In the wake of the court decision on the Gosnell murder trial, I actually find myself quite hopeful regarding the abolition of abortion. As the trial progressed, I kept rehearsing Paul’s words from Ephesians 5:
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light (Ephesians 5:11-13, NASB).
There is no doubt that this trial has exposed the dark deeds of abortionists and the realities of the evils of abortion. Those of us that are passionate about the abolition of abortion can be thankful for this fact.
Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, was on trial for the murder of four babies. Also on trial was the American media for the crime of resisting coverage. Gosnell was found guilty on 3 of the four counts. The media is guilty on all counts.
Gosnell is evil incarnate. He was initially charged with killing seven babies along with a 41-year-old woman who came to him for an abortion. Three of the seven charges were dropped and Gosnell was convicted of three of the remaining four charges as well a manslaughter charge in the case of the woman.
The conditions inside Gosnell’s clinic sound more like a scene from a really bad horror film than a “medical clinic”. One former employee of the clinic testified that she saw “a late-term baby who survived an abortion ‘swimming’ in a toilet and ‘trying to get out.'” And another child was reported to be so big “that Gosnell joked it could have walked to the bus.” These baby’s lives were taken as their spinal cords were “snipped,” literally decapitating them.
Had the mainstream, liberal-leaning media had their way, this horror story would not have made the press. It was not until April 10th when USA Today’s Kristen Powers called the media out on their blatant, willful ignorance regarding this story that it finally caught some national attention beyond the specifically pro-life media outlets.
The next day, J.D. Mullane, a columnist for PhillyBurbs.com, who had been covering the trial in person, tweeted a picture of the “Seats for media in Courtroom 304 at the Kermit Gosnell abortion ‘house of horrors’ trial.” Mulldane commented that, “It was just so striking to me.”
Then came the grassroots #Gosnell Twitter campaign to break the Gosnell Media Blackout. On the Facebook page dedicated to the campaign the goal was stated:
We are going to make “new media” work on behalf of Kermit Gosnell’s innocent, helpless victims. The mainstream media is acting like nothing is happening, however—if we unite & spread the word far enough, we can FORCE the media to cover this horrific story.
Three days and over 100,000 #Gosnell hash-tagged tweets later, the goal was achieved. Mullane reported that major network reporters from Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and others had finally showed up.
The #Gosnell hash tag was the top trending hash tag on twitter on Friday, April 12, the day of the campaign. The next time the hash tag would trend was this past Monday, the day of the delivery of the verdict.
Two very interesting #Gosnell tweets came from two of the most prominent pro-abortion groups in the country, NARAL Pro-Choice America (originally the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, now known as the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League):
The other tweet came from PlannedParenthood:
Both groups focus on the victimizing of the woman in this case while completely ignoring the babies that were murdered by Gosnell. The disgusting irony of these groups is that they lobby for the protection of the evil deeds that Gosnell performed and for which he has now been sentenced to life in prison. If it were not for groups like this and the people that support them, Gosnell would not now be a household name and abortion would not be a reality.
PlannedParenthood wants to ensure that no woman is victimized by Gosnell ever again, and yet they fought to make his victimizing practices legal. Normal people with working consciences would realize they glaring fallacy here and change their direction. But, as Paul points out, there is another end of the conscience spectrum:
[F]or when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in the hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them (Romans 2:14-15, NKJV, emphasis mine).
Not only has the evils of abortion been exposed during this process, but the darkness of those that propagate this evil has been exposed. More people are waking up and realizing that there is not much difference, if any, between what Gosnell did and what their local abortion doctor does.
Now that a verdict and sentence have been given, my prayer, especially for Christians, is the words that follow the verses from Ephesians we referenced in the opening of this article:
Awake, sleeper,And arise from the dead,And Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:14, NASB).
But as for [Gosnell, he] meant evil . . . but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; [the Church] will provide for you and your little ones.