By: Therese Bermpohl
Every so often a veil of lies is lifted, forcing us to look at the truth of a situation we may otherwise have chosen to avoid. This was the case back in the late 1990’s when Americans were confronted with the gruesome truth about partial birth abortion, watching as Congress debated whether or not it was “needed” to preserve the “health of women.” During those debates, the country recoiled, learning exactly how barbaric partial birth abortion really is. Those debates had such an impact that even today, many who self-identify as “pro-choice” are quick to say that they are not in favor of partial birth abortion.
Again, today, the thin façade of civility is peeled away from the abortion industry so that the American public has to take a good look at the “choice” it has made to tolerate legalized abortion. The Hermit Gosnell trial has stunned, shocked and horrified all who have had the stomach to follow it. What went on in the Gosnell facility is the same thing that goes on in every abortion facility, the slaughter of unborn children. No matter how we size it up, the end result of abortion is one dead human being and a vast number of wounded souls, not the least of which is the mother of the child.
I remember reading an article in a prominent newspaper in which the author was bewildered about why the child homicide rate had skyrocketed over the past 30 years. It was 2003, just thirty years after the Supreme Court of the United States of America legalized the killing of unborn children in the U.S. I remember thinking, “Can they seriously fail to make the connection between legalized abortion and the vast rise in the child murder rate?”
The Gosnell trial has given us an opportunity to see one of the greatest scourges in the course of history in full force. The question becomes, will people of good will take heed of the destructive reality of abortion? There has been much talk of peace lately, and I continue to harken back to the words of the late Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who said,
“…the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
Let us not lose this opportunity as a nation to do the right thing, to look at abortion for what it is – the taking of innocent human life – and change barbaric abortion laws to defend the rights of children in the womb. Maybe then, as Blessed Teresa predicted, the world will become a safer place for all.