Kermit Gosnell, Abortions, and a Thought About Life

13 May



The picture above is of Kermit Gosnell.

This man killed babies born alive after botched abortions and is responsible for the death of one woman in his clinic who was there for an abortion.

For many weeks, the media was paying no attention to this man.  Finally, different media outlets started to come around to the story.

Yesterday, he was convicted of multiple counts of first degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

You can read stories about it here, here, and here.

He faces the possibility of the death penalty as a result of his actions.

This is a horrific story and I’m sure there are others like it that will, over time, come out.

This particular case got me thinking about what many debate to be the beginning of life for a baby.  Is it at conception, or sometime in the first trimester…or second trimester?  When does this point actually happen?  When does “life” actually begin?

In the New York Times article I linked to above, this quote was made by the authors,

“While abortion rights groups argued that Dr. Gosnell operated far outside the legalities and norms of women’s health care, abortion opponents seized on the case to raise questions about the ethics of late-term abortions. Put simply, they asked why a procedure done to a living baby outside the womb is murder, but destroying a fetus of similar gestation before delivery can be legal.” [italics and bold are mine]

This is one of the most important issues.

As a society, we have declared that abortion is a matter of location.

If the baby is inside of the womb, then it is not really a living, breathing, viable baby.  But, if it moves one foot away from that location and is outside of the womb, then all of a sudden it is considered a baby!

What type of thinking is this?

This case was a victory.  Due to his murder convictions, we have declared through a 12 person jury of our peers that a baby at that stage of development is a real baby.

And, as a result, it should have the rights and privileges that any other human being has…especially the right to life.

Does that jury hold the views of every American regarding abortion?  Absolutely not.

But, it is a start.

[As a recommendation, check out if you want an organization to support that is bringing the life of the unborn into the forefront of our national conscience]



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2 responses to “Kermit Gosnell, Abortions, and a Thought About Life

  1. Tim Mossholder

    May 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Well stated, Jeff. It’s a complex life-issue, but your observation about the “geography” of the baby is on point and raises large issues for us (personally and as a society) to grapple with.

    • Jeff Tolle

      May 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Definitely a complex issue. And, there are other factors besides my mentioned “geography” factor, but in this case, it seemed to be the most prevalent distinction. Thanks for the comment!


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