by Robert Morrison
June 18, 2013
Gosnell never happened. There never was a trial inPhiladelphia. Testimony was never received in a public courtroom that “this one is big enough to walk me to the bus.” We never heard that it was “raining blood” in that human abattoir, that late-term abortion facility.
There were never babies born alive, screaming as they were thrown into a toilet. There were never children who survived and who were stabbed in the neck and whose spinal cords were snip-snipped by Kermit Gosnell. None of this ever occurred. Those rows of “reserved” seats—so denoted for the national media—remained empty for weeks. Don’t look. Don’t report. If you ignore it, it all goes away.
Thank goodness, there was J.D. Mullane. He was a pro-choice reporter for a local newspaper. But he reported what he saw in that courtroom honestly. And then, Kirsten Powers. This liberal journalist deserves our gratitude for her powerful column in USA Today.
It’s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.
Women died in Gosnell’s house of horrors. And yet speaker after speaker in the floor debate in the House of Representatives charge that it is the pro-life members who are engaged in a war on women. These pro-abortion members of the House are not shocked. They act as if they never heard of Kermit Gosnell.
Does the fact that most of those aborted in America, over 50 million unborn children whose lives have been brutally cut short are female not register with these supposed defenders of women?
In China, there have been an estimated 338,000,000 forced abortions since the beginning of the heinous One-Child policy. That is more than the entire population of the United States. And the vast majority of those killed are female. Hundreds of millions of these forced abortions left women injured and devastated.
And still, none of those who charge pro-life members and supporters with making “War on Women” have raised their voices against China’s horrific policies.
The ban on abortions post-20 weeks will protect unborn children and women. This bill respects the opinions of 64% of women in America who, as Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) points out, strongly believe such late-term abortions—where the unborn child feels excruciating pain—ought to be banned.
One of the worst aspects of this debate is the sneering assumption that this vital question is of no import, of trivial importance. Why, one pro-abortion member complained that it costs $24 million a week to run the U.S. House of Representatives. Why, she asked, were we wasting money and time on such a frivolous measure?
Well, economists who specialize in human capital, have shown us that each human life in America can be expected to earn, on average, $1 million in his or her lifetime. So, each of the 21,700 human lives taken weekly in this country by abortion might have contributed immeasurably to our national life and economic well-being.
Surely, this protective pro-life measure is a modest step toward restoring the right to life so cruelly and unjustly denied to millions in this land of the free.