Kermit Gosnell's Tyranny

By Patrick Hughes

Liberals are particularly adept at telling the rest of us that the time has passed for our traditional beliefs, especially on the political social issues. They demand that we abandon those beliefs or be left to wither on "the wrong side of history." Nowhere is this more prevalent than when advancing their pro-abortion agenda.

Last year I wrote that radical liberals would rather see women die of breast cancer than allow the Susan G. Komen Foundation to defund Planned Parenthood. When Komen relented under tremendous public pressure, the Planned Parenthood-NARAL-NOW triumvirate and their ilk celebrated like they had won tickets to see Joni Mitchell sing to Sandra Fluke on The Rachel Maddow Show. Cancer ridden mothers, sisters, and daughters be damned.

In recent weeks, however, these same folks have had to shelve their morbid celebrations and incessant self-congratulations in the face of two stories that undermine critical arguments they make to advance their agenda.

The first story is out of Philadelphia, where abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder of three children who were born alive and then murdered by Gosnell at his clinic. The media, of course, was slow to cover the case because it made abortion seem like, well, murder. And besides, Amanda Knox is being retried halfway across the world and American Idol has ratings issues and as Mrs. Clinton would say, "What difference does it make?" As it turns out, it makes all the difference in the world.

Those who support abortion rely on an antiseptic view of it to keep half of the country in their corner. It's a "medical procedure" between a "woman and her doctor." It involves a "fetus" or a "tissue." It's private and, if you must know, mundane. That's until parts of little babies are found floating in jars in the good "doctor's" office. God forbid the American public starts to believe that this is where we end up when we bestow upon ourselves the power to decide when life begins.

The second story dates back to the 1970's. It was when tennis superstars Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert were young, wealthy, and in love. Connors recently revealed that Evert aborted his child and hinted that she did so, as was her right, without his consent. She was 19 years old at the time. He was 21. The ages of their contemporaries were stationed in Vietnam and elsewhere, fighting for the tennis stars' right to be fabulous.

The Connors story shines a light on an abortion circumstance the Left wants to discuss even less than Kermit Gosnell. That of millions of people over the years who have had the time, the means, and the ability to have and care for a child, some didn't because to do so would be inconvenient. The Left wants us to believe that every abortion is the result of extreme poverty, medical necessity or rape and incest. Not because the U.S. Open is just around the corner.

Not surprisingly, the narrative from the liberal spin machine is that these stories are just aberrations. That the vast majority of abortions are necessary, and that they will continue to fight to keep abortion "safe, legal and rare." And besides, the issue is settled -- see Roe v. Wade. This is about a woman's constitutional right. It's about liberty. Who could argue with that?

But this isn't liberty. It's tyranny. And if we don't stop it, we will look back some day and realize that we really were on the wrong side of history.

Patrick Hughes was a conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with his wife and three children.

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