Until a few months ago, Kermit Gosnell was little known, but while his name has become well known among pro-lifers across the nation and among social media users, there remains almost a deafening silence about his murder trial in the mainstream media. Why?
I recently attended a pro-life conference where the video 3801 Lancaster was shown. This documentary relates the events that led to the arrest and current trial of Kermit Gosnell. It didn’t just pull back the curtain on his abortion business –but shredded it. I’ve seen graphic abortion pictures and videos, and each time my sensibilities are assaulted; this video was no different.
I muddled through my chaotic thoughts: How could this happen? What evil is in our midst? Then my confusion crystalized—this is abortion and abortion is ugly. I think those who view abortion through the lens of “choice” avoid Gosnell because to look would expose them to the horror and intrinsic evil of abortion. I once heard a nurse, who worked in a late-term abortion facility, share that when there is even one of those “anti-choice religious nuts” out on the sidewalk praying, the mood inside changes; the staff is ill-tempered towards one another, patients seem more agitated, the phone shrieks rather than rings. The mood is somber because the presence of that one person outside shatters the façade created inside.
Is Gosnell the exception—an abortionist gone insane?
Gosnell kills babies—that what abortionists do. Does the fact that he sometimes did this after they were born make it more heinous? Maybe, but I don’t think so.
An abortionist is paid to make sure that the baby is dead—that is his/her business. Can one say, “An abortionist that kills the baby inside the womb is more ethical or kinder than one that kills it outside the womb?” If one’s logic is wrapped in the icon of “choice,” that answer would be yes! Inside the womb it is a fetus, a potential life, a blob of tissue, a non-person, it is a woman’s choice. All this spin falls flat when it escapes the womb alive and intact; there is no denying it is a baby.
Is Gosnell the exception? I don’t think so.
Can someone who makes their money by deliberately dismembering another person have even a reasonable sense of the value of life? The logical outcome would be a diminished sense of life’s value. To do this day after day, would necessitate an increasing hardness not only to the one being aborted but also to the woman lying on the procedure table.
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