April 12, 2013

Gosnell should enrage us all

Everything I've seen and read about Dr. Kermit Gosnell makes me want to turn away and cry. And then it fills me up with piss and vinegar. Don't know what I'm talking about? Let me bring you up to speed.

First, take a look at the Overview from the Grand Jury Report regarding the criminal trial against Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  It's important to read because it's not written by people who are pro or anti abortion. It is simply a stating of facts.

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it. 

 Let us say right up front that we realize this case will be used by those on both sides of the abortion debate. We ourselves cover a spectrum of personal beliefs about the morality of abortion. For us as a criminal grand jury, however, the case is not about that controversy; it is about disregard of the law and disdain for the lives and health of mothers and infants. We find common ground in exposing what happened here, and in recommending measures to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

It's a long document, but you can read the rest here if you wish.

Now, take a quick look at this and take in all the information presented here.

You'll also want to watch this video, though not with kids around.

And if you haven't yet read the following articles I strongly suggest you do.
From USA Today Philadelphia abortion clinic horror
From the Patheos website Washington Post reporter explains her personal Gosnell blockout.

Here's some more articles questioning the silence from mainstream media. As of 1:00pm central time there was nothing from NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times*, The Chicago Tribune and so on.
From The Hill GOP lawmaker blasts Obama , press for ignoring PA abortion trial
From The Atlantic Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's trial should be a front-page story
From The Daily Beast Why isn't the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell on every front page in America?
From Slate Kermit Gosnell: The alleged mass-murderer and the bored media

Again, you may want abortion to be legal in the US. You may even be okay with late term abortions being legal. I wholeheartedly disagree with you but we should be able to agree that all of the following is wrong and deserves at least the same amount of news coverage as Jay Z and Beyonce going to Cuba:

- 2 women dead because of the poor care provided by Gosnell.
- Hundreds of babies who were born alive after an induced labor who were then killed by Gosnell or his staff piercing their necks and snipping their spinal cords. These babies were viable and older than many of the babies one would find in a NICU. That's not abortion - that's murder.
- Gosnell spread venereal diseases amongst his patients by reusing disposable tools and not cleaning them.
- Gosnell's clinic was reported several times over the course of several years and they were never investigated.
- Gosnell's clinic went 17 years without an inspection.
- White patients were treated much better than black patients and women from other minorities.
- Untrained and unlicensed staff were administering drugs illegally and dangerously.
- The bodies and miscellaneous body parts of aborted babies were stashed throughout the clinic, not properly disposed of.

If we really care about women's rights, civil rights, and the dignity of people then we should be raising hell about this.  Planned Parenthood should be raising hell about this. The medical community should be raising hell about this. The media should be raising hell about this. But PP is silent and Charlie Rose, Matt Laurer, Diane Sawyer, and Brian Williams are all silent about it.

This is disgusting, horrific, vile, inhumane - and I'm not just talking about everything that Gosnell did.  I'm also talking about the fact that outside of the prolife community (who has been tweeting, blogging, and speaking about it for months) people are not talking about this. Because here's the bottom line, folks: Gosnell's clinic in Pennsylvania is not the only place this kind of stuff is happening.  You want "safe, legal, and rare"? Then you should be enraged and you should be raising hell.

Two more things: I've seen some pretty harsh statements about Gosnell and his staff. Instead of cheering for their damnation we need to pray that they will repent and seek God's mercy.

Secondly, if you or someone you know works in the abortion industry and you are ready to get out please check out Abby Johnson's organization And Then There Were None. They will help you find new work and even pay bills until a new job is found. They also offer legal support and emotional support. Please, consider this your opportunity!

UPDATE: Salon has a piece saying there is not Gosnell cover-up because when the news first broke in 2011 people covered. it. What the author says is true - I kept Gosnell on my radar because I did hear about it way back in the day. However, as more facts came out and as Gosnell's trial started and continues the media has remained mostly silent. I remember watching OJ being chased by the police. I remember  updates on his arrest, time in prison, and the live streaming of Judge Kato's courtroom during OJ's trial. The media did not just report on OJ (or Lindsey Lohan or Parish Hilton or Amanda Knox) when they were first arrested and then said, "There - covered that!" and moved on. NO, they continued to update the population and kept us up-to-date in an almost obnoxious way. I'm not asking for the same coverage as the OJ trial but I think the media should have come back to this story as more information came forward during witness testimony and so forth. So sorry, Irin Carmon, your defense is not good enough.

*UPDATE: I just found an article from March 18,2013 from The New York Times discussing the opening of the Gosnell trial. I am very glad to have found that but as I stated in the above update, the coverage should be ongoing for something like this.


  1. I totally agree. I keep hearing the supporters of PP saying this this isn't the norm, but you would think that their PR people would be vehemently against this and leading a media blitz to distance themselves. That is unless they have more skeletons in the closet...and we all know they do. So sickening.

  2. I just finished reading that whole grand jury statement, it makes me sick to my stomach. So frustrating that media cannot do its job right and report on things that really matter...not like the newest sex toys which was on the today show during the 8am hour.

  3. Bonnie,
    Does that video clip have images of the murdered babies? I would like to watch it, but having miscarried at home myself, I'm not sure I can look at those images right now. It suffices to say I AM outraged about this--both Gosnell himself and the media's piss poor coverage, more than words can express. Thank you for not keeping quiet over here.

    1. KJL, I'm so sorry for the loss of your little one. My heart goes out to you.

      The video does show babies, as do some of the articles I've read (though my top 2 do not). Beautiful little babies so it is very sad and upsetting. Thank you for asking.

    2. Thanks for letting me know, Bonnie, and thanks for your kind words.

      When reading about this, part of my brain wants to explode. I seriously cannot believe the things that happen in this world, while our president and others of influence (including the media) stand by silent. Thank you again for not being silent.

  4. I love this comment at the end of the Salon article: "To everyone who thinks his case was a reason for more abortion restrictions: What he did was already illegal."

    Replace "abortion restrictions" with "gun restrictions" and I'm willing to bet you've got a statement wholeheartedly embraced by Salon's demographic. Yet when it comes to the sacrament of abortion, there is no amount of horror that will make some people violate their "religion".

  5. I am just hit right now with the fact that I was 20 weeks on the day I delivered my baby that had died in utero. and I can't imagine the horror that these women went through. I am sickened at what this doctor did, horrified, and I just don't understand this world we live in. I do not understand how anyone can be so evil. I do pray for the conversions of these people, but the anger is so fierce, ...It's just completely unfathomable.

  6. This story is so horrifying. I cried last night because my medical school classmates are using this story to argue their pro-abortion stance and circulating articles using this story to promote increased access to 'safe' abortions for women.

    I felt a little hope during the video when they talked about the priests and pro-lifers praying outside the clinic over the years.

    From the Atlantic article: "we think this was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion."

    We need to pray so much for the women hurt by abortion, the women considering abortion, and the physicians who will care for them (as a pro-lifer, I'm in a small minority in my class of future doctors).

    1. Those women had access to safe abortions - Google it and you'll see that there are 7 facilities in Philly.

      The fact is there are laws and regulations already in place that should have kept those women and babies safe. The local government failed in not doing inspections and shutting that man down years ago.

      Your classmates are either blinded by their pro-abortion beliefs or stupid to not see that. And further, I am curious if they cared at all for those babies (hundred and hundreds as one worker states in the grand jury report) who were born alive and then gruesomely and cruelly killed. Some of those babies were women too.

      (So that's the "piss and vinegar" coming out.)

      But let me say to you, Erika: THANK YOU for doing what you're doing. We need pro-life doctors and I hope that your classmates are moved by the compassion you feel for all of Gosnell's victims.

  7. I was glad to see Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper tackle the topic on CNN last night in what I felt was a fair and balanced well -- lead stories on both their programs as well. Anderson Cooper asked some very tough questions and used strong, accurate language: abortion, murder, baby, kill, etc.

  8. Words cannot describe how this makes me feel. I'm over wagging my finger at the mainstream media - we can expect NOTHING remotely virtuous from them. It is up to us to be "in the know" and to share the information zealously with others - whatever side of the issue they are on. And, yes, pray. Lord, have mercy on us all. I will be sharing this. Thank you, Bonnie