I’m a native Pennsylvanian who was working in the pro-life movement in that state when the news first broke of the atrocities that had taken place at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.
The details of the case sounded like something out of a horror movie. Yet it took the national media almost two years to cover it. Thanks to the persistence of pro-life advocates, the story finally made it into the living rooms of at least some of the American people in April 2013. America was horrified and disgusted.
Why did Gosnell’s actions shock the American public? Almost unbelievably Gosnell routinely aborted viable babies alive and then brutally murdered them by severing their spinal cords. This culminated in three consecutive life sentences of the man who authorities said ran a “House of Horrors.
Not long after, State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas made her way onto televisions across America. Lionized by the national media, Sen. Davis grabbed headlines by filibustering a bill that would protect pain-capable unborn babies from abortion.
But, morally, what is the difference between what had months earlier horrified and disgusted the American public and what Davis would protect in Texas?
So-called journalists asked Davis questions about her sneakers and her physical stamina as she filibustered legislation to end late abortions in Texas. Not once did they ask her about the Gosnell-esque atrocities she was defending.
Kermit Gosnell dealt a blow to a pro-abortion movement that espouses abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, right up to the moment of birth. The national media was eager to put Gosnell behind them and so was the movement for which they so readily carry water. Wendy Davis represented a chance to reinvent the pro-abortion movement.
In a second special session, the Texas Legislature ultimately passed the Preborn Pain bill to protect pain-capable unborn children from abortion at 20 weeks and rein in the abortion industry in Texas. I had the honor of being present in the Senate gallery to witness final passage of the bill.
After the Gosnell case struck so close to home in Pennsylvania, it was encouraging to see another state heeding its lessons and working to prevent future atrocities. Also encouraging was the demeanor of the pro-life advocates who rallied at the Capitol in favor of the legislation.
Unlike the opposition, pro-lifers assembled civilly and maintained decorum throughout the proceedings. The outrageous tactics of the opposition were largely ignored by the mainstream media.
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The pro-abortion movement and its allies in the media hoped to replace the face of Kermit Gosnell with that of Wendy Davis. But the facts remain: what both Gosnell and Davis advocate is a no-limits policy on abortion. That policy is not unfamiliar. It is the same policy held by our pro-abortion president, who vowed to veto federal legislation, which would protect pain-capable unborn children at 20 weeks and older.
But the reality of abortion does not change, no matter who is the face. Substantial medical and scientific evidence shows that by at least 20 weeks after conception, unborn children can feel pain. Kermit Gosnell, Wendy Davis, and Barack Obama are united in opposition to protecting these babies from excruciatingly painful deaths by abortion.
It is up to pro-life advocates to continue to expose this abortion extremism. Texas delivered a great victory for our movement but there is much more work to do!