Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of the first-degree murder of three infants who survived his abortions. The Philadelphia abortionist will serve three life sentences in prison.
In 2010, authorities raided Gosnell’s late-term abortion clinic following allegations that he had killed a patient. The conditions they found earned the Philadelphia clinic the name “House of Horrors.”
Gosnell kept aborted babies’ feet in jars and fetal parts in the staff lunch refrigerator. He used surgical equipment stained with dried blood without bothering to sterilize it. The clinic was filthy and in disrepair, and emergency exits were bolted shut.
Gosnell was arraigned for eight counts of murder.
One of his abortions killed 19-week-pregnant Karnamaya Mongar. It took rescue personnel “twenty minutes” to cut the locks on the emergency exit to transport Mongar into an ambulance.
The seven other victims were babies; he delivered them alive and then cut their spinal cords. Gosnell himself didn’t call this process “murder,” though; he preferred “ensuring fetal demise.” He did not understand the arraignment for the babies’ deaths – in his mind, if he could legally abort them in their mothers’ wombs, he could just as easily kill them after they had left the birth canal.
Gosnell’s trial began on March 18, 2013. His former employees’ testimonies could frame a nightmare. Unlicensed and untrained clinic workers performed ultrasounds, administered anesthesia (the botching of which killed Mrs. Mongar), and aided Gosnell in severing the spinal cords of not seven, but “hundreds” of live babies. Steven Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate, testified that “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” Sherry West recounted a baby, born alive and tossed in a glass dish, who screamed as he or she died.
Planned Parenthood ignored Gosnell’s trial for a month. When Planned Parenthood finally tweeted a condemnation, it included a link that led not to a description of the horrors of Gosnell’s abortions and infanticide, but to an article from 2011, “Women’s Rights Facing Threats.” The article insists that new laws regulating abortion clinics would not protect women and babies from Gosnell-like conditions and should not even be considered.
Gosnell’s House of Horrors had not been inspected in 17 years. Laws mandating regulation of abortion clinics are in fact desperately needed to keep women and babies safe.
Planned Parenthood cannot afford to call for regulations that prevent infanticide. The organization’s “abortion first” agenda demands that a woman have a “right” to a dead baby. This ideological commitment has always been apparent, but Planned Parenthood’s recent active defense of infanticide makes it glaring.
When Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder of three infants and manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, Eric Ferrero, vice president for communications of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, claimed that Gosnell-like late-term abortionists are the exception.
He writes that Gosnell was a “criminal” who cannot be “[connected] … to lawful abortion providers.” Ferrero is clearly ignoring the scandal that rocked Planned Parenthood earlier this year: two nurses exposed Planned Parenthood’s own “House of Horrors” in Wilmington, Delaware for its “meat-market style of assembly line abortions” performed by an abortionist who refused to wear gloves, reused contaminated instruments, and hired untrained workers for medical duties.