Gosnell Trial: Pro-Life Leaders Plan Courthouse Prayer Vigil During Closing Arguments
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- 2013 Apr 26
A group of national pro-life leaders plan to hold a prayer vigil outside the Philadelphia courthouse where abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is being tried for murder as closing arguments in the case begin Monday, the Christian Post reports. "We will be gathering in prayer and public witness to ask God that these violent and barbaric acts of violence against women and children would be brought to justice," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "We will also be praying that we would live in a nation where human rights and equality would be guaranteed and embraced by all and we would never have to witness atrocities like this again." Gosnell, a late-term abortion provider, is charged with killing babies born alive in his clinic, reportedly targeting poor women who could not afford better health care. Though the accounts of what went on in his facility have been gruesomely graphic and have been made public since the court hearing began, it is only recently that major news outlets began their coverage of the case. Pro-life leaders argue that aborting and killing babies in the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy are not unique to Gosnell's clinic. "Sadly, the tragedy and horror surrounding the actions of Kermit Gosnell show that government officials and the pro-choice movement are more interested in protecting abortion rights than they are protecting the rights and health of women and their children," Mahoney said.