Who is Kermit Gosnell?

Have you heard of Kermit Gosnell?  Dr. Gosnell opened an abortion clinic in Philadelphia in 1979 named the Women’s Medical Society.  On February 18, 2010, it was raided by the FBI because of reported sales of illegal prescriptions.  What they discovered in their raid is why Gosnell is no longer in the clinic, but sits in a Philadelphia courtroom charged with seven counts of first degree murder.

During the initial search, the FBI found “blood on the floor.  A stench of urine filled the air.  A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs.  Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood stained blankets.  All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff.”  It was reported to authorities that just a few months before the raid a woman had died at the clinic.

Statements were taken from 58 witnesses and an investigation began.  The grand jury report was revealing.  “Instruments were not sterile.  Equipment was rusty and outdated.  Oxygen equipment was covered with dust and had not been inspected.  The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed.  There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff.”  The search team also discovered “fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic – in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons and even in cat food containers.”

Although Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of gestation, Gosnell admitted to one of the detectives 10 to 20 percent of the abortions were past the 24 week gestational period.  Some of the fetal remains had surgical incisions at the base of the skulls.

Steven Massof, an employee and witness, testified the incision at the base of the skull was the result of “snipping.”  When labor is induced to perform a late term abortions, you get living, breathing, squirming babies.  Massof said Gosnell taught staff to insert a pair of scissors into the base of the skull and cut the spinal cord.  Gosnell told them “snipping” was a way of “ensuring fetal demise.”

When asked how many “snippings” had occurred over the years, Massof said “hundreds.”  Massof described the procedure as “literally a beheading.  It is separating the brain from the body.”  The only reason Gosnell was not charged with more murders is because he had destroyed the files.  But investigators were able to document some cases.

Baby Boy A was almost 30 weeks of gestational age when the 17 year old mother sought out the Women’s Medical Society.  Her baby weighed about six pounds and was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell came in and severed his spine.  Gosnell later joked the baby was big enough “to walk me to the bus stop.”  Baby Boy B was found frozen in a plastic gallon jug and was approximately 28 weeks old.  Baby Boy C had been “moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord” like Gosnell had shown them.  The grand jury report said these were not the worst cases.

The reader may ask weren’t there reports to the authorities.  Indeed there were, for years complaints had been filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Warnings were issued but no follow-up inspections or investigations were conducted or legal action taken against the Women’s Medical Society.  Then in 1993 the Pennsylvania Department of Health stopped inspecting abortion clinics for political reasons.  As far as the PDOH was concerned out of sight, meant out of mind.

Still there were complaints.  One doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hand delivered a complaint that several patients he had referred to Gosnell had come to him afterwards with the same venereal disease.  The Delaware County Medical examiner sent an official report to PDOH about an abortion Gosnell had performed on a 14 year old with a 30 week fetus, and there was an official report of the death of a woman named Karnamaya Mongar.  But PDOH was unmoved.

It seems the press is ignoring these abortion atrocities like the PDOH ignored the complaints.  I guess it is not as important as a coffee-maker reducing the price of its bagged coffee, because that was in the news.

The Scriptures teach “children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” Psalm 127:3.  You probably won’t see that in the news either.

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