I have hesitated to write about the Kermit Gosnell trial. In some ways it seems unfair. Kermit Gosnell is to the abortion industry (arguably) what Westboro Baptist church is to Christianity. He is the extreme and as such, it seems unfair to uphold him as an example of what the abortion industry is. It seems unfair to put Gosnell next to a nurse practitioner who deeply cares about women’s health and say that they are the same thing.
Then again, to the baby in the womb, there is no difference at all. It makes no ultimate difference whether the table your mother is lying on has been scrubbed clean or is blood stained, nor if your spinal cord is severed by scissors outside the womb or forceps inside the womb. Either way, a baby dies. Perhaps what Gosnell offers us is not an extreme example at all, but an honest one. Gosnell has laid bare before the eyes of the nation the brutality that happens in sanitary government-approved clinics all over the country every day. Gosnell is the abortion industry exposed and unveiled. The deaths of the innocent that have been hidden behind closed doors now cry out for answer from the courtroom.
And at the same time that Gosnell has unveiled death, others are working to unveil life. I have recently been made aware of an organization called Save the Storks, a prolife organization that offers free ultrasounds to women considering abortion. The group operates a mobile sonogram clinic out of a fully equipped medical van. And where is the van parked? Right outside the doors of an abortion clinic. From here, women who come to the clinic are approached before going inside and offered a free sonogram. They can see their baby and hear the infant’s heartbeat and speak with a counselor. There’s no sign waving, no praying, no pressure, just life, laid bare and unveiled for their eyes to see. According to the Storks website, 3 out of 5 women who use the van’s services choose life over death and spare their child. At that point, Storks connects the mothers to local pregnancy resource centers to get the tools and support they need to bring their child into the world.
In today’s world of 24/7 media and burgeoning medical technology, the facts of life and death inside the womb are becoming impossible to hide. Thanks to brutal criminals like Gosnell, and compassionate volunteers like the Storks, ignorance is no longer an option, not with the faces of life and death unveiled.
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