I’m writing to you on a quiet Sunday morning, before Mass and people pleasantly crowd into my day. I’m introspective, wondering what to do with information that devastates me and yet I’ve known for a long time. It’s pretty easy to put things out of mind, as the saying goes. We get busy and unpleasant thoughts – even those that convict you – recede to the background. Please bear with me and read this blog before you make judgments on me, friends! I really want you to know this information.
Last night I saw a movie that changed me. If I can borrow a line from the movie, “If I don’t like the truth, I don’t change it.” To that I add my own, “I don’t ignore it, either.”
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer is the story of former physician Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist in inner city Philadelphia.
In 2013 Gosnell was convicted of one count of involuntary manslaughter of a 41 year old woman and three counts of first degree murder of three infants who were born alive. Gosnell murdered them by snipping their necks with scissors. He ran a filthy clinic (I use the term “clinic” loosely) staffed by untrained and unlicensed employees who freely administered anesthesia, abortion drugs, and pain meds. Sometimes those untrained and unlicensed employees were the only staff present when babies were delivered. Dozens of bodies were found on site. The three convictions represent a fraction of the charges brought against him. (1)
Why am I writing this? Because this is a true story, and truth should permeate our lives and the decisions we make.
Pro-life or Pro-abortion? Either way, we have laws. Women are abused when laws are skirted or ignored.
What happened in Gosnell’s clinic is not an isolated incident. Houston’s abortionist Douglas Karpen is currently being investigated by the FBI with similar charges.(2)
The Pennsylvania Health Department was ordered to ignore abortion centers by former Governor Tom Ridge. Consequently, Gosnell’s facility wasn’t inspected for 17 years. Complaints against them were ignored. (3) Do you know how your neighborhood facility rates, or when it was last inspected?
The job of our press is to report news to us that reveals danger within our society, and they don’t always do that. Therefore, we may remain unaware and uninformed. There is an apathy to know the truth about our abortion facilities. Do we really want to know if abortion is always safe? Calls to 911 happen regularly at the Planned Parenthood in Houston. http://houston-coalition.webflow.io/911-calls
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, is playing THIS WEEKEND in theaters across the country. It’s a limited engagement, so check the link TODAY to find it in theaters near you. My Houston friends, you have about 13 choices. My Cleveland, Ohio family you have 2. Yes, only 2, in Elyria and Solon. Why is that? Note: This movie is very well done, and it isn’t gruesome. Don’t be afraid of what you might see. So I urge you to see this movie.
(3) Snyder, Whitney (January 23, 2011). “Kermit Gosnell Abortion Clinic Was Not Inspected For 17 Years”. The Huffington Post.