Let Us Love and Pray for Gosnell

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Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted yesterday of first degree murder of three babies, has agreed not to appeal a sentence of life in prison in return for the prosecution’s agreement not to seek the death penalty. Having publicly opposed the death penalty for Gosnell, I am . . . . Continue Reading »

In Gosnell Case, Abortion on Trial

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Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of first degree murder for killing babies after delivering them alive. The trial now moves into the penalty phase, and we wait to hear whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty. But Dr. Gosnell is only the front man; and the real trial . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Gosnell Really So Shocking?

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Honestly, is it so hard to understand Kermit Gosnell? If respectable and influential people—-cultural and political leaders—-spend decades trying to persuade the public that “it’s not really a baby, it just looks like a baby,” are we shocked—- shocked . . . . Continue Reading »

What Few Deny Gay Marriage Will Do

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Masha Gessen is a talented writer. Her widely praised (and sharply critical) biography of Vladimir Putin is only the most recent of her books across a range of subjects from Russian history, to mathematics, to the social implications of modern genetics. On top of her exertions . . . . Continue Reading »

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy

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“You are resorting to scare tactics!” “No one is arguing for the legal recognition of polygamous or polyamorous relationships as marriages!” “Recognizing same-sex partnerships does not open the door to changing fundamental marital norms. It will not change the nature . . . . Continue Reading »

A Plea for Mercy for Kermit Gosnell

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Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is facing the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders for which he is being tried in Philadelphia. Surely, the heinous acts of which he stands accused are depraved. They probably meet the criteria for capital punishment under Pennsylvania law. However, in the . . . . Continue Reading »

NARAL Recycles Pre-Roe Myths

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Rick Garnett and others have taken note of the “media blackout” of the homidice trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Grassroot efforts to shame the journalistic establishment into at least mentioning the trial seem to be working, however. Now, in a rather transparently . . . . Continue Reading »