“Mengele ran a butcher shop-major surgeries were performed without anesthesia.
Once, I witnessed a stomach operation- Mengele was removing pieces
from the stomach, but without any anesthetic. Another time, it was a heart
that was removed, again without anesthesia. It was horrifying.”
-Auschwitz survivor Alex Dekel
The trial of Kermit Gosnell, abortion provider, has concluded, and a conviction for multiple murders was rendered. But the atrocities that he committed are forever etched in my mind. I read of his deeds with some fascination, the kind of fascination exhibited when staring at a terrible automobile accident along the side of the road, and with sickening disgust. For forty years this man butchered babies, many of them legally if that is any consolation. What went on in his “clinic” finally found the light of day and because it didn’t fit the template, the major media was none too anxious to report the gory details. Babies cut into pieces, thrown into nearby toilets to drown, body parts stored in jars; and because they were accidentally born alive, somehow surviving attempts to snuff out their lives while in the womb, babies were stabbed in the back of their necks with scissors, creating a huge gash just below the hairline; intended to sever the spinal cord (when I saw the picture of the baby boy with the gash in his neck I was brought to tears and had to look away).
How could one human being go to these lengths? Why? What could cause a “doctor” to ignore this portion of the Hippocratic Oath, “…I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy” and “…never do harm to anyone”? Perhaps this motive applies, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil…” Gosnell certainly got rich over the years, referred to in numerous articles as a “multi-millionaire”. That could explain much of it, but how to explain a seeming lack of conscience? I Timothy 4:2 in talking about those who have fallen away from the faith says, “seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron”.
Maybe Gosnell didn’t see each of his victims as human beings. Rather, maybe he saw them as only tissue, flesh, bone and blood; just another body part to be removed and thrown into the trash. These weren’t human, they were fetuses. And yet we know that each of these little babies consisted of something more than their physical bodies. Each of them had a soul; a soul that will live eternally with God. Psalm 139:16 says, “Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” God knew each of these human beings, individually, long before they were conceived, long before they were killed.
Imagine a cheetah, furiously chasing after a herd of gazelle. He finally recognizes one of the weaker gazelle, older and slower than the rest trailing behind, and he begins to cull it from the rest of the herd. He finally catches up to the animal and leaps upon its back, strong paws and sharp claws dragging it violently to the ground. His strong jaws clutch tightly around its neck, choking off all air flow, while the spine is eventually snapped and the animal expires. At about this time the cheetah stops what he’s doing and says to himself with regret, “I’ve just killed a helpless little gazelle. Oh, woe is me. I am a wretched beast.” Outside of an animated cartoon, that scene is ridiculous. Animals do not have a conscience, acting only upon instinct. They don’t determine what is right or wrong. Mankind was created differently. Man was created in God’s image.
In describing how someone behaves apart from God, 2 Peter 2:12 characterizes these people as “like unreasoning animals”. Like a cheetah in the wild. Like a man with a “seared conscience”. The passage in Romans 1: 28-32 also paints a picture of a man who would do these kinds of things, “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved (wicked or perverted) mind, to do those things which are not proper.” These events, when they are exposed, still shock us and we hope that they are isolated incidents, but we know deep down that they aren’t, that they go on all around us.
As soon as I had finished with the Gosnell story, I noticed this headline, “Another Gosnell-like ‘House of Horrors’ Revealed in Texas”. The article went on to describe an abortion clinic similar in many ways to Gosnell’s in Philadelphia. Eyewitnesses say that Houston doctor Douglas Karpen delivered live “fetuses” during third-trimester abortions and killed them by “snipping their spinal cords, stabbing surgical instruments into their heads, or ‘twisting their heads off their necks with his own bare hands’”.
When I was a kid there was a neighbor directly behind us that raised chickens for consumption. When it came time to kill them, he would take them out in the backyard and wring their necks (holding them by the head and spinning them round and round until the head and neck became separated). I thought the sight of a chicken running around the yard without a head was pretty funny. But that was a chicken; an animal. Not a human being. Not a baby.
When Josef Mengele did his gruesome experiments during his days at Auschwitz, he saw his specimens not as humans, but as debris. The hundreds and thousands that he sent to the gas chambers were nothing to him. He said in reference to a group of people about to go to the gas chamber, “Away with this shit.” These “Doctors of Death” are similar in one respect; a marked disdain for human life. What does it say about America when we’ve destroyed far more lives through abortion (54 million or more) than Hitler did in the entire Holocaust? Legally! What does it portend about a people who during the election cycle say “Don’t bother me with the social issues; I’m only concerned with the economy”?