29 January 2017

Book Review: Gosnell By Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer


By Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer
Review Written by
David E. McClendon, Sr.

Let me preface this review by disclosing first that we were sent a review copy free of charge by either the publicist or the publisher; I do not remember which.

Let me further disclose that Suzanne and I are extremely pro-life.  She has always been pro-life and I started out being apathetic because I was clueless. This began to change when, while I was in college, I visited a Planned Parenthood office and interviewed an official there for a recording project for one of my courses.

All of that being disclosed, let me tell you that this book takes neither side.  One of the authors claims to have been turned off by the pro-life movement back when she was in college.

This book is not about pro-life or pro-abortion.  It is about the wholesale murder of babies who were born alive, sometimes intentionally, allowed to live for a while, and then killed.

This book is not about the pro-life movement or anyone’s agenda.  It is about a case where officials in Pennsylvania raided a medical facility looking to close down a pill mill and found so much more.
Pennsylvania is a very abortion-friendly state.  The presiding judges sought to ensure that the case was not about abortion, but only the doctor’s blatant disregard for human life, including the lives of his adult patients.

If you are the least bit sensitive, you should NOT read this book.  If you are pro-life, you will cry as you read each and every page.  If you are pro-choice, you may find yourself questioning how such gross disregard for Gosnell’s adult patients could have gone unnoticed.

No matter which side of the issue you are on you will wonder why an abortion facility was allowed to continue operations with facilities that were so filthy.  If a gas station in Texas was serving coffee to its customers in such a filthy environment, they would be shut down on the first visit.  In Pennsylvania, facilities littered with cat poop and human blood, vomit, and urine are clean enough to provide surgical care.

I cannot recommend you read this book because it is such a hard book to read from an emotional standpoint.  However, if you like to read about crime, psychopaths, and human suffering, you will get all of that in this book.

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  1. I fall on the Pro Choice side of the fence. I don't want anyone to tell me what I can and cannot do with my own body! This book sounds interesting. So many books, so little time!!

    1. Hi Paula. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. It can be a very divisive topic and I hope it won't cause division here even though we have different points of view.

      If it were telling a woman what to do with her own body, I might be inclined to agree with you. I don't want anyone telling me what to do with my body either. But, it isn't just the woman's body involved with this "choice". There is another body involved.

      It is an unfortunate thing that drives so many girls to make this choice. Did you know that the majority of abortions in this country are coerced abortions? The girls have been made to have them by parents, boyfriends, husbands....and creeps like this Gosnell, who tied girls down and did the abortions anyway, even when they told him they did not want to have an abortion. He didn't just kill pre-born babies, but babies that were born alive and, in many cases, the mother, too.

      The "choice" should be to have sex responsibly (or not at all) and for creeps to not be raping/molesting people. If everyone were to take responsibilities seriously, this wouldn't even be an issue at all.

      All we can do is pray and speak out so that ALL women, those born and unborn, are protected from the horrors that mankind has put upon them.

      Thank you again for sharing your point of view on this. Oh yeah! Before I forget, I have been intending the last few weeks to do more of the Currently...A Life List posts, but time just keeps getting away from me. I've had to go into the city way more times than I'd like and everything fell on us at once. I will try to get one written today or tomorrow and then get back to regularly doing them after February 23rd.

      I hope that you have a blessed day. :)

    2. If the baby could live outside the mother's body, then I agree with you..it is another life. But at the time of most abortions it isn't any more than a "clump of tissue". And there are so many times when not only is abortion necessary but it is the right thing to do. When the person pregnant is a mere child (under the age of 15) or the pregnancy came about because of rape or incest. I would have to look more into the facts "the majority of abortions being done in THIS country being coerced abortions". I don't know that I believe that! Yes, it would be great is the choise were to have responsible sex. But that doesn't always happen. There has been abortion since the beginning of time and it will go on long past the time I am alive. What I want is for women to be able to have a SAFE abortion if it is necessary for her to do so. And I would love to have people quit judging. It is not our place to judge. It is God's place. I went with a very dear friend of mine while she had an abortion. And those people standing outside the clinic screaming obscenities at us will be judged by God too! We need more acceptance and kindness in this world. Thanks for allowing me to have my point of view!

    3. I agree with you about judging. It is most definitely His domain. And, thankfully, there is only one unforgivable sin, according to the Bible.

      Speaking of women's rights, I read something very interesting about the beginning of the feminist movement. Those first women in charge of the women's rights movement were very much anti-abortion. I was very surprised to read that. If I can find either of the articles that I have referenced again, I will send you the link. Even if you don't agree with their points of view, it at least makes for some interesting reading.

      Have a blessed day. :)


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