Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The killing of babies-into darkness

The New York Times’ reporter calls the live babies viable fetuses. No, they were babies; baby A was murdered by having a pair of scissors plunged into his neck to cut his spinal cord. There is testimony that the cut was probably not complete and the baby died in great pain. But nonetheless this is what the reporter, John Hurdle, in his article, “Abortion Doctor’s Murder Trial Opens,” wrote:

 PHILADELPHIA — In opening statements in court on Monday, prosecutors charged that a doctor who operated a women’s health clinic here killed seven viable fetuses by plunging scissors into their necks and “snipping” their spinal cords and was also responsible for the death of a pregnant woman in his care.

The physician, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder as well as multiple counts of conspiracy, criminal solicitation and violation of a state law that forbids abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy. Dr. Gosnell had operated the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

I made my day, no, the rest of my life, sad (outraged would be a better word) by reading a great deal of the Grand Jury’s report on this case. It was after reading the report about baby A that I stopped. I am going to place it here, so this is a warning, it is graphic. If nothing else, perhaps, prayerfully, hopefully, this will cause some of our broken sick society to understand that whether in the womb or out of the womb, this is human life, these are babies:

Baby Boy A
 One such baby was a boy born in July 2008 to 17-year-old we will call “Sue.” Sue first met Gosnell at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, an abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day a week. The girl was accompanied by her great aunt, who had agreed to pay for the procedure, and who testified before the Grand Jury.

After an ultrasound was performed on Sue, Gosnell told the aunt that the girl’s pregnancy was further along than she had originally told him, and that, therefore, the procedure would cost more than the $1,500 that had been agreed upon; it would now cost $2,500. (Gosnell normally charged $1,625 for 23-24 week abortions.) The aunt paid Gosnell in cash at the Delaware clinic. He inserted laminaria, gave Sue pills to begin labor, and instructed her to be at the Women’s Medical Center in Philadelphia at 9:00 the next morning.

Sue arrived with her aunt at 9:00 a.m. and did not leave the clinic until almost
11:00 that night. An ultrasound conducted by Kareema Cross recorded a gestational age of 29.4 weeks. Cross testified that the girl appeared to be seven or eight months pregnant.

Cross said that, during 13-plus hours, the girl was given a large amount of Cytotec to induce labor and delivery. Sue complained of pain and was heavily sedated. According to Cross, the girl was left to labor for hours and hours. Eventually, she gave birth to a large baby boy. Cross estimated that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long. She said he was nearly the size of her own six pound, six ounce, newborn daughter.

After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, “the doctor just slit the neck,” said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox.
Gosnell told her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.”

The neonatologist testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false.
If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of pain” when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.

Cross was not the only one startled by the size and maturity of Baby Boy A.
Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin, along with Cross, took photographs because they knew this was a baby that could and should have lived. Cross explained:

Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby?
A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it.
We knew something was wrong.
* * *
I’m not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was – it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was – I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.

The neonatologist viewed a photograph of Baby Boy A. Based on the baby’s size, hairline, muscle mass, subcutaneous tissue, well-developed scrotum, and other characteristics, the doctor opined that the boy was at least 32 weeks, if not more, in gestational age.

Gosnell simply noted the baby boy’s size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby. According to Cross, the doctor said: “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.” [1]

The report goes on to detail the mother’s later infection and need for real medical care.

We are all, without redemption, capable of such monstrous evil. It sometimes begins with a call for some kind of rights—in this case the right to choose whether a child will live or die. (Calling a baby a fetus does not change what it really is) Our society is tainted by abortion, overshadowed by a sickness. Sins not repented of lead to utter darkness. As I have too often quoted, C.S. Lewis understood. He understood that some are progressing toward the splendor that holds a great glory. But he also understood that some are progressing toward a horror and a corruption that one meets in a “nightmare.”

I believe nations progress towards such characteristics also. The above story about Gosnell should be on the front page of every news paper and news web site. And the babies should be called babies.

 [1] There is a picture in the report of the baby.


will spotts said...

This is repellant and horrifying. (The details in the .pdf you link are even moreso.)

You are right - this is progressive. Something becomes familiar to us, and we grow callous with it. That is true for those of us who never supported such a procedure. I don't think our hearts even feel how wrong it is.

I am reminded of a verse in Ezekiel - "... I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." We really do have hearts of stone.

Viola Larson said...

Yes I got up in the middle of the night to discover someone who I had asked not to comment here had commented and all they said was it was about killing a live baby not abortion. But that is so wrong. If one reads the whole report it can be seen that many officials concerned with abortion allowed this to happen. They preferred not to look. It was for the sake of preserving abortion.

It is truly a move from easily killing unborn children to killing born children.

Marie Bowen said...

Viola, thank you for boldly addressing this horrifying example of the evil face of abortion. We must never allow our hearts to be callous about the truth of what abortion is--the killing of an innocent, vulnerable, tiny human being. In Gosnell's case, this killing was often done outside the womb in a gruesome way. The truth is that when abortion is done inside the womb it is every bit as gruesome and evil, but because it is not seen there are no witnesses to bring the real horror to light. Keep on writing with your clarity and insight, Viola. You are a much needed prophetic voice to the church!

Sassy Granny ... said...

We long ago began our slide down this slippery slope. I can think of little in this nation (or anywhere) that is more disheartening & disturbing than the murder of babies ~ regardless of their gestation period.

We certainly need the Lord and His making of all things new!

Viola Larson said...

Marie, thank you for your continuing faithfulness and witness, for speaking the truth about the actions within the PCUSA that God must surely hate while he pleads through the Holy Spirit for our repentance.

Viola Larson said...

Sassy Granny, we do need the Lord, above all. And all things new, it will comes when he comes.

Jeff Winter said...

Thanks Viola for sharing with us the horror of aborting babies. It is indeed murder!!