Gos­nell movie shows a mon­strous side of abor­tion

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - OPINION - Kathryn Lopez Colum­nist

There’s a scene in the new movie “Gos­nell: The Trial of Amer­ica’s Big­gest Se­rial Killer,” that should launch can­did con­ver­sa­tions around the coun­try.

Alexis McGuire (played by Sarah Jane Mor­ris), the lead pros­e­cu­tor in the case against the Philadel­phia abor­tion doc­tor Ker­mit Gos­nell, is de­picted at home with her hus­band, dis­traught at the re­al­ity of the hor­ror she’s had to face in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

She says: “They were test­ing this new de­vice to make abor­tion eas­ier. This ball of blades. They put it in­side the woman and the blades rolled open. They cut the girls up bad ... You know what hap­pened to Gos­nell? Noth­ing. He hid out in the Ba­hamas for a while. Came back here. Opened an­other clinic. And since then, he’s been killing ba­bies ... Be­cause no­body wanted to say any­thing. No­body wanted to know.”

Now, “killing ba­bies” is a phrase you tend to hear only from the most ded­i­cated pro-life ac­tivists. But please con­sider it.

The Gos­nell movie shows us the mon­strous re­al­ity of that clinic and forces us to con­sider it. The line about no­body want­ing to know, it’s true of a lot of us, on a lot of fronts. But let’s con­sider des­per­ate and poor women who found them­selves in Gos­nell’s clinic, women who may have wrongly thought they had no other op­tions.

As “Gos­nell” was hit­ting the­aters, a friend of mine who is a fos­ter and adop­tive mother high­lighted a video from a fa­ther in sim­i­lar shoes ask­ing: “Are We Ready for the End of Roe v. Wade?” An­thony Kennedy leav­ing the Supreme Court and Brett Ka­vanaugh re­plac­ing him ob­vi­ously has made the ques­tion of le­gal abor­tion a height­ened po­lit­i­cal mat­ter.

But in­stead of fall­ing in line with a po­lit­i­cally charged po­si­tion, as with the Gos­nell movie, this could be an op­por­tu­nity to con­sider: What could each one of us be do­ing to ac­tu­ally help a neigh­bor in need?

In his YouTube video, Ryan O’Hara re­flects on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of life af­ter Roe, and points out there will be “more op­por­tu­ni­ties, not less, to love and serve fam­i­lies, kids, moms and dads in need.

And that’s what I hope the pro­life move­ment is ready for.” We all should make sure of it, “pro­lif­ers” and “pro-choicers” alike.

On the day of the Ka­vanaugh vote, I went to a Satur­day morn­ing Mass in lower Man­hat­tan that was be­ing protested.

It was part of a monthly Wit­ness to Life gath­er­ing that in­cluded a prayer­ful pro­ces­sion to the Planned Par­ent­hood clinic a few blocks away.

See­ing the ran­cor on dis­play was a chill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly when I heard the chant “Pro-life is a lie. They don’t care if women die.”

At the time, I was stand­ing with the Sis­ters of Life, a group of nuns whose lives are ded­i­cated to lov­ing and serv­ing women na­tion­wide and in Canada.

These women have lit­er­ally de­voted their lives to help­ing women in their times of great­est need, but the protesters ei­ther didn’t know that or didn’t care.

The fact is, we don’t know ba­sic facts about one an­other. Maybe we don’t want to know? It’s eas­ier to have a “side.”

And yet, don’t we truly want to see women helped? Don’t we re­ally want to make sure chil­dren are able to be born into a place of love?

Don’t we want more joy for more peo­ple, as dif­fi­cult as life al­ways is? Don’t we want more love, not less?

Gos­nell’s ex­am­ple gives us an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally take a look at not just the laws but the cul­ture around abor­tion.

What is it about it that keeps us from be­ing hon­est about it, and what more can we do to truly help women and chil­dren, be­fore birth and through­out?

We’re in this to­gether. It’s long past time to live like it.

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