Last October several Arizona women complained to authorities that while they were having abortions at a Phoenix area clinic, abortionist Brian Finkel sexually molested them. Most of these accusations involved fondling the breasts of these women, massaging their clitoris, or performing oral sex on them. Naturally, Finkel had a plausible explanation for all this. He said that because these women were not medical professionals they didn’t understand what a complete gynecological exam entails.
Unfortunately for Finkel, it appears that the Phoenix police are not medical professionals either. They charged him with 17 counts of sexually molesting his patients, tossed him into the slammer, set bail at over $200,000 and scheduled a trial for August 5th.
When the story made the local media, police reported that calls poured in from other women saying that they too had been sexually assaulted by Finkel. Over the next few weeks, the number of victims soared. The police even found a few of Finkel’s ex-employees who had witnessed these assaults but remained silent because they were afraid of what he might do to them. Evidently, their concerns were not unfounded. In an interview with police, Finkel stated, “I got a gun and they don’t. They’re gonna’ get in a fight with me and they’re gonna’ lose.”
As the new year rolled around, Finkel remained a guest of the state and things were proceeding in a pretty logical manner. Then on January 16, 2002, Judge Pamela Franks made what is destined to become a landmark legal decision. I won’t bore you with the legalese, but it goes something like this: whenever the number of women accusing an abortionist of sexually assaulting them goes up, his bail should go down. Acting on this freshly discovered legal principle, she ordered that Finkel’s bond be cut by more than half. Two days later he picked-up the tab and strolled out of jail.
Meanwhile, the number of victims coming forward had reached more than 100. This prompted the grand jury to issue an additional 43 indictments for sexual abuse and seven more for sexual assault. On January the 26th, Finkel was rearrested and this time bail was set at $650,000. Unfortunately, the lunacy that had so ravaged poor Judge Franks had begun to spread. Another Arizona court official ruled that the bond posted in the first incident would cover this one as well, and ordered that Finkel be released. A couple of hours later, he again strolled out into the sunlight.
What I want to know is: where is the national media on this story? After all, it has the two staples of contemporary American journalism – sex and violence – and yet six months have gone by without a peep. Surely there is no political agenda at work here.
Now if you think the national media is ignoring it simply because they see it as a local story, ask yourself the following questions. What would they be doing if a leader in the pro-life movement was accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 women and then threatening his female employees with a gun? And what if he was allowed out on a reduced bail, rearrested for 50 additional charges, and allowed out a second time with no bail at all? Call me cynical, but I’m betting this would be the lead story in every newscast and newspaper in America. The media and others on the Godless Left would hammer away until the accused was hauled back to jail and this loony judge removed from the bench.
Of course, recognizing that I could be wrong and thinking that maybe the Arizona Chapter of the National Organization for Women could shed some light on this situation, I called and talked to their spokesperson, Janet Andress. She was familiar with the case and assured me that these women were lying. When I asked why NOW always takes the side of women who make sexual assault allegations except when they are made against an abortionist, she seemed a little befuddled. However, she quickly recovered and went on to explain that this whole episode is part of a giant plot concocted by a local pro-life organization but she was not sure which one it was.
I found it reassuring to locate someone who had a handle on this situation. Thanks to Ms. Andress’ keen insights, we now know that more than 100 women – all of whom were pro-choice enough to actually have abortions – conspired with (a) some unidentified pro-life organization, (b) several former employees of Finkel’s abortion clinic, (c) the Phoenix Police Department, (d) the Maricopa County District Attorney’s office, and (e) the grand jury, just to destroy some hapless abortionist whose only crime was to give really thorough gynecological examinations.
And to think, Janet figured this out all by herself and she’s not even a medical professional.