When a tape of an Oval Office conversation from January 23, 1973, was released in 2009, many were surprised that President Nixon expressed ambivalence when talking about the Supreme Court’s decision the day before that legalized abortion.
The White House issued no statement on the day Roe v. Wade was decided. On the tapes, Nixon expressed concern that broader access to abortion would foster “permissiveness” and that it “breaks the family.” Yet, he also said he saw reasons why it might be necessary, such as – shockingly and offensively – in cases of interracial pregnancies.
Today, thirty-eight years later, there is no such ambivalence surrounding the subject of abortion. In many ways, abortion has become one of the defining issues of our time. Thankfully, despite a growing divide, public opinion continues to grow in support of protections for the most innocent among us. We must not – nor will not – ever retreat from our quest to defend the defenseless.
Earlier this week, a shocking and grotesque story was reported regarding an abortion clinic in Philadelphia. It will turn your stomach. Before alerting you to the details, I must warn you: the report is graphic and beyond disturbing.
The article was filed by CitizenLink’s Jennifer Mesko. To read of these atrocities is to see nothing short of evil on parade. Some will suggest this deplorability is an exception. “This is extreme,” critics claim, “it’s not what’s going on.” But in the end, it is what’s going on at the rate of nearly one million innocent children per year.
My heart grieves for the lost children of this last generation and the involved women and men who now live with overwhelming guilt and regret. Yet, even as my heart breaks, I am not without hope. That’s because we may be reminded of the forgiveness that awaits all who bring their transgressions to God. No matter the depth or detail of our sin, each of us have access to Paul’s promise: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Prosecutor Calls Abortion Clinic a ‘House of Horrors’
Babies A, B, C, D, E, F and G — and Karnamaya Mongar — may find justice after all.
Prosecutors say the babies were part of a gruesome practice at the Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia, in which babies who survived an abortion were killed with scissors. Mongar, a patient at the clinic, died Nov. 20, 2009, from an overdose of anesthetics.
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell, his wife and eight employees have been charged with, among other things: murder, conspiracy to commit murder, infanticide, performing illegal late-term abortions, drug delivery resulting in death, drug violations, theft by deception and conspiracy to deceive patients.
A grand jury was convened in May 2010, as the clinic was being investigated for drug-related complaints. The jury’s findings were released today.
The report reads: “The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment — such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff — was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.”
District Attorney Seth Williams called it a “house of horrors.” He said Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.”
The grand jury concluded that Mongar, 41, came to Gosnell’s clinic for an abortion and died of cardiac arrest after being given too much Demerol.
Operation Rescue had been calling for criminal charges against Gosnell.
“We are thrilled at the diligence done by authorities in Pennsylvania who have worked to protect the public and bring Gosnell and his cohorts to justice,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
“As shocking as this case is, it is in no way an anomaly. Shoddy and illegal practices characterize the abortion industry in America. There are more Gosnells out there victimizing and murdering under the cover of secrecy. Operation Rescue is working hard to expose these people and encourage authorities to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”