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May 15, 2013

Column: Jury saw the truth in case against Philadelphia abortion doctor

And so, what Jack McMahon audaciously called a racist prosecution, wherein a black man was being called to account for ending the lives of countless nameless black babies, has ended in a righteous verdict: guilty, guilty, and again, guilty.

Three lives vindicated with three words, uttered after months of testimony and evidence that makes you want to turn your face away. But we looked, and we understood that here was madness and evil, not racism.

Kermit Gosnell could now face the death penalty, something that has far-reaching repercussions not only for the immediate victims and their families but —_ and don’t let them tell you otherwise — also for the abortion industry.

For years, ever since the carnage in West Philly was uncovered, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers have attempted to distance themselves from this gruesome scenario.

Until now, “murder” was never officially affixed to the deliberate destruction of life in utero. It was always “termination,” “D & X,” or in the words of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, surreptitiously captured in a Live Action sting, “meat in a slow cooker.”

Now, a Philadelphia jury has restored the true definition of the criminal act.

The Founders chose the right city in which to birth a nation.

Now is not the time to talk about punishment. Now is the time to thank the men and women who deliberated longer than anyone expected them to and made every effort to separate the spin from the media (on both sides) and the desires of the advocates (on both sides) from the legal truths.

This jury wasn’t afraid to say that allowing a child to die after a botched abortion attempt was infanticide. They understood, as so many have not, that plunging scissors into the skull of a child or snipping her spinal cord to stop the plaintive cries of the newly arrived is a crime against humanity.

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