(To those readers who have suffered abortion loss, please be warned that there is graphic material in the following reflection.)
Now that the verdict and sentencing are completed in the Gosnell murder trial some jurors gathered outside the courthouse and spoke publicly for the first time. The foreman, David Misko, said it had been emotionally hard for the jurors, seven women and five men, to deal with the trial’s gruesome images and shocking testimony.
“It was emotionally tolling for everyone involved,” he said.
I wrote in a previous blog about “vicarious trauma” after spending a few days at the Gosnell trial and seeing and hearing the disturbing images and testimony. How can any person sit through such horror for weeks on end and not be deeply impacted emotionally and spiritually by all they experienced?
Even jurors who described themselves as “pro choice” were changed by what they witnessed.
Sarah Glinski, 23, said that while she believed in a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion, “That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the sanctity of life. It was hard for me to admit that this kind of evil exists in this world.”
The Philadelphia district attorney, R. Seth Williams, said the Gosnell case was probably the most gruesome he has ever dealt with as district attorney:
“I will not mince my words: Kermit Gosnell is a monster…any doctor who cuts into the necks, severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is a murderer and a monster.”
But is Kermit Gosnell a “monster?” Or is Kermit Gosnell simply “an abortionist?” The key legal distinction in attorney Williams remarks is the reference to “living breathing babies who would survive with proper medical attention.”
What about the millions of babies who are dismembered in the womb, ripped apart limb by limb and re assembled by the nurse or doctor after the procedure to make sure the abortionist removed all the parts of the baby? These abortionists may not keep baby feet in jars like Gosnell, but they have plenty of baby arms, legs, feet hands etc. (medical waste as they call it) the ghastly by product of their “safe and legal” abortions.
These abortions may take place at an earlier stage of pregnancy, but the only difference is the size of the baby, and that once dismembered will be unable to breathe or survive outside its mother’s womb.
If Gosnell is a monster…he is more our self created abortion Frankenstein monster. We made this monster when we legalized abortion with very few restrictions…we live with this evil every day we make peace with abortion.
Have the vast majority of Christian Churches made peace with the existence of legal abortion, rather than fighting it as one of the greatest evil in the history of mankind? The democratic and the republican parties may in some cases favor restrictions on abortion…but when push comes to shove, they expect it will remain legal to abort unborn children up to 24 weeks of age. Haven’t most of us grown to at least tolerate the existence of legally sanctioned abortion of unborn humans in our communities where we live, work, worship and raise our families?
So I would say to attorney Williams, Gosnell is no monster. Gosnell like all abortionists is paid to terminate the lives of unborn children in their mother’s wombs…and as we learned, sometimes outside the womb as they struggle to survive. The procedures are no less gruesome because the victims may be smaller and delivered in pieces. In fact, depending on the age of the fetus, these may be horrifically more painful deaths.
The twisted corruption of the medical profession and our entire society manifest in Dr Gosnell, has touched all of us. Over fifty million abortions have not only brought a massive loss of life, but have wounded the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of all who participate in the death of the unborn. There is hope and healing for those impacted by this loss and hunger for peace and healing.
Look in the mirror America, the monster is not Gosnell, or even some evil dictator or terrorist across the ocean we feel called to spend trillions to slay and bring to justice.
The monster we see in Gosnell is a tiny reflection of the greater corruption of our national soul that began on January 22, 1973.
Please God let us end abortion, and bring reconciliation and healing to all who have participated in the death of unborn children.