The breaking news has just been released by CBS re: the jury finding Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty on 3 counts of first degree murder.
It leaves me deeply saddened. It may leave others deeply shocked, though I am not.
I am saddened for the women he mistreated.
For over three decades - as long as Dr. Gosnell has been performing abortions - I've been involved in the pro-life side of the debate; I've also been persuaded that the premature ending of life in the womb has often been ONLY an exercise in debate by both sides. The actual "body of evidence" has seldom been available as items of evidence in a trial. And the women get mistreated, first by men who use them for their own sick satisfaction. Others followed who fiercly debated each side of the debate, but never really cared for the mothers.
The invisible babies show up on the pro-life side as the terribly mangled bodies (of precious children), the invisible feelings of the frightened mothers are often left alone and abandoned by uncaring conservative idealogues.
They show up on the pro-choice side of the debate as cold statistics (of precious unwed mothers) by uncaring liberal political hacks.
I am not shocked today - because I have seen so much of it in the past - on both sides of the issue. Yet, no case like this was ever brought forward in the past. It is undesired new ground to many in the debate. And it is here.
In the 1990's I had to become an expert on two levels in this area of interrupting pregnancies - both as an expert with the facts and an expert with the law (at least the law of Idaho.)
Shallow people on both sides of the debate in those days created an odd-speak; they easily refrained from the use of the word "hate" when talking about their feelings towards their opponents - while at the same time they eagerly employed the word "hate" when describing what they thought their opponent's feelings were toward followers of their perspective. It was a case of I'm OK, you think I'm Evil. Both sides. Demonization never advances honest dialog. Never.
I suppose in some strange way, deep within themselves, people on the two sides of the baby-in-the-womb debate so often held what they saw as a justified hatred for the the holders of the opposing point of view that they broadcast their emotions on the other guy or gal. Maybe then and now.
How wasted is that energy. Hatred has no place in this debate of philosophies.
It may, though, have a place in our emotions...
By our very nature as caring, loving human beings, hatred seems to have a place when discussing the actions by purposeful perpetrators afforded against innocent people; the way women and babies were treated via the results of the jury trial of Dr. Gosnell.
Maybe hate has an appropriate audience - those of us who truly care.
I hate that we have to see what he did. I hate that people died.
I've come to a point in my life where I hate having to talk about abortion.
I hate it. In the past I hated having to know these things and see these things and I hated having to show my family - my little kids - these things.
I hate that America has to see these real and really ugly things today.
I believe the pro-choice advocates when they say that "no one wants to get an abortion". Death has no beauty, nor does it have any desire to it.
It is death, not termination. It is sadness, not political triumph or defeat. The heart of the baby is stopped, the heart of the mom is broken and the heart of the biological father is often as calloused and uncaring as apparently the jury saw Dr. Kermit Gosnell's heart to be. A gentle caring man is not found guilty of three counts of first degree murder, by a jury of his peers. A gentle caring man does not impregnate a woman and abandon her.
The nation may be shocked simply because of the visible brutality of Dr. Gosnell's medical clinic. His behavior of illegally selling pain relievers was what caused the authorities to raid his clinic. What they found upon entering it was a clinic unlike anything brought to the public's attention since 1973's approval of Roe v Wade.
I'm not shocked by the discovery of how his clinic treated mother and child nor am I shocked by his gulty verdict. My shock ended a long time ago.
I'm simply saddened that he did these things to people.
My heart breaks for the women he so deeply mistreated and the babies that he cavalierly killed - as if they were so many unwanted domestic animals. (Even such treatment of kittens, pups and other animal kingdom babies would not be accepted by any of us.)
My guess is that even those who philosophically advocate a pro-choice position are saddened and shocked by what this man did.
My guess is that they also hate what he did.