The Gosnell Scandal

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Some pro-lifers are prone to regard all abortionists as monsters, bereft of a moral sense or sympathy for dead fetuses. That is nonsense.

The truth is that many limit their practice to relatively early abortions precisely because they find late term abortions troubling. Some limit their practice to the destruction of fetuses at 12 weeks’ gestation, others 15 weeks, still others 17. They do so because they share a moral sense with their pro-life opponents. It is a sense, rooted in a common human nature, which compels all of us to sympathize with beings that look like newborns.

Well, nearly all of us. There are abortionists, like Gosnell, who venture where few of their colleagues dare. They are untroubled by screaming fetuses born alive, or severing the spines of 30-week old fetuses, or dropping them into blazing furnaces. They don’t flinch. They don’t shed a tear. They just do their jobs.

At his trial, Gosnell listened to the horrors that took place in his office with bemused calm. As one journalist reported, “he just watched and calmly took notes with a vague hint of a smile on his face from time to time.” Like other sociopathic killers, Gosnell was terrifyingly composed and undisturbed.

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2 Responses to “The Gosnell Scandal”

  1. MT Geoff on 10/10/13 at 6:40 pm

    I think the vast majority of providers who perform abortions would be perfectly glad if they never got a request for one again. There are a few sadists in the health business and Gosnell sounds like one.
    I am acquainted with a woman who made a decision to have an abortion because her family would have rejected her and her baby. She has married and built a different life than she’d have had if she’d carried her first baby to term. There are reasons to be queasy about having an abortion and there are ways to understand the decision to have one.

  2. Doc on 12/12/13 at 12:39 pm

    Speaking as a former emybro, I find it hard to understand ANY explanation aside from mother’s health or rape as a good enough reason to kill an infant of any age. Mother’s health and rape= abortion as soon as pregnancy is known, not later. Abortion is against God’s will…”Thou shall not commit murder” (correct translation of Commandments).