The Gosnell story continues to rock the establishment. Roger L. Simon, an Academy Award–nominated screenwriter and a mystery novelist, spills his guts in a very sincere article. Like many others, he’s not only astounded at the extent of Gosnell’s carnage, but also shocked at the lack of media attention. But he quickly gets down to his own feelings:
No feeling human being can read this story or watch it on TV without being confronted with the obvious conclusion — like it or not — that abortion is murder.
It may be murder with extenuating circumstances (rape, survival of the mother, etc.) but it is murder nonetheless. Dr. Gosnell — monster though he is — has accidentally shoved that uncomfortable truth in our faces. (Source)
This isn’t the voice of a pro-lifer talking. He and his wife have been pro-choice for a long time. Gosnell has made them re-think their positions somewhat, although the “hard cases” still pose a stumbling block. He explains:
Both lifelong “pro-choice” people, after watching only seconds, we embarked in an immediate discussion of whether it was time to reconsider that view. (Didn’t human life really begin at the moment of conception? What other time?) Neither of us was comfortable as a “pro-choice” advocate in the face of these horrifying revelations. How could we be?
Yes, Dr. Gosnell was exceptional (thank God for that!), but a dead fetus was a dead fetus, even if incinerated in some supposedly humane fashion rather than left crying out in blind agony on the operating room floor, as was reportedly the case with one of Gosnell’s victims. I say blind because this second-trimester fetus did not yet have fully formed eyes. (Think about that one.)
So I don’t think I’m “pro-choice” anymore, but I’m not really “pro-life” either. I would feel like a hypocrite. I don’t want to pretend to ideals I have serious doubts I would be able to uphold in a real-world situation. If a woman in my family, or a close friend, were (Heaven forbid) impregnated through rape, I would undoubtedly support her right to abortion. I might even advocate it. I also have no idea how I would react if confronted by having to make a choice between the life of a fetus and his/her mother. Just the thought makes my head spin.
Yes, he still advocates abortion in the hard cases, but he’s made an amazing movement towards re-thinking abortion in a very short time. You might meet similar people in your everyday lives. If I could speak to Mr. Simon, I would tell him to not be afraid of the “ideals” that have suddenly entered his mind and to not feel like a hypocrite. On the contrary, every action finds its first roots in the thought in our heads. Nobody adopting new ideals can immediately live up to them. As he ponders those ideals, he can grow in strength to uphold them.