Four Counts

May 13, 2013 | 3 comments | Posted in abortion, Life, pro-life | Tags: , , , ,

by Brandon McGinley

Kermit Gosnell used scissors to sever the spines of human beings while they struggled for life.  And he is therefore guilty of first degree murder.  This seems straightforward enough.

And in any other case—toddlers, adolescents, adults, the elderly—it would be straightforward.  But with the tiniest, most vulnerable members of the human family, in the face of overwhelming medical and scientific knowledge, we equivocate.

For we must remember, as Gosnell attorney Jack McMahon bragged about in the wake of the verdict, that there were four counts of murder of babies on which Gosnell was found not guilty.  Why?  It was not proven, per the court, that these babies emerged from the womb alive.  Gosnell may have succeeded in “ensuring fetal demise” in utero, rather than ex utero.

To be clear: we know that four mothers were carrying four healthy, living members of our human family inside of them.  They were complete human beings, with all the material needed to biologically self-direct growth through childhood and adulthood, and to live through all the successes and failures and happiness and sadness and experience that we associate with the human condition.  They were what we were at 25 weeks, or 28 weeks, or 32 weeks.

We know that, once Gosnell was done with them, those four human beings were dead.  That self-directed process of natural development was stopped.  The brain stopped.  The heartbeat stopped.  The kicking limbs stopped.  The tingling nerves, which could feel the sharp pain of the scissors’ incision, stopped.

No one disputes this.  And yet, in the official records of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Kermit Gosnell is not guilty of ending four innocent lives—because he may have done so legally.

And his 40,000+ more abortions go unmentioned.

And so the scandal remains.  Killing the innocent remains legal in Pennsylvania, as it does in every state in this nation.  Ghouls like Gosnell, with names like Carhart and Brigham, continue to operate across this country founded on the notion of human equality and unalienable rights.  They continue to tear babies limb from limb in a manner that makes Gosnell’s “snipping” seem humane.  But they do it properly: in the womb, where no one can see their gruesome handiwork.

It is a victory for human rights that Gosnell was found guilty on three counts of first degree murder.  But on four counts, our society has looked the other way.  On four counts, we see that we still maintain irrational distinctions between persons, singling out who may live and who must die.  On four counts, we see how much work is left to be done.

3 Comments

THERESA PRESCOTT

The dr. needs to get the death penalty for murdering innocent children. This is what happens when you have a strong pro abortion President who believes in Partial Birth Abortion. He has the same blood on his hands as the good dr. He doesn’t deserve mercy because he had no mercy on those innocent children. We need to set an example of how out of control we are getting and children don’t have any worth. In the site of God, they are all worthy.

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Jana Schultz

We are just sending so many mixed messages to our young people. They don’t understand why it is legal to end a baby’s life in utero and yet illegal to give birth to a baby and put it in a trashcan. Life needs to matter to all people.

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bird

If anybody, including those who are pro-abortion, was to witness the horror of what happens in late term abortion I guarantee you it would come to a swift halt. In regards to post 1.- the good doctor???

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