This week abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of 3 counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of three infants who were delivered alive at his clinic in Philadelphia. This trial has been the center of attention for both abortion opponents and advocates. The revelations of the trial have disturbed many and raise concerns about abortion in the United States.
Dr. Gosnell now faces the possibility of execution, and many pro-life advocates are celebrating the fact that justice is being served. This case creates a terrible dilemma though. Should those who demand that unborn life is sacred support the killing of an abortion doctor convicted of infanticide? Is it okay to take life in one some cases, but not in others?
Most opposition to abortion is rooted in the conviction that all human life is created by God. This conviction affirms that God is on the side of life and taking life is opposition to God’s will.
Many Christians defend the death penalty believing that it is just. I believe that we must consider the teaching and example of Jesus if we truly want to align with God’s will in matters of life, death, and justice. Jesus always promoted forgiveness over retribution. Jesus always commanded love for those who deserve it as well as those who do not. Jesus rejected the idea of “eye for an eye.” Jesus even asked God to forgive those who tortured and executed Him.
If we truly value life, all life, then we must also value the life of Kermit Gosnell.