"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Late Thoughts on the Gosnell Verdict

Kermit Gosnell was found guilty last week of the murders of three babies born alive after botched abortions in his abortion mill.   The national news finally covered the story, but only briefly, and this week's scandals have pushed it off the front page.   That is unfortunate, because the Gosnell case basic eviscerated (sorry for the word choice) the entire case for legal abortion:

1. Without legal abortion, we'll have "back-alley" abortions by medical hacks that put women at risk.

Gosnell, under a regime of legal abortion, couldn't have been more "back alley" if he'd tried.

2. Abortion is only about "terminating" a "clump of cells."

The pictures of the babies Gosnell killed looked like... well, they looked like babies.   I'm not going to listen quietly anymore when some liberal talks about a "clump of cells."   (Actually, since the advent of ultrasound, you don't hear this much anymore, since it's so obviously a lie now.   You just hear... crickets.   What actually happens in an abortion is That Which Cannot Be Mentioned in our Orwellian world.)

3. Late-term abortion is very very rare.

Apparently not in Philadelphia.

4. Legal abortion won't have any effect on the sexual mores of America or on marriage.

Open your eyes and look around.

5. Legal abortion is necessary because otherwise we'd have too many single mothers and children born into poverty.

Open your eyes and look around.

Nearly everything Americans were told about legalizing abortion in the late 1960s and early 1970s leading up to Roe v. Wade is now exposed as a lie.   What today is the case for having abortion be legal?  Choice?   The same liberals who think women's choices are paramount won't allow people in New York to drink sodas they think are too big.   A right to privacy?   The same liberals who think a woman's decisions on abortion are private are perfectly happy with the government knowing all of our other private medical information through Obamacare.

Kathryn Jean Lopez has a nice article out about the case in which she says this:

"A culture that has distanced itself from the cross — the redemptive infusion of meaning to our suffering — convinces itself that abortion is a necessary solution to a problem. And by doing so we deny women and mothers and men their dignity. We pretend that there is new life for an individual through the death of another."

Exactly so.  

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