|Photograph taken during Milgram's experiment.|
Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor on trial for killing babies during illegal late-term abortion procedures, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.
Abortion is such a lightning rod issue, I almost didn’t write about Gosnell's verdict. But then I considered that regardless of one's beliefs about abortion, if collectively we can’t be horrified by these events, then collectively we are in big freakin’ trouble. Big freakin’ trouble.
I’ve included a link to a good article about the trial and Gosnell’s practice, and you can read the gruesome details on your own, if you wish. I did, but I don’t want to repeat them here.
However, there are a couple of statements I’d like to respond to.
Lord have mercy. Killing children is this man’s idea of an acceptable solution to this “problem.”
Look. Anyone who’s read anything here knows I’m happy to speak out against racism. But this line of argument is downright offensive. If you care about people of color, or people in general, actually, but I’ll stick to the statement made, you’d have to be sickened by the way these women and babies were butchered. It’s hideous to suggest that Gosnell is blameless and only his race is at issue.
But as alarming as Gosnell’s actions were, when I consider his co-conspirators, I’m truly disturbed. Eight of Gosnell’s former employees, including his wife, have pleaded guilty to murder or other criminal charges. One of Gosnell’s employees was reported to be a teenager still in high school.
So I’m reminded of my freshman sociology classes and lectures covering Milgram's experiment about obedience to authority figures, and I wonder whether any of these people would ever have participated in crimes so heinous without the encouragement of Gosnell, and I’m sorry, I can’t help thinking this man is just evil and depraved. I don’t believe for one moment he’s an empathetic innocent doing what he could to help the hopeless.
Phooey on that.