Is The Philadelphia Abortion Trial A Turning Point For Unborn?


The murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell began back on March 18, and while the mainstream media has attempted a blackout on the topic, the horrors of what went on inside Gosnell’s “clinic” are starting to seep their way past pro-life outlets and leave us to wonder if we might be witnessing a seminal moment in this country’s  commitment to the unborn.

Kirsten Powers wrote column in The USA Today that sums it up—“

“Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure… The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.”

It’s worth noting that Powers is hardly a card-carrying conservative pro-lifer. Don’t let her appearances on Fox News fool you. She is in fact, a Democrat who backs liberal orthodoxy on most political issues, and according to her Wikipedia page, she carried on a romantic relationship the now-disgraced left-wing congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner. The fact Powers is horrified, and that USA Today allowed her to publish her horror, is a sign of how revolted people are.

If you want some historical perspective on this, compare the tragedy of Philadelphia to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire incident of 1911. In that case, horrific working conditions resulted in a fire at a New York factor, which ended with girls leaping to their deaths rather than be burned alive.  Everyday Americans were horrified and the result was a sea change in the push for worker safety. Is Gosnell’s Butcher Shop and this trial going to be what future students read about in their history classes? Are they going to read that this was the moment when wavering voters shifted gradually, but irrevocably to the pro-life side? One can only hope.

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Dan Flaherty is a freelance writer living in southeastern Wisconsin with a passion for the Catholic Church, the pre-1968 Democratic Party, the city of Boston and the world of sports. He is the owner of, and the author of Fulcrum, an Irish Catholic novel set in late 1940s Boston.

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