Philadelphia's irony & contrast: Michael Vick and Dr. Kermit Gosnell

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2013 – Philadelphia and the media are faced with a moral paradox. In August 2007 Michael Vick pleaded guilty for financing and promoting illegal dog fighting.  When Vick’s actions were brought to light, he was the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and he was suspended, released by the Falcons, eventually serving time in prison for his actions.

Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s trial centers on allegations of multiple counts of murder by conducting hundreds of late-term abortions, many alleged to be outside the legal mandates.

On trial are Dr. Gosnell’s actions that led to the death of a patient and children born alive, and either actively killed or left to die, despite the procedure.

Neither Roe v. Wade, or the rights of women to legal abortions, is on trial. Dr. Gosnell’s practices that, allegedly, led to the deaths of babies (viable outside the womb) and his patient are.

Gruesome eyewitness accounts testified to horrific conditions of squalor, as well as the killing of babies who survived abortion procedures, only to have their spines “snipped” in what is termed a post-birth abortion. Photos too horrific to post here exist.

Gosnell - by the numbers: Pennsylvania Family Institute @2013 (click to enlarge)

Gosnell - by the numbers: Pennsylvania Family Institute @2013 (click to enlarge)

In reality, both Vick and Gosnell peformed inhumane acts, one causing the needless suffering of dogs for sport the other the ending of lives deemed unnecessary by a woman and her doctor.

Both Vick and Gosnell left their victims to die. And while the life of a child surely outweighs the life of a dog, each is morally reprehensible. However, the Gosnell trial is not being discussed and written about while the cruelty and deaths of Vick’s victims was non-stop front page news

Ergo the irony.

The allegations, and reported eyewitness testimony, are that babies that survived Dr. Gosnell’s abortion attempts were killed or left to die. None were rendered medical care to retain life, or even reduce their suffering prior to their being killed or dying on their own.

In 2010, President Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffry Lurie to “weigh-in” on his feelings about Mr. Vick. Lurie reports he had two things to discuss one being the redemption of Michael Vick.

“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,” Lurie told Sports Illustrated writer Stephen King . “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was … passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears. He really follows it. He knew how Michael was doing. It was really interesting to hear.”

The president’s busy schedule allows him to make phone calls and discuss football, and to support Planned Parenthood at taxpayers expense (video above). But not to make comment, even if just one of personal distate or sadness, over what has happened in Philadelphia is hard to understand.

There is a need for moral leadership that is lacking.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has its name derived from the Greek word:  Phileo (which literally means brotherly love). There are other Greek words that relate to the word “love:” 1. Eros (from which the word “erotic” is derived) means lustful physical passion and sexual intimacy; 2.  Storge, which means close bonding of family members; 3. Agape, which means the highest level of love, which is unconditional, pure, sacrificial and untainted. 

In the right context and setting, there is nothing wrong with eros. Undoubtedly, the byproduct of eros led most of Dr. Gosnell’s clients his way. But there was no evidence of phileo, storge or agape associated with what took place in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic.

Most of us would agree that animals should be treated humanely. Michael Vick’s actions in the way the dogs he harmed were treated was not right, and he was prosecuted accordingly.

Michael Vick has paid back his debt to society. Though he can never reparate to the dogs he brutally and inhumanly destroyed, Vick has taken personal responsibility for his indiscretion, and reckless actions, however Michael Vick is still lampooned and vilified by pundits and scorners for his actions. 

Contrast that with the actions of many so-called “Pro Choice” advocates, who have gone out of their way to sidestep criticism of Dr. Gosnell’s practice. In fact, many of them still respond with the mantra of “A woman’s right to choose” and “..it is a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor.”

Really?

Planned Parenthood, by tactically not commenting otherwise, supports Dr. Gosnell’s efforts. Planned Parenthood is still underwritten by millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, Ronald Reagan

President Barack Obama has weighed-in on a number of prominent social issues, but he has not gone on record to state that the evidence presented against Dr. Gosnell disturbs him in any way. 

Not only that, but President Obama recently appeared at an event in support of Planned Parenthood, and openly told Planned Parenthood president  Cecile Richards: “God bless you” for the work they are doing. 

The president may deem it unnecessary to issue any statement in reference to Gosnell, possibly until after the trial, but a paradoxal statement he indeed did make when became the first sitting president to address the Planned Parenthood National Conference.

The scripture that President Obama professes to live by (as a Christian) plainly states: “…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matthew. 12:34 & Luke 6:45)

It is not out of character or unconstitutional for an elected official to speak out on the Pro Live v. Pro Choice debate.  Former President Ronald Reagan was the first sitting President in U.S. history to write a book on a major moral and ethical topic. 

His book: “Abortion, and the Conscience of the Nation” is one in which he makes the case for the American people to make a concerted effort to protect the lives of the unborn. 

Reagan was also quoted during his 1984 debate with Democrat opponent Walter Mondale:

With me, abortion is not a problem of religion, it’s a problem of the Constitution.  I believe that until and unless someone can establish that the unborn child is NOT a living human being, then that child is already protected by the Constitution, which guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all of us.”  (Oct 7, 1984)

Coverage of Michael Vick’s case was seemingly being reported 24/7 while his trial was active, and beyond. 

Non-stop coverage of idiotic statements regarding abortion and made by Republican Senate candidates Todd Akin (R-MO) and Richard Mourdock (R-IND) are credited with helping Mitt Romney lose the Presidential election. 

So neither the media or the White House is afraid to report on abortion, but by comparison, crickets are heard chirping when it comes to covering the trial of the Philadelphia abortionist, Kermit Gosnell. 

We would do well to ask WHY the trial and the horrific actions alleged against Dr. Kermit Gosnell have been ignored by many media outlets and political leaders.  

And if we can allow this form of wholesale slaughter to go forward based on the mantra “it’s the decision between a woman and her doctor” where do we draw that line when it comes to the sick, infirm and elderly?

If not you, who?  If not now, when?”  —Hillel the Elder


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