No bail for Philly abortionist on murder charges

posted at 12:15 pm on January 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This comes as no great shock, considering the number and nature of the charges filed against Kermit Gosnell by prosecutors.  The man who ran the most infamous abortion center in America will remain in prison until his trial, a judge decided at his arraignment on murder, infanticide, fraud, and conspiracy charges:

Kermit Gosnell was arraigned without bail late Thursday afternoon after charged with eight counts of murder in the death of a woman from a botched abortion and seven babies purposefully born so they could be killed in infanticides shortly thereafter.

Gosnell several staffers were arrested overnight on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following the woman’s death and discovered a “shop of horrors” filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides.

Authorities searching the facility last year found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.

Gosnell, who used a method of live birth abortion to birth babies and snap their spinal cords with scissors, was arraigned and held without bail and two of Gosnell’s unlicensed and untrained staff, Adrienne Moton and Lynda Williams, who allegedly assisted him in the gruesome killings at his  Women’s Medical Society abortion business were also arraigned and held without bail.

In this case, the denial of bail may serve everyone’s interests, as well as being appropriate considering the charges involved.  Gosnell made a fortune over the years in butchering women and babies as well as allegedly selling prescriptions, so he’s a serious flight risk, especially from multiple counts of murder.  The city and state don’t want Gosnell out defending himself on television over the next several weeks and months, and the witnesses certainly don’t want to deal with him or his co-conspirators.  Gosnell himself may want to stay in police protection anyway; the grand jury report might make his old neighborhood a very unpleasant place for him to stay.

On the other hand, perhaps it would have been poetic justice for the judge to impose house arrest on Gosnell — at the filthy, unsanitary, and ghoulish charnel house he called a clinic.  That would have been cruel to the police officers who would have had to guard him there, however.

The Boss Emeritus has a powerful column on this case that must be read in its entirety, but here’s a taste of it:

Already, left-wing journalists and activists have rushed to explain that these abortion atrocities ignored for four decades by abortion radicals and rationalizers are not really about abortion. A Time magazine writer argued that the Philadelphia Horror was “about poverty, not Roe V. Wade.” A University of Minnesota professor declared: “This is not about abortion.”

But the grand jury itself pointed out that loosened oversight of abortion clinics enacted under pro-choice former GOP governor Tom Ridge enabled Gosnell’s criminal enterprise – and led to the heartless execution of hundreds of babies. Mass murder got a pass in the name of expanding “access” and appeasing abortion lobbyists. As the report made clear: “With the change of administration from [pro-life Democrat] Governor Casey to Governor Ridge,” government health 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.”

Deadly indifference to protecting life isn’t tangential to the abortion industry’s existence – it’s at the core of it. The Philadelphia Horror is no anomaly. It’s the logical, blood-curdling consequence of an evileugenics-rooted enterprise wrapped in feminist clothing.

If the grand jury’s report is accurate, Gosnell is a serial killer, right down to the trophy-keeping.  He only got away with it for so long because of the political reluctance to enforce the law on abortion clinics, at least in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, even after a multitude of warnings and more than one death.  That grand jury report exposed the fact that regulation of abortion clinics is a joke protected by political correctness, at least in the Keystone State, and now we have to ask ourselves how many other Gosnells are still in operation.

The Anchoress writes today that the political correctness continues in the media coverage of Gosnell’s abbatoir:

The press is not going giving a full sense of the scope of this horrorshow, because they will want this story minimized and shoved down the memory hole as fast as possible. There are a few weak lines of spin being bandied about, but do not be fooled; this is about abortion in America, and about a mindset that will excuse a great deal for its sake. Steel yourself to it and try to read the report. Become educated about Gosnell; it is very likely there are more like him — exploiting the poor, cutting every corner and confident that local authorities and regulators will not care. …

The Gosnell story would be repellent enough, even if he had been charged ten or fifteen years ago. The horror is compounded by the fact that people in authority looked the other way, for decades, rather than stop him.

And curiously, given the brevity of these articles I’m linking to, the U.S. press seems to want to look away, too. But they shouldn’t. In 2002 the media quite rightly delved deeply into the cover-ups of priestly abuse in the Catholic Church; they helped to shine a light into vast darkness, raising awareness and making sure there was no more room to hide; they helped precipitate a painful but necessary, and ongoing, cleansing. They need to do that again, here, because it is very likely that — as with those abuse stories — these horrors are not isolated to one town, or one practice or one state.

There are really two stories here.  The first is Gosnell and his clinic, and all of the damage and death he caused over a decades-long run.  The second is the utter lack of concern over it by government authorities that supposedly exist to protect public health and women.  The grand jury report could not possibly be more damning of the failure of public oversight in the Gosnell case.  The media is covering the first and doing their best to ignore the second, and especially the reasons for the failure, which the grand jury showed more courage in defining than news organization have done in reporting.


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What mother could do this to her own child? What kind of person would even contemplate something ending the life of a viable infant that you can feel moving inside of you?

Key West Reader on January 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I chalk it up to ignorance and negligence. The evil comes in when “doctors” encourage ignorance and negligence for profit.

gryphon202 on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

What mother could do this to her own child? What kind of person would even contemplate something ending the life of a viable infant that you can feel moving inside of you? Where do they come from?

According to George Tiller in a long ago interview, most of his patients were teenagers who had denied they were pregnant to themselves until it became obvious to those around them.

The other group are women who discover they are having a child with DS and “really value intellect” so they kill their “defective” child.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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He’s a sociopath who found one way to kill helpless human beings and get away with it…until now.

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Wethal:Exactly,I don`t want my Rhetric,to get me banned on this /$%?&*()_+_)(*&?%$/ clown!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Thank you everyone for your well wishes. My little man has been through a lot in his life, but he is a happy little boy who is a joy to be around. I’m so thankful for all of his doctors who helped to keep him alive in those very scary early weeks. It upsets me so much to think of how much we did for him to help him survive, while Gosnell was stabbing children his age in the back of their necks.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The other group are women who discover they are having a child with DS and “really value intellect” so they kill their “defective” child.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

So, the left demonizes Palin for keeping Trig but is silent on this ghoul. NOW I get it. Pardon the pun.

Key West Reader on January 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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Did you read some of the comments on that story? Good grief people are sick.

thevastlane on January 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

thevastlane:Yes,and the little jars of his trophies,yup,
words cannot describe!!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

So, the left demonizes Palin for keeping Trig but is silent on this ghoul. NOW I get it. Pardon the pun.

Key West Reader on January 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Key West Reader:Precisely,and nailed!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Were records kept? Are they discoverable in litigation?

Key West Reader on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Gosnell destroyed most of his records, which is why they can only try him for seven babies’ deaths for now.

No doubt the five staffers also accused of murder are going to sing like canaries to cut deals, but I don’t know if their testimony alone, without records or remains would be enough. You don’t need the body to charge a person with murder, though.

Seven counts of murder of helpless newborns should be enough to send Gosnell to death row, if the DA goes for it (he’s supposedly considering it).

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

It upsets me so much to think of how much we did for him to help him survive, while Gosnell was stabbing children his age in the back of their necks.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

It should upset us all.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

gryphon202 on January 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

So, the left demonizes Palin for keeping Trig but is silent on this ghoul.

The fact that she didn’t kill her “retarded” child pisses them off to no end. Over 90% of children with DS are aborted. Children like Nella.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I wish there was some way the GOP could figure out how to justify a Congressional hearing on this.

Give this story enough pub, and you will be surprised (or not) by the number of people who pop up who can substantiate that this atrocious conduct occurs at many abortionists’ clinics.

Labamigo on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Isn’t Nella’s story the most beautiful thing to read? A mind-cleanser after this horror. A true celebration of life–in spite of, because of–her value as a human being.

hoosiermama on January 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Definitely, Hoosiermama. People like her mama give me hope for humanity.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Did you read some of the comments on that story? Good grief people are sick.

thevastlane on January 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

thevastlane:Yes,and the little jars of his trophies,yup,
words cannot describe!!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I was referring to the other story you linked to about the second graders. It’s all just so depraved.

thevastlane on January 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I wish there was some way the GOP could figure out how to justify a Congressional hearing on this.

Give this story enough pub, and you will be surprised (or not) by the number of people who pop up who can substantiate that this atrocious conduct occurs at many abortionists’ clinics.

Labamigo on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

There are two openings here. First, the repeal of ObamaCare which pays for abortions. Secondly we are looking for ways to cut the budget. We could start by eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and all of its subsidiaries

Key West Reader on January 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Awww. Bless his little heart!

My son was smaller than some of the babies this monster destroyed too… Seriously, he looked like a peeled squirrel when he was born. But we loved him absolutely!!!

Still do, even though he has some health problems also. Not from being a preemie, he wasn’t, but he had problems that led to his being small.

Lily on January 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Trolls awfully quiet today, wonder why?

txmomof6 on January 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Trolls awfully quiet today, wonder why?

txmomof6 on January 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

There are some things even a libtard can’t defend.

gryphon202 on January 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

My friend’s baby just died recently from complications due to Trisomy 18. She was just under a month old and had numerous problems with her heart, lungs, and brain due to birth defects. But my friend and her family treasured this baby and did their best to make her short life as comfortable as possible. I’m sure some doctors advised my friend to get an abortion, but she refused to do so.

I’m stunned by people like Dr. Gosnell that seem not to value human life. I can’t think about people aborting their children without tears coming to my eyes. My children are so precious to me. The only difference between them and the children that are aborted is that they are wanted and loved.

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of your friend’s loss. Sadly, many medical professionals tell families facing such a diagnosis that it is better to abort and “try again” as though that life never existed.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Dear God, it just gets worse and worse. From philly.com

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Robyn Reid didn’t want an abortion. But when her grandmother forcibly took her to an abortion clinic one wintry day in 1998, Reid figured she’d just tell the doctor her wishes and then sneak away.

Instead, Kermit Gosnell barked: “I don’t have time for this!” He then ripped off her clothes, spanked her, wrestled her onto a dirty surgical stretcher, tied her flailing arms and legs down and pumped sedatives into her until she quit screaming and lost consciousness, she told the Daily News yesterday.

In 2001, Davida Johnson changed her mind about aborting her 6-month fetus after seeing Gosnell’s dazed, bloodied patients in his recovery room, she said. But in the treatment room, Gosnell’s staffers ignored her protests, smacked her, tied her arms down and sedated her into unconsciousness, she said. She awoke no longer pregnant.

Weeks later, she said, she was diagnosed with a venereal disease that she believes she contracted from unsterilized equipment Gosnell used. Now, she can’t carry a baby to term and said she has miscarried four times since her abortion.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I’ve seen “former GOP governor Tom Ridge”
used a lot in relation to this story.
Why no mention of current soon-to-be-former
democrat governor Ed Rendell?

mrt721 on January 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM

PHILADELPHIA – Former Gov. Ed Rendell says he is “flabbergasted” by regulators’ inadequate inspections of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where a doctor allegedly killed viable babies.

Rendell said Friday that he ordered increased clinic inspections after a raid last year on Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic yielded gruesome accounts of bloody floors and baby parts in jars.

A grand jury charged Gosnell with eight counts of murder on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege he fatally stabbed viable babies in the spine with scissors and permitted untrained employees to give one woman a lethal dose of pain killers during a 2009 procedure.

The grand jury’s report severely rebuked the state’s Department of Health for failing to shut down Gosnell’s clinic despite repeated reports of horrific conditions.

philly.com (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Nice try, Eddie, but the clinic was only raided when he was reported to be selling prescription drugs. Your DOH and DOS ignored reports on the abortion horror for eight years.

Eddie, by the way, left office on Tuesday. We now have pro-life governor and former AG Tom Corbett.

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Trolls awfully quiet today, wonder why?

They’re too busy cleaning up their work places.

andycanuck on January 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Apparently even the plaintiff’s lawyers who tried to bring lawsuits against this abortion mill are less powerful than the abortion lobby. Who knew?

txmomof6 on January 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

In 2001, Davida Johnson changed her mind about aborting her 6-month fetus after seeing Gosnell’s dazed, bloodied patients in his recovery room, she said. But in the treatment room, Gosnell’s staffers ignored her protests, smacked her, tied her arms down and sedated her into unconsciousness, she said. She awoke no longer pregnant.

Weeks later, she said, she was diagnosed with a venereal disease that she believes she contracted from unsterilized equipment Gosnell used. Now, she can’t carry a baby to term and said she has miscarried four times since her abortion.

I wonder if the Aztec priests had this much trouble with the people they sacrificed on tops of those pyramid buildings down there in MesoAmerica. I’m sure they drugged them, tied them down, before they killed them in ways not much different than these babies/women were killed.

ted c on January 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Just read in the WSJ that the company making the lethal injection drug for the death penalty is going to stop making it. So does that mean Gosnell can get the scissors to the spine method of execution, or is that politically incorrect?

txmomof6 on January 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I would have thought the libs in Philly would have had a parade for this guy by now. Let by Planned Parenthood and NOW.

kens on January 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM

According to George Tiller in a long ago interview, most of his patients were teenagers who had denied they were pregnant to themselves until it became obvious to those around them.

The other group are women who discover they are having a child with DS and “really value intellect” so they kill their “defective” child.

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

In the report, at least one of the women (I think the first one that died) was having her 3rd or 5th abortion. (Forgive me if I don’t want to wade back into that report for the exact info.) And the other one who died was a 41-year-old grandmother. At least some of them knew full well what they were doing.

I have a son with DS. Not the life I’d have chosen, but I’m a better person for it. I have learned so much by having him in my life.

CJ on January 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Another good liberal in trouble….

DL13 on January 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Vera on January 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for your kind words. It was one of those sad situations where we were all glad she wasn’t suffering any more, but she’s still very missed. I honestly don’t think I could handle that situation if she were my child.

I hope Kermit the killer gets life without parole at the very least (not sure if PA has death penalty). Do any of out resident lawyers know if his crimes would be considered 1st degree murder? Abortion laws seem to muddy the waters when it comes to murder.

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Yes, PA does have the death penalty.

Yes, he has been charged with first degree murder.

The DA is reportedly considering the death penalty. If not, I suspect life without parole will be pursued.

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I’m sure its just a coincidence but this has been going on since Rush has been on the radio. Hmmm….

patrick neid on January 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM

The liberal MSM can’t face the truth. They’re repeating the same old crap as they did in the Gifford massacre. The MSM are shamefully guilty as this murderous doctor.

byteshredder on January 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM

There are people who, if allowed to kill human beings with impunity, would do so.

Some of those people we call Communists, some we call Nazis, some we call abortionists.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Thanks for the info. I’d say what sort of punishment the scum should get, but I don’t want to be banned.

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I read the entire grand jury report on this POS and I can say that in my 45 years on this planet, I have never seen a more vile person than this guy.

Death row would be too merciless for this guy. Put him in general population.

BierManVA on January 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

sounds like the underground mail-list for lefty journalists worked together to come up with a way to reduce the severity of the abortion doctor’s crimes

jediwebdude on January 21, 2011 at 5:08 PM

What mother could do this to her own child? What kind of person would even contemplate something ending the life of a viable infant that you can feel moving inside of you? Where do they come from?

We have them here on HA…AnninCA is one, and a few others.
They have “faux indignation” at what happened, but would never pull the lever to outlaw such abuse. Oh maybe in this one particular case now that it is public…but they will never turn their back on the promise of allowing any woman to kill her baby.

right2bright on January 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

BierManVA on January 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I couldn’t get through it, I stopped at the weird procedure with the ball of “waxed” razors, that when inserted the wax would dissolve, the razors on springs would open and slit the baby to death…that is all I need to know.

right2bright on January 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Just so we’re clear…

We have to maintain legal abortions so that women aren’t forced into the hands of dangerous back alley practitioners who lack the training and equipment to perform terminations safely. In this case, it seems like a distinction without a difference.

docjeff on January 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I read fictional horror stories that are “scarier” than this creep`s grisly crimes but fiction, forgive my stating the obvious, ain`t real. This is horrible stuff. I expect we will be learning of more of this horrible non-fiction as authorites release the info. And the trial . . . .

Truly eldritch!

Sherman1864 on January 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Thanks for the info. I’d say what sort of punishment the scum should get, but I don’t want to be banned.

drflykilla on January 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’d like to slap him down into Ol’ Sparky and light him up like a Christmas tree (h@ll, I’d pay the electric bill), but unfortunately we have lethal injection here in PA.

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Just so we’re clear…

We have to maintain legal abortions so that women aren’t forced into the hands of dangerous back alley practitioners who lack the training and equipment to perform terminations safely. In this case, it seems like a distinction without a difference.

docjeff on January 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Just so we`re clear, the above is meaningless malarkey! That last sentence makes absolutely no sense (whatsoever). I hope you are not being controlled by grammar, Doc. If it is, it isn`t good.

Sherman1864 on January 21, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Sherman1864 on January 21, 2011 at 6:29 PM

That last sentence makes absolutely no sense (whatsoever).

Gosh, Sherman. Let me spell it out for you…

Exhibit A – legal abortions in Dr Gosnell’s clinic were performed by an unqualified practitioner, without nurses to monitor patients, and with inadequate equipment and procedures to perform the terminations safely, occasionally resulting in harm to the patient

Exhibit B – back alley abortions are performed by unqualified practitioners, without nurses to monitor patients, and with inadequate equipment and procedures to perform the terminations safely, occasionally resulting in harm to the patient

My point was that we were supposed to avoid these kinds of outcomes by providing legal abortions under state regulation by medical boards. In this case (and who knows how many others), what exists is only the illusion of quality assurance. The distinction between abortions performed in legal clinics may, in an unknown number of cases, be frighteningly similar in risk to those performed in “back alleys”.

Better?

docjeff on January 21, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Same governmental attitude will eventually come to Obamacare and the elderly.

chickasaw42 on January 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Dear God.

I hope they all burn. Slowly.

All of them.

Professor Blather on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

That baby was 6 lbs.
My son was born at 6lb.6oz…I was born at 4lb.8oz

I feel ill…

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I missed this thread.

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Monstrous.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM

I would have thought the libs in Philly would have had a parade for this guy by now. Let by Planned Parenthood and NOW.

They were indeed planning for a parade but their chief guest of honor – a “Republican” named Tom Ridge was overcome with shame that he would not attend. The parade was there fore canceled.

Think about it for a second – a pro-life Democrat Governor had a much tighter control over the abortion industry than a RINO Governor…… wow, just wow.

If the GOP is stupid enough to invite Tom Ridge to ANY official party meeting/function…. wait let me not complete the sentence – i just realized that i am talking about the stupid party.

One more reason why an honest conservative is always better than a so called “moderate” RINO. Who is the real extremist here ? It is the abortion extremists like Tom Ridge.

nagee76 on January 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Maybe, in VeraVille, but not according to the law.

Blake on January 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Most jurisdictions deny bail in a murder case.

Why, exactly, do you feel that this particular piece of slime should be granted bail?

Solaratov on January 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM

This guy’s a monster, no doubt – but then, so is everybody else who has ever performed an abortion.

Knott Buyinit on January 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM

The abortion industry claimed lives would be saved from dangerous back alley abortions. Tiller the killer and this guy and many others killed a lot of mothers. The number they said died in back alley abortions later was admitted to be false.

seven on January 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM

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