Do you believe there is still such a thing, a concept, a presence, as Evil in our world? Do you believe you would recognize it if you saw it? If you do believe and if you did see something you knew and recognized as Evil, would you act?
Sundays for me are days I try to set aside from my usual routine, to unplug and relax, to post something lighter or uplifting or spiritual. I got up this morning with one thought, which was to write something about the Gosnell Trial, which has final argument scheduled to begin tomorrow morning, April 29, 2013. I spent today tracking news stories, news coverage, commentary on this trial, which is taking place in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, Pennsylvania. While the charges date back to 2010, with the grand jury report of January 2011, the actual trial began March 18, 2013. It wasn’t, however, until Kirsten Powers wrote about it on April 11, 2013, in USA Today, “Philadelphia Abortion Clinic Horror: Column” with a sub-title of “We’ve forgotten what belongs on Page One” that it began to gain any attention outside the city.
Today, Richard Fernandez, in Velocity, wrote about how hard it is to control the narrative (a publicly accepted version of events) in a society like ours now that every one of us is a reporter.
My intent as I write this is to provide links to a variety of coverage and sources so that you can read the details for yourself. If you have never heard of this or only just became aware of this story, you are not alone. As nearly every story since then wonders why this case did not receive coverage it merited, be sure to ask yourself why and see if you get a clear and straight answer that you can accept. Each of the reports below links back to others who covered the story. They are not necessarily in order of publication, more in trying to understand the story itself. A story that contained murder, the killing of live babies tossed into shoe boxes, stowed in staff refrigerators or over the sink in the employees room, or in a waste basket; the undeniable practice of racism and the exploitation of women, and that is just for starters. How is it possible this did not garner media attention?
On April 12, two articles were published:
A.J. Delgado does an excellent job summing up Everything you Need to Know about Kermit Gosnell and the Abortion Clinic Horror, published on April 12 and now a little out of date as the judge has ruled on some counts to be thrown out. It has an excellent link to the Grand Jury report, citing, “[For photos of Gosnell’s late-term aborted babies, shown in the Grand Jury Report, click on pages 85, 102, and 115 of the report. Please proceed with caution, as these photos are highly disturbing.]”
On April 8, 2013, Sean O’Sullivan wrote about a witness’ testimony.
It was JD Mullane who tweeted a photograph of the empty press seats that grabbed even greater attention on April 12. Later, he was interviewed. He wrote a follow-on on April 15. Once you hit twitter, there is no going back. What about going forward?
There are as many reasons for coverage as for not covering this story. Is it a matter of looking at facts, at evidence, and the words used to describe acts so horrific that cause people to turn away? I wrote on abortion several times here, trying to get to the bottom of what I hold to be true. I was both for and against it. I was for it so that there would be no back alley abortions and against it being used as a form of birth control and especially against it in late term pregnancies. This case, this Kermit Gosnell and his Women’s Medical Clinic, is an inconvenient truth about the reality of abortion and what can happen when no one speaks out. Maybe worse, no one listened.
In closing, I turn to Richard Fernandez again for an article he wrote the day after the Newtown shooting, entitled “The Shadow in the Hallway.” It was not only the article, but the commentary that followed, the discussion that ensued that poured light onto darkness. Be sure to scroll to the bottom where the link for the comments is located. There were 130 of them. You have to be willing to acknowledge that evil exists in order to deal with it or you render yourself and your loved ones defenseless.
Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”