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Kermit Gosnell and Coherence about Life


You’ve read a series of blog posts about Gosnell and late-term abortion today. We have to talk about these things. We have to stop the push to expand access and curb oversight. We have to encourage the choice for life. It’s a human-rights thing.

Representative Sean Duffy was far from alone in trying to shed some light on these issues when he spoke about them before the House last week. Other members of Congress, too, have been working to help fuel a real national awareness about the horrific realities of abortion in America. For the second time this month, House members took to the floor Thursday afternoon to speak about the Kermit Gosnell case. They spent an hour on Gosnell on April 11, too. Late last week, they continued to tell the story and made more connections that we need to make.

“In Philadelphia, an abortion-clinic murder trial is about to go to the jury next week for the death of four children and one adult,” James Lankford of Oklahoma said.

He continued:

The one adult was killed by an overdose of drugs that she was given during the abortion procedure. The four children represent many children that were delivered completely, and then their spinal cord was cut while they were outside the womb.

The defense has said those children would have died anyway. They were small. The drugs they had been given would have killed them already in the surgical destruction that happened during the actual abortion procedure. So those children don’t matter. They shouldn’t count as a murder. They wouldn’t have lived anyway.

I’m going to ask two questions. One is: What is the difference of 3 feet between delivering a child and snapping their spinal cord or killing them in the womb? And the second is: Why would we do this to children in the first place?

I’d love for you to meet Olivia. She goes to high school with my daughter. She was born in 1996 at 1 pound, 2 ounces, just over 20 weeks at delivery, the very same as these children that were killed that day and many days in that Philadelphia abortion clinic.

We have got to stand for life. We cannot be a Nation that does this to our children. 

Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska accused Gosnell of waging “his own private war on women.”

He said:

Mr. Speaker, sometimes it’s just so bad that we don’t even want to look at it. Sometimes it’s just so awful we want to turn our face away. But we can’t.

Shayquana Abrams was a 17-year-old when she went to see a doctor named Gosnell. He performed an abortion on her. Afterwards, she was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized abscess and a clot near her heart. It took her 2 years to recover. She was just a child, Mr. Speaker.

This Dr. Gosnell waged his own private war on women. And for what? For profit.

Now, thankfully, he’s on trial; and, thankfully, more and more people are learning about this.

Maybe, Mr. Speaker, we just don’t want to look because it is so awful. Maybe it’s challenging our very premises, our very understanding of what this choice for abortion really leads to. But we have to look, and we have to recognize how deeply we are inflicting wounds upon our very selves.

Mr. Speaker, women deserve better. Our Nation can do better. Why not help young women like Shayquana and let the healing begin?

Michele Bachmann said: “I thank God for the men who stood up here today to stand for women and against violence against women.”

Marlin Stutzman of Indiana talked about conscience:

Mr. Speaker, the Gosnell case must give us a moment of reflection. Have 40 years of abortion-on-demand seared our national conscience and given us false refuge behind euphemisms like ‘choice’?

More than 3,000 unborn children die in abortion clinics every day in this country. While none of these deaths attracts the headlines of the Gosnell case, each loss is a tragedy.

Each of these defenseless babies are just as innocent as Gosnell’s victims, just as human as you and I, and just as precious as our own children.

There is no moral distinction between killing a baby five minutes after birth or ending her life five minutes—or even five days—before delivery.

In the coming weeks, more questions will be asked—who referred patients to Gosnell’s house of horrors and what can be learned from these atrocities?

Today, we all ought to re-examine our national conscience.

All the videos from last Thursday’s one-minute speeches on Gosnell can be viewed here.

In total, 19 members — Representatives Marlin Stutzman (@RepStutzman), Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen), Bill Johnson (@RepBillJohnson), Dennis Ross, (@RepDennisRoss), Chris Smith (@RepChrisSmith), Tim Huelskamp, (@CongHuelskamp), Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry), Keith Rothfus (@KeithRothfus), Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita), Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann), Kerry Bentivolio (@RepKerryB), James Lankford (@RepLankford), Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise), Paul Gosar (@RepGosar), Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg), Phil Roe (@DrPhilRoe), Scott Perry (@RepScottPerry), and Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) – turned attention to Gosnell on the House floor, asking important questions. If any of these members represents you in Congress, you might want to thank them for not looking away, and for giving a voice to vulnerable women and children. 


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