Abortionist faces eight counts of murder in Philadelphia; Update: How did he escape notice so long? “By design

posted at 2:55 pm on January 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This may be as ghastly a story outside of the Tucson massacre as we’ll see all year … I hope.  An abortionist arrested in Philadelphia faces eight counts of murder, one for the death of a patient, and the other seven for killing babies who survived his botched abortions.  The district attorney alleges that Kermit Gosnell used a pair of scissors to sever their spinal cords:

A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors. …

Gosnell is facing Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar. Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009 when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell. He is also facing seven Murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the 6th, 7th and 8th month of pregnancy. Gosnell is also facing numerous other charges.

Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30 year practice. However, he is not charged because the records do not exist.

What a shock it must be to find that Gosnell didn’t keep records of his illegal abortions and outright murders.  This was no fly-by-night operation, either.  Gosnell made over $1.8 million in one year, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia reports.  Also, Gosnell is reportedly the target of a federal probe into illegal prescriptions.

The district attorney felt the need to defend his prosecution to the media, for some reason:

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as District Attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

Indeed.  And it says something about the current debate over abortion that Williams even had to explain this.  This is worse than the controversy in the 2008 presidential election about Barack Obama’s successful action to block a bill requiring doctors to provide care to babies born alive during abortion procedures.  This “doctor” allegedly went out of his way to kill them after the birth through a brutal and heartless procedure, not just neglect.  And he made a fortune from doing so.

My guess is that few people will rush to defend Gosnell’s alleged actions, apart from the fringe like Peter Singer who argue that parents should have the option of terminating an infant’s life past a live birth.  But this revelation will certainly linger in the minds of everyone else, and have people asking how many more Gosnells may be making their own fortunes through similar means.

Update: I’ve just started reading the grand jury report, which is sickening, but raises an important question — how did Gosnell get away with it for so long?  Forget about the murders of live babies for a moment and read this description of Gosnell’s work from the section titled “Butcher of women”:

One woman, for example, was left lying in place for hours after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon while trying, unsuccessfully, to extract the fetus. Relatives who came to pick her up were refused entry into the building; they had to threaten to call the police. They eventually found her inside, bleeding and incoherent, and transported her to the hospital, where doctors had to remove almost half a foot of her intestines.

On another occasion, Gosnell simply sent a patient home, after keeping her mother waiting for hours, without telling either of them that she still had fetal parts inside her. Gosnell insisted she was fine, even after signs of serious infection set in over the next several days. By the time her mother got her to the emergency room, she was unconscious and near death.

A nineteen-year-old girl was held for several hours after Gosnell punctured her uterus.  As a result of the delay, she fell into shock from blood loss, and had to undergo a hysterectomy.

One patient went into convulsions during an abortion, fell off the procedure table,  and hit her head on the floor.  Gosnell wouldn’t call an ambulance, and wouldn’t let the woman’s companion leave the building so that he could call an ambulance.

That’s at least three incidents where a hospital should have reported Gosnell’s butchery.  Why wasn’t he stopped then?  The politics of abortion (emphasis in the original):

We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.

The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed.

Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design. …

State health officials knew that Gosnell and his clinic were offering unacceptable medical care to women and girls, yet DOH failed to take any action to stop the atrocities documented by this Grand Jury. These officials were far more protective of themselves when they testified before the Grand Jury. Even DOH lawyers, including the chief counsel, brought private attorneys with them – presumably at government expense.

Ghastly doesn’t begin to describe this.  Read the report at your own risk.


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Precisely what kind of backward somersaults of logic must one make to believe that killing a baby inside the womb is morally right, but killing a baby outside the womb is morally wrong?

OscarSchneegans on January 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Exactly. Exactly.

If only every American had to, honestly and sincerely, attempt to reconcile the absence of logic in it all.

How? How exactly can there be one magic (but unknowable and always changing!) moment in which something moves from life-to-be-protected-at-all-costs to celebrated constitutional right to kill?

The logic – or lack thereof – is intellectually inescapable.

So half the country never lets themselves actually ponder the question.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

We lament over the loss of a 1/2 dozen citizens gunned down…but hundreds of babies, with crushed skulls, severed spines, are killed every month, and silence because it may disturb some people to be called out.

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 4:26 PM

6 people shot and killed is an outrage. Hundreds and thousands of babies that are killed every year at a rate that far outpaces the rate of combat deaths in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as exceeding the rate that the Aztecs sacrificed humans, fails to elicit the same outrage because the courage of those tasked to protect them is weak.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Precisely what kind of backward somersaults of logic must one make to believe that killing a baby inside the womb is morally right, but killing a baby outside the womb is morally wrong?

OscarSchneegans on January 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Because in the womb it is not “viable”…now shut up and sit down you hater of women…

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I am pretty sure Margaret Sanger is smiling about this result in the depths of he!! she calls home.

Badger40 on January 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Actually, I’m pretty sure she is not smiling. The attributes of God include not only holiness and love, but also justice and vengeance.

Make that “very sure” that she is not smiling…

dominigan on January 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Your affectionate uncle,
Screwtape

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Thank-you sir, CS Lewis’ book The Srewtape Letters and GK Chesterton’s book The Father Brown Mystery series were both Christmas presents from my wife.

fourdeucer on January 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I am pretty sure Margaret Sanger is smiling about this result in the depths of he!! she calls home.

Badger40 on January 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Nay.

The Lord will not forget those children, and they will be fine in the long run. I’ve never been one for the traditional belief of hell as eternal fire and brimstone and burning to death without ever dying, but if there were people for whom such a place was indeed prepared, it would be for Sanger, Tiller, this man, and many others.

I do not understand how such people can sleep at night, or smile at others in public and shake hands with normal people. The reek of the blood of babies…. crates full of severed parts, and heads that should have been smiling and laughing and nursing, but are instead twisted and disfigured by bleach, salt, knives and ****ing scissors, packed up and shipped away for profit.

The Left argues that they are not human. I posit that it is those who take part in these vile deeds that are not human. Soulless.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Precisely what kind of backward somersaults of logic must one make to believe that killing a baby inside the womb is morally right, but killing a baby outside the womb is morally wrong?

OscarSchneegans on January 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM

By the way, true story: I was once discussing this very thing with someone I used to be close to … so I asked: “If human babies were marsupials, and the unborn baby had to VISIBLY climb from the womb into a pouch … like a baby kangaroo … or heck, if a woman’s stomach was transparent and you could actually SEE inside … would you still support abortion?”

The answer: no. Because in that case – you could see the baby.

Wrap your mind around that logic. Just try.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

TL;DR: Sanger isn’t smiling about anything, wherever she is. That, you can take to the bank.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

the full story is much worse than is being reported in the media….read the Grand Jury report from the Philly DA to see just how sick this entire operation was…he slit throats with knives,kept feet as trophies, made jokes as he was working referring to the babies as chickens with their heads cut off when they kept moving after the “procedure” and this is just a small part of one witness testimony…be warned that there are a few highly graphic pictures included in this report.

equanimous on January 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This is so beyond just plain evil, we need a new word.

Everyone involved should get the chair for this. Does PA have a death penalty?

gary4205 on January 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

When I got pregnant with my son despite being married, I could have been the poster girl for abortion. I had a severe eating disorder, emotional problems up the wazoo, OTC drug addiction, and I had medical problems as well. My autism had yet to be diagnosed.
According to the pro-aborts my son should have never been born-for the sake of ‘my health’.

I was the last person that should have had a baby-but there was never a question as to what the outcome was going to be.

His father stepped-up and over the years I turned around/grew up.
The ‘almost adult’ takes his SAT’s next month. While he’s my only child-this world is a better place because my almost 17 year old is in it!

The pro-aborts can ESAD!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

By the way, true story: I was once discussing this very thing with someone I used to be close to … so I asked: “If human babies were marsupials, and the unborn baby had to VISIBLY climb from the womb into a pouch … like a baby kangaroo … or heck, if a woman’s stomach was transparent and you could actually SEE inside … would you still support abortion?”

The answer: no. Because in that case – you could see the baby.

Wrap your mind around that logic. Just try.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Mind blown. Can’t wrap mind around anything.

Hypocrisy is the gentlest word that comes to mind. Other thoughts include a strong uppercut. Perhaps some brain-shaking might turn their morality sense back on.

Lately, I’ve stopped asking God for mercy, and just pray for the justice to come swiftly.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

GK Chesterton’s book The Father Brown Mystery series were both Christmas presents from my wife.

fourdeucer on January 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

i haven’t heard of that one. have you started it yet?

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Lots of words. We can read words, look away, forget, and go on with our comfortable lives. But look at pictures, http://www.abortionNo.org and you will know and remember. It is time to show the truth and horror until no one will be left who can stand for abortion.

AnotherOpinion on January 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

equanimous on January 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I can’t finish reading it. saw the first picture and I can’t read any more.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM

His father stepped-up and over the years I turned around/grew up.
The ‘almost adult’ takes his SAT’s next month. While he’s my only child-this world is a better place because my almost 17 year old is in it!

The pro-aborts can ESAD!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

You chose well.

And that’s another of the many, many lies from the pro-abortion left. They argue “choice,” but here’s one truth I’d wager is almost universal:

I’ll be very, very few women who chose to keep their baby, and raise him or give him up for adoption, have ever regretted that choice. Maybe none.

Conversely, one click of your mouse can lead you to thousands and thousands of women who made the other choice, who believed the murderous propaganda, who decided not to let their babies live … and who now regret it every single moment of their lives with every part of their soul.

THAT is the true nature of the “choice.”

There aren’t many regrets in choosing to gift the gift of life. The other choice? Well, the regrets may last forever. Literally.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

equanimous on January 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Disgusting.

Vera on January 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM

i haven’t heard of that one. have you started it yet?

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Yes I finished both and gave them to my brother. Father Brown uses his experience as a long time priest to help his best friend Flambeau to solve crimes. Not in the same style as most mystery authors but in line with a Catholic priests history of hearing confessions and knowing the human spirit. I enjoyed them both.

fourdeucer on January 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

No coat hangers were harmed in the commission of these murders.

May the Lord have mercy on his miserable soul.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

The rage knows no bounds. They’re reopening Planned Parenthood up in Omaha, and donations to our local crisis pregnancy center are down, and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why the nation as a whole does not scream bloody murder and declare it all well and truly over.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Well said. That rage was on full display after Tuscon and then there was the even more disturbing display of the ice cold, calculating, “President” obama, exploiting the victims and the rage for the same ends, destruction of the nation and those middle class rubes. Make no mistake, obama is one of the most coldy, rage-filled psychos to ever disgrace the public arena.

And as long as atrocities like the spilling of innocent blood by the mulit-millions is accepted, then animals like obama, who feed off of this barbarity; whose very nature loves the controlling savagery and who can’t wait to try it out on the rest of us, will monstrously increase in power and evil intent.

The Left and abortion.
Obama and abortion.
The collapse of the great United States and abortion.
“Together they Thrive.”

And the deaths of forty million unborn are but the introduction, the necessary and accomplished coursening of the nation, for two generations now, to accept the wholesale murder of the helpless, which has been written into obamcare for us all.

And they’ll tell us that they’re only giving us what we asked for, you know, cutting that spending. They’ll use our own words against us, but then, didn’t we care more for the money than for these innocents’ lives….? Priorities…

How long did we think that the unborn would remain the only victims?…the bell is tolling….

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Hypocrisy is the gentlest word that comes to mind. Other thoughts include a strong uppercut. Perhaps some brain-shaking might turn their morality sense back on.

Lately, I’ve stopped asking God for mercy, and just pray for the justice to come swiftly.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

spiritual darkness….profound darkness…we’re living in laodicea….

there are times I want His justice too..then I think about my own sins….

right4life on January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I can’t believe you censor vagina, what it’s not like I’m saying pussy.

Both words are moderated (not “censored”) to keep spam out of the comment sections.

Ed Morrissey on January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Yes I finished both and gave them to my brother. Father Brown uses his experience as a long time priest to help his best friend Flambeau to solve crimes. Not in the same style as most mystery authors but in line with a Catholic priests history of hearing confessions and knowing the human spirit. I enjoyed them both.

fourdeucer on January 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

that sounds interesting, i will keep it in mind, thx.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Obama said to be preparing Presidential pardon for Gosnell, just in case.

BobMbx on January 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

spiritual darkness….profound darkness…we’re living in laodicea…. there are times I want His justice too..then I think about my own sins…. right4life on January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Please, enough with the Scofieldian claptrap.

Were this true, wouldn’t we be in twilight, neither light nor dark?

Akzed on January 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This is worse than the controversy in the 2008 presidential election about Barack Obama’s successful action to block a bill requiring doctors to provide care to babies born alive during abortion procedures. This “doctor” allegedly went out of his way to kill them after the birth through a brutal and heartless procedure, not just neglect. And he made a fortune from doing so.

I beg to differ, Ed. Obama’s lust for killing the babies who survive abortion, (abortion itself being outright murder), through neglect, is just as heinous.

The abortion procedure itself, which usually involves a brutal dismemberment of babies through the sixth month,
and from the seventh through ninth month, induced labor after the baby recieves a shot to the heart which stops it from beating while still in utero, or partial birth abortion where the the baby is stabbed in the neck and brains sucked out while dangling from the mother’s body, are all performed about 1.2 million times per year and are every bit as brutal as what this abortionist did.

To say one abortionist or abortionist’s methods of killing are worse than another is like trying to separate sewage. Good luck with that.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Please, enough with the Scofieldian claptrap.

Were this true, wouldn’t we be in twilight, neither light nor dark?

Akzed on January 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

why don’t you take a flying leap?

right4life on January 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

there are times I want His justice too..then I think about my own sins….

right4life on January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Our sins, great though they may be, are forgiven.

Shit, I would even forgive Tiller and this guy if they genuinely repented. That is the love of Christ, and the measure with which He commanded us to deal with others.

But they just keep killing, and as much as I am inclined to mercy, as much as I positively dread what Judgment Day will hold for some, I just can’t muster enough of it to pray for mercy and extension.

Come Swiftly and Judge Harshly are probably the words most common in my prayers lately. I just can’t stand it.

As Bee said, I hate this world, and its love of murder and innocent blood.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Were this true, wouldn’t we be in twilight, neither light nor dark?

Akzed on January 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

kingdom now wacko.

right4life on January 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

TL;DR: Sanger isn’t smiling about anything, wherever she is. That, you can take to the bank.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I think I know where she is . . .
She won’t need a sweater . . .

BigAlSouth on January 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ruth Ginsberg comments:

“But this is the guy they had in mind when the Court decided Roe v. Wade…can’t have too many of the wrong kind running around”

BobMbx on January 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The Democrat and MSM’s solutions to the Arizona shooting is gun control and free speech control. Will they likewise be calling for abortion control and demanding that the pro abortion folks shut up?

I’ll be holding my breath waiting…

RJL on January 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM

As a woman, it is my JOB to make sure my child lives on.
Am I the only woman who truly feels this way?

Badger40 on January 19, 2011 at 3:58 PM

No, not the only woman. But a lot of blinded, zombified, mummified, culture of death girls don’t get it, no matter how old they are.

P.S. You might be interested in reading about St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a physician in Italy who in 1961, as a young mother with other children, was diagnosed with cancer and told to abort her child, but instead gave birth and died not too long after:

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was only thirty nine years old when she died in 1962, one week after giving birth to her daughter, Gianna Emanuela. She left behind a husband and four young children. Little did they, or any one else know that only 42 years later this wife, mother and physician would be canonized a saint of the Catholic Church. Present at her canonization on May 16, 2004, were her husband, her three living children, a brother and a sister and many other relatives and friends who knew her in life. It was the first time in history that a saint’s spouse attended the canonization ceremony the other.

When St. Gianna died on April 28 1962 she was well known for her virtues. She was always kind and charitable and this was evident by the large crowd that attended her funeral. The acclaim did not cease when she was placed in her tomb. People continued to talk about her and reference the way she lived her life in virtue.

http://www.stgiannaphysicians.org/her_life/

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Is this the same city Elton John wrote a song about?

(don’t bother, I know the song was about a professional tennis league, whose Philly franchise was named “Freedom”)

BobMbx on January 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM

This guy is a straight up serial killer of the worst kind and gets paid quite well to boot. Evil and disgusting. Yet the left successfully continues to paint the right as the “heartless bastards”.

thevastlane on January 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

“Butcher of women”

Also known as “an abortionist.”

Abby Adams on January 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

I am waiting for (demanding!) a Palin Facebook post on this in 3…2…1…

milemarker2020 on January 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Lots of words. We can read words, look away, forget, and go on with our comfortable lives. But look at pictures, http://www.abortionNo.org and you will know and remember. It is time to show the truth and horror until no one will be left who can stand for abortion.

AnotherOpinion on January 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I am one tough bastard (sorry Mom and Dad, only a figure of speech). And I could not look beyond 10 seconds of the video. Tears welled up and I shut off the website.
And yet, I endure all the warnings from any and all drug advertisements as the FDA requires all encompassing “truth in advertising” and “informed consent”. And the Feds refuse to allow anything even close to truth to be told to women before having an abortion.
Father God, what have we allowed to happen in the name of liberty?
Isaiah 5:20-”Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.”
Remember, the worst thing to hear in the Bible is “Woe” which indicates “There is no hope, only doom!”

Amendment X on January 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

this might end up being the scandal of the year with a heck of lot of dems going down in flames.

rob verdi on January 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

One woman, for example, was left lying in place for hours after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon while trying, unsuccessfully, to extract the fetus.

At least these women weren’t subjected to those back alley abortion that are deemed so terrible…this is what you get when you defend an evil practice, and have no standards.

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

One woman, for example, was left lying in place for hours after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon while trying, unsuccessfully, to extract the fetus.

a 48 hours news cycle, then we will just hear bits and pieces…wishful thinking on your part.

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Even the abortionists themselves kvetch among themselves, saying they do the dirty work of the acutal abortions while the people like NOW and obama fly high talking about “protecting reproductive rights” and “choice”, while people like obama and NOW give a wide berth to the actual abortionists, preferring never to be seen of photographed with one.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I’ve met Mark Crutcher, and have friends that used to work for Life Dynamics. I’ve read parts of the book, and it’s depressing.

Ward Cleaver on January 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

But let the knowledge stir us to action. Let’s tell others what we have found out. Abortion thrives in it’s dark shell of shame and disgust.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

First, a picture of the clinic from an earlier article on the suspension of Gosnell’s license adds to the ghoulish nature of this story. On the red brick facing of the clinic there are figures of a mother and father and a child between them (http://i.huffpost.com/gen/143683/thumbs/s-WOMEN-MEDICAL-SOCIETY-large.jpg).

Second, several posts agree with Gosnell’s attorney there should be no legal distinction between killing the child in utero and killing the child immediately upon extraction. The law has always recognized such a distinction, however, and it was this distinction that led to Roe. Indeed, the very reason abortion has never been recognized as a homicide, that it has always been treated as a separate and distinct crime, is that the “born alive rule” – with its origins in Exodus 21:22 – declined to recognize personhood in a child before live birth and distinct separation from the mother.

Simply put, the law did not recognize personhood in the child before live birth because to do so created a potentially irreconcilable conflict between the child’s and the mother’s fundamental rights of self-preservation during a pregnancy wherein the child could become a mortal threat to the mother’s life. To wit, saving the life of the mother has always been an affirmative defense to the crime of abortion, thereby giving legal precedence to the mother’s right to self-preservation. If the child possessed the same right, the law could not recognize such a defense without first holding that the fundamental right of a person to self-preservation was subject to an exception. Accordingly, the law recognized such a right in the mother only, as a person born alive, but protected both mother and child by prohibiting abortion as a crime, but not a homicide.

This is the fatal compromise that is at the heart of Roe. By recognizing personhood in the mother, and not the child, the law sought to maintain the sanctity of the right of self-preservation, without any legal conflict or exception. By confirming this lack of personhood in the child, without recognizing the compromise as important to preserving the life of the child as well, the Roe majority was able to treat the life of the unborn child as deserving only the protection reasonably contemplated by the state without unduly restricting the bodily integrity rights of the only person recognized as a person under the law.

But even the Roe majority would not have countenanced something as near to infanticide as the killing of a child in the process of being born. And in Roe, the majority expressly declined to address whether such a distinction was legally permissible. The Texas statute struck down in Roe included a punishment of 10 years to life for causing the death of a child “during parturition”, i.e., active labor. This punishment range was unique compared with the 2-5 years with consent and 4-10 years without consent punishment ranges for mere abortion, and was much more in line with the punishment for homicide than for, say, an assault upon the mother, which the other punishments more closely reflected. This “during parturition” provision was expressly not addressed by the majority in Roe, in an early footnote, so it was the only portion of the Texas abortion statute that, arguably, remained in effect even after the decision. Why? Because recognizing a distinction between the killing of a child in the process of being born and the killing of a child immediately upon live birth was seriously problematic for the majority. And by not addressing the issue, the Roe majority left late term children vulnerable, even though they may not have meant to.

Finally, the irony of Gosnell being defended by a namesake of the Supreme Court justice most responsible for the Roe decision, i.e., William J. Brennan, is just too much. It would be interesting to know if he is not only a namesake, but an actual grandchild of Justice Brennan.

Mongo Mere Pawn on January 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

this might end up being the scandal of the year with a heck of lot of dems going down in flames.

rob verdi on January 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Hardly.

Sarah Palin’s website is far more newsworthy.

Watch and see: the liberal media in action.

There will be no scandal. And minimal, if any, media coverage. At all.

Call my cynical.

The American people have to be – must be – protected from the truth about abortion. Just as they have to be protected from the truth about a whole lot of liberalism in action.

And the media sees it as its sworn duty to do the protecting.

They’ll do the the same here. They always do.

The only way anyone outside of Internet-land even hears about this is if we make a loud enough noise and demand that they cover it.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

They told me if I opposed Roe v. Wade there would be pregnant women dying from botched abortions and they were right!

Socratease on January 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

My son was born 9 weeks premature – a real, functioning, breathing human being (was never even on a respirator), albeit a little one – though he’s now 18 months old and a hefty 28 pound terror. This “physician” murdered children older and more developed than my son was. Please, somebody explain to me how that’s a medical procedure?

holdfast on January 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Prof. Blather wrote that the media will censor this story.
And so it will, but wouldn’t a FB post from a certain Alaskan change that equation, tout de suite?

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

@annoyinglittletwerp: Thanks for filling in the details on the story of the 500 aborted babies found in the dumpster.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Ghastly doesn’t begin to describe this. Read the report at your own risk.

Sigh.

No thanks, Ed. I appreciate your reporting, but now I wish I hadn’t even read your update.

Damn them all. God forgive us.

I’m going to go get drunk. Or pray. Or both. This really sucks. People suck.

Peace out.

Professor Blather on January 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM

OK wait. Let’s get this straight. Put your brain into liberal insanity gear and process this.

Abortion is legal so that guys like this don’t exist yet this guy exists because abortion is legal.

ORconservative on January 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Another example of liberals looking out for poor, oppressed, minorities.

But don’t worry, the folks who survive this can go look forward to awesome government housing and great government schools.

hawksruleva on January 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Proverbs 8:36: “…he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

Akzed on January 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Remarkably, I was just mentioning that verse to my father the other day, in a conversation about the Culture of Death, and the 10-10 Global Warming freakshows.

This is why I am a “social conservative.”

I’m worried about money… Hell, we’re all worried about money… but what I’m really worried about is that we live in a nation that either glorifies wanton infanticide or doesn’t give a rat’s bloody ass.

I don’t frakking care if the Republicans manage to find some semblance of testicular fortitude and, by some miracle, balance the budget for a little while. We’re going to go right back in the hole, way sooner than any would expect, because we have lost our national soul.

Our children are dying all around us, and we’re arguing about our damned pocketbooks.

I can barely stand some days to read the news, where everyone’s talking about how the economy’s starting to look up!, (It isn’t, actually), and no one gives a damn that several thousand of our own precious children were sacrificed to Sanger’s Molech 2.0 and the all-important altar of sexual freedom, a phrase that twists my gut to hear or say.

We’ve taken something wonderful and life-giving, and turned it into a cheap recreational drug, and a justification for outright murder.

The books will never balance, the long-term car-off-the-clif scenario won’t change, because we won’t fix what is wrong with our very souls, and find the guts to throw ourselves between our children, and the Left, and their thrice-damned obsession with blood and death.

As long as we refuse to confront the Left and tear down their idols of massacre, we will never know security.

That said, we will never know security, because we won’t confront the Left. Paging Mitch frakking Daniels.

The most dangerous place in the world for a black person to be today is not on the street, or in school…It’s in his mother’s womb.

sdd on January 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Tour. De. Force.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Why can’t we hold liberal abortion-rights activists responsible for the deaths and maimings at the hand of this man? They have been running around for the last 40 years telling women how horrible and ruinous an unplanned pregnancy is, and how easy and safe it would be to have an abortion once it was legal and taken out of the back alleys. Their rhetoric and propaganda led these poor women to this abortionist.

rockmom on January 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

How can people like this exist?

blatantblue on January 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

In late 1970 being born a month early was pretty serious. My Asperger’s is very likely due to when I was born/complications associated with it.
I’m still glad that I WAS born-though some of my political ‘opponents’ might not share in my glee.
*smiles*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

My sister was born 3 months early (1#14oz) in 1964. She is 5’11″ (the runt of the family, admittedly), and aside from her chronic liberalism, has no ill effects from NOT having her spinal cord cut with a pair of “doctors” scissors.

hindmost on January 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

The ultimate fruit of the twisted tree that is Roe V. Wade, a case that should have never even been heard in the Supreme Court much less been decided on in same.

Instead of having the courage to walk the tightrope of “safe, legal, rare, private, and necessary”, we’ve thrown reason to the wind and swan-dived off the rope. This is the result.

Dark-Star on January 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I’m worried about money… Hell, we’re all worried about money… but what I’m really worried about is that we live in a nation that either glorifies wanton infanticide or doesn’t give a rat’s bloody ass.

People that are frugal with their finances, are most likely responsible with life, too.

blatantblue on January 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 4:09 PM

That clinic is within a stone’s throw range of my church, almost literally.

You might say the social situation of late is not exactly a bowl of jellybeans…

Dark-Star on January 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

So can we finally dispel the myth that keeping abortion legal means keeping it safe? Abortion may be legal but it is never safe, for the woman and never for the unborn baby.

Blue Collar Todd on January 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I hope all of you that are enraged by this story will be motivated to join the many PRO LIFE/ ROE V. WADE ANNIVERSARY MARCHES that will be likely going on in your city this Saturday, 1/22/11. I will be at the Dallas March which will be right in front of the Campbell Fed. Court Building where Roe V. Wade was first filed. The likely place to find info on local marches will be through your local Catholic Parish.

Please show up in numbers!!!!

Bruce Hendrix on January 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

No words work for me on this one. I need to step outside and look to the sky.

Limerick on January 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Can’t we all just get along?
The DA is using some inflammatory rhetoric here, charging this man with murder. The DA might incite some nutcase mental guy to commit an act of violence or something. He needs to tone things down and try to have a conversation with this abortionist. Maybe sit beside him and watch the SOTU together or something.

JellyToast on January 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I blame a lot of things as to how and why an abortion, in itself, has become such a rich, acceptable and promoted death penalty. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the abortion fanatics have advertised, and have won. It is murder…in the first degree, in my opinion. A baby? A baby? Let’s not linger too long on the couples, who, in the acceleration of sexual passion, and, because of this urgent need to fulfill the hunger, somehow, totally forget to use protection. And, we must absolutely forgive the mother, who waited until birth was imminent, to ABORT. We must forgive the sexual urgency of the moment. That is truly important…sexual satisfaction. To hell with the consequences.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Forget about the murders of live babies for a moment and read this description of Gosnell’s work from the section titled “Butcher of women”:

Do you mean this gets worse? I thought abortion was “Women’s Health Care?” Isn’t it “reproductive rights?” a “right” to choose? These women should be emerging healthier from this clinic, not having to go to the emergency room, that is where sick and injured have to go…not to an ambulance, or to surgery to have their intestines removed or their uterus fixed..never again to be occupied by the blessing of the fetus they just aborted.

what am i missing?

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I am going to mention her book again. The lady’s name is Abby Johnson and she was a manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic for eight years. One day, she was called in to assist in an abortion. The title of her book is, “unPlanned“. Strongly suggest you read it.

oldleprechaun on January 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Eh….what’s a little murder when you’re helping people avoid punishment.

/s

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Wasn’t there a story about this clinic several months ago? Then it just disappeared. I remember thinking at that time that there was a massive cover up of something really bad happening.

This is so terrible I can’t bring myself to do more than skim even what you printed here.

I can’t dwell on this it is just too awful.

petunia on January 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I already commented when this was in the headlines, but I want to say it again. I hope this bastard suffers not only the wrath of the courts, but especially the wrath of God. This guy sounds like a modern Josef Mengele.

Prof. Blather, I’m with you. People suck.

Tennman on January 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I know someone, who rhapsodized herself, as some freekin’ “Christian” had an abortion, because, she and her soon to be husband, had not saved enough to enter the real world. It had to be $5,000 in the bank, before any marriage. The pregnancy, and later abortion, was a mere hiccup in their plans. I guess it worked; they are super wealthy today.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

State health officials knew that Gosnell and his clinic were offering unacceptable medical care to women and girls, yet DOH failed to take any action to stop the atrocities documented by this Grand Jury. These officials were far more protective of themselves when they testified before the Grand Jury. Even DOH lawyers, including the chief counsel, brought private attorneys with them – presumably at government expense.

State officials knew that girls were being harmed and failed to take action. Ok liberals, tell us how Obamacare is going to help people again. Oh, BTW, Fox is redlining that repeal of Obamacare has passed. Eat it.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Maybe sit beside him and watch the SOTU together or something.

JellyToast on January 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I’ve never used this phrase here before, but with obama as the ringleader and matrix of all that is corrupt, dark and unholy; as the leader of this killing pack that is bringing America to ruin, I suggest that “obama’s SOTU” address be renamed the “STFU obama” address.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Golly, our friend AnninCA is conspicuously absent from this thread. I thought the topic of baby-killing as a fundamental right was in her wheelhouse?

OhioCoastie on January 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

This kind of thing has been going on since abortion was legalized.

It wasn’t taken seriously because it was just “alleged” by those “anti-abortion right-wing extremists” who wanted to destroy “a woman’s right to choose.”

This will be swept under the rug; he’ll get his wrists slapped; and he’ll be a hero/martyr to Baby Killers, Inc., aka, Planned Parenthood. Just like always.

davidk on January 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I think an argument could be made that Cannibalism is no less barbaric than what has occurred here because both practices stem from a common belief—That human flesh is just another inert form of matter like that of any other commodity to be exchanged on the open market.

Now take your anthropocentric glasses off and tell me by what right can we claim to have risen above those primitives we deem so inferior to ourselves; those native headhunters that inhabit islands such as Borneo.

Geochelone on January 19, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I think that is next.

Honestly how much further can they go to push the envelope? And they always have to push the envelope.

There is already a desentization going on. Think Sweeney Todd. A Broadway play, with hilarious jokes about eating one’s enemies.

I’ve noticed it coming up other places as well but… I just think that will be the next big evil that they will expect us to just get over.

And somehow they will try to make it normal, even a good thing. They always do.

petunia on January 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Imagine if liberals were as tough on terrorists and illegal immigrants as they are on unborn babies and Sarah Palin.

BruthaMan on January 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

btw, where are all the trolls and posters who assume a conservative mantle here, but are secret pro-aborts who routinely attempt indirect and sly backhands in attempts to censor openly pro-life commenters, no matter what the subject? Where is all their brave snark today?

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

No snark. They are completely, smugly, satisfied with themselves They are the intellectuals,don’t you know? Why, President Obama went to Harvard…HE is too smart for smart.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

@ petunia and Geochelone: Wasn’t it discovered that the Chinese were using their millions of aborted as ingredients for facial creme and also in foods as a “health restorative”? And don’t the Chinese now own America? Give it all a little time to happen….

May God have mercy.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Have you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult?

davidk on January 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

After reading just part of the grand jury report, I hope someone is looking at the bank accounts of the state officials who refused to take any action, despite repeated complaints and reports of what Gosnell was doing. Gosnell was making millions, I’d bet that people were getting paid off.

Of course, the Dept of Health decided not to inspect abortion clinics starting in 1993, for political reasons, which is sickening in and of itself. But when complaints were made, they were supposed to follow up, and never did.

“[In 1993] the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

mbs on January 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

May God have mercy.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

High-tech Cannibalism.

davidk on January 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Senator Ted Kennedy said that Robert Bork’s America was a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions. Instead, we have Barack Obama’s America, where women can have back-alley abortions in a doctor’s office.

Emperor Norton on January 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Almost a decade ago, a former employee of Gosnell presented the Board of Medicine with a complaint that laid out the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedation; the underage abortion patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street. The department assigned an investigator, whose investigation consisted primarily of an offsite
interview with Gosnell. The investigator never inspected the facility, questioned other employees, or reviewed any records. Department attorneys chose to accept this
incomplete investigation, and dismissed the complaint as unconfirmed.

p. 9-10 of the grand jury report.

You can’t tell me that investigator did not get some kind of payoff.

mbs on January 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

One would expect the Democrats in the Pennsylvania hierarchy to support abortion rights whereever those rights intersect a right to life. That they did so is no surprise.

What is more surprising is the stuff beginning on page 212 — the manner in which his fellow doctors covered and obscured medical malpractice. I suppose these doctors are New Doctors — the ones whose medical schools no longer administer the Hippocratic Oath because it comes down too hard on abortions.

unclesmrgol on January 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

No snark. They are completely, smugly, satisfied with themselves They are the intellectuals,don’t you know? Why, President Obama went to Harvard…HE is too smart for smart.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Yes, somehow they remind me of all the “intellectual” useful idiots of 20th century dictatorships. Like them, they were too clever to realize they were being used and as soon as the tyrannical mission was accomplished, they would come up missing….or floating.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

It is murder:. Inside the womb, outside the womb. Somebody, please tell me, what’s the difference?

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

You can’t tell me that investigator did not get some kind of payoff.

mbs on January 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Ditto for his or her superiors.

unclesmrgol on January 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

One woman, for example, was left lying in place for hours after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon while trying, unsuccessfully, to extract the fetus. Relatives who came to pick her up were refused entry into the building; they had to threaten to call the police. They eventually found her inside, bleeding and incoherent, and transported her to the hospital, where doctors had to remove almost half a foot of her intestines.

On another occasion, Gosnell simply sent a patient home, after keeping her mother waiting for hours, without telling either of them that she still had fetal parts inside her. Gosnell insisted she was fine, even after signs of serious infection set in over the next several days. By the time her mother got her to the emergency room, she was unconscious and near death.

A nineteen-year-old girl was held for several hours after Gosnell punctured her uterus. As a result of the delay, she fell into shock from blood loss, and had to undergo a hysterectomy.

One patient went into convulsions during an abortion, fell off the procedure table, and hit her head on the floor. Gosnell wouldn’t call an ambulance, and wouldn’t let the woman’s companion leave the building so that he could call an ambulance.

Maybe killing a child is not a choice these mothers should have decided.

portlandon on January 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Nothing in these reports is out of the ordinary. It is Standard Operating Procedure for abortionists. A cursory self-education in the reality of the killing industry, rather than not getting up to speed and unconsiously swallowing the “safe” baloney that they’ve pumped out all these years would do wonders in decreasing the number of those who are now “shocked, truly shocked”.

tigerlily on January 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I went to a dinner where the keynote speaker was a woman who survived an abortion. She said the abortionist had to sign her birth certificate. Lucky for her her mother didn’t go to this guy. This is beyond horrific. This doctor is lucky he is alive in this country and will be afforded 8th Amendment protections, unlike his poor victims.

txmomof6 on January 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Everything, it seems, has come to a festering, ugly boil. The lies that the left keep perpetrating. The right, with the gift of honesty, but just can’t seem to do any type of damage, even with absolute truths at their disposal and then hardly leave a mark. We have a society of idiots. No one, if anyone. learns history, mathematics, geography anymore….obsolete, like Latin.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:37 PM

God Almighty

Abortionno.org

I fancy myself with nerves of steel, but Lord forgive me I cannot finish the video.

I can not do it.

May the Lord judge harshly all those who call this righteousness. May His justice come swiftly, and let all who call this ‘health care’ take note that it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

How can we as a nation possibly sacntion this?!?!

KinleyArdal on January 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I just saw the Perky One wonder how this go happen.

Because you covered it up all these years!

davidk on January 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Safe and Rare, Baby! See how far we’ve come!

/sarc

Jewels on January 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I can barely think straight after that. Tears seem to be almost pointless. A very special place in Hell awaits this “man.”

Dino64 on January 19, 2011 at 6:51 PM

There are no words for this horror.

Kyrie eleison.

Inkblots on January 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Yet, the left keeps up this guise of absolute horror over water-boarding, as if it was the most obscene thing imaginable. Killing babies, no problem, natch.

betsyz on January 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM

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