German theologian and victim of the Third Reich Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, "Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
As you read this one of the most horrifying criminal trials in our nation's history is taking place — revealing mass murder on a scale Charles Manson or Ted Bundy could conceive. Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing seven born-alive babies (many more actually died — hundreds more) and one grown woman in his abortion clinic. Testimony from former employees in recent days has included descriptions of literal beheadings, as Gosnell and his staff rushed from room to room using scissors to sever the spinal cords of minute-old infants. One woman died at the hands of his ill-equipped, unqualified medical staff. Jars of severed baby feet served as macabre decorations at Gosnell's office, some have said.
With such sensational descriptions, why is the media silent? A cursory web search on most major news outlets — CNN, The New York Times, the Associated Press, Washington Post — yields no news stories on the trial since day 1 — almost a month ago.
Journalists and editors are not doing their jobs. They are failing to cover a landmark case that could have profound policy implications on the abortion-on-demand industry. The Gosnell case reveals the hypocrisy of the abortion industry whose hysteria over "back alley abortions" masks how it looks the other way when abortion clinics lack even the basic oversight given to the pretzel stand at the mall.
The media silence is shameful. What would be even more shameful is if people who support the dignity and personhood of all join in the silence.
So the rest of us must act. Listed below are websites and organizations reporting on both the trial itself and the media blackout of the trial. We encourage you to use your own sphere of influence to make the facts known by posting news stories on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media networks. Today you can join on Twitter by tweeting about the Gosnell trial with the hashtag #Gosnell. If you blog, blog about the Gosnell trial. If you have conversations with neighbors, co-workers, classmates, family members, or friends, bring up the Gosnell murder trial.
What we're asking you to do is join us in confronting an apathetic nation with the truth, however graphic and disturbing it is. Stomach-churning as they are, graphic images and descriptions are sometimes necessary to awaken us to the horror of evil. In 1955, a 14-year-old black boy named Emmett Till was savagely beaten, murdered, and thrown into a river in Mississippi. Till's mother insisted on having an open casket funeral for her boy. The disturbing images of Till's face — bloated to twice its normal size and barely recognizable as human — sparked the Civil Rights Movement of the '50s and '60s. Life Training Institute President Scott Klusendorf reminds us: "As Gregg Cunningham points out, pictures change how people feel about abortion, while facts and arguments change how they think. Both are vital to changing how they behave."
During the Holocaust German churches sang louder in order to not hear the screams of Jews being herded to their deaths in boxcars. Today the media is singing louder in the face of a 21st century holocaust. Will Christians join in the singing, or will we speak the truth to power in such a critical time?
Below are resources we recommend for keeping up with the Gosnell murder trial and the subsequent media vacuum. Citizen journalism can shame the media into doing their job and you can help.
WORLD Magazine — Featuring coverage from WORLD writer Andrée Seu Peterson
*You can write letters to the editor to the publications that actually have featured coverage of the Gosnell trial and confront others that haven't. Suggested text:
"The Kermit Gosnell trial is revealing the horrific lack of even basic oversight of the abortion industry. Thank you for doing your part to help bring light to this tragedy . . . "
"The Kermit Gosnell trial is revealing the horrific lack of even basic oversight of the abortion industry. This is a critical moment in our nation's history and I implore you to do what is right for the dignity of those who lost their lives and give this trial the coverage it deserves..." This complete article can be found here.