Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday on 3 out of 4 first degree murder charges of the late term abortions of 3 infants. Justice was served and Gosnell will now face life in prison without parole for his crimes. This conviction, however, should not be the end of an injustice done at a Philadelphia abortion clinic. It should be the beginning of a greater debate of the ongoing controversy of what abortion is in America.
The Gosnell trial has brought the debate over abortion back to where it always should be- back to the life of the infant. Since 1973 abortion has been legal in this country in defense of a woman’s right to choose. There have been limitations on abortion based on the number weeks of pregnancy. In the case of Kermit Gosnell, the convictions were based on babies aborted passed the 24 week limitation as defined by the state of Pennsylvania. Many pro-abortion groups have depicted Gosnell’s clinic as isolated and extreme but it only takes a bit of research to realize Gosnell’s clinic is not alone in its illegal practices.
Monday’s guilty conviction has determined that there is justice and Constitutional rights for babies who survive or die in the practice of abortion. Since 2002, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act has given Constitutional rights and protection to the life of the infant born alive. This was signed by President Bush in August of 2002. The women in Gosnell’s clinic who gave birth to these babies were given drugs to force early delivery. The three infants were delivered and under the protection of the law were to be given the Constitutional protection of life. Gosnell not only murdered these babies but he violated their Constitutional rights.
The Gosnell conviction has brought the lives of three human babies, front and center, to the issue of abortion. It has defined that abortion is not just about a woman’s health and her right to choose. Abortion is also about the life of the infant. The pro-abortion movement may debate when life outside the womb is considered viable but the fact remains that when a baby is born he or she is protected under the same rights as the woman who gave birth. The Gosnell case has brought forth the issue of life and a genocide that is taking place inside abortion clinics throughout this country. There is a minority of citizens who are not provided Constitutional rights under the law and left to die.
Justice was served and Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced for his horrific crimes. Lady Justice ruled on the facts and was not swayed by a political movement of “choice”. There is hope that through this case and the crimes that were committed against women and children the cloak of the pro-abortion movement has been lifted and reveals a very evil and murderous side to a society that ruled in favor of the “Right to Choose”. That through this horrific trial our country will decide once and for all what do we stand for, as a Nation, in regards to abortion? There is a minority of people that are being murdered in this country on a daily basis and who are being denied the protection for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Lady Justice should now begin to decide does a woman’s Constitutional rights end where another one begins? The abortion debate has been going on for over 40 years but three babies brought not only justice but hope that the Right to Life is still worth fighting for!