In February 2010, the FBI raided a Philadelphia clinic run by Kermit Gosnell and inside found an abortion practice shocking to even the toughest sensibilities. The trial underway alleges that on several occasions Gosnell delivered full term children and then severed their spines with a pair of scissors, ensuring “fetal demise.” He is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, each victim being a newly born child.
In December 2012, in Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother. He then entered a Sandy Hook elementary school and began shooting, resulting in 20 children and 5 adults gunned down mercilessly. He then turned the gun on himself.
These tragedies have received various amounts of attention in the media. The Connecticut killing of children received national attention and resulted in Connecticut passing gun control laws touted as the severest in the nation. The Gosnell “house of horrors” has received attention mostly in alternative media, such as news sources geared toward pro-life advocates.
The mainstream media has a higher vested interest in the Sandy Hook case while the Gosnell case has been quietly set aside. Each is a horrific case of children being brutally killed, but the progressive culture is being faced with ugly realities and they are silent about it because their vision for the American future is too important to allow such tragedies to bring in compromise.
What feminists desire is a world where the value of children be determined by women’s interests. A man arming himself with guns and killing children for his own interests harms women’s interests by harming their children and hence their sense of happiness. However, a man arming himself with medical tools and killing children for the benefit of women’s interests is a heroic service.
Feminist and progressives do not mind that children are killed en mass. They are concerned only that the killing be done when it promotes women’s interests. Feminists are interested in women having both the experience of being a mommy and liberation from the responsibility of motherhood, usually at the same time. And yes, it is contradictory, which is why we have daycare and nannies (even though nannies murder, too). Adam Lanza savagely attacked their experience of motherhood by killing children. Dr. Gosnell protected their liberation by killing children. Lanza is a villain who committed a tragedy and Gosnell is a hero who simply went too far as far as society is concerned, but not as a far as feminists are concerned.
No sane abortion rights supporter will come out and defend Gosnell. What he did was too horrific. They can, however, quietly let it pass and hope it does not cause too much of a stir. In response to the Lanza massacre, Connecticut instituted some of the toughest gun restrictions in US history. In response to the Gosnell massacre, it is highly doubtful there will be new and tough restrictions on abortion (or the banning of surgical scissors).
These two tragedies reveal that the moral compass of feminism and the progressive left are pointed only in the direction of achieving their Utopian goals of a society that caters to and benefits the interests of liberated women to the expense of all else and everyone else. If that means killing children, so be it. A woman’s happiness is, after all, sacrosanct.