Gosnell Trial Is a Wake-Up Call on Abortion

The horrific case shows the merit of tightening anti-abortion laws.

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I wish I could have been a nurse at abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's clinic. Then I could have saved the life of the baby who was dropped in the toilet and "was trying to get out" or the full-term baby who screamed after he/she was born and then beheaded by Gosnell. The dramatic and gruesome pictures of these lifeless full term babies who were born alive and would have survived outside the womb are a vivid reminder of what is wrong with the abortion movement in the United States.

How long will the left and liberal women's groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL continue to ignore and defend the slaughterhouse conditions in abortion clinics where women have died and full term babies born alive are inhumanely killed?  

President Obama, who is delivering the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood fundraising dinner this week, apparently received his talking points from them on the Gosnell case. In a recent interview with the Today show, Savannah Guthrie asked President Obama about the case; he simply responded that he could not comment and he followed with his predictable line that "abortion should remain safe, accessible and rare." (He must have forgotten that the word rare was removed from the platform at the Democratic National Convention.) However, during the Trayvon Martin case (where the young African American teenager was killed), President Obama was quick to state that the event was a "tragedy."

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His rhetorical answer on the Gosnell case shows how his politics and ideology can crush clear evidence that demonstrates murderous acts have been committed. President Obama refused to support legislation that would provide medical care and legal protection to a baby born following a botched abortion. His commitment to Planned Parenthood and NARAL supersedes his responsibility to protect babies born alive and then killed by an abortion doctor.

I am not sure how President Obama would differentiate between the photo of my newborn daughter and the photos of the babies whose spinal cords Gosnell severed after they were born alive. My newborn and these infants were about the same size and weight at the time of birth, except only one of them was given a chance to live and was not brutally murdered. Does that mean that a newborn is truly not protected under the law?

The government failed to adequately protect these late-term infants who were born alive and then killed. The lack of oversight and regulation and the inability to hold these abortion practitioners accountable is why these horrific cases of finding baby parts in jars or in closets continue to occur. The problem is that these botched abortions are being performed with few individuals in the room who witnessed a crime, but who don't speak up or take action.

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If the American people – pro-choice and pro-life – cannot agree with the basic concept that the life of a baby born alive following a botched abortion should be protected, then when do the rights of these babies begin? Planned Parenthood's lobbyist Alisa Lapolt Snow made a shocking statement when she said she did not think that the life of a baby born following a botched abortion should be protected. She stated that "the decision is between the patient and her health provider."

So when does the infant become his/her own person with his/her own rights? Lapolt Snow's comments illustrate how extreme the abortion movement has become. I wonder if those women in Gosnell's clinic knew exactly how their unwanted infants were discarded. What we do know is that Gosnell failed to counsel women 24 hours before the procedure. For over 30 years, women patients were victims in his "house of horrors."

A number of states are starting to strengthen their anti-abortion laws because the more we learn of abortion tactics the harder it is for Americans to support these inhumane procedures. While the pro-choice community will continue to stick to its one-liner on abortion, the Gosnell case is a wake up call to our nation that we cannot allow such murder of innocent infants to continue to occur. The American people need to push for the government to act on behalf of these newborns.

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