Why no pro-choice person can accuse Gosnell…

In the Womb

In the Womb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Mirror of Justice:

Had [Gosnell] killed the babies while they were still in their mothers’ bodies … that would not have been a crime. He merely would have been assisting his patients in exercising what the Supreme Court deems a constitutional right. So why, he would like to know, is he being prosecuted for killing the same babies moments later after they precipitated? … How can it be that killing a baby inside the womb is perfectly acceptable while killing the very same baby (or even a baby that is a few days or even weeks younger) outside the womb is first degree murder? … A baby’s status as a precious member of the human family, possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity, does not depend on something as morally arbitrary as his or her location. But if we permit the Gosnells of the world to kill babies inside the womb, it seems odd to charge them with murder for killing them outside the womb.

The irony is that a common argument against defenders of marriage and sexual morality, is that such defenders are secretly just basing their position on an “ick” factor, on a personal distaste for such practices. Yet here we have pro-choice people with nothing but an “ick” factor as their basis for convicting Gosnell of true malfeasance.


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Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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2 Responses to Why no pro-choice person can accuse Gosnell…

  1. Justin says:

    Well, if they’re ten or twenty seconds outside the womb before they are killed, why charge someone with murder for twisting the head off of a 43,204 second-old person? Why would a 4,320,400 second-old? Why have murder laws at all? They’re so antiquated.

  2. I think your comment is making the same point I am.

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