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A pro-life activist who has launched an effort to harness the power and influence of the Web to oppose abortion says the clinic of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is serving life in prison for murdering infants born alive, is no worse that any other abortion business.
Gosnell’s methods, including using a scissors to snip the spinal cords of infants, have been met with horror even among the more cynical members of the establishment media, said Brian Fisher, founder of Online for Life.
His group explains that every day, thousands of people look for abortion-related information on the Internet or through traditional media.
“Online for Life reaches out to these women, men and families with compassion and hope,” he said. “We give them the option to connect with local, life-affirming organizations, mobile ultrasound units, or a trained backup call center. Abortion-determined parents are invited to visit their local life-affirming centers, where they are provided with factual information about abortion and an ultrasound showing them the wonder of life in the womb.
Fisher said that as a result of the visits, parents often choose life for their child.
The Gosnell images of a near-full-term baby lying on a tray, dead from a gaping incision in the back of his neck, have been seared into the nation’s memory. Even ardent pro-abortion campaigners have distanced themselves from the Philadelphia practitioner.
The newcomer to the culture war that pits the biblical sanctity of life, recognized by the nation’s founders, with the contemporary convenience of disposing of an unplanned child, already has reached tens of thousands of people.
Many lives have been saved.
One couple was referred to an affiliated counseling center, and the spokeswoman there takes up the story:
The man, his pregnant wife, another nurse (Kathy), and I met … to continue the discussion about what the [center] does. I noticed the client was looking at the model of a six-to-nine-week-old embryo, and I held it up for her to get a closer look. I read aloud the changes that take place at seven weeks of development, and I told her that this is what her baby looks like now.
She kept staring at the model. I then read aloud the changes that occur at eight weeks of development, letting her know that the baby has a spine, a heart, and will soon have a digestive tract as well.
The client’s eyes filled with tears. I reminded the woman and her husband that if they felt they are unable to provide for another child at this time, someone out there is praying for this baby.
The results came in a followup telephone conversation a few days later.
“She told me, ‘We are keeping the baby.’”
But Fisher told WND in a video interview with reporter Taylor Rose the reality is that hundreds of women have died during abortions along with millions of unborn children.
He said the Gosnell case provoked fascination.
“The press has been incensed by this idea of a newborn infant having their spinal cord snipped by Gosnell, as if that is somehow horrific,” Fisher said.
“If you compare that to the actual abortion procedure, you could say that the actual abortion procedure is more horrific. It involves knives, vacuums and poisons,” he said. “To say one is more horrific than another, it’s hard to make that distinction.”
Fisher said people shouldn’t be “selectively horrified.”
“The Gosnell case points to [a] devaluation of life in America. The culture not longer affirms life. … Our culture now values abortion as a right over life, which of source is what brought Roe v. Wade.”
He said the common reaction is, “I don’t like abortion but don’t like to impose my beliefs on others.”
Bunk, he insists.
If a neighbor is beating a child, is the correct response, “I don’t like beating children but don’t like to impose my beliefs on other”?
The future of the pro-life movement in the nation, he said, is to reach the culture.
“We need to be talking to the community that actually aborts their children, and we need to be having real conversations with them,” he said. “In the vast majority of cases, those who are getting abortions really do not have a complete picture, not only of the abortion procedure itself, but the ramifications to themselves, to their own bodies, to their families.”
Fisher said the other effort should be focused on limiting abortions state by state.
“That’s very powerful,” he said. “The gains that are being made in states are very, very encouraging.”