The recent trial and conviction of late term abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, has really spotlighted the inherent horror of abortion. This Philadelphia abortion doctor, who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a mother and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Prosecuting Attorney Seth Williams stated that Gosnell induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh and eighth month of pregnancy, and then killed those infants by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cords.
"Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell's clinic" said Mr. Williams. Authorities who went to investigate drug-related complaints at Gosnell's clinic last year stumbled on what the district attorney called “a house of horrors.” When investigators searched the abortion clinic, they found bodies of dead babies in paper bags, plastic bottles, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and cat containers. Some were stored in refrigerators, and one freezer contained the corpse of a twenty-eight week old baby boy, frozen in a one gallon water bottle. It was apparent that some of these bodies had been there for years. A former employee testified that Gosnell collected the feet of his victims in glass jars. Authorities found about 50 such containers scattered throughout the abortion clinic.
Another witness stated that women often sat in bloodstained lounge chairs in the “recovery room” while unlicensed, unsupervised workers gave them large doses of various drugs because Gosnell wanted them to be quiet. A janitor at the clinic told jurors that he had threatened to quit because he did not like pulling flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing. He testified that the toilets backed up once a twice a week and that, whenever he opened the clean-out pipes, fetal parts, such as baby's arms, came spilling out. The catalog of health and safety violations was overwhelming. There can be little doubt that they played a role in the fact that several patients contracted STD's while at the clinic and at least two women died. Inspectors said that the facility was filthy and foul-smelling. They said that the floors and walls were splattered with urine and that some of the furniture was covered in dried blood. They also found dirty surgical instruments as well as plastic disposable speculums and curettes being reused from woman to woman.
Gosnell made millions of dollars over 30 years performing as many illegal late term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993.
During the trial, it became clear that organizations like Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, and others in the pro-abortion community were fully aware of what Gosnell was doing. But they kept quiet because this was a rock they did not want the public looking under. What they knew and wanted to keep hidden, was that everything being done at Gosnell's clinic was within standard operating procedures for every other abortion clinic in the country. So they and their “lap-dogs in the media” started whistling past the graveyard.
Although Gosnell's trial began in mid-March, 2013, the three leading main media networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS failed to cover his trial. Seventy two congressman accused them of blatant media bias. Not until Friday, April 19th, when pro-life activists took to Twitter en masse, sending hundreds of thousands of Gosnell related tweets, did these major media outlets were forced to cover the trial. Representative Marsha Blackburn stated that “Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt abortion industry to profit at the expense of innocent women and children. The main stream media has a responsibility to report the truth, not turn a blind eye to the biggest civil rights issue of our time.”
Gosnell was found guilty of two of three counts of first degree murder by waiving his right to an appeal in exchange for two consecutive life sentences. Although charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, the judge dismissed some of the charges on the basis that the state failed to prove that the babies were born alive. In the words of Life Dynamics President, Mark Crutcher, the judges opinion was that "These tortured and mangled children were simply the products of everyday, run of the mill, late-term abortions. In addition, Gosnells's defense team has routinely argued that very point when trying to counter the testimony of prosecution witnesses. To paraphrase their position: These babies were taken to this abortion clinic to be killed and they were killed....so what is the problem? As a long term anti-abortion activist, I have to say that the judge and defense team locked-in on the core issue of this trial. What they are saying is that, if Gosnell decapitated these babies while they were still inside their mother's abdomens, rather than a few feet away on a stainless steel table, then nothing illegal occurred. To put it another way, the mere fact that these children were butchered is irrelevant as long as they were butchered in the appropriate location. This defines the abyss of moral bankruptcy that our legal system and our nation as a whole fell into on the day that Roe v. Wade was handed down.”
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has stated in his comments on the Gosnell trial, “We have an opportunity to show people the true nature of abortion, the true meaning of choice. We must seize this moment to make sure everyone understands that what happened in Gosnell's clinic has been happening all over the country for the last forty years.”
Excerpted from various www.lifesitenews.com articles.