Out of darkness, light

I’m only just now reading through the full account of the charges being brought against Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was arrested yesterday and charged with eight counts of murder. It is painful, stomach-churning stuff. As the district attorney’s office put it, “Pennsylvania is not a Third World country” — and yet this man was able to get away with running a “practice” straight out of a horror film for decades.

The essentials are terrible enough: Gosnell performed thousands of illegal late-term abortions where he “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.” At least two women died as a result of these procedures, with untold numbers of others being sent to the hospital with “perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses.”

Unimaginably, it only gets worse from there. The fact that he preyed on “poor, immigrant, and minority women”; the obscene conditions of his “clinic” and his macabre collection of aborted fetuses; stories of his joking about the babies he had just murdered… The more I read, the more I wished I had never seen. Truly, what can you say in the face of such evil?

Then, later, I noticed that this little story came out the same day:

Mexican producer and actor Eduardo Verastegui has announced that his organization, Mantle of Guadalupe, is planning to build the largest pro-life women’s clinic in the United States. . . .

[T]he Mexican actor introduced several young Hispanic mothers and their babies who were saved thanks to the work of Mantle of Guadalupe.  They were greeted with a prolonged standing ovation. “These babies are the fruits of Mantle of Guadalupe, they are the result of your generosity.  If only just one of them were here, everything I have done in my life recently since filming ‘Bella’ would have been worth it,” he said. . . .

The gala raised funds for the pro-life medical center Mantle of Guadalupe recently opened in eastern Los Angeles. The clinic provides care for women in need and is located just a few miles from over 10 abortion clinics.

Care is provided free-of-charge, and includes pre-natal care, ultrasounds, natural family planning education and high-risk pregnancy care.

Just when everything seems utterly bleak, a glimmer of hope.


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at SlowMama.com.

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