin to imagine what would drive anyone to stack their garage from "floor to ceiling" with thousands of decomposing bodies from his killing business. From Bolger's chilling interview -- "You could barely walk in there" -- to the stomach-turning realities, the details are too gruesome to ignore. Unless you're Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D).
For days, the South Bend mayor, who's refused to crack down on barbarians like Klopfer, the presidential candidate was completely silent. Wednesday, when the pressure became too great, Buttigieg finally offered a few throwaway lines, desperately trying to deflect blame for the horror story that took place in his own backyard. "Like everyone," he started, "I find the news out of Illinois extremely disturbing." It was a nice try, distancing himself from the property in Illinois -- but, as plenty of people have pointed out, the scene of the crime was much bigger.
Klopfer operated several clinics in Indiana -- one of the most controversial in Buttigieg's South Bend. It was eventually closed -- no thanks to Mayor Pete, who's spent years shielding rundown abortion centers from regulation. When the Indiana State Department refused to give one of the town's other clinics, Whole Women's Health of South Bend, a license because it lacked "reputable and responsible character," this candidate for president defended them. He looked the other way -- just like he's failed to address the violence all across South Bend.
"There's no question that what happened here is disturbing," Mayor Pete admitted. But what, exactly, does he find disturbing? As one of the 20 candidates who's gone to bat for Planned Parenthood, isn't this just part of the collateral damage liberals are willing to accept as part of their abortion radicalism? After all, he and the rest of the Democratic hopefuls seem to have no problem with America's biggest abortion mogul trafficking in baby body parts. So which is more shocking -- stashing the bodies or selling them?
Then, in a display of hypocrisy befitting the far-Left, Buttigieg says he hopes Americans don't use madmen like Klopfer and Karpen and Gosnell as an excuse to regulate abortion. "I hope that it doesn't get caught up in politics at a time when women need access to health care." Funny, Democrats don't seem to mind politicizing shootings. But when it comes to violence against the unborn, it's "hands off." It's not that Buttigieg doesn't want to politicize it, it's that he doesn't want to do anything about it. If he did, it might suggest there's a moral problem with the whole abortion agenda, which has coarsening so many hearts and minds. However, it would be hard to make such an admission when he and his party are facilitating the abortion agenda.
On one thing, Buttigieg is right: Women need access to care. But women need access to safe, honest, regulated, and thoughtful care -- the kind he's refused to support as mayor. When a pregnancy care center tried to open near one of his prized abortion offices, he claimed it would endanger the community -- not the Whole Women's health next door with a record so shoddy the state didn't renew its license. In the end, he vetoed the PCC's request, calling it "the right thing" to do.
Fortunately, conservatives like Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) don't share his indefensible views. Instead of ignoring the implications of Klopfer, the congresswoman -- who represents South Bend -- called for an immediate investigation. His "careless treatment of human remains is an outrage," she insisted. "I'm glad the Indiana and Illinois attorneys general are working together," she told listeners on "Washington Watch." "But I am very, very grateful that the White House is joining my call for a federal investigation. We have to find out what happened here."
"Just two weeks ago, we did a hearing [on] a born-alive protection bill, because Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, will not allow us to bring the bill down just to give medical care to babies who live through abortions. And now, here we are -- two weeks later -- having a conversation about protecting the babies that were killed in abortions because of what is happening with their bodies [when] guys like this [have] access to them... It just goes right back to... why abortion providers have to be held to strict guidelines and oversight."
Like most Americans, Walorski thinks we have to address the issues we can and try to build consensus across the aisle. But when the other side is willing to let something as outrageous as this go, that'll be difficult.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.