January 20, 2011

This is why I don't watch horror movies....

...real life is horrible enough.

I know this has been a couple of weeks of really serious, heavy posts. I honestly didn't plan it out that way. And if you're a new reader, I'm not like this all the time, I promise. Once Amazing Race starts back up again (1 month!! Whoo-hoo!!) I'll be back to my old, flippant, sarcastic self.

But man, it's like the world has gone bat----crazy the last few weeks.

And right now I'm disturbed to my core.

This is a rant. Stream-of-consciousness, unedited. Probably might offend some of you. Right now I'm seeing red. So if you want to skip this, that's fine. I understand. But I can't just say nothing. Too many people are doing that already. The whole fricking country has been doing that for decades and look where it's got us.

You may or may not have heard of the abortion doctor who was arrested in Pennsylvania on 7 counts of murder. And before you jump to conclusions and think, "Oh, those crazy Conservative Christian political activists," wait until you hear the whole story.

If you are a new or soon-to-be momma, I suggest you stop reading now. It was hard enough for me to read about this without having a little squirmer of my own. But, it's your decision.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was not (I trust and hope) a typical abortion doctor. He didn't perform the ol' suck-em-out-a-tube procedure (and really, it doesn't deserve a more dignified title than that).

This man was - there is no other word for it - a monster.

Gosnell would, according to the prosecutor's reports, preform an abortion regardless of the term of the baby. In fact, he preferred them further along than earlier because it was easier.

He induced labor and delivered the baby - whole and alive. Sometimes he even played with them a bit.

And then he killed them. By stabbing them with scissors in the back of the neck and severing their spines.

They prosecuted him for 7 - because Gosnell had destroyed the documentation of what the Health Department believes were hundreds of others he had killed this way. In fact, they said that he had done this so many times it would be impossible to come up with a concrete number, but it would be in the triple digits.

He played with his victims. He would be able to joke afterwards about the babies.

Hundreds. Of babies. Butchered. There's no other word for it. Butchered.

In the process, he hurt hundreds of mothers, spreading disease using dirty instruments, dosing them with dangerous drugs, damaging them internally to the point of needing hysterectomies to survive - some women even died. Yes, more than one.

This wasn't some doctor who thought he was helping women or serving some greater good. This man was a monster only interested in making money. He didn't care who he had to hurt or kill.

I can't even imagine what the mothers must be going through right now. I can't believe they had any idea of what actually happened to their babies. A woman doesn't get an abortion because she wants her child to suffer. In fact, many (probably most) only go through with it after beingfalsely assured that the "fetus" doesn't feel pain. I can only imagine what it must be like for those women who are only just now finding out what really happened. My heart breaks for them. I hope there are people actively reaching out to them right now.

If you want to read the Grand Jury's full report to test my claims, go here. It's more graphic than what I have described.

This person is, to me, inhuman. Disgusting. I'll be honest, this sickens me far worse than the shooting in Tuscon. Not because those deaths were any less significant - they aren't - but because at least that tragedy can be blamed on a deranged psychopath who was broken with reality.

This isn't the case here. This isn't a tragedy. It's an atrocity.

But that's not even the worst of it. Well, yes it is, but it gets worse.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health knew. They fricking knew about it. They started getting violation reports about this guy in 1989. What year is this again????

According to the Grand Jury's own report, the Health Department did nothing because they didn't want to shut down an abortion clinic; it's too political, too controversial. Not worth the effort or the bad publicity.

So they let it go on. They let babies be butchered and women be mutilated. And die.

Because they were too stinking spineless to say anything. Because they didn't want to get involved or look like arms of the Religious Right. Because appearances and politics matter more than lives.

This is what the Grand Jury had to say: "We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion."

I'll add one more: because Christians have been taught not to get involved.

How many Christians will read this story and be torn at the heart about it - and then in the next moment turn and say, "Well, we don't really need to get so worked up about politics, it doesn't really matter in light of End Times/Foreign Missions/Whatever-Sacred-Cow-Excuse-For-Apathy-Is-In-Vogue-Right-Now"?

When I hear people say we don't need to get "worked up" about local government for some pseudo-spiritual reason, like "God doesn't really care what goes on in America, there's no 'America' in the Bible so it doesn't matter what our government looks like or what laws and policies we have" or "Jesus is coming back one day and then all this won't matter anymore,"or "We just need to pray and be concerned for lost people, not try and change our country through policy/legislation," I think of stories like this.

I think of stories like this and think, maybe if there had been some "crazy Conservative Christian activists" working in the health department - a government agency - those women and children might be alive and whole today.

Or maybe - just maybe - if this man wasn't given the cloak of legitimacy from legal abortion, none of these women would have found him in the first place.

And don't try to use that tired old "back-alley abortion with a coat hanger" myth on me. That is nothing - NOTHING - compared to the carnage of the legal abortion industry, that is targeting and ravaging the Black community, that still leaves women damaged both physically and emotionally, that still winds up with the same end result at Gosnell's clinic - a dead generation.

But it's okay, because it's not like God's going to hold us accountable for how we run the country He's entrusted to us. No reason to try and stop these things from happening again. That's what makes me sickest of all. We act like this is all happening in some alternate dimension. Just go to church and do your fancy Christmas pageants and all is right with the world.

It's the same as believing that God doesn't exist, just done to the opposite extreme. God won't hold us accountable for our inaction, so it doesn't matter what we don't do, right?

To which I say: bull.

Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.
If you say, "But we didn't know about this,"
won't He who weighs hearts consider it?
Won't He who protects your life know?
Won't He repay a person according to his work?
Proverbs 24:11-12

But God doesn't care how we run our country. Right?


  1. I seen this article earlier and I reposted on my facebook. It is horrible and I can't believe he got away with it for so long. I got so angry just reading it. I am not for abortion at all and I am a Christian who believes in God but if America is going to allow abortions there needs to be STRICT rules on it. Like a cut off limit if you are to far along, how it is performed and so on. I believe that it has a lot to do with our health care system also, insurance is hard to get and there are so many illegal immigrants here, they are desperate and have no where else to go. I agree though it is wrong and inhuman no matter what the reason, America shouldn't just turn the other cheek though. Something should be done about this to prevent it from happening again!

  2. THANK YOU!!!!!

    I didn't read that he's been doing this since 1989. I must have missed it. My brother was born in 1989... I think it is so unreal that they let it go on THAT long. I can't believe NO ONE said or did anything to stop that guy. And I'm sure there are other "doctors" doing the exact same thing and no one is paying attention. Or worse, they're turning a blind eye to what's going on.

  3. Amen and Amen!!!
    i really really love all of your political/religious posts. you bring up really great posts and hopefully you're making people think!! :D

  4. I can not believe that it's been happening since 1989. I don't think I'll be able to stomach reading the documents, but do you know what happened that actually made the issue come to light?

  5. I amabsolutely horrified and disgusted that this has been going on for so long!!! people knew about it and did NOTHING!!! I tell you what, sometimes I get so mad, because I defent this country, I believe in this country, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY, but our leaders have much to be desired for!! I HATE the "have to always be plotically correct" and "i am too lazy to deal with all the red tape ad paper work" metalities that our government has shown lately!! on't even get me started.....i have just been disgusted left and right the past few years!

  6. oh Jaci- i heard this on the radio earlier, with out details.
    i shouldn't have read it....just breaks my heart into a million pieces. how incredibly devastating.
    and to be ignored- LIVES CONTINUING to be DESTROYED- because they didn't want to cause a fuss. there aren't words.

  7. That's so incredibly messed up. There's so many times that people see injustice and wrongdoing, but just turn their heads because it is too much to deal with. Gosh, this violates every part of medical ethics. Spineless. How can the employees of the health department feel okay with murder of a child and assault to a woman's body? Did they forget the commitment they made to assist in wellness for all as a professional in the healthcare field? If the average nurse or doctor intentionally gave too much medicine to one person to cause death or pain, they would be all over that. Just because it is a politically charged matter doesn't mean that one shouldn't pursue it. Wrong is wrong and those employees are the doctor's accomplices to murder.

    I am all for safe, legal, and rare (even if I don't want me for myself), but not for this nonsense. As I said earlier, I think education is the best way to handle these situations.

  8. I am so disgusted and mortified. How can people do such things? How?! A living being, a healthy baby... =(

  9. Jaci, I'm not sure why you think your home church would disown you over this. I certainly won't. You are dead spot-on about this. We need to run the risk of being seen as wackos to save lives. It pisses me off (that's a KJV word) that I have become so desensitized to the carnage that it takes a slaughterer like this to wake me up.

  10. I don't even have the words to describe how disgusted and heartbroken I am right now. I couldn't even read it all.

    I can't imagine how any woman could ever have an abortion to begin with but the fact that the "doctor" would actually play with the baby before killing it.. that's sick.

    We definitely need to pray for our country.

  11. i didn't read this post. i read the first few lines and stopped. because i read news articles. i tormented myself and read as many news articles as i could. i would start crying at the title and cry the rest of my way through them. and i didn't cry just because i'm pregnant, i would have cried before, when i "couldn't have babies", i would have cried if i were in high school and think i had a viewpoint on abortion.
    it is sick. all of it is sick. every person that ever worked under this doctor is sick. and i pray for the women that were "treated" under those conditions and i pray they have never had another abortion after their experiences.
    i am still sickened. my stomach turns every time i think of it. i felt our baby move for the first time at 18 weeks. my friend felt their baby move at 13 weeks (not her first pregnancy). it kills me that people can abort a baby after feeling it move or after seeing it on an ultrasound screen, or hearing the heartbeat, or even just knowing that they have a LIFE growing inside of them.
    i'm rambling. i'll stop.

  12. I think I'm going to throw up. That being said, and in all my naive-ness, what can we do to stop things like this from happening? Because I certianly agree with you that we are held accountable for what happens to this country that God gave us. I'm just don't know what I can do to stop it. Ugh...I just feel so sick right now.

  13. Somehow, I have not heard this story yet. It is just horrific. Especially, that this monster was allowed to continue to do this for so long because of "political correctness."

  14. Makes me sick. The actions of the man, the lack of actions from the Health Department and the ignorant thoughts and beliefs this country has heavily strayed toward allowing all of this to happen.

  15. That left me feeling so sick.. I don't even have words to say.


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