A year ago today, a jury in Philadelphia convicted one of our nation’s most horrific serial killers, Kermit Gosnell. They found him guilty of killing a desperate young mother and three of the thousands of babies he murdered over his over four-decade career. While many in the media tried to ignore his abhorrent crimes, the nation learned just how filthy and disgusting his practice of “reproductive freedom” really was. They learned that just because abortion is legal, that doesn’t make it safe.
While Planned Parenthood and late-term abortion activists such as Wendy Davis tried to quickly change the narrative, truth prevailed. The U.S. House of Representatives and states across the nation passed bills to ban abortions after 20 weeks, when babies have been scientifically proven to feel pain. Sadly, our U.S. Senate has failed to even call a vote for this historic human-rights bill. Scared of the deep pockets of those who advocate abortion even in the most inhumane and extreme circumstances, the Senate has remained silent.
Today, Senator Harry Reid needs to lead. He needs to allow a vote on the 20-week abortion ban. He must do the right thing. Only 9 percent of Americans stand with President Obama and his extremist views on abortion: support for taxpayer-funded abortion in all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, and even death for a newborn who survives the horrific procedure.
Make no mistake about it, there are more Kermit Gosnells out there, preying on the desperation of women and relying on the powerful lobbying forces of Planned Parenthood to fight any commonsense safety standards so they can remain in the shadows, making their millions.
The tide has turned. The majority of America is now solidly pro-life. It’s time to end the barbarism.
— Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America.