Kathryn Lopez

In the relative silence about this case, there is a complacency that cannot stand. It was a lack of charity that drove women to Gosnell's, and they certainly found no love within the walls of his facility. The desensitization that 40 years of legal abortion has wrought must be undone. We must love and welcome all children, supporting mothers, building up fathers. The most dedicated abortion-rights activist, upon reflection, might agree.

We have been known to be a people of healthy expectations -- about the potential of life, about the heights we can reach. As government and law increasingly shut down that positive view of human potential, as the media and culture at large go out of their way to minimalize or outright ignore these issues, our complacency and indifference become an indictment, too.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.