By David R. Kenney
In J. R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, there is an interesting conversation between an uncle and his niece in the made-for-movie version of The Two Towers. The uncle is King Theoden and the niece is Lady Eowyn. Theoden and Eowyn hear of reports of foreign invaders that are killing the king’s subjects—women and children. When the king’s son is found alive but mortally wounded, she appeals to her uncle, King Theoden, “Will you do nothing?” What she does not realize is Theoden has a spell upon him that has clouded his mind. She mistakenly thinks that his inaction is due to apathy. Sometimes one wonders if we are under “a spell of apathy” at times too!
We are blessed by God to live in these United States of America which is a representative republic. This is clear from the opening words of the U. S. Constitution—“We the People…” It seems that some have forgotten the rights this document includes. As President Ronald W. Reagan explained in his January 27, 1987 State of the Union Address, after pointing out the 200th anniversary of our Constitution, why our Constitution is unique: “Well, the difference is so small that it almost escapes you, but it's so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: We the people. In those other constitutions, the Government tells the people of those countries what they're allowed to do. In our Constitution, we the people tell the Government what it can do, and it can do only those things listed in that document and no others.”
If you are like me, and many others, you were repulsed by the gruesome details revealed during the trial of Kermit Gosnell. For example, one of the babies that Gosnell was convicted of murdering was referred to as “Baby A”. I was sickened to read the circumstances surrounding the demise of this precious soul, as reported by LifeNews.com on May 13, 2013: Baby A “…was the biggest baby that Kareema Cross had ever seen delivered at Gosnell’s abortion ‘House of Horrors’ clinic in the four years she worked there. He was delivered to 17-year old Shaquana Abrams at 29.4 weeks gestation, according to an ultrasound record. Baby Boy A was so large, he did not fit into the plastic shoe box that Gosnell tossed him in. Cross said she saw the baby pull in his arms and legs while Gosnell explained the movements as ‘reflexes’ telling her the baby really didn’t move prior to cutting the baby’s neck. Baby Boy A was so large, Gosnell joked that ‘this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.’ Cross and fellow employees Adrienne Moton and 15-year old Ashley Baldwin were all so ‘startled’ by the size of the baby that they all took photos of the baby with their cell phones.” Imagine having sat on a jury on this trial and being forced to review the evidence up close! One of the jurors made this statement after the trial: “It was definitely hard to see the photos. There was cases where the photos of the babies were blown up and they were right in front of your face and you had to stare–it was definitely hard seeing that.” I imagine this juror will live with memories of these haunting images for the rest of his life because he had to examine the evidence. We have the luxury of turning our heads and going about our lives. It is past time for those in our country to realize that the trashcan is not our solution, but I fear that if these trends continue, the trashcan will be our nation’s destination, not solution. But what can you or I do?
With the horror of the atrocities committed by the convicted Kermit Gosnell and the realization that there are others of his mindset out there, there is a resurgence of interest in eliminating the heinous abortion status of “abortion by demand”. If you think that a woman cannot legally abort a child at any stage of pregnancy, then you have forgotten the debate on the partial birth abortion procedure in which this procedure was banned. Individual states can pass restrictions on abortion so you may want to investigate what your state is practicing. You have an opportunity to actually do something to curb abortion in our country as we fight back this holocaust in our nation.
There is a bill in the House of Representatives that is being proposed to ban all abortions past 20 weeks of the child’s gestation. H.R.1797 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is proposed legislation to ban all abortions in our nation after 20 weeks of pregnancy because scientists know the child experiences pain at this stage of development.
Perhaps you do not know what to write? Here is what I wrote to my Representative, who is “Pro-Choice”. Copy it word-for-word if need be:
Dear Representative, The Gosnell Trial was gruesome! We need to do more to stop these late term abortions. Can we not agree that at 20 weeks a child is present in the womb? With all the available methods of avoiding late term abortions, can we not agree that at 20 weeks we should work to preserve the life of the child AND the mother? Please support "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (H.R. 1797)! Respectfully,
Think we cannot do anything? Think again! I personally worked with Christians, and others, to sign a petition to support Ohio House Bill 78 – Post Viability Abortion which would have outlawed all abortions once the fetus reached the stage of development in which he/she could survive outside the womb. In effect, it prohibits abortions past 20 weeks of child’s development. The bill passed in the Ohio House (65-33), Ohio Senate (22-7) and was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on July 20, 2011. There was bi-partisan support for this bill because even several in the “pro-choice” crowd recognize that this restriction was reasonable in their eyes. So it can be done!
The question remain: Will you do: Something? Anything? Nothing?
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3, NKJV.)