The abortionist’s office was like a slaughterhouse. At least that’s how one patient described the office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who was recently arrested for murder in Philadelphia (read the story here). There was blood on the floor and the operating table. Unlicensed workers with no medical training performed abortions, and in one case a high school student was put in charge of the procedure. Dr. Gosnell botched scores of abortion, delivered live babies, and then killed them with scissors to the back of the neck after birth. Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of live babies over the course of his 30 year career as an abortionist. This doctor made money hand over fist for many years, and in one of the years of his practice he earned 1.8 million dollars from killing these unwanted children.
In the video above, you see the outrage of the District Attorney at what Dr. Gosnell has done:
“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic. But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the lawâ€¦ A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”
The situation with Dr. Gosnell rightly causes any decent person to be outraged. But I see a fundamental inconsistency here. Why be outraged that a child is killed outside the womb but not inside the womb? What if the doctor hadn’t botched those hundreds of abortions and had managed to kill the baby while still in his mother’s womb? Why is there no outrage for the millions of children who are legally killed every day in just this way? What magical transformation happens to a baby as he travels from the womb to outside the womb such that killing him inside the womb is okay, but outside the womb is an outrage?
There are two outrages in this story: (1) the barbarism of this doctor who killed thousands of innocent human babies (and at least one mother), and (2) the moral indifference about the victims he killed while inside the womb. There is coming a day when both the barbarism and the indifference will be swept away. I’m praying it will be sooner than later. Maranatha.