I took my daughters to see the movie Gosnell this week. It was not entertainment. I took them because I felt it was necessary to understand the times we live in and because I want to support the efforts of those who are trying to speak truth into this generation and this time in history. It's not an easy movie to watch. I came away feeling a bit like the videos I've seen of German citizens after WWII who were taken through one of the concentration camps to actually see the horrors of what was happening in their own country by their own people. On the way in they are chatting and laughing together; on the way out, their faces are grim and pale, registering shock and disbelief. You can see and feel the wheels of their minds churning: This happened on our watch? In our country? Around the corners from our homes? . . . And we were silent—? We loved our comfort zones more than we loved the lives of the oppressed. We turned a deaf ear, feigning ignorance. For some, it would have been the realization that they had fallen for the lie.
I think, just like the German people, we don't know what to do or what we can do. And we're afraid to come out and say what we really believe, not wanting to stir up trouble or controversy or hurt friendships. I have been guilty of this, for I have no desire to instigate conflict or damage any relationship. But I can't be silent.
How is it that an entire nation (at least on the governmental levels and in the public square and in almost all of the media outlets) has come to believe a LIE? We are guilty not only of basing our own country's decisions on this Lie that includes a multitude of lies, but we are also guilty of propagated these lies around the world rather than standing for the truth. Here are a few of the lies supporting the Lie of abortion (I'm sure there are many others, and I'd be happy for others to add to the list.):
A baby in the womb is not really a baby, not a real person.
A woman, a mother, has the right to kill her baby as long as it's still in her womb.
A baby in the womb has no feelings.
Suctioning out a baby's brains and crushing the skull, injecting medication into its heart to stop it, pulling it out and dismembering it limb by limb is not gruesome murder but a simple medical procedure.
A woman, after she becomes pregnant, has choices about whether to be pregnant or not.
a woman's choice isn't about whether to have sex or not but whether to have a baby or not. (Somehow suggesting that a woman's choice should be about whether to have sex is unconscionable and degrading to her. It restricts her "freedom." To even suggest such a thing wins the label of prude and even hateful and "head-in-the-sand" thinking.)
It is more compassionate to kill than to give life.
Children are a bother and a hindrance, preventing a woman from fulfillment.
We don't want to rock any boats or cause any trouble; therefore, the subject of abortion, abortion clinics and abortionists are off limits in the public arena and above the law or at least outside the law (which is really the same thing).
Murdering (yes, that is the correct term) a baby in the womb is lawful.
Defining sexual freedom as having no restraints
We can do whatever we want sexually; we can do whatever we want to our children (as long as they are in the womb) and there will be no repercussions. In other words, we won't reap what we are sowing.
Killing a baby in the womb is a right.
Back-alley abortions justify the need for legal, legitimate abortion made available to all women. (I've had to think long and hard about that argument. The fact that a certain crime or wrongdoing occurs does not justify the legalization of that crime.)
Women's health issues means abortion. If a clinic doesn't offer abortions, it's not dealing with women's health needs.
Abortions are not racist. (It is a well-proven fact that the creator of Planned Parenthood was very racist; this was the driving motivation behind her push for abortion.)
We have used law to create lawlessness. This is exactly what the people of Israel did in the Old Testament and what the prophets cried out against.
Those are the kind of propaganda techniques Hitler used to get people to affirm his holocaust. I've often wondered if President Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address, as prophetic as it was in his day, will not also become prophetic for our day. Change out the word slavery for the word abortion, change "bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil" for "abortionists' 45 years of 'women's rights,'" and exchange the lash for abortion procedures.
The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds . . . to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
We have lost our minds. We have lost our moral compass. We have lost all sense of truth and justice and right and wrong and common sense.
The movie showed not only the vile nature of abortion, it also revealed the duplicity of the philosophy behind abortion. The depiction of Dr. Gosnell ought to slap all of in the face, for he characterizes the insanity that has come upon our nation and our world. We mumble and bumble about stupid stuff, caring more about turtles than about human lives and truth and righteousness. We close our hearts because we love our comfort zones and our fine houses.
The way the doctor on trial thinks is the truth about the way the majority of our nation thinks. His attitude was reflected throughout the movie: first by the woman who became the prosecuting attorney and didn't want to care and didn't think there was even a case to be tried, then by the judge who made all kinds of foolish stipulations, by the defense attorney who argued what has been argued loudly in the public square, by the woman abortion doctor whose duplicity was shown up in the light of questioning, by the governor and the public health department who willfully turned a blind eye, by the media who refused to show up, and now by movie theaters that are cancelling the showings. We are Dr. Gosnell. I fear for us (US). May God have mercy.
Gosnell is still showing in some theaters across the country. Look it up in your area. Go see it. It won't be showing much longer. It's an important movie to see for our times.
"Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9
"Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?" Proverbs 24:11-12