105 Years of Silence

Even lions know better than to kill a crying child.

That’s the conclusion drawn by those who found an 8-year-old Ethiopian girl protected by lions when she fled an attack by a group of men trying to capture her for a forced marriage:

Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack. “A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her,” Williams said.

What a stunning contrast to the news of a screaming baby being killed here in America due to our collective moral confusion over protecting the youngest of our own kind. According to former abortion worker Sherry West in the Kermit Gosnell trial,

The proprietor, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, asked her to help him with something and directed her to another room. There an 18-to-24-inch baby, who did not yet have eyes, was lying in a clear glass pan, she recalled in horror. It was “screeching, making this noise” that “sounded like a little alien,” she said. It “really freaked me out,” she said, causing her to leave the room.

Unfortunately, that baby did not make it out of that room alive. Nor did many others:

During her two years working for Gosnell, West said she also saw patients deliver “specimens” in the toilet, which she made a co-worker remove, adding she called aborted fetuses “specimens” because “it was easier to deal with mentally.”

West has already pled guilty in a plea bargain struck back in 2011 and she faces a possible 70- to 100-year sentence. How could she override her common sense and decide a baby human was instead a mere specimen or alien?

I’ve been pondering this question in light of a startling statistic. After the Boston bombing there was a minute of silence. At the final public memorial for the victims of the Newtown tragedy, a minute of silence was observed for each one. As the minutes mounted, the solemnity deepened and the heartbreak struck deep.

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Now consider: if we were to give a minute of silence to each of the babies lost to abortion since legalization, it would take over 105 years of silence.

Perhaps then our hearts would finally break enough for us to rise to the realm of lions.

There is instead an official silence which only serves to keep the killing going. President Obama was asked to comment on Gosnell being charged with 8 felony counts of murder, and the credible testimony of his former staff points to hundreds more killed in the name of legal choices and reproductive freedom—to which he said couldn’t comment on an ongoing proceeding. Although he did finally muster the semi-retired Clinton-era policy of ‘safe, legal, and rare.’

The silence of the abortion lobby has been resounding as well. The tasteless and baseless defense–that Gosnell proves women need abortion–is bizarre and shows their coldness of heart. As women’s advocates, they should be offering care and support.

It was the story and photo of poor Baby Boy A, folded into his shoe-box coffin, which made me determined to speak up on this case.

[WARNING: photo posted below which may trigger abortion grief or trauma. If you need help after abortion call the National Helpline at 866-482-LIFE for immediate caring support. ]

I wrestled with posting the picture which was included in the grand jury report which triggered the current legal action against Gosnell. I have never before posted a picture of what abortion does to its victims. This has been my policy not only out of respect for the deceased, but out of sensitivity to the parents. I am stepping outside those guidelines in this case because these photographs are now a matter of public record. They are evidence in a criminal trial–not propaganda meant to sway opinion.

As to this particular victim Examiner reports:

Adrienne Moton, who used to work for Gosnell at his facility, gave her testimony [recalling] one baby, who was labeled “Baby Boy A,” that was aborted back in July 2009. She recalled the baby being so large that she took a cell phone pic of the child before he was taken out of the room. “I just saw a big baby boy. He had that color, that color that a baby has,” Moton said in court. “I just felt he could have had a chance. … He could have been born any day.” That particular abortion cost a 17-year-old girl $2,500. An ultrasound performed “recorded a gestational age of 29.4 weeks” according to the report.

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Baby Boy A @AP

 

And JD Mullane writing for phillyburbs.com reports:

Then there is commonwealth exhibit C-147, depicting a large baby balled in the fetal position, bloody, stuffed in a bin. “Big enough to walk me home,” joked Gosnell when he saw the child’s remains, testified Ashly Baldwin, a clinic employee.

As heartbreaking as the stories are, it’s time we look and listen. I applaud The Atlantic for speaking up by publishing the post-mortem portrait of Baby Girl allegedly killed by Gosnell.

In case you think I’m just a zealot who would take away the rights of women, I was once desperate myself. I allowed my child to be killed by legal abortion. No one told me that the child was fully formed at twelve weeks, instead I was told that it was just a blob of tissue—a specimen, if you will.

My faith in God has brought me to a place of healing and hope in the aftermath of that fatal mistake. By His grace I can speak. And I have to say: this trial proves the lies of every abortion. The people who sell it to women know exactly what they are doing each and every time. It is exploitation at its horrific worst. Abortion kills.

The evidence demands a response, if not from our leaders at least from our hearts. What happened in Philadelphia is happening every day in every abortion business. Children are being killed.

Will we find the courage to defend those whose cries will be silenced all too soon?

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