Killing Unwanted Children
By Anne Reed
Kermit Gosnell was a medical doctor who killed for a living. His story is told through the film, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. It was the most successful independent film and among the top 10 performers at theaters last weekend.
Its success is extraordinary considering the mainstream media’s silence. The silence during the trail is actually what inspired the writers to bravely push against Hollywood, liberal media, and abortion activists by telling the shocking true story. Gosnell performed late-term abortions on a regular basis, and when the babies were born alive, he inserted scissors into the necks of living, breathing babies and “snipped” their spinal cords.
To some…but not others.
Nobody wanted to touch the story when it broke loose. Why? Because those babies weren’t wanted. Their mothers planned to make them “disappear.” That’s why they stepped into Gosnell’s abortion clinic. In the minds of many who support abortion, the details of how their “disappearances” were actualized were nobody’s business. In their minds, it’s a private affair. Roe v. Wade guaranteed it.
Ann McElhinney, filmmaker and co-author of the book Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer visited Gosnell in prison. “The most disturbing aspect of the whole visit was his demeanor,” she said. “[H]e is relaxed, he smiles all the time. Twice he broke into song. This behavior is not what one would expect from a convicted serial killer.”
During that visit, he said his actions would one day be considered acceptable behavior.
As Christians, we know human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and are, therefore, innately valuable and worthy of life. The idea of taking the life of an innocent child is beyond reprehensible.
But a growing number of bioethicists have begun to argue for killing children. Joona Räsänen is the latest to contend for the legalization of infanticide, stating it is not immoral. And wouldn’t you know it, his argument is based on the same one the Supreme Court Justices used to rule in favor of Roe in Roe v. Wade – privacy.
“[T]here might be an argument that gives, for example, the genetic parents a right to kill (or leave to die) their newborn infant even if the infant has a right to life. For example, it might be argued that people have a right to their genetic privacy and having the newborn infant in the world that carries the genetic material of the genetic parents violates their right to genetic privacy.”
“Genetic privacy!” Isn’t it amazing that highly educated and presumably intelligent people are capable of developing such an utterly ridiculous concept in order to justify the murder of one’s own child?
The State Decides
Räsänen‘s claims follow those of Australian bioethicists that sparked international anger after arguing in favor of “after-birth” abortion in situations where “children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”
This should have your attention as you consider Democrat claims that universal health care is a must. Do you want the state determining whether your child is a burden on society and having the authority to exercise authority in healthcare decisions that affect its bottom dollar?
Disabled Babies Die
Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer has likewise argued in favor of infanticide. When asked if he would kill a baby with a disability, Singer answered, “Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.”
Singer thinks it’s best to kill a baby not deemed “perfect.” But you know, it’s for the family’s own good, and of course for the baby’s own sake.
In Canada, a team of pediatricians has written a policy proposal outlining the process for euthanizing children under Canada’s medical assistance in dying law. The paper states that since minors in Canada do not need parental permission or notification to withdraw life-giving treatment, they should also be able to request and receive euthanasia without parental knowledge.
Alex Schadenbert, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, expressed the shocking nature of the movement in Canada. He stressed that in the case of children, they “are usually, if not always, affected by the attitudes of their parents or caregivers.” In other words, children are taught to trust adults, caregivers, and medical providers who could influence or manipulate a child.
A Witch-like Murder
A 48-year-old grandmother in Shaw, Mississippi, has been charged with the first-degree murder of her 20-month-old granddaughter who was found stabbed and cooked in the oven. The appalling nature of this story is too much to comprehend. It’s one of those things we would rather not know about at all.
This story is disturbingly reminiscent of the dark children’s story of Hansel and Gretel. It’s truly demonic in nature.
Jesus told us that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). By appealing to our selfish human nature, the culture has been teaching us for decades that when life appears easier without a child, just get rid of “it.”
It started with abortion.