"I look at them unflinchingly and see meat"

For those who’ve been living in a cave, this story out of Philadelphia is lighting up the ‘sphere and rightly so:

An abortion doctor in Philadelphia has been charged with eight murders, including seven babies who prosecutors say were born alive then killed with scissors.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, and nine employees from his West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society were arrested Wednesday. He and his staff also are charged with killing a woman who was given a lethal dose of Demerol.

The details are incredibly horrific and a true indication of how sick and demented one can become when their vocation is centered on killing the innocent.  There are a number of folks covering this in the kind of detail that should get wide play but for link filled brevity, see Kim’s post below.  She cuts through the haze on this and includes pics that should simply leave you reeling.

And speaking of reeling while bringing us back to the title of this post, Matteo takes us to Pharyngula, a site that touts itself as the world’s best science blog, for related opinions from a tenured biologist who teaches at the University of Minnesota:

First, never quote Mother Teresa at me — she was an evil hag who worshipped poverty, who did not help people except to encourage them to suffer more for her faith, while she lived in comfort and traveled far and wide to receive the accolades of the gullible. I would never find the words of that wicked woman persuasive.

Secondly, the standard bullying tactics of waving bloody fetuses might cow the squeamish, but I’m a biologist. I’ve guillotined rats. I’ve held eyeballs in my hand and peeled them apart with a pair of scissors. I’ve used a wet-vac to clean up a lake of half-clotted blood from an exsanguinated dog. I’ve opened bodies and watched the intestines do their slow writhing dance, I’ve been elbow deep in blood, I’ve split open cats and stabbed them in the heart with a perfusion needle. I’ve extracted the brains of mice…with a pair of pliers. I’ve scooped brains out of buckets, I’ve counted dendrites in slices cut from the brains of dead babies.

You want to make me back down by trying to inspire revulsion with dead baby pictures? I look at them unflinchingly and see meat. And meat does not frighten me.

The only words that come to me when I read something like that are the words from Scripture describing God giving those who acknowledge Him not over to a depraved mind. 

If seeing dead babies unflinchingly as nothing more than meat isn’t evidence for depravity, there is no depravity.  This biologist clearly shares the mindset of Kermit Gosnell. Might God have mercy on them and on those who think like them. 

I cannot.

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