By now, most are aware of the Philadelphia abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who has been arrested on eight counts of murder. The charges were brought about after a 41-year-old patient died under his care. Then seven counts were added when evidence surfaced that he also severed the spines of seven babies born after botched abortions. Further, the botched abortions were illegal (in Pennsylvania, but not in all states), late-term procedures.
What is very interesting here, however, is something that has no doubt been discussed before, at length, but is worth bringing up again. Namely, abortion laws are nonsensical. Literally.
Consider this quote from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams (from the CBS Philly story):
“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”
Williams, of course, is absolutely right to say that Gosnell committed murder under the law. But here’s where our laws (and the people who make them, support them, and interpret them) misfire: How did Gosnell commit murder by killing those babies just out of the womb, but if he had done so minutes earlier, in utero, it would not have been murder? (Illegal under Pennsylvania law, yes, but not, legally, murder.)
Likewise, how can we take our laws seriously when at five months gestation time, abortion is acceptable, but at six months, it suddenly is not? I understand that many of these laws are compromises or steps toward the full stamping out of abortion, but the fact is that they govern abortion in this country. Also, they are moronic.
It is against reason to believe that snapping a baby’s spinal cord in utero is not murder, but cutting it minutes later, outside the womb is. The only difference is environment. It’s not unlike saying, well, I can kill you when you’re lying in your bed, but once you leave your bedroom, it’s murder. And honest, thinking people should be able to recognize this.