Sunday May 19, 2013

Ever since the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell began on March 18, the public has had a window into the abortion industry in America. The authorities who raided Women’s Medical Services in Philadelphia on February 18, 2010, as part of a drug bust, named this abortion clinic the "House of Horrors." Why? There was blood on the floor, a collection of babies’ feet in 50 glass jars, a 28 week-old fetus in a container in the freezer, dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets, and medical equipment that was used repeatedly and never sterilized. A flea-infested cat roamed through the facility, killing rats. Its feces were everywhere and the clinic reeked of cat urine. Witnesses called this a "filthy, foul-smelling" place. A plumber testified that he was frequently called to remove the body parts of aborted babies that were blocking the pipes.

Pennsylvania laws forbids abortion after 24 weeks, but District Attorney Seth Williams said that Gosnell "induced labor, 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." Steve Massof, an unlicensed medical graduate, testified that Gosnell taught him his "snipping" technique and he did it at least 100 times. "It’s like a beheading" he said. An employee saw Gosnell do it at least 30 times.

A massive, photograph-laden 281-page grand jury report detailed Gosnell’s bone-chilling practices, including the killing of what clinic workers testified were hundreds of living, breathing newborn children by severing their spinal cords or slitting their necks. Thank God their unconscious mothers never saw!

Last week, Gosnell was found guilty of the first-degree murder of three babies. One was nearly 30 weeks. It was so big that Gosnell joked it could "walk to the bus." A second fetus was alive for 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped its neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic worker grabbed it and severed its spinal cord. (Gosnell could not be prosecuted for more cases because he destroyed his files.)

And these are NOT isolated cases. The Alan Guttmacher Institute -- the research arm of Planned Parenthood -- reports that abortion of pregnancies at 21 weeks or later (after viability) comprise about 1.1 percent of the nation’s abortions, which the same institute also indicates are in the area of 1.21 million!

Gosnell operated his House of Horrors for 31+ years and made millions of dollars. He had no trained nurses or medical staff. His facility had not been inspected in 16 years! The Pennsylvania Department of Health turned a blind eye to his practice, despite the many complaints and 46 lawsuits that were filed against him.

He is not the first, nor will he be the last abortionist whose grisly practices will come to light. This is "business as usual" in America’s abortion industry and it will continue as long as abortion is legal.

CHRIS DUTIL

Stockbridge