The surest way for sin to prosper is for a culture to stop calling it sin. Given the rapidly decaying culture in the U.S., I could proceed in a myriad of directions following such a conclusion. However, in America the foremost example of the rotten fruit born of neglected sin is Kermit Gosnell.
In case you missed it — which is very likely, given the way the mainstream media had to be dragged kicking and screaming into covering Gosnell’s trial — Gosnell was found guilty of, among hundreds of other things, first degree murder in the cases of three babies born alive after botched abortions.
If you’ve paid any attention at all, you know the gruesome details: “snipped” necks, frozen body parts, tiny limbs stored in jars and so on. For decades, while earning millions of dollars, Gosnell and his associates butchered women and children alike.
No one should be surprised that the culture in America produced a Kermit Gosnell. After decades of lies from the abortion industry and its willing cohorts within the liberal media and Democratic party (along with “pro-choice” Republicans like Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania), millions of Americans were led to believe that, after sperm fertilizes egg, what grows inside a woman’s body was not a life, but a “choice.” Such blatant disregard for sound morality, sound science, and plain common sense produced Gosnell’s “House of Horrors.”
After weeks of the trial that revealed a shocking callousness for both the born and the unborn, there was plenty of time for all of America to see the truth when it comes to abortion and the often ghastly practices that occur in abortion clinics.
Yet following the announcement of Gosnell’s guilt, like a toddler with its fingers in its ears, abortion apologists such as The New York Times continued with their propaganda. Before being caught, and subsequently editing its online article, six times The Times referred to Gosnell’s young victims as mere “fetuses.”
In March of this year, a representative from Planned Parenthood Florida testified before the Florida legislature. The legislators were considering a bill that would require abortionists to provide medical care to a child born alive as a result of an abortion attempt. In a rare moment of candor from the culture of death (to borrow from Al Mohler), the PP representative endorsed the position under which Gosnell himself operated: the “right” to kill a baby born alive.
“So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said stunned Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
PP lobbyist Alisa Snow replied, “We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician.”
Given such a climate, it is unsurprising that Gosnell’s attorney blamed the verdict on the “baby factor.” He did not elaborate as to his meaning, but given the perverted sense of life that exists in our culture, it is little surprise that the lawyer for an abortionist would choose to slander the use of the word “baby” when it comes to, not just describing the unborn, but even children outside the womb.
Further illustrating America’s moral decay, even President Barack Obama himself once advocated a position that differs little from Gosnell’s. As World Net Daily put it, “Fundamental to Gosnell’s argument was that severing the spinal cord of a baby who survived an abortion was not infanticide.”
In 2001 the Illinois legislature took up a bill that was patterned after the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Then state Sen. Obama voted against the bill in committee. On the floor of the Illinois Senate, Obama gave the only speech against the bill, saying, “I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute.”
Even after a “neutrality clause” was added to the Illinois bill that made it virtually identical to the federal BAIPA that unanimously passed both houses of the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President George W. Bush, Obama chaired an Illinois Senate committee and led the Democrats on that committee to kill the amended bill.
What can one conclude about a nation that elects such a man its leader? For one thing, as I noted, the fact that a Kermit Gosnell exists should come as no surprise to any American. Secondly, until this nation sees abortion for what it really is, the next Kermit Gosnell is just around the corner.
Trevor Thomas is a Hall County resident and frequent columnist.