Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Family Research Council shared a horrific story about abortion marking the grisly anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here is part of the story. A three-story slaughterhouse on the corner of a busy Philadelphia street is where a man and his wife spent almost 40 years building an empire on the backs of dead infants. An empire that, despite pleas from dozens of patients, went virtually untouched by state officials. In the end, Kermit Gosnell's grisly practice of massacring babies and tormenting women may stand as one of the most horrific discoveries in Pennsylvania state history--if not because of what went on, then because of who may have funded it. The city's District Attorney recently released 261 pages of documentation about the human butcher and his "Family Medical Society," which, deep inside its padlocked doors, hid the bodies of hundreds of aborted children. One of the more shocking pieces of information is that Gosnell, using the Society's name, "purported to be a provider of children's vaccines under a program administered by the Philadelphia Health Department's Division of Disease Control" (page 199). A program that, under the umbrella of Medicaid, is funded with taxpayer dollars. The grand-jury report explains that "[e]mails going back to August 2001 reveal that he was suspended from the program repeatedly for failing to maintain logs and for storing vaccines in filthy, unsuitable refrigerators, and at improper temperatures... Chicken pox vaccines were stored in an ice tray above the containers of bloody fetuses... When [the inspector] asked who in the practice treated children, [one of Gosnell's employees] replied: 'They don't come in.'" The inspector told the grand jury that the clinic was "improperly trying to count abortion patients as vaccination patients" (page 202). Despite her report, Pennsylvania officials looked the other way. "The problem with the Departments of State and Health is not that they lacked authority to end the crime spree that Gosnell and his staff passed off as practicing medicine. The problem is that the state overseers preferred not to exercise their authority." We don't know whether Gosnell was diverting taxpayer money meant for vaccines into his illegal abortion business. What we do know is that the question needs to be raised. For years, FRC has struggled to end Washington's money line to groups that perform abortions. Until it does, we can't be sure how many abortion clinics are using taxpayer dollars to grow their profit margins. At Planned Parenthood, which enjoys hundreds of millions of "family planning" dollars, it's a common theme. Just three months ago, the abortion giant settled a case in Washington State for over-billing the government on birth control so that it could spend money elsewhere. In California, a former employee is accusing the organization of similar fraud. Regardless of where or how he made his millions, Gosnell is the face of a movement protected by U.S. law. Perhaps even worse, he's the picture of an underground practice to execute living, squirming, feeling newborns. "After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing... After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, 'the doctor just slit the neck,' said Cross... Gosnell noted the baby boy's size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby, [saying]: 'This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop'" (page 102). As a state leader in Illinois, Barack Obama refused to defend newborns like this one. He was opposed to legislation that would legally protect babies who are born alive during abortions. On March 30, 2001, our future President stood on the Senate floor and said that the saving abortion survivors would place "a burden on doctors... to keep [children] alive." "We're probably crossing the line in terms of unconstitutionality," he said (page 87). In the end, he didn't vote in favor of the state's Born Alive Infants Protection Act--making him more extreme than every member of the U.S. Senate in 2002, which passed its version 98-0. St. James tells us in Chapter 1:22-25, "Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does." We cannot sit idly by while this type of evil is allowed to occur.