Daniel Doherty

"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 quotation above is the opening sentence of the sickening and unimaginable 2011 Official Grand Jury report vis-à-vis the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. From the outside-the-womb “abortions” he performed via “snipping,” to the fetal body parts he stored in jars and the squalid, disease-ridden conditions of his “clinic” -- the infamous Philadelphia abortionist now on trial for his life is regarded in some quarters as the personification of evil. But as Jonah Goldberg argues in his introduction to the newly released eBook Blackout: The Gosnell Grand Jury Report the Media Doesn’t Want You to Read, he’s not.

But how could this be, you ask? The man is being charged with killing four infants and a 41-year-old woman.

Well, according to Goldberg, he’s not unlike the Nazi henchman Adolph Eichmann: a relatively ordinary technocrat of the Third Reich who was able to facilitate unspeakable atrocities by performing mundane, everyday activities without which the Final Solution would have been impossible. In a sense, like Eichmann, Gosnell was merely doing things (in this particular case, medical procedures) that weren’t necessarily considered immoral. Hence the “right” to an abortion, which is upheld and protected by two federal statutes, created the conditions for which Gosnell’s grisly crimes were made possible.

Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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