Pro-life Twitter users are focusing on the trial of Kermit Gosnell and alleged atrocities that took place at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, even as the mainstream media are pretty much ignoring it. According to The Christian Post, pro-life advocates Bryan Kemper, youth director of Priests for Life, and Andy Moore of AbortionWiki were irritated that the large news outlets were ignoring the trial of Gosnell, who faces seven counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing babies that were born alive, and one count of third-degree murder for the death of a patient from an overdose of painkillers.
Kemper and Moore decided to get #Gosnell trending on social media by asking participants to post details about the Gosnell trial to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, and contact the media to ask them why they’re not covering the case. Celebrities like actress Patricia Heaton, political commentator Anderson Cooper and politicians Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were among the first to adopt the tweet. By the weekend, Twitter was abuzz with the trial, prompting Washington Post editor Martin Baron to pledge to send a reporter to cover it, saying “in retrospect, we should have sent one sooner.”
Kemper told CP that his TweetFest goal was simple — it was to “get the world talking about abortion and the gruesome reality of what abortion is. The more we talk about this, the closer we come to ending it. I, of course, wanted to see #Gosnell trending, but to see it at No. 1 almost all day was special.”
The Gosnell trial began in mid-March and will continue through mid-May.