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Abortionist Kermit Gosnell and His “Pro-Choice Enablers”

Feb 27, 2011 | 02-February 2011 NRL News

NRL News
Page 2
February 2011
Volume 38
Issue 2

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell and His “Pro-Choice Enablers”

By Dave Andrusko

The ultimate non-partisan body–a criminal grand jury–has supplied us with the graphic, 261-page horror story of Kermit Gosnell, M.D., who stands accused of butchering seven babies–yes, after they were born alive–and fatally doping a refugee from Nepal with Demerol in a clinic that smelled of cat urine, where the furniture was stained with blood and the doctor kept a collection of severed baby feet. As often as possible, the report says, Gosnell induced labor for women so pregnant that, as he joked on one occasion, the baby was so big he could ‘walk me to the bus stop.’ Then, hundreds of times over the years, he slit their little necks, according to the grand jury report.” — Lead paragraph from “Kermit Gosnell’s Pro-Choice Enablers (Is This What an Industry That Self-Regulates Looks Like?)” by Melinda Henneberger.

Assuming there’ve been no hitches, by now 69-year-old abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been arraigned on eight counts of murder. Based on a 261-page grand jury report seething with anger and indignation (even the New York Times conceded it “read like a grisly script”), Gosnell is alleged to have killed two women (although he can only be charged with one) and aborted seven babies who were alive and whose spinal cords he matter-of-factly slit.

By now most Americans are at least somewhat aware how incredibly sleazy and dangerous Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society was. The descriptors in the grand jury report included “House of Horrors,” “a baby charnel house,” and a “filthy fraud.” From the report it is easy to conclude that Gosnell was no more concerned about the women he aborted—overwhelmingly poor and black—than he was about the born-alive babies he and his staff murdered. (See excerpts on pages 10-11.)

At his press conference, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said, “My comprehension of the English language doesn’t and cannot adequately describe the barbaric nature of Dr. Gosnell and the ghoulish manner in which he ‘trained’ the unlicensed, uneducated individuals who worked there.” Truer words were rarely spoken.

Let me make four points to put this scandal in context.

First, regulatory authorities showed active disinterest in inspecting a clinic that had a history of major problems. “We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers,” the grand jury wrote. “Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.”

The reason Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic was finally raided February 18, 2010, had nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with the evidence of illegal prescription drug activity police thought they’d find.

The requirement that abortion clinics be inspected annually ended when pro-abortion Gov. Tom Ridge replaced pro-life Gov. Bob Casey. A change in regulations? Nope.

[Evaluator Janice] Staloski said that [the Department of Health’s] policy during Governor Ridge’s administration was motivated by a desire not to be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions,” according to the grand jury.

Second, in addition to the murder of Karnamaya Mongar, Gosnell is charged with seven counts of murder in the deaths of viable babies. But as the grand jury reported there were hundreds of instances where Gosnell “ensured fetal demise” of babies who were late in the second trimester—and even the third—“by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that ‘snipping.’” However, most second-trimester files had “disappeared” and/or were “missing,” making prosecution impossible. One more time: hundreds!

Third, virtually no one has written about the unbelievable agony babies endured who were killed in this manner. The grand jury talked about “Baby Boy A.” They wrote,

… After [Baby Boy A.] was expelled, [Kareema] Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, “the doctor just slit the neck,” said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.”

The neonatologist testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false. If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of pain” when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.

As the states consider laws to prevent abortions of babies who are pain-capable—by 20 weeks post-fertilization—they should remember what the grand jury reported Gosnell was doing and to whom.

Fourth, pro-abortionists, masters of political ju-jitsu that they are, are shamelessly attempting to turn this ghastly display of brutality, callous indifference, and cruelty to their advantage. Gosnell is an outlier, a renegade, and exception-to-the-rule, etc., etc. Judge us by our shining face—Planned Parenthood—and give us even more money. (See page 26.)

But PPFA’s picture-perfect profile is falling apart, like the portrait of Dorian Gray. As NRLC pointed out prior to the recent vote to cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood, “Recent media reports regarding abuses associated with PPFA-affiliated clinics in multiple states provide additional justifications for the amendment. The allegations regarding abuses, uncovered by independent journalists posing as sex traffickers, have received substantial coverage in mainstream news media in recent weeks, including the New York Times.”

How can we summarize this hideous situation? No one has done it better than Henneberger did at the conclusion of her January 23 piece in Politics Daily:

On Saturday [January 22], President Obama affirmed his support for Roe v. Wade by saying that “government should not intrude on private family matters.” But it’s a hands-off lack of oversight that allowed Kermit Gosnell to do so much damage before he was finally stopped—by accident, by authorities investigating him for over-prescribing OxyContin.

Perhaps Gosnell himself best summed up the underlying problem at his arraignment, where he reportedly seemed confused by the proceedings: “I understand the one count, because a patient died,” he told the court, “but I didn’t understand the seven counts.” It apparently never occurred to him that the dead infants—one of them photographed in a plastic shoe box, another kept frozen in a gallon of spring water—were people, too.