By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.
Christine Flowers is a prodigious poster on Facebook, an attorney, and a pro-lifer of formidable passion and intellect. I love reading her columns that appear in the Delaware County Daily Times, whatever the topic.
Take my word for it, she is not someone you want to tangle with. She does not suffer fools gladly and skewers pomposity in all its forms.
Her latest column was pure catnip for me. It was headlined, “Why I won’t stop writing about abortion.”
She begins by responding to a common gripe that she writes too much about abortion. “Christine: Find a new topic.” Right out of the box, she rejoins, “I wonder if Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman got letters suggesting they just shut up about slavery, or if Elie Wiesel was warned that he was boring people with his books on the evils of anti-semitism…”
But Flowers is not going to stop and her column that appeared last Sunday explains why. She writes, “The two most important are the following: (1) I think the continued regime of legalized abortion has dehumanized us to the point where we no longer recognize the barbarity of the act, and of accepting it as normal; and (2) keeping quiet about that barbarity allows it to continue, for decades, unabated.”
If she didn’t write another word, Flowers had made a crucial point. What is the pro-abortionist’s number one goal (that is, after increasing the number of aborted babies)? To “normalize” abortion.
You get your driver’s license, you abort your kid. You go to the prom, you abort you kid. You chose Pepsi over Coke, you choose death over life. Normal stuff, routine stuff, nothing to get all bothered about.
If you and I stay silent, that barbarity will continue, as Christine wrote, “unabated” for decades, if not longer.
She tells us three things got her juices going to write another abortion column. The mindless assault on (now)Justice Kavanaugh, led by the abortion industry and their minions on the Senate Judiciary Committee; a particularly forceful pro-life observation from Pope Francis; and the “third thing that made it impossible for me not to talk about abortion this week: the world premiere of the film ‘Gosnell.’”
Flowers (correctly) tells us “Kermit Gosnell has taken his place in the annals of evil alongside of Adolf Hitler and Vlad the Impaler.”
The film, which I saw this weekend, is a brilliant and moving reminder that even when the powerful have marshaled all of their weighty resources against you, you can still seek justice if your focus is on remaining human. The heroes in Gosnell are the men and women, police detectives and prosecutors, who fought to bring this man to trial and give some measure of justice back to the hundreds, possibly thousands of babies he had murdered either in utero or moments after they were born. It’s not necessary to go into the details of how he killed these doomed little souls, but suffice it to say that plunging a pair of scissors into the back of a breathing child’s neck was one of them.
I was about to paraphrase her immensely powerful conclusion and realized that made absolutely no sense. Here are Flowers’ final words:
Gosnell killed several women, who died of sepsis or other complications because of his unsanitary, almost medieval practices, but he killed legions of babies. And we have to call them babies, we cannot hide behind the sterile word “fetus,” which makes those who cling desperately to legalized abortion feel as if they are only doing some gardening or disposing of unwanted trash when they talk about “termination.” These are babies, Gosnell killed babies, and we need to continue to say that, over, and over, and over again.
One of the reasons that Gosnell was able to continue his murderous spree for so many years was because pro-choice politicians like [Pennsylvania Gov.] Tom Ridge, a good man who will forever bear this disgusting stain on his otherwise exemplary record, refused to allow the state to close down the clinic. It was acquiescence to a powerful lobby, the abortion lobby that couldn’t tolerate the possibility that the “right to an abortion” would be curtailed by the government. They looked away, including men and women who should have known better.
They looked away.
I won’t look away, and neither should you. I will keep writing about abortion, even if my readers ball this paper up and throw it in the trash, even if they turn the page, even if they write me vile emails with their usual misspellings. I will continue to write about abortion and call out the people who sanitize the act as “a woman’s choice,” to make it that much less likely that another Kermit Gosnell.