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April 15, 2013


Religious Liberals: Who’s Kermit Gosnell?

As everyone who reads Stand Firm is aware, there is plenty of guilt and shame to go around regarding the Kermit Gosnell case. It starts with Philadelphia’s own Josef Mengele wannabe and his assistants, but the bloody pool is spreading wider by the day. Among the enablers:

•The Pennsylvania Department of Health, which in 1993 essentially stopped regulating abortion clinics.
•Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Republican who in 1993 signed the executive order that left the Keystone State exercising more regulatory control over women’s hair salons than abortion clinics.
•Leni Riefenstahl, Inc., the propaganda arm of the pro-abortion movement, which has been completely AWOL on the Gosnell trial–one centered on a man called by an LRI employee, Terry Moran of ABC’s Nightline, “probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world.” After being publicly shamed for dereliction of duty by liberal USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers last Thursday, some of the weasels from LRI (the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, to be precise) have apparently deigned to send a reporter to the courtroom today. I hope the testimony and evidence doesn’t spoil their lunch.

There are more, but my focus for the moment is on the deafening silence of the mainline churches. Keep in mind that these are organizations that do not hesitate to comment on and seek to exploit for their political or other ends any high-profile disaster or tragedy that comes their way. Four months after the Newtown massacre, for example, they continue to use that horrible event (often in ways that betray an appalling ignorance of the technological, legal, and cultural questions involved) to advocate for the registration, limitation, regulation, and eventual confiscation of a host of guns. Indeed, if Kermit Gosnell had used an AK-15 to gun down seven children and an adult woman on Broad Street, you can bet that the usual suspects would be all over it. As it is, I did a check for reaction–any reaction, even just an expression of sorrow for the losses of the people–and this is what I found:

•The National Council of Churches: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Episcopal Church and Episcopal News Service: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The United Methodist Church, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, and UM News: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Presbyterian News Service: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The United Church of Christ: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell

And a few others one might have expected to have taken some notice of mass killing:

Sojourners, whose leadership is allegedly pro-life: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
Christian Century: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•Liberal Catholic publication Commonweal: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell since 2011
•Liberal National Catholic Reporter: Two references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell, one a news story from January about the March for Life that mentions Gosnell in passing, one from Friday in response to Powers’ column
•Liberal Catholic publication America: Four references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell, only one since 2011 in a blog post on Friday in response to Powers’ column

Oh, and in perhaps the biggest surprise of all, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Molech’s own lobby, has had nothing to say either in its blog or on its main site about the mass infanticide in Philadelphia. It does, however, have a story on its home page entitled, “The Shame of Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Using Religion to Manipulate Women.”


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“Member organizations proudly display their banners at the March for Women’s Lives on April 25, 2004 in Washington, D.C.” 

http://www.rcrc.org/about/members.cfm

Perhaps that should be the March for only some women’s lives?

[1] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 4-15-2013 at 04:00 PM · [top]

James Taranto’s daily Best of the Web today has a lengthy and very challenging discussion of the Gosnell murder story and the thinking around abortion. 

It’s a worthwhile read.

[2] Posted by hanks on 4-15-2013 at 05:27 PM · [top]

I saw that—more coherent thought on the issue than I’ve seen in years.

[3] Posted by elanor on 4-15-2013 at 05:36 PM · [top]

That Taranto column is very good, and so is Roger L. Simon’s, which he links to.

[4] Posted by Katherine on 4-15-2013 at 08:09 PM · [top]

Re #2-4

I am a regular reader of James Taranto’s column and find him intelligent, witty and serious. It is in this context that I find his “on the one hand, on the other hand” analysis of abortion majorly deficient. Here’s a quick fisk of his one-paragraph explanation of why he cannot be a principled pro-lifer:

A law protecting every human life from the moment of fertilization would be draconian or unenforceable, and probably both.

His argument here is consequentialist and pragmatic. By that logic, laws against murder should be revoked. That such a law against abortion – and the world has had and still has many such laws – is “draconian” displays more about Taranto’s sensibility than reality.

Would a free society really tolerate its government’s forcing a rape victim to carry her attacker’s child to term? Surely not—but an exception for rape would also create a loophole, an incentive for women seeking abortions to claim rape falsely. Norma McCorvey, the anonymous Roe v. Wade plaintiff, did just that, albeit unsuccessfully, before filing her lawsuit.

Again, the main objection is pragmatic. Someone might abuse the exception clause, therefore it’s all or nothing. (I’m not arguing, btw, for the exception clause.) Very shoddy logic. The assumption that for a victim of rape to carry an innocent child to term is intolerable again reveals more about Taranto than the reality that many people bear hard burdens inflicted them in life. By the same logic, Taranto must favor euthanasia in “hard” cases.

As I say, Taranto is a fine writer with a clear mind in most matters. That he is blinded on this subject suggests there is a spiritual darkness that has descended over our society. I hope that the Gosnell case may wake Taranto and others up, with the help of the True Light.

[5] Posted by Stephen Noll on 4-15-2013 at 10:42 PM · [top]

Stephen Noll, when I posted the link to Taranto I was not suggesting that he was offering right and Christian answers - because, as you noted, he can’t quite bring himself to make the logical and moral leap to agree that abortion is murder.  So I agree with what your wrote.

But he does a really good job of laying things out and that’s why it’s worth reading.  He recognizes the impossibility of drawing the line and describes well the legal and moral muddle that Roe and Casey have created.  He writes this:

When you dissent from Roe v. Wade, you notice that people committed to the pro-abortion side almost never acknowledge that the question of abortion poses a conflict of rights or of legitimate interests. Try to pin them down as to where they’d draw the line—at what point in fetal development does abortion become unacceptable? It’s pretty much impossible. The court in Casey said abortion could be restricted after 23 to 24 weeks, earlier than Roe’s 28 weeks, but groups like Planned Parenthood oppose restrictions on late-term abortion, too. All they care about is “a woman’s right to choose.”

I also agree with your final words about the spiritual darkness that exists today.  Taranto comes so close to recognizing it, but not quite.  When I read his article and then your comments, I was reminded of Paul’s encounter with King Agrippa (Acts 26:28) in which Agrippa is “almost persuaded” to become a Christian.  Let’s all pray that the Gosnell case may be a wake-up call.

[6] Posted by hanks on 4-16-2013 at 07:34 AM · [top]

Dr. Noll, Taranto says he’s not a principled pro-lifer.  What’s significant about his column, and about one written by Roger L. Simon, to which he links, is that he has changed from being solidly pro-abortion to seeing and understanding the objections to it, and agreeing with many of them.

Read his complete column.  About 3/4 of the way down, he repeats something from the grand jury record which I did not know.  In 1972, there was a so-called Mother’s Day Massacre in which illegal abortions were performed by a young Philadelphia doctor with some lethal results, and this was part of the impetus for the 1973 Roe decision, which Taranto now deplores as bad law (it is).  The doctor in question?  Kermit Gosnell.

[7] Posted by Katherine on 4-16-2013 at 07:37 AM · [top]

Mother’s day massacre - from Wikipedia - Background and early career

He became an early proponent of abortion rights in the 1960s and 1970s and in 1972 he returned from a stint in New York City to open up an abortion clinic on Lancaster Avenue in Mantua.[6][8]

In the same year, he also performed fifteen televised second-trimester abortions, using an experimental “Super Coil” method invented by psychologist Harvey Karman. The coils were inserted into the uterus, where they caused irritation leading to the expulsion of the fetus. However, complications from the procedure were reported by nine of the women, with three of these reporting severe complications. [9][10]

[8] Posted by B. Hunter on 4-16-2013 at 08:25 AM · [top]

will wonders never cease—FINALLY http://www.nbcnews.com has a Gosnell story!

[9] Posted by elanor on 4-16-2013 at 04:41 PM · [top]

and Taranto nailed it again today ...

[10] Posted by elanor on 4-16-2013 at 09:07 PM · [top]

FYI, trial closed today.  I hope they raffle off “throwing the switch” - I’d be in…  Gosnell’s humanity “left the building” long ago.

BTW, please make it known that PP is the largest provider of abortions in the US - apparently 55% of the American “sheeple” don’t get it.  :-(

Wonder if anyone will get around to investigating Phil Dept of Health?  Eric Holder’s wife (who owns the building Gosnell “practiced” in)?

New video out today showing abortion docs admitting to killing babies that survive late term abortions.  The fun never stops…just sickening. 

We sure need a Savior…I for one am thankful for Him.

[11] Posted by B. Hunter on 4-30-2013 at 03:58 PM · [top]

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