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How will you respond to Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors?

Posted on April 17, 2013 in Articles under by

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The case against Kermit Gosnell may accomplish something good nationally. It may cause our society to recognize the reality of abortion. It may motivate the Church to love and show mercy. It may help those who have participated in abortions or chosen to have an abortion to find hope.

Most people like to think of abortions as merely the end of a pregnancy. This is why they refer to it with euphemisms like choice, healthcare, and equality. This is why many of us hate the graphic posters the sidewalk counselors and abortion protestors force on us.

The last thing we want to have to think about is the reality of abortion–the human beings whose lives are being taken in the name of choice, healthcare, and equality.

The abortion industry fights hard to keep women and society in general in the dark about the reality of abortion. They do not want women to see their babies on an ultrasound screen, because when one sees a beating heart, kicking legs, waving arms, thumb-sucking, and yawning, it tends to burst the bubble of denial.

Abortion advocates do not want women to recognize these babies as their children, a gift from God, and human beings. Instead they use devaluing terms such as products of conception, blobs of tissue, and even, as MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry recently stated, this thing which turns into a human.

If the abortion industry is guilty of wanting to keep society in the dark, society is guilty of wanting to be left in the dark.

We don’t want to know about the severed body parts, the crushed skulls, the tiny lifeless bodies, or the spilt blood. We want to believe abortion simply makes a pregnant woman un-pregnant with something like the wave of a magic wand.

The tragedy of Kermit Gosnell

We don’t want to face the reality about how an abortion makes a woman un-pregnant by killing the person she is carrying. Because of Kermit Gosnell we can’t deny the reality of the violent loss of innocent human life any longer–at least not at the moment.

Severed feet in a jar, cat feces on the stairs, bloody blankets, blood on the floors and the tables. Dirty equipment and the lifeless victims stashed in makeshift containers and stored in random places, including the fridge.

Their bodies bearing

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  • http://www.facebook.com/elly.mccall.9 Elly McCall

    Marcella, thank you so much for this wonderful article! If I may add one thing? I think you implied it, but I needed someone to say it clearly to me: Go. Go to your local abortion clinic. Stand outside, with the Word of God, plead for those babies’ lives, and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in the dark corner of your city. This is work for simple Christians like us – and Jesus will be with us. I’ll be so glad to help anyone who is interested in starting an abortuary Gospel outreach in their area, just send me a message through FaceBook. May God enable us to love our neighbors, born and pre-born, and to exalt Christ as THE Savior of sinners! And may we never again be described like the lawyer at the opening to the
    Parable of the Good Samaritan, of whom it is said in Luke 10:29 ” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” “

  • Elly McMashehu

    Marcella, thank you so much for this wonderful article! If I may add one thing? I think you implied it, but I needed someone to say it clearly to me: Go. Go to your local abortion clinic. Stand outside, with the Word of God, plead for those babies’ lives, and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in the dark corner of your city. This is work for simple Christians like us – and Jesus will be with us. I’ll be so glad to help anyone who is interested in starting an abortuary Gospel outreach in their area, just send me a message through FaceBook. May God enable us to love our neighbors, born and pre-born, and to exalt Christ as THE Savior of sinners! And may we never again be described like the lawyer at the opening to the
    Parable of the Good Samaritan, of whom it is said in Luke 10:29 ” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” “

  • http://www.facebook.com/denise.s.davis.77 Denise Schwend Davis

    I would like to hear Marcella’s response to the popular pro-choice argument of “if we deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, we will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.” I can’t believe people think that is somehow justification for killing babies in the womb, but it is an argument I see frequently. I know in my head why the argument is flawed, but I can’t seem to put into words a compelling and concise response. I thought this article was powerfully written, so would love to hear if she has a good answer to this frequently used argument. Thanks

  • Denise Schwend Davis

    I would like to hear Marcella’s response to the popular pro-choice argument of “if we deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, we will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.” I can’t believe people think that is somehow justification for killing babies in the womb, but it is an argument I see frequently. I know in my head why the argument is flawed, but I can’t seem to put into words a compelling and concise response. I thought this article was powerfully written, so would love to hear if she has a good answer to this frequently used argument. Thanks

  • marcifranseen

    Thank you, Denise, for your reply and your question. I, too, have heard this argument from the pro-choice crowd. I don’t know that any pro-choice person would find any pro-life argument compelling outside of God’s work in their heart. They choose to be blind to the truth. Our prayer is for many eyes to be opened to the truth.

    When the pro-choice crowd argues for greater access to abortion and fewer limitations and regulations in clinics they are actually arguing for the very things which made Gosnell’s clinic possible.

    It is with great fervor the abortion industry fights against any regulation of abortion clinics or any limitation to abortion. They may say they want abortion to be “safe” but they fight against the very measures that would hold an abortionist and his clinic accountable.

    Why do we regulate dental offices or hospitals or any medical facility? It is because we know human beings left to themselves will be lazy, hurried, or overcome with greed or exhaustion and corners will be cut. Corners that could mean the difference between life and death.

    If Gosnell’s clinic had been held accountable for the practices occurring there from the beginning it probably would have closed. The abortion industry is right, regulations mean some abortion clinics will not remain open. This is a good thing for women, not a disservice.

    If Gosnell’s clinic had been shut down when it should have been Karnamaya Mongar might still be alive. Many women would have been spared the diseases they contracted and the harm done to them, etc. Fighting against the regulating of abortion clinics isn’t in women’s best interest. It is in the abortionist’s best interest.

    The suggestion that fewer regulations or restraints on abortion and abortion clinics would prevent clinics like Gosnell’s is ridiculous. It encourages them. Gosnell’s clinic wasn’t regulated. The local McDonald’s was more regulated than Gosnell’s clinic and it was the pro-choice community who purposefully looked the other way. It was those protecting “unlimited access to abortion” who ignored the complaints made against the clinic.

    The abortion industry and pro-choice community have no concern whatsoever for the life of the child, whether that child is six weeks in the womb, or thirty six weeks, or just delivered.

    When they argue for access to unlimited “safe and legal” abortion, not one thought is given to the human beings violently killed through chemicals, dismemberment, forced heart attack, snipped spinal chords, or exposure. They are very much arguing in favor of Kermit Gosnell who also gave no thought to the humanity of those he was killing or the brutality of how he was killing them.

    Gosnell had no respect for the women he hurt through abortion. The abortion industry and the pro-choice community have no respect for the women hurt through abortion and suffering from Post-Abortion Distress, repeatedly denying they exist.

    There really isn’t a big difference between the back alley abortion clinic and the legal abortion clinic. The irony is, it is the pro-choice community and the abortion industry who fight to keep it that way.

    Marcella Franseen

  • marcifranseen

    Thank you, Denise, for your reply and your question. I, too, have heard this argument from the pro-choice crowd. I don’t know that any pro-choice person would find any pro-life argument compelling outside of God’s work in their heart. They choose to be blind to the truth. Our prayer is for many eyes to be opened to the truth.

    When the pro-choice crowd argues for greater access to abortion and fewer limitations and regulations in clinics they are actually arguing for the very things which made Gosnell’s clinic possible.

    It is with great fervor the abortion industry fights against any regulation of abortion clinics or any limitation to abortion. They may say they want abortion to be “safe” but they fight against the very measures that would hold an abortionist and his clinic accountable.

    Why do we regulate dental offices or hospitals or any medical facility? It is because we know human beings left to themselves will be lazy, hurried, or overcome with greed or exhaustion and corners will be cut. Corners that could mean the difference between life and death.

    If Gosnell’s clinic had been held accountable for the practices occurring there from the beginning it probably would have closed. The abortion industry is right, regulations mean some abortion clinics will not remain open. This is a good thing for women, not a disservice.

    If Gosnell’s clinic had been shut down when it should have been Karnamaya Mongar might still be alive. Many women would have been spared the diseases they contracted and the harm done to them, etc. Fighting against the regulating of abortion clinics isn’t in women’s best interest. It is in the abortionist’s best interest.

    The suggestion that fewer regulations or restraints on abortion and abortion clinics would prevent clinics like Gosnell’s is ridiculous. It encourages them. Gosnell’s clinic wasn’t regulated. The local McDonald’s was more regulated than Gosnell’s clinic and it was the pro-choice community who purposefully looked the other way. It was those protecting “unlimited access to abortion” who ignored the complaints made against the clinic.

    The abortion industry and pro-choice community have no concern whatsoever for the life of the child, whether that child is six weeks in the womb, or thirty six weeks, or just delivered.

    When they argue for access to unlimited “safe and legal” abortion, not one thought is given to the human beings violently killed through chemicals, dismemberment, forced heart attack, snipped spinal chords, or exposure. They are very much arguing in favor of Kermit Gosnell who also gave no thought to the humanity of those he was killing or the brutality of how he was killing them.

    Gosnell had no respect for the women he hurt through abortion. The abortion industry and the pro-choice community have no respect for the women hurt through abortion and suffering from Post-Abortion Distress, repeatedly denying they exist.

    There really isn’t a big difference between the back alley abortion clinic and the legal abortion clinic. The irony is, it is the pro-choice community and the abortion industry who fight to keep it that way.

    Marcella Franseen

  • Denise Schwend Davis

    Thank you for your response, it is helpful. It is hard for me to read
    anything regarding abortion without literally crying out to God in
    disbelief and anger that so many are able to justify such a horrendous
    act against a child. There are some out there that have been genuinely
    deceived by the carefully constructed pro-choice euphemisms, but I think you nailed it when you said that many know better, and choose to remain blind. The wickedness of our nation as a whole is so upsetting to me, an unholy creature, I can’t imagine how angry our Holy God must be. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  • Denise Schwend Davis

    Thank you for your response, it is helpful. It is hard for me to read
    anything regarding abortion without literally crying out to God in
    disbelief and anger that so many are able to justify such a horrendous
    act against a child. There are some out there that have been genuinely
    deceived by the carefully constructed pro-choice euphemisms, but I think you nailed it when you said that many know better, and choose to remain blind. The wickedness of our nation as a whole is so upsetting to me, an unholy creature, I can’t imagine how angry our Holy God must be. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  • Becky Lahman

    I work at a Pregnancy Care Center. One of our aims is to focus less on the unborn child, and more on the pregnant woman. By showing these women Christ, by introducing them to His grace, mercy, provision, protection…. LOVE… not only is the unborn child protected, but his/her mother is ushered into the presence of Christ, her life is changed, the lives of those around her are changed, and the Kingdom of God grows that much more. The majority of women who are considering abortion are only considering it because they feel lost, trapped, confused… they truly believe that they have no other option. The best way to serve them is to honestly and lovingly show them that there ARE other options. When we focus so much on the baby, we only heap condemnation on the woman who has had or is contemplating an abortion.

  • Becky Lahman

    I work at a Pregnancy Care Center. One of our aims is to focus less on the unborn child, and more on the pregnant woman. By showing these women Christ, by introducing them to His grace, mercy, provision, protection…. LOVE… not only is the unborn child protected, but his/her mother is ushered into the presence of Christ, her life is changed, the lives of those around her are changed, and the Kingdom of God grows that much more. The majority of women who are considering abortion are only considering it because they feel lost, trapped, confused… they truly believe that they have no other option. The best way to serve them is to honestly and lovingly show them that there ARE other options. When we focus so much on the baby, we only heap condemnation on the woman who has had or is contemplating an abortion.

  • Becky Lahman

    Another and possibly better way, is to support your local Pregnancy Care Center. Whether you do so by prayer, material donations, or volunteering as a counselor, God uses your support to greatly increase His ministry to young pregnant women and their families.

  • Becky Lahman

    Another and possibly better way, is to support your local Pregnancy Care Center. Whether you do so by prayer, material donations, or volunteering as a counselor, God uses your support to greatly increase His ministry to young pregnant women and their families.

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