Joining Jen today, as always.
1 - I'm afraid these quick takes aren't going to be quite as humourous and light-hearted as they usually are. I can't do it today. I'd planned on using them to showcase our trip to Florida last week, but, well.....I can't. I can't stop crying today.
2 - Why can't I stop crying? Because of this: what's being called the "House of Horrors" in Philadelphia. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for killing at least one woman and seven infants in his abortion mill in West Philadelphia. The local NBC affiliate is covering it - but you'll be hard-pressed to find information about it on other major news outlets. Pro-lifers are trying to bring the horrible story to light for many, many reasons. I wanted to use this blog today to link you to some of those attempts.
3 - First off: Jill Stanek's reasoning to why the media is largely ignoring the trial. (Warning: pictures. Pictures that might make you puke or cry. They made me do both).
4 - This website is posting daily excerpts from the trial. Please go read them and see for yourself what happened in that hellhole (warning: graphic). From today's post:
She later goes on to testify that Gosnell joked - while cutting the neck of a baby that was writhing in his hands: “that’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”
5 - From Brianna (and I agree, wholeheartedly):
It's interesting because while the doctor himself exhibits particularly disturbing (and psychopathic) behavior, the only real difference (as far as abortion goes) between him at his nightmarish clinic, and the abortionist at Planned Parenthood, is a mere technicality. Because life is life. Abortion is abortion. Earthly justice is only being pursued on behalf of vulnerable children in this instance because Gosnell has broken some arbitrarily-decided-upon rules--had he succeeded in killing the babies before they exited the womb, that would somehow have been okay. It makes little sense to those of us who hold firmly to the belief that life begins at the moment of conception.
And that is part of why this trial is so very important, and why we must not ignore it--especially in the face of predictably-limited media coverage. These heinous acts are, ultimately, being exposed for what they are. And I hope that this spectacle, in addition to shutting his horrible clinic down, makes people think--really think--about what makes this fellow so very different from his legally-practicing and lauded-by-society colleagues.
6 - From an editorial on USA Today:
Let me state the obvious. This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams intoned, "A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh," as he teased a segment on the brouhaha. Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human rights story if there ever was one — doesn't make the cut.
7 - Now, just over the pond, it seems that our British brothers and sisters are covering the story. The Daily Mail has quite a few detailed stories (warning: graphic descriptions. It's excepts from the testimony, but it's hard to read). You can find some of them here, here, here, and here. It's absolutely heart-wrenching.
As someone who is still grieving the loss of her own child, I am horrified and absolutely disgusted that this has happened in our country.......and no one seems to care. Other than the pro-life advocates and our pro-life friends on FB, it's been...well......crickets. A good percentage of these babies were way past the age of viability. How can ANYONE claim that they weren't real human beings? How can ANYONE claim that these babies - these living, breathing, CRYING babies - were not real people? How can anyone, ANYONE, sleep at night after reading these accounts?
I don't think it's possible. We are - at our core - good people. All of us are made in the image and likeness of our Creator. I don't think that it is truly possible to read - or see - this kind of thing happen and not feel, somewhere deep inside you, completely and utterly horrified and sickened. Innocent children - who had so much potential and absolutely no guilt - murdered with a pair of dirty scissors.
It is not possible to be unaffected by the horrors that happened in Gosnell's "clinic."
It is exactly for that reason......it is being ignored. If we stop to listen to our consciences, it makes it harder and harder to ignore the fact that these babies were no different than the other babies that are sacrificed daily to abortion.
And that scares us.
It should. The House of Horrors should scare us. It should shake us to our very core. We should be terrified of such evil......
.....and we should rise up against it, until our last breath.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.