It was the pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.
How ironic that the Gosnell decision was delivered the day after Mother's Day.
The two-month trial has reignited the abortion debate. But while many states have managed to impose some restrictions on abortion clinics and establish informed consent laws and in some cases require a woman to view a sonogram before aborting an unborn child, abortion on demand for almost any reason and at almost any stage of pregnancy remains legal in every state.
Maybe you heard about the Gosnell trial, maybe you didn't. Big media (except for Fox) certainly didn't give it a lot of play. One big media outlet, ABC News, refused even to cover it until it was nearly over. According to the Media Research Center, "ABC went from March 18, 2013 (the trial's start) through Monday afternoon with no coverage. Yet during the same time, the network devoted a staggering 187 minutes (or 70 segments) to other shocking criminal cases, such as Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox." That's 56 days of zero coverage. Why the blackout?
Veterinary clinics appear better regulated than many abortion clinics in this country, but the cleanliness and age of the buildings and instruments isn't the point. It's the estimated 55 million children -- and counting -- who are denied their right to live.
Some pagan cultures of old practiced child sacrifice to appease ancient deities. What happened at Gosnell's clinic was a modern version of child sacrifice to our "god" of convenience and self-interest. In this case, as in all other clinics and hospitals that perform abortions, the practice is also for the purpose of appeasing the abortion on demand "gods" who champion "a woman's right to choose" rather than a child's right to live.
Choose what? Choose death over life, oneself over the life of an innocent? Why destroy a baby when there are thousands of loving parents out there willing to adopt a child?
"Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit," writes the Huffington Post, "that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by 'snipping' their spines..."
This sounds like something out of a Nazi death camp. Yet our views on abortion, apparently, hold firm.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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