As many of you know, I was brought up Catholic. I attended a Catholic grade school, and graduated from a Catholic college with a minor in theology. While I do not agree with all of Catholic Social Thought, by and large it has formed the basis for many of my moral and personal beliefs.
Catholic Social Teaching is firm that abortion is morally wrong, and many view it as infanticide. As Catholics, we are supposed to promote what is called a culture of life. This includes opposing abortion because, according to the Church, “[l]aws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.”
So it probably comes as no great surprise that I was morally and ethically outraged at the Kermit Gosnell case. For anyone who doesn’t know, Gosnell was convicted of killing babies who were born alive during abortion procedures. I will say that again – Gosnell was convicted of killing babies who were born alive during abortion procedures. And he did it right in my beloved City of Philadelphia. I am left without words to describe such an atrocity committed so close to me.
When I heard about the Gosnell verdict, my reaction was primal. It was angry. The first thought that came into my head is “I hope he gets the death penalty, that son of a bitch.”
But should Gosnell be executed?