If Kermitt Gosnell’s a Monster, He’s Not Alone

by John Hawkins | January 24, 2011 7:40 am

Kermitt Gosnell, the murderous abortionist who killed a patient and slaughtered seven babies under the approving eye of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, was quite the butcher. Here’s a brief description[1] of what was going on in his office,

The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment — such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff — was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.

Incidentally, this wasn’t all done in a secret cave without supervision. The government did look in on Gosnell and let him keep operating[2],

“Pennsylvania is not a third-world country. There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did, even after Karnamaya Mongar’s death,” city prosecutors charged in a nearly 300-page grand jury report.

The “Women’s Medical Society” opened in 1979 and was inspected by the state Department of Health only sporadically. The last inspection was in 1993. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams accused state health officials of “utter disregard” for Gosnell’s patients, who were mostly poor minority women like Mongar.

Gosnell made millions performing thousands of dangerous abortions. A second woman, a 22-year-old mother of two from Philadelphia, died in 2000 from a perforated uterus.

…Oddly, Gosnell also kept jars of severed feet on his shelves, Williams said. Gosnell also had a taste for macabre jokes, once muttering that a nearly six-pound baby born alive to a 17-year-old who was seven-and-a-half months pregnant could “walk me to the bus stop,” the report said.

Gosnell typically worked weeknights, arriving hours after his unskilled staff administered anesthesia and drugs to induce labor. He then “forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

In addition to the two women who died, scores more were injured from perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses, authorities said. Some were left sterile at the clinic, which had no trained nurses or medical staff other than Gosnell, they said.

…State regulators ignored complaints about Gosnell, or the 46 lawsuits filed against him. State officials, who arrived to testify with lawyers in tow, “enraged” the grand jury, Williams said. Yet he could find no criminal charges with which to charge them, in part because of the time that had elapsed.

Guess nobody’s too particular about safety in a place that exists for no other reason than to kill babies.

But, Kevin McCullough points out something else: Why the shock, Why the outrage, Why now?[3]

It was as I was reading the details of the procedures he seemed to prefer to perform that I was suddenly struck by an overwhelming question that has not yet gone from my mind.

Why are we so outraged now?

The truth is, the procedure Gosnell preferred is not new. Third term, especially “late term,” abortions are performed the same way in overwhelming numbers.

Commonly referred to as “partial birth abortions” the procedure begins the same was as the “Gosnell abortion.” Inducing labor and beginning the delivery of the child is where most of the children are lost in both procedures. As many as 75% of the children lose their lives in the process of early induced labor. Leaving roughly 25% of the children involved to have their lives terminated through an additional step.

In partial birth abortion, the child is delivered to within two inches of being free of the birth canal. In the “Gosnell” he delivered the child completely.

But from that point on, little difference between the procedures existed.

Scissors would be used to puncture the base of the skull and to snip the spinal cord. On some occasions then the brains would be crushed and suctioned.

In other words, while Gosnell was collecting jars of tiny feet, severed from the babies he ended the lives of, abortion practitioners from coast to coast were performing the eerily similar procedures. And 100% of them done with the backing of the National Organization for Women, the National Abortion Rights Action League, and a long list of U.S. Senators, including then Senator Barack Obama.

Who would support a monster like Kermitt Gosnell? The answer is a hell of a lot of people on the Left, including the President of the United States, supported abortionists coast-to-coast who performed procedures that were essentially no different than those Gosnell horrified us with. One day, God willing, we’ll stop with the euphemisms, declare an end to infanticide, and stop killing children.

  1. brief description: http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/PDFs/GrandJuryWomensMedical.pdf
  2. government did look in on Gosnell and let him keep operating: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iOM8K2HklZK17c0mbflBO7Th7Pzg?docId=97816a13b1b443f48dade38143b90132
  3. Why the shock, Why the outrage, Why now?: http://townhall.com/columnists/KevinMcCullough/2011/01/23/why_the_shock,_why_the_outrage,_why_now/page/1

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