There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air… [F]etal remains [were] haphazardly stored throughout the clinic– in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers…
In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls. The investigators found a row of jars containing just the severed feet of fetuses. — Grand Jury Report
Illegal late-term abortions, a dead woman, filthy working conditions…these are a few of the horrors that took place in Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic. Any one of these things would make for a scandalous news headline. So why has the media been silent on the story?
Gosnell’s most atrocious crimes involved the murder of fully developed fetuses, many old enough to survive outside the womb. He did so by cutting their necks and spinal cords with surgical scissors, a process he called “snipping”. For reasons known only to Gosnell, he liked to keep the severed feet of his tiny victims in jars strewn around the clinic.
Gosnell was originally charged with 7 counts of murder, but several of those have been thrown out. He is now facing life in prison without parole for three counts of first-degree murder. Justice served?
The 2010 raid of Gosnell’s clinic was not the beginning of the saga. He has a long and disturbing history of violations that were ignored by Pennsylvania regulators. The first formal complaint was made in 1989, when he was cited for failing to have nurses in the recovery room. Things only deteriorated from there. At least 46 lawsuits were filed against Gosnell over the course of his career.
No other mass murder case in history that has gotten so little media attention. According to Kristen Powers of USA Today, none of the three major TV networks had mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months (as of April 2013). If someone walked into a NICU unit and started slaughtering newborns, it would be front page news.
No matter where you stand on the abortion debate, one thing’s for sure: Kermit Gosnell is a sick man. But what about the almighty regulatory agencies who failed to protect these women and babies, allowing Gosnell to operate undisturbed for DECADES? If they’re not brought to justice, this could easily happen again.
(Watch the short documentary 3801 Lancaster below to hear from Gosnell’s patients)