Thursday, April 4, 2013

Life news: The monstrous reasoning of abortion: when ten inches and a week is the difference between life and death

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.

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