While Americans have been asked to look at their wild rhetoric and gun culture in response to Jared Loughner’s shooting spree, the lack of regulation, moral callousness, and ideology of abortion has not been given much attention (particularly by the mainstream media) in response to the Philadelphia infanticide and abortion horror show. Dr. Gosnell, engaged in late term abortion, often delivering live babies whose spinal cords were “snipped” by him. His immorality, greed, and utter sickness is evident, not least in his joke that one child he murdered “was big enough to walk me to the bus stop.” I literally can’t imagine what doing this kind of “work” day in and day out does to one’s soul, but clearly it does some very real damage, slowly snuffing out the voice of the conscience, and Dr. Gosnell’s moral vacuum extended to his treatment of these women. Many no doubt were in desperate financial straits, because of his clientele and field he was largely free of real regulation, he had a bad habit of maiming, infecting, and generally mistreating his cohort of patients whom he was not intentionally killing.
There is something kind of quaint about the pro-abortion side’s ritual condemnation of Dr. Gosnell as an aberration. After all, the advocates of abortion campaigned mightily to preserve “partial birth abortion” just a few years ago. And partial birth abortion is no different than what he did, it simply takes place with the baby dangling from the woman’s uterus rather than on an operating table. Moderns like us love to mock the middle ages, with their chastity belts and indulgences and various superstitions. But what a cruel superstition that we have, as a society, to think a murder is any less a murder when it’s shrouded by a mother’s womb, as if the act’s immoral quality were mitigated somehow by where it took place. Any thinking person knows what is happening behind the curtain is murder, as the moral quality of an act does not change if it happens in plain sight.