The Gosnell trial reveals the arbitrary and evil logic of abortion. Andree Seu Peterson comments:
In American jurisprudence a man is innocent until proven guilty.
But in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial that began last week in
Philadelphia, neither side disputes the fact that the West Philadelphia
abortionist killed babies: We are only dickering over whether he killed
some inside the womb (permissible) or outside the womb (not
permissible), and whether some victims were 24 weeks old (permissible)
or 25 (not permissible).
The arbitrariness of today’s legal parameters (in distinction
from moral parameters) lends a surreal quality to the proceedings as I
watch from the press box, roughly five feet from the 72-year-old man who
faces the death penalty if convicted. Gosnell is charged with
first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies whose spines he
severed with scissors, and one count of third-degree murder in the death
of a 41-year-old woman who is alleged to have been administered an
overdose of anesthesia.
I say “arbitrary” because there is only a slight spatial
difference of about 10 inches between the killing of a fetus in utero
and the killing of a baby (note the sudden name change) on the operating
table next to the woman. I say “arbitrary” because a baby possessed of
arms, legs, a face, and a brain is not much impressed that it is
perfectly legal to be dismembered by D&E in a reputable hospital in
its 24th week of gestation, but not at 24 weeks and five days.