This edition of Links is dedicated to the horrendous subject of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for murder and infanticide.
“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.”
Kermit Gosnell and the Gospel (Russell Moore)
Yesterday I was typing the name “Kermit Gosnell,” and my phone auto-corrected the name to “gospel.” I shuddered momentarily. After all, what could be more contradictory than the name of a notorious abortionist on trial for child murder, and the good news of the mercies of God in Christ. My smartphone, it turns out, was smarter than I was.
8 Reasons for the Media Blackout on Kermit Gosnell (Trevin Wax)
To put the Kermit Gosnell trial in perspective, consider other famous cases of child-killing. From Susan Smith to Andrea Yates, and most recently the horror of Newtown, we are accustomed to 24/7 news coverage of these types of tragedies. Not so with Dr. Gosnell.
Do we really believe that pro-life people are bigoted and hateful because we, like civil rights people of the past, seek to give a voice to those who have no public voice or recourse? Why would so many be willing to stand up for those who do have some sort of defense, but refuse to do so to those who have the least ability to speak up for themselves?
We’ve Forgotten What Belongs on Page One (Kirsten Powers, USA Today)
Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault.
Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front Page Story (Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic)
Grand juries aren’t infallible. This version of events hasn’t been proven in a court of law. But journalists routinely treat accounts given by police, prosecutors and grand juries as at least plausible if not proven. Try to decide, as you hear the state’s side of the case, whether you think it is credible, and if so, whether the possibility that some or all this happened demands massive journalistic scrutiny.
7. On January 31, 1998, a then 15 year old Robyn Reid sought an abortion from Gosnell’s clinic. Once she was in the clinic, though, Reid, an 87-pound teenager at the time, told Gosnell she changed her mind about the abortion. She claims Gosnell got upset, ripped off her clothes, restrained her, and repeatedly told her, “This is the same care that I would give to my own daughter.” Reid regained consciousness 12 hours later at her aunt’s home, with the abortion having been completed against her will.
Below is 3801 Lancaster, an ongoing documentary about the atrocities that took place at Dr. Gosnell’s
butcher shop clinic: