Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kermit Gosnell: Why Aren't Both Sides Angry?

Yesterday, we heard the closing arguments of the Kermit Gosnell trial. If you've never heard of him, you're not alone as the mainstream media hasn't talked about it very much in a long time. I will not go into the absolutely disgusting details, plenty of other pro-lifers have done that. It suffices to say he is charged with several counts of infanticide for killing children born alive after botched abortions and one count of gross negligence leading to the death of a woman who went to him for a late-term abortion. He is facing a civil suit for second case of deadly negligence. His facilities were completely unsanitary. He had a clean waiting room for the rich white women who went to him and a dirty one for the poor women with darker skin.

Now, I know exactly why my side of the debate is angry with this man. Not only is he an abortionist, but he killed babies born alive. It is the other side that puzzles me. Except for some solitary voices, I'm not hearing much from them. There are several reasons why they should be just as angry as the pro-lifers:

  1. He gives them all a bad name.  Most people want abortion to be safe, legal and rare. These abortions were not legal and they certainly were not safe. He needs to go to jail.
  2. He hurt the very women he claimed to help. He is facing criminal charges for tearing a woman up inside which lead to her death. The civil suit is about a woman who was victim to an overdose because he regularly had unqualified people handling the anesthesia and the pain meds.
  3. He wasn't killing "fetuses," he was killing babies.
  4. He did all of this to earn a buck off impoverished women. See below:

Yes, this case exposes the complexity of the abortion issue. As a pro-choice blogger noted, "It is vastly important that most of his patients were poor people of color, that they were already in impoverished circumstances and that an unintended pregnancy, for many of them, meant losing their job, their housing, their social safety net." As I have said before, a woman should never have to choose between a child and a job, an education or anything else. I do not believe that the answer is killing more unborn children. The answer is protecting and supporting pregnant women and single moms.

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