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Inside the mind of convicted murderer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell: Part Two of Four

by | Sep 24, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

What you read yesterday from ABC News’s Kevin Dolak would lead the reader to believe there would be more than what actually appeared today in a piece written by reporter Steve Volk about convicted murderer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The impression was we’d read the entire article from the “Philadelphia” magazine. What we got, instead, was an excerpt from the story in the magazine that will hit the newsstands later this week and an invitation to buy “an expanded version of ‘Gosnell’s Babies’ as an e-book.”

Nonetheless, between that excerpt and some further reflections on Dolak’s story (“’House of Horrors’ Abortion Doctor Defends His ‘War Against Poverty’”), we can glean much about Gosnell, a man who sees himself as a champion of the poor and a victim of “The System.” (I purchased the ebook and we’ll talk about that on Wednesday.)

Gosnell is serving three consecutive life sentences plus 2 1/2 to 5 years after pleading guilty to three murders and involuntary manslaughter in a case whether his untrained staff gave a 41-year-old refugee too much pain medicine. Just so we’re clear, Gosnell and his attorney, Jack McMahon, copped a plea because they feared the jury might well give Gosnell the death sentence.

The excerpt itself is tiny. Volk said he attended the eight-week-long trial. “Following the trial, Gosnell and I began exchanging letters,” he writes. “Eventually I was placed on his phone list—the only journalist he’s spoken with since his trial.”

I could have missed it, but I didn’t find that Volk had written anything about Gosnell. It’ll be interesting to see in the full article if Volk reveals anything that helps us understand why Gosnell chose him of all the reporters to unburden himself of Gosnell’s raging sense of martyrdom.

Volk writes

“As a narrator of his own life, Gosnell is both open and confounding, honest and unreliable. His manner is relaxed and even breezy, his tone more like that of a man with no serious cares than one incarcerated for life, his name now looming alongside the most infamous murderers in this city’s history. ‘I am committed to proving my innocence,’ Gosnell wrote in an email to me [one of twelve], ‘no matter how long it takes.’”

Here are three takeaways from Volk’s excerpt and the summary the magazine put at the top of the excerpt.

First, Gosnell wants the reader through Volk to judge him not on his actions but what he says are his misunderstood intentions. That is, don’t look at what the Philadelphia Grand Jury believed were the hundreds of late abortions in which the child was aborted/delivered alive and then murdered when he severed their spinal cords. Or the women he maimed. Or the filthy pit in which women were treated like cattle. And, perhaps most of all, not the millions of dollars the prosecution said he made off these women and the illegal pill prescriptions he wrote to addicts.

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No, see him as a combatant in “a war against poverty” who “feel[s] comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.” How exactly did Gosnell come to that conclusion?

“In an ideal world, we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin.“

According to the introduction to the excerpt, “Gosnell contends he is ‘innocent’ of the charges against him, laying out complicated—and not particularly credible—reasons he should have been found not guilty. When Volk asked him if he was actually referring to his own sense of ‘spiritual innocence,’ Gosnell responded, “Yes.’”

But, second, Gosnell isn’t really satisfied with mere “spiritual innocence.” Gosnell needs to believe he is the victim of a conspiracy, indeed one motivated by (you guessed it)

“religion and politics. ‘I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions,’ Gosnell said. ‘ … Were you aware that Seth [Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney] was an altar boy? Did you know of the strong Catholic presence in the homicide division?”

So, Gosnell is a warrior in the war on poverty, whose noble defense of his community and its needs was cut short by evil Catholics. No wonder he believes (history?) will absolve him.

Third, Gosnell is a poet! He sent Volk several, including one dated April 2013:

Abortion Providers
Are Labeled Killers!
Horrendous, Exploitive
Barbaric, Inhumane
Not Physicians, Oathed To Heal
Lest We Forget,
What Chance Have Those?
Those Without The Support
Of Their Parents
Their Families
Their Communities
Their Societies …
So Many
Without Sufficient Support
Stumble Into Drugs
Into Crime
Into Mental Illness
Into Institutions … And …
Languish in Jails …

So, when Gosnell charges these desperate women outrageous amounts of money to abort their almost fully developed unborn babies, he’s not only fighting a war on poverty, he’s waging a war against crime and illegal drug use! In fact, killing really IS curing in his mind.

Again, forget that Gosnell pled guilty to illegally selling dangerous narcotics as if they candy. (The Grand Jury aptly described Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society as a “pill mill” by day and an “abortion mill” by night.)

Forget that according to The Daily Mail newspaper, this “physician, oathed to heal”

“owned at least nine properties in four states. They included a $900,000 townhouse in Philadelphia, a $800,000 home overlooking the ocean in New Jersey and several condos. He also owns property in Delaware and Texas.”

As I say I’ll read the short e-book tonight and finish up tomorrow. One teaser. In his story written yesterday, ABC News’s Dolak explained

“While in jail he has been reading the Bible, perfecting his Spanish, exercising, and has been contacting charities, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative in attempts to be heard on issues like prison and justice reform.”

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