Abortion, Murder and the Liberal Press
An essay by James A Graves, Jr.
Over the years there have been articles published and news segments broadcast about Partial-Birth Abortions. If you haven’t heard about this procedure, it was detailed in the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, signed by President George W. Bush.
In the act, the definition of “partial-birth” abortion reads:
“The person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus.”
In Nebraska, New York and California, district and appeals court judges ruled the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 unconstitutional, so partial-birth abortions continued to be performed legally in these states, and illegally in other states, like Pennsylvania.
According to an Associated Press article published April 17, 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial in Philadelphia, charged with murder, in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies prosecutors say were born alive at his abortion clinic.
There’s no telling how many partial-birth abortions Gosnell has performed since 1979, but his abortion procedures had degenerated to the point where it didn’t even matter that the baby was delivered alive; he simply killed the baby by severing the spine just below the skull as it lay there on the table.
During the past thirty-plus years, Gosnell, a family physician, apparently made millions of dollars performing thousands of dangerous abortions, many of them illegal late-term procedures, despite the fact that he was not certified in obstetrics or gynecology. His clinic, opened in 1979, reportedly had no trained nurses or medical staff, yet authorities say many of his staff administered anesthesia, painkillers and labor-inducing drugs.
Pennsylvania State regulators made just five annual inspections despite complaints about Gosnell and fourty-six lawsuits filed against him.
Amazingly, the horrifying news of the cold-blooded murder of six newborn babies and the death of a female patient at the hands of Dr. Gosnell registered very little with the Liberal Press. Consequently, courtroom seats reserved for the media at Gosnell’s murder trial remained mostly empty, and the cold-blooded murder of six newborn babies has been nothing more than a media side-note.
Yet, more than four months after a homicidal, criminally insane monster fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it is still being discussed almost daily in the media.
The shootings revved up the debate over gun control and another attempt to pass legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition, while conveniently ignoring the fact that the monster at Sandy Hook bypassed legality entirely by killing his mother and stealing the weapons, as well as ignoring the fact that the insane monster could have chosen to use explosives like those used to commit mass murder on an even greater scale at an American elementary school, in Bath, Michigan in 1927 – 45 people were killed, including 38 children.
Meanwhile, almost nothing is being done to deal with the obviously widespread problem of the mentally ill, especially those who are potentially capable of violence against others, which is being continuously demonstrated by one raging lunatic after another.
Gosnell’s murders are just as evil and just as unthinkable as the Sandy Hook murders, however, I believe it will be determined that Gosnell had full control of his faculties, knew exactly what he was doing, and believed he was justified in murdering those babies. Somewhere out there in pro-abortion land, some idiot is probably crying, “But what about a woman’s right to choose? It wasn’t murder, it was simply an abortion, and, according to Roe versus Wade, abortions are legal!”
A woman’s rights are important, but so are the rights of a child, born or unborn, and those among us who are pro-life, especially Christians, believe that life begins at conception. Assuming that, after conception, a pregnancy will result in the birth of a child, anything done to intentionally prevent the birth of that child is nothing less than murder.
So, how many children have been murdered?
An article published by the American Life League (www.all.org), in 2012 reported that, during the period from 1973 to 2011,
There were more than 54.5 million abortions in the U.S.
In 2008, a Guttmacher Institute survey showed there were 1.2 million abortions in the U.S. per year.
Broken down, that’s 3,288 abortions per day, 137 abortions per hour, 9 abortions every 4 minutes, or 1 abortion every 26 seconds.
According to American Life League these statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 234 abortions per 1,000 live births. However, the American Life League found the CDC figures are statistically low, because, when conducting research on abortion statistics, they encountered two different sets of numbers. One set is from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the other is from the Guttmacher Institute, the "independent research arm" of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The Guttmacher Institute totals are actually the more accurate since the Institute conducts private research on abortion providers throughout the country and because not all states are required to report to the CDC. In fact, California and New York, where high numbers of abortions occur, are not included in CDC figures.
The sad part is, by any method of counting, the number of abortions is appalling.
Infanticide in America – and the rest of the world – is rampant and growing.
The primary cause is irresponsibility and disregard for the sanctity of human life.
Every couple has an equal responsibility to avoid conceiving an unwanted child.
A woman has rights, but she doesn’t have the right to choose whether or not her baby lives or dies.
A baby has just as much right to live as the mother does.
In cases of rape and incest, the mother of an unborn child has a responsibility to her child to seek help.
The baby didn’t choose the parents and doesn’t have a voice. Benevolent organizations are available to help an expectant mother through her ordeal and arrange adoption of the baby if necessary.
And the truth is, if as much effort was spent trying to teach moral behavior, sexual abstinence and the proper use of birth control as is being spent trying to defeat the Second Amendment and force gun control, statistics such as “1 abortion in America every 26 seconds” wouldn’t exist.
©2013 James A Graves, Jr.