As an abortion researcher, I am nearly as astonished as Kermit Gosnell is himself that he is being so vigorously prosecuted for what he was doing. Anybody who has paid close attention to abortion practice in America knows that Gosnell’s crimes were far from unique, and that he would have had absolutely no reason to believe that he would be on trial for his life.
Yes, to the average layman, it’s glaringly obvious that the things that went on in that clinic were appalling and inexcusable. But Kermit Gosnell was not an ordinary layman. He was part of the inner workings of abortion in America, and they operate in a different world.
Perhaps the best way to explain this to a jury would be to recall the Millgram Experiment, in which ordinary volunteers administered what they were made to believe were fatal electric shocks to other volunteers. The presence of an authority figure reassuring the participants that their actions were acceptable overrode ordinary compassion and common sense.
The moral authorities to whom Kermit Gosnell would look were doing nothing but reassuring him of the justice of his practices:
Every authority figure in Kermit Gosnell’s moral universe held that the right to abortion was absolute, and that to so much as question the woman’s commitment to going through with the procedure was “condescending” and evil. And this holding of the right to abortion as absolute extended past the birth of the child, as long as the effort to end the child’s life began while he or she was still in the uterus.
I can provide you with an abundance of examples of filthy abortion mills, unqualified staff administering general anesthesia, live babies being killed or left to die, and patients killed by carelessness, which didn’t even shut down a clinic temporarily or result in the loss of a medical license. That Kermit Gosnell is to be tried for his life for doing what our society has relegated to being entirely at his own discretion is inexcusable.
If you would like more examples of why Kermit Gosnell should not be singled out for punishment, feel free to contact me at xxxxxxxx.
I got tis comment from a reporter I forwarded the letter to:
I think your own website (and other pro-life sites) show that Gosnell’s crimes are unique and beyond the pale.
She's not been looking closely at abortion for very long.
I could go on, but I think I've made my point. The media act as if Gosnell was a turd in a swimming pool. He wasn't. He was a turd in a cesspool. Which comes as no surprise to anybody who has really been paying attention to abortion practice in America.