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Abortion Trial Testifies to A Downward Spiral

by Tony Magliano

“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,” states a Pennsylvania grand jury report regarding the alleged procedures of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

From his Philadelphia abortion mill euphemistically named “Women’s Medical Society,” Gosnell performed late-term abortions with few questions asked. “Too young? No problem. Didn’t want to wait? Gosnell provided same-day service,” states the report.

“The real key to the business model, though, was this: Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere – because they were too pregnant.

“Most doctors won’t perform late second-trimester abortions, from approximately the 20th week of pregnancy, because of the risks involved. … But for Dr. Gosnell, they were an opportunity. The bigger the baby, the more he charged.”

The mostly pro-abortion U.S. media has been downplaying this grizzly story – afraid that the public’s abhorrence for murderous infanticide might cause people to begin to look at murderous abortion with the same abhorrence.

The grand jury also reflects this prejudice. At the beginning of its report, the jury writes, “Let us say right up front that we realize this case will be used by those on both sides of the abortion debate. We ourselves cover a spectrum of personal beliefs about the morality of abortion. For us as a criminal grand jury, however, the case is not about that controversy; it is about disregard of the law and disdain for the lives and health of mothers and infants.”

Well, I hope at least those of us who respect the life and dignity of each and every human being – from conception to natural death – will not buy into this false dichotomy.

The brutal inhumane murder of a baby outside the womb is substantially no different than the brutal inhumane murder of a baby inside the womb.

The humanity of the child in both cases is equal. The only significant difference is a legal one – the location of the child. Inside the uterus, murderous abortion is legal in most industrialized nations. Outside the uterus, murderous infanticide is illegal.

However, murdering children – either inside or outside the womb – is logically and morally horrific.

Nearly everyone abhors the killing of a newborn baby. Yet, millions of people are indifferent to the killing of an unborn baby. The adage, “out of sight, out of mind,” helps explain this inconsistent way of thinking.

The sight of a newborn baby imprints an innocent precious image of that tiny child in our minds and upon our hearts. And so, when we even hear that one of these little ones has been murdered, we react with horror and sadness.[hr] Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist.

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