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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Hope of the Gosnell Trial

The Hope of the Gosnell Trial

“America won’t reject abortion until America sees abortion.”  Those are words often spoken by Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life.  Abortion is the greatest evil plaguing our country and yet it is shrouded in silence and euphemism, to the point that many if not most Americans have no real understanding of what this horror is all about.
But this past month that horror has been on full display (despite the best efforts of the media to cover it up) during the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murder for severing the spinal cords of babies born alive in abortion attempts. 
It is good that the law acknowledged the value of these little human lives, but perhaps even more important was that anyone who became familiar with the gory details of the case was repulsed by them.  Despite the lies of the abortion lobby to the contrary, those of us who have followed the unregulated butchery that goes on in abortuaries know that what happened in Gosnell’s clinic is not an aberration; it is par for the course.  Mr. Gosnell will spend the rest of his life in prison for essentially following standard procedure.
To be fair, we can’t accuse every abortionist with the exact crimes committed by Gosnell, but there is little doubt that those crimes are widespread in the industry.  One other important factor of the Gosnell saga is that some of his clinic workers were also guilty of crimes.  What we are just beginning to see is workers from other clinics starting to come forward as whistle blowers if they can get immunity for themselves.
I think there is a panic beginning to spread.  Many employees of abortuaries must realize that Gosnell’s fate could be their own, and they will do what they can to save themselves.  As it becomes more and more obvious that what happened in the Gosnell clinic was not unique, and as Americans are exposed even more to the real horrors of abortion, it will be impossible for hearts not to be softened.
We can only pray that this will happen, and will happen soon.  We should also pray for the souls, and the healing, of all those involved in the abortion industry.  Faced with the sickening details of the Gosnell trial, many people instinctively reacted with anger and called for his death or worse.  We have to remember that when we are dealing with abortion, we are dealing with the source of so much pain and anguish, and potentially the greatest stories of redemption.
Countless women, many who had bought into the lies our culture sells about abortion, have since found peace and new life, through organization like Project Rachel, and other sources of God’s grace. Many former abortionists or clinic workers, such as Abby Johnson, have become heroes of the pro-life movement, and have dedicated themselves to the defense of all human life.
May the good that comes out of the Kermit Gosnell trial be a clear view of what abortion really is, that ultimately leads to its end; and may it be healing and salvation for all those who suffer its effects.  May the God who loves all His children regardless of their sin, bring joy and peace to every person in our land, as we have all been touched by the tragedy of abortion.  Amen.