The Tragedy of the Unborn

January 22 is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. My heart breaks.

First, Justin Taylor shares the following truly disturbing news story:

God, help us.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor who provided abortions for minorities, immigrants and poor women in a “house of horrors” clinic has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them given time limits and existing law, District Attorney Seth Williams said. Nine of Gosnell’s employees also were charged.

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society, where Gosnell performed dozens of abortions a day, prosecutors said. He mostly worked overnight hours after his untrained staff administered drugs to induce labor during the day, they said.

Early last year, authorities went to investigate drug-related complaints at the clinic and stumbled on what Williams called a “house of horrors.”

Bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses “were scattered throughout the building,” Williams said. “There were jars, lining shelves, with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose.” More . . .

There really are no words. God help us indeed.

Second, here is a link to John Piper’s sermons about abortion. I really love his preaching, and he treats this topic well. He tries to preach about it every year at this time.

Here is a Youtube video of Piper on abortion:

[Note: those reading in a feed reader may have to click through to see the video.]

Also, here is Justin Taylor’s essay from For The Fame of God’s Name, the recent festschrift for John Piper, “Abortion Is About God: Piper’s Passionate, Prophetic Pro-Life Preaching.”

Finally, Justin Taylor posts Francis Beckwith’s article, “The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and Abortion Law.”

Our Father in Heaven, have mercy on us, on our nation.

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    • Margaret
    • January 25th, 2011

    Rick, I appreciate your heart on this issue. You are truly a man of God’s heart.

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