It’s no surprise that Kermit Gosnell is guilty of murdering three babies during late-term abortions. Truth be known, he’s guilty of murdering more than 40,000 babies during his dark career, and only God knows how many of them were birthed before he snipped their spinal cord.
Found on the wrong side of the law at a time when abortion laws are growing stricter in many states, many pro-choice activists are distancing themselves from Gosnell in the wake of a guilty verdict and a possible death penalty.
The response is hypocritical at best.
Gosnell is far from the only late-term abortionist to murder babies—and the pro-abortion movement knows this all too well. Yet despite lobbying for the right to murder pre-born humans, even most of the staunchest pro-abortion supporters are too politically correct to publicly agree with Gosnell’s practices in his "house of horrors."
Consider the reactions from pro-abortion groups, and listen closely to how their spokesmen work to spin it in order to distance themselves from Gosnell and blame the pro-life movement for Gosnell's evil deeds.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says, "Justice was served to Kermit Gosnell today, and he will pay the price for the atrocities he committed. We hope that the lessons of the trial do not fade with the verdict. Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell."
Hogue almost got away with the spin. She proclaimed Gosnell’s atrocities but quickly set her sights on bashing pro-life—or, as she calls them, “anti-choice”—politicians for working to preserve the sanctity of life. What’s more, she sideways blames the pro-life movement for the rise of back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell. Audacious.
Meanwhile, Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, says, "This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women's options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell."
Sounds like Ferrero took notes from Hogue. Again, the pro-abortion agenda is actually trying to use Gosnell’s guilt to its advantage. Did Ferrero forget, as the ACLJ revealed, that “a Planned Parenthood lobbyist testified against a law that would protect babies born alive after a botched abortion from being left to die, or worse yet, killed”? Planned Parenthood continues to speak out of both sides of its mouth. Anything to keep abortion legal.
Finally, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, the board chair-elect of Physicians for Reproductive Health, says, "As doctors who have women's health at the forefront of our mission and our practices, we are relieved that Kermit Gosnell will no longer be able to take advantage of vulnerable women. In Pennsylvania and many other states with restrictive laws, women face incredible barriers that affect their ability to obtain quality care. Gosnell preyed on low-income women who had few options to obtain the care they needed. His practice was illegal, unethical and unsafe."
Illegal, unethical and unsafe? Abortion may be legal, but it’s anything but ethical, and far too many botched abortions prove it's not so safe after all. Stanwood takes a different approach than her more radical pro-abortion counterparts but nevertheless spins the Gosnell verdict to a dizzying point. She points out “restrictive laws” and essentially blames a lack of abortion options for low-income women for the establishment of Gosnell’s "house of horrors."
I imagine the response from these pro-abortion spokesmen would have been much different if Gosnell was found innocent. In fact, before Gosnell was found guilty, many abortion supporters positioned the murders as mere “medical malpractice.” If Gosnell was cleared, radical pro-abortion groups likely would have pounced on the opportunity to paint him as a martyr for the cause of women’s rights.
Thank God, justice was served, at least in part, for Kermit Gosnell. As we await the sentencing, I pray that the fear of God will strike the hearts of every abortionist in this nation. I pray that more abortion mills will shut their doors for good. I pray that more legislatures would recognize personhood amendments and pass more restrictive laws. And I pray, most of all, that mothers would choose life for the pre-born babies inside of them. Amen.
Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also director of Bound4LIFE Fort Lauderdale. You can email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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