There's at least one feminist out there openly arguing against Dr. Kermit Gosnell's murder trial. In an op-ed published today on Live Action News, Kristen Walker Hatten writes, "I say we acquit him," of the now-infamous abortion doctor.
You may already feel your blood boiling at the prospect, but Hatten has some unique stances -- ideas that the pro-choice side of the isle will patently reject. And her call for acquittal likely isn't what you'd expect. At the center of her arguments is the notion that abortion laws often spawn schizophrenic legal ramifications.
In this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. (Photo: Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim.)
We'll let the pro-lifer, who embraces a "righteous, virtuous, intelligent and moral" form of feminism (she's a member of New Wave Feminists for Life), explain why she's pushing for a Gosnell acquittal:
There is nothing more disgusting about pulling a baby out and killing her than there is about sticking an instrument into the womb and killing her. Why is it worse if she's a foot away? Is the difference location? Should a few feet of space be the difference between "perfectly legal" and "first degree murder?"
It's preposterous. The whole trial is kind of a sham. Let him go. If it's legal a few feet to the left inside the womb, then why not just let it be legal a few feet to the right outside the womb?
Let him go. You know what, drop the charges. If I were the prosecuting attorney I'd say, "We thought about it, and we decided, y'know, if it's legal over here, then why not let it be legal over there? If it's legal at 24.5 weeks, then what the hell is the difference at 25 weeks? Or 33 weeks? Or a couple days after birth?"
Hatten's point? In her view, there isn't much difference between killing a baby inside of the mother's womb and doing so once the child has been born into the world. She points out that there's such a fine line between when it is and is not legal to terminate a baby's life that the parameters present in the Gosnell case -- and in any abortion scenario, really -- cause a bit of head-scratching.
The activist makes it clear that, in her view, abortionists are murderers, even if they are operating within the bounds of the law. Continuing to pose thought-provoking questions, she goes on to note that Gosnell falls under scrutiny for running a purportedly dirty clinic -- one that has been described by prosecutors as a "house of horrors." But Hatten asks, "Are we saying it's okay to kill babies if you use clean instruments and don't accidentally perforate the uterus?"
Photo Credit: AP
Part of the issue she sees with the current Gosnell case is that "pro-abortion" people are condemning the doctor only because he "makes them look bad." If they were truly concerned with the charges against him, she essentially argues that they would have grander problems with the abortions that take place on a daily basis in America -- and not only the crimes Gosnell is accused of committing.
"I want Kermit Gosnell walking the streets. I want him free because there is nothing he did that is incompatible with a pro-abortion ideology," Hatten continues. "I want him to serve as a constant reminder that abortion and infanticide are the same thing, and it was the Supreme Court's idea -- supported by around half of the citizens of this country -- that some doctors are murderers who get to be free citizens."
Read the powerful -- and controversial -- op-ed here.
This article was released as the Gosnell jury continues to deliberate. After the second full day of convening, it seems the jury is most focused on Eileen O'Neill, Gosnell's co-defendant who worked with him at the clinic. O'Neill is accused of practicing without a license and is charged with racketeering and theft by deception for purportedly billing as a doctor, the AP reports. Eight other employees have already pleaded guilty.
There's no word on when the jury will decide on the multitude of charges against Gosnell.
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