Why are the major media outlets not covering this story about Kermit Gosnell, a West Philadelphia abortionist that is on trial for the murder of seven babies? Watch this 20 minute documentary and find out:
The murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell began on Monday. He is being charged with the murder of seven babies by stabbing them in the back of their necks and “snipping” their spinal cords. A pregnant woman also died as a result of Gosnell’s actions.
CBS Philadelphia reports that Former Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society employ, Adrienne Moton testified that, although untrained, she was administering anesthesia, and even that she had snipped the spinal cords of “a good ten” babies. She stated that she did not know why that was the practice, but had seen Gosnell do it numerous times.
A 281-page Grand Jury report states:
The premises were dirty and unsanitary. Gosnell routinely relied on unlicensed and untrained staff to treat patients, conduct medical tests, and administer medications without supervision. Even more alarmingly, Gosnell instructed unlicensed workers to sedate patients with dangerous drugs in his absence… In addition, he regularly performed abortions beyond the 24-week limit prescribed by law. As a result, viable babies were born. Gosnell killed them by plunging scissors into their spinal cords. He taught his staff to do the same.
This raises a very important question. Where was the Pennsylvania Department of Health in all of this? Well, on page 12 of the report, the Grand Jury states that in 1993, “for political reasons”, the PA Dept of Health had “abruptly decided” to “stop inspecting abortion clinics at all.” The cause of this change? RINO Governor Tom Ridge, replaced pro-life Democrat Governor Bob Casey, and the new administration concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.
In her opening arguments, prosecutor Joanne Pescatore, told the jury that Dr. Gosnell killed the seven babies in operations that would have caused the infants pain. She also argued that Gosnell falsified records to avoid violation of the Pennsylvania law that limits abortions to 24 weeks.
Gosnell’s defense attorney denies the “viability” claim of the prosecution, stating that only two of them were actually viable, and both of those were killed prior to exiting the birth canal and therefore born dead.
The Grand Jury report describes details of what took place during the abortions of the seven babies. Baby A, the biggest of the seven, was estimated to be “at least 32 weeks, if not more, in gestational age” by the neonatologist witness in the Grand Jury trial.
According to Kareema Cross, the clinic employ that was present at the deliver of Baby A, Gosnell joked, “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”
Cross and Moton took pictures of Baby A because, as Cross explained, “it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong.” This was one of the pictures:
She also stated that, “it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was — I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.”
Another employee testifying in the Grand Jury trial recalled Gosnell severing the neck of a baby after being born while Gosnell was out of the clinic. Ashley Baldwin said she saw the baby move and heard it cry. When Gosnell arrived “he snipped the neck, and said there is nothing to worry about, and he suctioned it.”
Another baby had been moving for approximately twenty minutes before an employee slit its neck. The Grand Jury reports reads:
Gosnell had delivered that baby and put it on a counter while he suctioned the placenta from the mother. Williams (another employee) called Cross over to look at the baby because it was breathing and moving its arms when Williams pulled on them. After playing with the baby, Williams slit its neck.
When asked why Williams had killed the baby, Cross answered, “Because the baby, I guess, because the baby was moving and breathing. And she see Dr. Gosnell do it so many times, I guess she felt, you know, she can do it. It’s okay.
The things that took place at this West Philadelphia clinic are disgusting example of the horrors of abortion. But abortion is not just disgusting at 32 or 24 weeks, it is disgusting and any level of development. These examples are easier to see because the babies are bigger. But the same disgusting things happen in chemical abortions that happen in the first trimester.
The inhumane practice of abortion needs to be eliminated at all levels. Abortion laws, like those that exist in Pennsylvania, that do any less that that allow these horrors to continue and grant legal justification for doing so. The only solution to this disgusting problem is the complete abolition of abortion through personhood legislation that would properly identify babies in the womb as persons.
Today’s quote comes from C. Everett Koop, the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989. As I read through the following article I tried to isolate a single portion but it was just too good, so I’ve posted it in its entirety. Please take the time to read this important message from the former U.S. Surgeon General.
Abortion [killing infants before birth], infanticide [killing infants after birth], and euthanasia [killing adults] stand before us like dominoes; the first to fall has been abortion on demand. It is a grave issue. Nothing like it has separated our society since the days of slavery.
It simply isn’t true. Abortions in the United States for rape, incest, to protect the life of the mother, or to void a defective fetus comprise less than five percent of all abortions. The rest are performed just for convenience. And we’re talking about one million abortions a year.
Rape practically never results in pregnancy. Studies in Pennsylvania and Minnesota concerning rape and pregnancy show that as many as five thousand rapes have occurred successively without a single pregnancy . .
Most people do not know that the younger the mother is the more likely she will suffer sterility later if she has an abortion. Studies in Canada indicate that sterility is as high as thirty percent among women fifteen to seventeen years old who have had abortions . .
Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my thirty-six years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be be aborted to save the mother’s life.
When a woman is pregnant, her obstetrician takes on the care of two patients—the mother-to-be and the unborn baby. If, toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, he will take the child by inducing labor or performing a Caesarian section.
His intention is still to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby will be premature . . The baby is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.
Infanticide was the second domino, and it fell very silently. Unless you know someone who talks about his work in an intensive care unit for newborns, there is no way the public would know about this. Abortion is legal. Infanticide is murder.
It is still illegal in every state in the union; yet for some reason when a newborn baby is starved or in some other way allowed to die, the law turns its back. It isn’t that the law doesn’t know about it because reputable medical journals publish papers where authors acknowledge that they have engineered the deaths of babies under their care . .
Corruptive forces are exerting an influence on medical men and women in this country. Some obstetricians admit that they abort because the patient wants them to, even if it is not medically required . .
Zoologists and biologists say life is a continuum from fertilization until the death of the organism, whether earthworm or baboon or fox or pigeon. Is it different for man?
We’re just smoke-screened to death.
The medical profession must not let itself be pushed by society and by our social planners into the role of social executioner. For as the medical person becomes an abortionist, he becomes the social executioner of the unborn.
As he allows infanticide in his intensive care unit, he becomes the social executioner of the newly born. In days ahead, he may well be required to commit euthanasia and become the executioner of the elderly.
“Parental rights are [now legally] gone. Spousal rights [of the husband] are gone. The rights of the child are gone. Legally, a minor child may now have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge; but, technically, she cannot have her ears pierced for earrings without parental consent.
Abortion is an atrocity changing the whole thought process of our country. More than a million unborn lives a year cannot be violently terminated without taking its toll on us as a nation.
Japan has records of more than fifty million legal abortions since World War II. That country is less than one percent Christian. Here in America we will destroy a larger number than that in the same amount of time, and we’re supposed to be a Christian country.
I have spent thirty-six years in the practice of pediatric [infant and child] surgery, longer than anybody else now practicing in this country . .
Some raise Exodus 21 as a proof text that God doesn’t regard the unborn child in the same way as He does the newly born child. But if you read the text carefully, you will find it says that if a man in an argument with another man accidentally strikes a woman and she has a premature birth, there is to be a fine. Nothing here is premeditated.
But if any further mischief is done—and I take that to mean a deformity of the baby or the death of the baby—then the old law applies of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Francis Schaeffer checked the exegesis [meaning] of these verses with five Hebrew scholars and was convinced that God means just that, and in no way does He mean to down-grade the worth of the unborn child.
The story of the incarnation leaves no room for doubt. The angel told Joseph, “That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” From the moment of conception God had entered human life. The soul that I am has also existed from the moment of conception . .
I have always been interested in the fact that when the preborn John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb because of the presence of the Lord in Mary’s womb (Luke 1:41,44), He—the Lord—was a very tiny baby. [John was six months older than Jesus, and already well-enough developed for vigorous movement.] He would not have been discernible as an individual at that time, but He certainly was a Person.
Our churches must get educated. That means they’ve got to find somebody who can talk to them about the origin of life. Many of our people don’t realize that by the twenty-first day—before most women even know they are pregnant—the baby’s heart demonstrates its first feeble beats.
By the sixth week the adrenal gland and the thyroid are functioning. A child’s fingerprints are indelibly in place by the twelfth week. Abortion kills a developing human being! No matter how old or how large the organism is when he/she leaves the womb, that emergence—by whatever means—is still a birth. .
An orthodox Jewish law student gave up a year of his time at Boston University to go to Akron [Ohio) to fight legislation through the courts. He sought passage of an ordinance requiring that a woman know what the unborn child she is aborting looks like by having the physician show her a picture of a fetus of the same gestation [age] he thinks her child is.
The ordinance passed. It also asked that the woman not have the abortion until twenty-four or forty-eight hours have gone by after she has signed the papers for operative permission.
But the pro-abortion forces do not want the pregnant woman to know what she is aborting and they don’t want her to have the time to think it over.
But this idea is contrary to everything happening in this country; there is a tremendous movement now for informed consent. Legally, if you bring a child to me for a hernia repair; I can’t tell you that he should be operated upon or even schedule him for admission unless I tell you all of the possible good and bad results from that hospitalization.
With abortion, the counseling is not done, and the clinics do not tell you about alternatives to abortion; but worse yet, the pro-abortion people get terribly upset if somebody pushes for informed consent . .
I believe that infanticide, now practiced illegally behind closed doors, will become legal and eventually, for certain types of deformity, may become mandatory.
I believe that through the Living-Will, passive euthanasia will become so much a part of our culture that after we’ve had it for five years or so we will adopt active euthanasia.
So, what will be next? The parallels that can be drawn between Germany with its holocaust and America here and now are frightening. We are too close to the abyss. We are right at the edge.”
—C. Everett Koop, M. D., as told to Dick Bohrer, in “Moody Monthly,” May, 1980.
Yesterday, the good people over at Abolish Human Abortion posted a video on their YouTube channel from their recent experience at the Walk for Life in San Francisco, CA:
(Caution: Contains Fowl Language)
In the video, there is a woman that is very disgusted at the Pro-Life group because they are showing pictures of what she initially refers to as “bloody fetuses” and states that doing so is “irresponsible”. The speaker responds by asking her if showing the images is such an irresponsible thing to do, how irresponsible is it for the abortionists to kill the babies. She states that her concern is for the children that might be passing by and then she proceeds to tell the Abolitionists to “get the F*&% out!” Apparently she’s not too concerned about them hearing expletive language as they pass by, but I digress.
As the scene progresses, she accuses the group of not being very Christ-like and claims that Jesus would not show pictures of “dead babies” to make his point. No longer are the subject of the pictures she was so disgusted by merely fetuses, but babies. She also readily admits that the babies are dead, implying that they were at one point alive.
Granted, the woman from San Francisco may not have realized what she was really saying, but in an article at salon.com last week, Mary Elizabeth Williams states, “I believe that life starts at conception. And it’s never stopped me from being pro-choice.”
Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. In fact, you might want to go back and read it again.
Williams makes a case that sounds like it came out of a Randy Alcorn or Scott Klusendorf book that defends the pro-life position:
I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of “the baby” and “this kid.” I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that it’s pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasn’t the same? Fetuses aren’t selective like that. They don’t qualify as human life only if they’re intended to be born. When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person. Are you human only when you’re born? Only when you’re viable outside of the womb? Are you less of a human life when you look like a tadpole than when you can suck on your thumb?
It seems absurd to suggest that the only thing that makes us fully human is the short ride out of some lady’s vagina. That distinction may apply neatly legally, but philosophically, surely we can do better.
I have to say, I couldn’t agree more! In fact, I’ve said very similar things in discussions with pro-aborts on Twitter and Facebook. She does a great job of defending the life-at-conception position. And yet she still believes that it is okay to terminate those human lives and kill babies. She even goes so far as to assert that doing so is the greater moral good because “all life is not equal.”
She claims that:
…a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
This article makes me feel bi-polar. I want to clap in approval at one paragraph and slap her in disgust the next. Williams is absolutely right when highlighting the logically fallacious philosophy behind the pro-choice position. But she could not be more wrong when justifying the murder of innocent human beings by putting “the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time”. How can she so clearly deconstruct the illogical positions of the pro-choice side, and yet not see her own failing logic?
Williams summarizes her position of justifying the murder of innocents by stating that the fetus is “a life worth sacrificing.”
I wonder upon what standard Ms. Williams would base her conclusion. How does one decide whose lives are more valuable in any given circumstance? If a single mother has already birthed a child, but can no longer afford to feed both her and the baby, is that baby a life worth sacrificing? How about a mom that decides that she wants to pursue a career or a college education and her toddler is getting in the way of her life goals. Is that toddler a life worth sacrificing? Where does this logic end? How do we determine the value of one life against another?
Have this culture become so selfish and pagan that people can boldly admit that they know they are killing human lives and are okay with it? The answer: yes.