We can be judged in many ways. One measure of a civilization’s morality is how it treats those without power.
Pope John Paul II once said, “a society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.”
As I write these words 7 women and 5 men are deliberating the fate of a man accused of killing our country’s most weak and most vulnerable. The alleged crimes are horrific and difficult to imagine, but they must be shown to the world. We cannot turn away because a topic is unpleasant or vile. Why? Because one way to rid our society of evil is to confront it boldly.
The man standing in judgment is Dr. Kermit Gosnell. His trial, in Philadelphia, went to the jury this week. The charges being considered number in the hundreds, but it is the four first-degree murder charges and a single third-degree murder charge that have left me bewildered and saddened.
Dr. Gosnell ran what became known as the “House of Horror.” An abortion clinic where he is accused of killing 3 babies, born alive, during late-term abortions. He faces the third-degree murder charge for the killing of 41-year-old Karnamaya Monga.
Many of you may not have heard about this case. It has the dubious distinction of being one crime story the mainstream media isn’t all over. It is an “abortion story,” the one topic that defies the media’s “if it bleeds, it leads” mantra.
Whether it is the gruesome details of how these children were allegedly killed or that the case involves the politically inconvenient topic the courtroom seats reserved for the media went largely unused.
I have sat in those seats and witnessed court testimony so heartbreaking and abhorrent that it could easily be mistaken for the most horrible of fictions.
Sadly, as a seasoned prosecutor, I know what dark acts people are capable of. I have seen and heard my share of evil, but this trial has tested my faith in humanity. It has been eye-opening and life changing.
Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel we are airing a Fox News Reporting investigation on these crimes. I participated in our special investigation. It will not be easy to watch. It will bring many to tears and fill others with anger. However difficult it may be I urge you to watch. Information is power; it is the light that will “shine through the darkness.”
Watch "Fox News Reporting: See No Evil – The Kermit Gosnell Case," Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel.