By Cheryl Sullenger
Boulder, Colorado – Late-term abortionist Warren Hern took out a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the Denver Post to rant against a subpoena issued to him by the Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives, which is investigating the illegal sale of aborted baby remains and other offenses. Hern described the investigation as “persecution” even though the sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit is a federal crime.
“Hern’s crazed and disrespectful tirade against the Select Panel’s investigation was filled with hysteria, abusive attacks, and outright falsehoods. In my opinion, it reveals Hern’s tendency toward megalomania and his fantasy that he is above the law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Sane, stable people don’t act like that.”
In his published ad, titled “From Dr. Hern to Congress,” he first rebukes the Select Panel for not addressing him by his professional titles. In return, he accuses members of Congress of being “inhuman,” “callous,” and “delusional.” He chides them for using “vicious, despicable” and “grotesque” anti-abortion “propaganda term” of “abortionist” – a term many abortion doctors call themselves.
“Hern demands respect for himself, but fails to see his own hateful and hypocritical rhetoric as the verbal abuse it is against elected members of Congress. His rudeness and arrogance are beyond belief, and it is my opinion that his abusive attitude makes him a danger to the public,” said Newman.
Hern’s condescending and accusatory attitude was more than apparent throughout his published ad.
“Your clear and unabashed purpose is to obstruct women seeking abortions, to control their lives, and to crush physicians who help them,” he accused without basis. “You are using the coercive power of the State to impose your own religious and partisan beliefs upon those who do not share them. This is the antithesis of American society and constitutional democracy. We fought the American Revolution to rid ourselves of this oppressive, pestilential and authoritarian practice. Did you know that? Look it up.”
Many subjects of investigations throughout the history of jurisprudence have viewed legal subpoenas with disdain for obvious reasons, but to say we fought the American Revolution to rid ourselves of that important aspect of due process is simply not true.
The ad/letter expounds on several conspiracy theories harbored by Hern, many of which are truly eye-brow raising, and provoke troubling questions about his loose tether to reality.
Out of left field, Hern aggressively accused the Select Panel of attempting to deny women contraceptives, which is not a subject of their investigation nor the subpoena issued to Hern.
He complained that the Select Panel had deliberately instigated physical violence against him by seeking information for their investigation. “This is not some paranoid fantasy,” Hern wrote, indicating he possessed some notion of how crazy such an accusation sounds.
“You and your Republican Party are vigorously allied with a violent terrorist movement that threatens the lives of women, their families, and health care workers,” he wrote. “As part of this sham ‘investigation,’ your letter to me and letters to other physicians constitute a program of target identification for anti-abortion assassins.”
In reality, Hern has done much more than anyone else to proudly identify himself as a very late-term abortion provider. Most people would not be aware that he even received a subpoena if not for his full-page ad in the Denver Post. He also has been very public with his frequent interviews, television appearances, and newspaper ads identifying himself as a late-term abortion provider. He voluntarily participated in the highly-publicized documentary movie, “After Tiller,” which focused on his late-term abortion practice.
As for “threatening the lives of women and families,” no legitimate pro-life activist has ever harmed any pregnant woman, but Warren Hern has.
One recent malpractice suit filed against him by a former patient alleges a nightmare abortion experience where, after paying him $7,500 cash up front, Hern conducted a painful second trimester abortion, then failed to check to make sure the procedure was complete.
The patient suffered months of pain and complications only to find out that Hern had failed to remove a four-centimeter slightly curved section of her aborted baby’s skull. That bone fragment caused her considerable pain and anguish, along with the possibility that she will never bear another child.
Hern’s warped perception of the work of a peaceful pro-life movement that sacrifices to aid pregnant women and provide loving alternatives to abortion – acts that he considers “terrorism” — reveals how much Hern is deceived by his own fears and prejudices.
In his published letter, Hern finally launched into a political tirade involving unhinged conspiracy theories concerning the recent Presidential Election.
“You now have, with total Republican control of all three branches of the federal government, your Supreme Republican, Donald J. Trump, who has all the instincts and characteristics of a brutal fascist dictator. You have given him unrestrained total power. The rest of us will live in fear under his authoritarian regime,” Hern complains.
So the Select Panel on Infant Lives has now bestowed unrestrained total power on Mr. Trump? Hmm. Hern must never have heard of the constitutional balance of power that prevents any one person from “unrestrained total power.”
It seems that Hern’s definition of a “brutal fascist dictator” is based on his false perceptions that anyone who is pro-life is a “violent terrorist.” It takes very little imagination to understand that his own ideal leader would more closely resemble the “brutal fascist dictator” he says he fears.
After all his denial of any wrong-doing, Hern concludes his lecture by instructing the Select Panel that their subpoena violates his Fifth Amendment Right against self-incrimination. What might he be hiding?
Hern’s hateful missive is typical of “liberal-speak.” Anyone who disagrees with the Left is hated, disrespected, castigated, bullied, and demonized. Hern displays all that and more. But it is his condescension and disrespect for authority and the law are perhaps most troubling.
Some might call this an extreme case of “arrogance.” I call it “crazy talk.”
Read Warren Hern’s full ad below that appeared in the Denver Post on November 27, 2016.
[HT to Jo Scott]