By Dave Andrusko
Consider this stunning quote from Kermit Gosnell in a phone interview that will be part of a soon to be released documentary about the West Philadelphia abortionist convicted of three counts of first-degree murder:
“My youngest son asked me, ‘Dad, did you do these horrible things that are in the newspaper?’ And I said, ‘Alex, I don’t want to lie to you. I really have to do a lot of reading to feel comfortable that I, in fact, was on solid ground in my thoughts and my approaches.”
So where would a man serving consecutive life sentences for deliberating aborting babies alive and then slicing their spinal cords go for affirmation that he was on “solid ground”?
For Gosnell, the Bible!
Gosnell went on to say (in a clip first heard at TheBlaze.com)
“And until I really completed my first Genesis to Revelation reading of the Bible — which I did since I was incarcerated — I really didn’t feel as comfortable as I am. I think it’s Genesis 2:7, expresses the breath of life as the beginning of life, that God breathed breath — breathed life — into Adam.
“The Bible, to me, is very clear that life does not happen until breath.”
“I very strongly believe in my innocence and there are many people who believe that … who come to me and say that, ‘How could you be this terrible person and people are coming to you for 40 years.” The story just doesn’t make sense.”
(Genesis 2:7 reads: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”)
Gosnell’s appropriation of Genesis for his own twisted purposes reminded me of pro-abortion congressional Democrats, including such noted theologians as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) They purport to know more about what their Catholic faith says regarding abortion than the church does, possessing a firmer grasp than, say, the Pope. More about that in a moment.
The Gosnell documentary– “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy”—expands on a short film about the Gosnell case, entitled 3801 Lancaster, which we wrote about on numerous occasions. According to Director David Altrogge and Producer Jennifer Brown, the documentary, which opens November 10, “chronicles one of the most controversial cases of the decade and features exclusive interviews with Gosnell in addition to detectives, police officers, jurors, and victims. A trailer that included excerpts from the Gosnell interviews premiered online on September 21st and immediately went viral.”
Gosnell’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua is fascinating on many levels, beginning with the similarities between a man who aborted hundreds, probably thousands of babies who were clearly viable, and many Democrats in the House and Senate. For starters, both have a sense of aggrieved innocence.
For example, in inviting the filmmakers to speak with him, Gosnell had only one condition. As he wrote in a letter, “If you are able to consider that my particular circumstances are exemplary of a larger and more important issue, you will have my full attention and cooperation….Sincerely, Kermit Barron Gosnell.”
From the beginning, Gosnell professed his innocence. Now he has attached to his standard retort—if I was so bad, why did people from the neighborhood come to me for decades—a misreading of biblical texts. Thus he really didn’t do “these horrible things that are in the newspaper.”
The pro-abortion congressional Democrats—the self-professed champions of women (except for those in the womb)–are as thoroughly dehumanized as Gosnell. This makes it possible for them to have no qualms about voting against bills to extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during abortions, to protect pain-capable unborn children from experiencing excruciating pain as they are killed, and to prohibit abortion techniques that use steel tools to tear apart a well-developed unborn child by brute force. To them the unborn is just a something that is in the way, a nuisance “used” by “extremists” (that would be us).
Whatever the rationale, whether it be Gosnell’s bizarre defense that the same baby who can be taken out of her mother’s womb to have corrective surgery and then placed back insider her mother is not “life” until she breathes, or the Democrats’ insistence that defending these children is no more than a “partisan attack on women,” the outcome is the same: the abandonment of children to the tender hands of the Planned Parenthood and Kermit Gosnells of this world.