On May 13, 2013, “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter. LifeNews reports that the Pennsylvania Medical Examiner, however, refuses to release the victims of his crimes for burial. While the jury and court recognize the brutal and “monstrous” crimes against these innocent lives, these babies are being refused dignity and will be disposed of as waste…. literally.
It is a slippery slope when we recognize the dignity of human life based on the timing and circumstance of their death. Our jaws dropped when we heard Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub. We cringed to hear little 8 year old, Martin Richard was murdered in the Boston Marathon bombing. In both instances, the children were publicly mourned, buried and memorialized. Heck, we Americans even found enough heart to give a proper burial to Richard’s killer, Tamerlan Tsarnaev!
We, as a nation, as humans, should not separate anecdotes. We should not treat life based on how the media wants us to be outraged or complacent—on a case-by-case basis. If we do, then all who have fought to forge this great nation and lay down their lives to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have done so in vain.
For, if all humans have inalienable rights but it is subject to our fickle way of defining “human,” then we are worse off than even those of the American slavery era: Even slaves were honored and buried.
The victims of Auschwitz, however, were not afforded the right to dignified burial. Their humanity was denied them as they were marched off in anonymous droves to incinerators…like waste.
Civilizations rise and fall, some to be forgotten, some to be a reminder of our future. One thing is true: Famous and infamous nations will forever be etched into history based on how they treated their innocent, their defenseless and their dead.
If we Americans rallied around Michael Vick’s dogs, then evermore so should we for our own kind. Saving our own is “so great a good that they merit to be obtained at any price.” (St. Vincent de Paul)
Americans are never inspired to do something that cannot be done. What we dream becomes reality. If even the meekest and slightest among us is not given its proper due diligence of respect and burial, then none of us are truly free. Every day, homeless drug addicts, murderers, rapists and all whom society may have forgotten are still honored with a proper burial.
If ever one of us is deemed “waste,” then we are welcoming the ever-encroaching dangers of eugenics: Individuals defined by how government views them in producing for government. We all eventually become disposable and not even worth wasting space in dirt.
If you are outraged, demand these bodies be released to the charitable organization that is willing to bear the cost of laying these children to rest. (As a political consultant, in my experience, faxing is most effective. You can fax for free here.) Please contact:
Medical Examiner’s Office
Sam P. Gulino, MD, Chief Medical Examiner
David Quain, Forensic Services Director
321 University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Don’t stop there! Be sure to inform your elected officials that these behaviors should not be tolerated.