In a not-too-distant parallel universe, nearly everyone in America has been following the gruesome details during each shocking day of the trial of Kermit Gosnell, puppy killer. For decades, Kermit has been running a pet clinic in which he helped owners get rid of unwanted pets--not by putting them up for adoption, but by slaying them. He not only conducted questionable and cruel late-term pet abortions, but he sometimes killed living, viable, newly born puppies with scissors who otherwise would have survived his hideous "medical procedures." In that alternate universe, watching TV or picking up a newspaper was becoming much more unpleasant than normal with the non-stop sensational coverage that focused on the gruesome, bloody, and stomach-turning details of Kermit's massively profitable business. For millions, the logo of Gosnell's clinic coupled with Gosnell's scissors would become almost as vivid as the swastika as a symbol of ultimate evil. Fortunately, outraged Americans would remember the victims, would be shocked by their previous indifference to late-term and newborn puppy slaying, and would stand up to prevent such atrocities from happening again. Organizations that had promoted that lucrative business model were left despised and unfunded.

Back in our universe, most Americans have been spared any exposure to the horrific details of our version of Kermit Gosnell and his shop of horrors, where the victims had the misfortune of being humans instead of puppies. As a result, the seats reserved for the media at the Gosnell trial were largely empty. Major outlets gave it almost no coverage until bloggers made it impossible to ignore, and even after the impossible-to-ignore verdict came out,  the New York Times would continue to prefer its previously called out and willfully incorrect term "fetus" to describe the living infants murdered outside the womb, humans who were just as much a fetus as you and I are.

Because Gosnell's late-term pre-natal and "post-natal fetuses" were of the wrong species, their deaths had to be ignored for the most part in order to advance the ultimate good of "choice." Gosnell has now been convicted on three counts of murder (not choice), and his story raises many serious questions that merit some attention. I hope the story will break past the faithful censorship of the mainstream media. If only the victims had been puppies (no, I don't wish such atrocities upon any mammal!), maybe the media would have cared.
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