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17 days until the opening of “Gosnell: the trial of America’s biggest serial killer”

by | Sep 25, 2018

“This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”

By Dave Andrusko

Actor Dean Cain plays Detective James Wood in the forthcoming film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.”
(Photo courtesy of Phelim McAleer)

“Gosnell: the trial of America’s biggest serial killer” has been so long in the making, it’s almost hard to believe it’s only 17 more days until the movie opens nationwide, October 12.

NRL News Today and NRL News are two of the many pro-life sites that have intensely followed the ghastly case of Kermit Gosnell, the owner of the euphemistically titled Women’s Health Service. The Philadelphia district attorney got it exactly right. It was a “House of Horrors” where the self-delusional Gosnell made a mockery of all Pennsylvania laws and in the process killed hundreds of viable babies by aborting them alive and snipping their spinal cords. He was convicted of murder in three of these cases and will spend the rest of his life in jail.

Two women also lost their lives, the first for which Gosnell got off scot-free. In the case of the later, Karnamaya Mongar, the jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in her 2009 death. Gosnell is serving three consecutive life sentences.

His self-image? Gosnell serenely insists he is a victim, a misunderstood medical pioneer and advocate for inner-city patients.

There have been advanced showings and reviews. They are helpful because in today’s culture, it’s as if Gosnell’s trial was not 5 years ago, but 105 years. People forget—and, of course, thanks to a media which had/has zero interest in exposing the ugliest underside of the abortion industry, most of the public heard only a passing reference, if that.

That’s why author John Waters’ review in First Things was helpful, including to me who has written probably 75 stories on Gosnell!

Waters reminds us of five considerations without which the horror and the goriness and the filth of Gosnell’s lethal trade cannot be appreciated.

#1. Gosnell was convicted of a bewildering array of charges. (Ironically, punishment for the reason his office was originally raided—they thought, correctly, that he was operating a pill mill—did not come until another trial which took past well after the first trial.) Waters writes

Gosnell is believed to have been responsible for illegally killing hundreds of late-term babies and at least two women who sought late-term abortions. Money—greed—was probably the prime motivation for his now notorious crimes. Gosnell showed a total disregard for Pennsylvania law, which forbade abortions after 23 weeks and six days. He manipulated ultrasounds to alter the gestational ages recorded so he could kill babies well beyond the permitted limit. His specialty was snipping the spines of babies born alive. With a raggle-taggle band of unqualified and illiterate helpers, he murdered countless children—some “legally,” but most illegally—at his house of horrors.

#2. It would be nigh on impossible to describe how disgusting Gosnell’s clinic and home were.

As the film and the [Ann] McElhinney/[Phelim] McAleer book of the same title show, his clinic was filthy beyond human imagination: Rats and cats ran rampant, their feces littering every floor; fetuses were stored in fridges in jars, bowls, and limeade cartons; single-use instruments were reused multiple times. Amid the chaos, unqualified staff administered medications and anesthetics, essentially executing children who defied their ham-fisted “abortion care” and were accidentally born alive.

#3. You don’t have to be a licensed psychiatrist to realize Gosnell’s fascination with the remains of his victims is as deeply revealing as it is deeply disturbing. Waters writes

Police found a collection of jars in a fridge at Gosnell’s clinic, which contained the severed feet of aborted babies preserved in formaldehyde—souvenirs of his deadly operations. He made no attempt to hide them.

The babies he killed were huge. As the AP reported at his sentencing

Prosecution experts said the teen carrying Baby A, whose death Gosnell was sentenced in Wednesday, was nearly 30 weeks pregnant when Gosnell aborted her fetus. A second baby was said to be alive for about 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped the neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic employee severed the spinal cord, according to testimony.

A fourth baby let out a whimper before Gosnell cut the neck, prosecutors alleged. Gosnell was acquitted in that baby’s death, the only one of the four in which no one testified to seeing the baby killed.

Gosnell’s most famous quote was a “joke” about the size of one of the babies he killed. According to a co-worker, he said

“This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”

#4. Officials, political and health, at all levels turned a blind eye to what Gosnell did for three decades.

Despite innumerable complaints and warning signs, Pennsylvania’s health authorities declined to close Gosnell’s clinic. Officials, loath to give oxygen to abortion industry critics, looked the other way. On the rare occasion when inspectors investigated a complaint, Gosnell sweet-talked them into leaving. He continued practicing in the same manner for 30 years. The eventual grand jury report found that official incompetence and neglect, bureaucratic inertia, and the desire to avoid lighting up the dark corners of the abortion industry had caused the deaths of countless innocent human beings.

“The desire to avoid lighting up the dark corners of the abortion industry” is the single most important reason Gosnell could make millions and millions of dollars and never worry about authorities. Remember, they came after him because he was selling drugs illegally, not abortion. And

#5. “Gosnell is a journey to the heart of America’s hypocrisy,” Waters writes. “The filth it depicts so graphically is a metaphor for the dirty secret of the abortion-enabling world, the inevitable detritus of a putrefied lie that hides in plain sight because the victims remain invisible.”

Gosnell was protected by an ideological force field that made him so sure of himself that, to this very day, he remains convinced history will vindicate him and that he will one day be declared innocent. He presented himself as an altruist, a benevolent man of culture. While the police raided his home, he played Chopin on the piano as though providing the backing track of the milieu that supported him and insisting that his clinic was a cultured place rather than a murderous cesspit.

By going to the movie, by bringing friends, especially those who are not pro-life, you will be doing your part to help tear through the ideological force field which may no longer protect Kermit Gosnell, but does give cover to the Planned Parenthoods of this world.

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