Abortion and the Invitation to Murder

The recent news about Doctor Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortion doctor who was responsible for the death of an adult patient as well as the gruesome deaths of 7 newborns has brought the spotlight to the ongoing tragedy of abortion in America on the eve the anniversary of Roe v Wade. The details of a doctor severing the spines of viable babies as they lay on the table before him has forced even abortion rights advocates to consider where the line is between a person and a non-person.

In Slate William Saletan tries to parse where abortion becomes something that we should even restrict:

It’s one thing to preach these ideas in the lefty blogosphere. It’s quite another to see them in practice. That’s where Kermit Gosnell, the doctor at the center of the Philadelphia scandal, comes in. According to the newly released grand jury report, Gosnell accepted abortion patients without regard to gestational age. “Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere—because they were too pregnant,” the report explains. “More and more of his patients came from out of state and were late second-trimester patients. Many of them were well beyond 24 weeks. Gosnell was known as a doctor who would perform abortions at any stage, without regard for legal limits.”

This meant killing viable babies. “We were able to document seven specific incidents in which Gosnell or one of his employees severed the spine of a viable baby born alive,” the grand jury concludes. One victim was killed at 26 weeks. Another was killed at 28. A third was killed at 32. Some of the dead were 12 to 18 inches long. One had been moving and breathing outside the womb for 20 minutes. The report alleges hundreds of such atrocities. One employee admitted to severing the spinal cords of 100 babies, each one beyond 24 weeks.

Of course, some people would go farther. PZ Myers, a biologist and influential atheist, revealed in a recent discussion that he doesn’t even think newborns are fully human:

Nope, birth is also arbitrary, and it has not been even a cultural universal that newborns are regarded as fully human.

I’ve had a few. They weren’t.

This might seem shocking to the ordinary person who assumes abortion rests on certain science. The reality is there is no secular materialistic definition of personhood. Absent a belief in the inherent worth of humans, personhood can be denied at any stage in life. PZ Myers isn’t voicing an extreme view of the secular mindset; his view is the logical extension of it.

There are likely many Kermit Gosnell’s out there – and absent a definitive basis on the beginning of personhood, it will be virtually impossible to prosecute them.

The philosophy that supports abortion in America isn’t a foundation for freedom – it is an invitation to murder.

*Nate over at Congress Shall Make No Law has a few more thoughts on the matter*


9 Responses to Abortion and the Invitation to Murder

  1. kenetiks says:

    To put this in perspective on where I stand, my son was born at 26 weeks. I don’t feel I need to say anything else.

  2. jackhudson says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty clear – do you mind me asking how he is doing?

  3. kenetiks says:

    He’s doing great and 18 months old now!

    He really is the most pivotal single point in my life. I cannot imagine not having my son.

    I understand abortion. I even support it for medical reasons. I also support morning after pills or procedures for short term pregnancies.

    But I refuse, I absolutely and vehemently refuse to accept an abortion where the fetus is viable outside the womb.

    There is no position one can reasonably take to which an individual undertakes this kind of disgusting, vicious and gut-wrenching awfulness that even I have NO problem labeling a SIN.

  4. jackhudson says:

    Well, I would have to say (as the father of four) that I absolutely agree. They do change your life.

    I had a friend whose son was born at 21 weeks. When he asked the doctor what the stats were for babies born that early, the Dr. said, “There are no stats for babies born this early”.

    Simon is now a fun bright teen. He had some developmental problems growing up, but he made progress no one could have ever predicted.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    I wish you had a submit an article section, but since you don’t seem to have one, I will submit it here.

    Ancient Bone’s DNA Suggests New Human Ancestors


    “A 30,000-year-old pinkie bone from a little girl has DNA that suggests there’s another link in the chain of human ancestors.”


    It might not be long before evolutionists try and claim this as evidence for their beliefs. I figure you might want to start looking into it now and have a response ready.

  6. jackhudson says:

    Hey Betta, thanks for the links.

    Just so you know, for some reason WordPress’s filter seems to occasionally dump your comments into my ‘Pending’ section which I don’t really monitor that closely. You are the only person it does this to that I know of. Haven’t figured out why.

  7. Bettawrekonize says:

    If someone puts too many links at once or if their comments are way too short it automatically holds them for moderation. It’s common for blog comment sections to do that to keep out drive by spammers.

  8. Dhudson says:

    I could not agree with you more. It absolutely breaks my heart. While I agree that the doctor is resposible for the action in these cases, it is the mother who is responsible for the decision. How do we as a society convince a woman that her child is not a “mistake” or an “inconvenience”, but a person?

  9. Grant says:

    Dhudson u r correct..kill both..

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