By Don Parker
In the past few weeks, members of the public have called wanting to discuss one topic more than any other in recent memory: Kermit Gosnell and our country’s descent in barbarism.
A jury is now deliberating on four charges of murder against Gosnell; three of the charges involve just-born babies he allegedly killed by severing their tiny spinal cords, the other involves a 41-year-old woman who died allegedly from an overdose of pain killers she received while undergoing an abortion at his Women’s Medical Society facility.
The emotion in the voices of people who call about this case is palpable.
That is completely understandable. The contrast between the sterile description of abortion that’s usually forced on us by the media – “choice,” “termination of pregnancy,” “reproductive health” – and the descriptions coming out of the Gosnell trial are so stark that even some abortion supporters are discomfited by it.
People are telling us they want a re-examination of the sweeping right to abortion that exists in America. They ask for information on fetal development – not to dispute it, as they might have in the past, but because they genuinely want to know.
This tragedy has softened their hearts. Opened their minds. They’re contemplating the journey so many Americans have undertaken since Roe v. Wade’s excesses foisted abortion-on-demand on every state: They’re thinking about becoming pro-life, or if they already have leanings in that direction, of becoming more active.
National Right to Life advertising and education will bring more people to that viewpoint. National Right to Life-drafted laws, like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that bans abortions when an unborn baby is developed enough to feel pain, will protect more and more babies’ lives as it passes in more states.
In other words, National Right to Life’s work is the antidote to a Gosnell. To a society that has forgotten about its duty to protect the most vulnerable. To a culture of death.
Now is the time to reach Americans with the message of life, while the wanton violation of that value is so fresh in their minds, while people are moved to want to make a difference. Please consider a donation today to expand our educational, legislative and outreach work so we can tap into the goodness of American’s hearts, and put an end to these horrible abuses.
In 2002, with strong backing from National Right to Life, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a law that protects certain legal rights for babies born alive during abortions. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child protection Act, now passed in nine states, provides direct protection for unborn babies from the likes of Gosnell. Such laws can save countless human lives, and help change our culture into one we can be proud of again.