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Infanticide? Russ Feingold Call Your Office by Charlie Sykes

Last year’s story: Some pro-lifers don’t know how to talk about rape and abortion. This year’s story: Some pro-abortion activists still don’t know how to talk about infanticide.

Is Russ Feingold feeling a bit of deja vu this week? Back in 1996, you’ll recall, during a colloquy on the senate floor with Rick Santorum, our sainted former senator famously failed to distinguish between an abortion and the killing of a just-born baby.

George Will recounted the exchange;

Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum asked Democrats Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey this: Suppose during an attempted partial-birth abortion the infant, instead of being just almost delivered, with only a few inches of skull remaining in the birth canal, slips entirely out of the canal. Is killing the born baby still a "choice"? Feingold and Lautenberg said it was still a matter between a mother and her abortionist. (C-SPAN captured this exchange. The Congressional Record was subsequently falsified.) 

Fast forward to last week: this video has been making the rounds, because Planned Parenthood officials still -- after all these years -- haven’t figured out how to handle the issue.

So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief," said Rep. Jim Boyd. "If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?"

"We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician," said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.

Rep. Daniel Davis then asked Snow, "What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving. What do your physicians do at that point?"

"I do not have that information," Snow replied. "I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information."



Maybe Snow should put in a call to Feingold. Because they not only have a lot in common… they also apparently have a lot to talk about.


So how much did that John Doe Cost?

We assume that Dan Bice will be on that any day now, right?
"The bill is in, and it wasn't cheap," The Journal Sentinel reported breathlessly on Saturday.

But no, it wasn’t the taxpayer bill for the endless John Doe probe. Instead, Dan Bice’s story dwelt on the governor’s legal bills. At length.

Walker's total legal tab due to the John Doe probe: $650,000. Prosecutors closed the case without bringing charges against the governor or anyone in his current administration.

Bice includes the apparently obligatory quotes from Democrat party Chair Mike Tate and One Wisconsin Now. But the story has a notable, and glaring omission.

What did the investigation cost taxpayers? Our  best guess, the total cost will dwarf Walker’s legal tab and, unlike the governor’s bill, it was all taxpayer dollars.

So far the DA’s office is stonewalling the question.

You might recall that the DA denied the MacIver News Service's open records request for the "total number of hours employees spent working on the John Doe investigation," because no such document exists.

Deputy District Attorney James Martin told the MacIver Institute that the DA's office could not provide the information requested because under open records law, their office is not required "create a new record for your benefit."

Bice is telling readers that he’s on the case. In one email he explains:

"In fact, I am working on a piece on the costs of the investigation The DA's office won't give me figures. But Judge Nettesheim turned over documents with his costs Thursday. Another reporter and I have the salaries for each ADA who worked on the case. We just have to make a solid estimate on the amount of time they each spent on the case during the 33 months. Look for something in the next week. "

We are, of course, on the edge of our seats. And we will be quite interested to see if Bice's "estimate" gets the kind of headline play the Walker legal bill story got.


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