Serial-killer Doctor Kermit Gosnell started his life sentence in Pennsylvania State Prison almost exactly 3 years ago. We’re guessing you missed the story.
The unspeakable ugliness of the Doctor Kermit Gosnell grand jury report is a damning indictment of America’s healthcare system refusal to mete out appropriate physician discipline. And when medical authorities deliberately ignore murderers, how surprising is it really, that innocent people die?
Of course the news media – many of whom hold a partisan liberal agenda in lieu of an ethical, neutral voice? Well, they look the other way too, don’t they?
And that kills people, too.
The jaw-dropping case of serial-killer Gosnell concerns a physician who routinely murdered babies and put their mothers through appalling and unnecessary danger and pain. Over the course of decades, Gosnell and his staff shockingly –and on a daily basis – would deliver live babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then kill these newborns by cutting their spinal cords with scissors.
Like we say, ugly.
Gosnell’s so-called “clinic’ in Philadelphia was – without exaggeration – a house of horrors, carrying out their deadly business by overdosing pregnant women with dangerous drugs; spreading venereal disease among them with filthy instruments, carelessly puncturing their uteri and bowels – and sometimes killing the mothers while in the process of killing their babies.
Gosnell was eventually convicted on just 3 counts of First Degree Murder, even though those familiar with case agree he and his staff probably killed 500 children. The trial testimony was as grisly as anything ever revealed in an American courtroom. One witness – an unlicensed medical staff member – gave graphic testimony about the filthy conditions at the ‘clinic’ where he helped perform late-term abortions. Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.”
One former staff member described hearing a baby screaming after it was delivered during an abortion procedure. “It sounded like a little alien.”
When authorities were unable to ignore the reports they had received for years, stunned investigators eventually discovered dozens of jars of baby feet, cut off and stored in the refrigerator that also held the medical staff’s lunches.
What? Are you saying that you never heard any of this?
Of course you didn’t. The press barely covered this story at all. Typical citizens, even today, when asked about the identity of Kermit Gosnell, would likely think something along the lines of a Muppet character.
It was almost exactly 7 years ago – in February 2010 – when an FBI team raided Gosnell’s gory kill-mill, euphemistically misnamed the Women’s Medical Society. Law enforcement at that time were simply looking for evidence that the clinic was illegally selling prescription drugs. Upon entering the building they were speechless.
Not ONE medical professional had ever bothered to tell law enforcement what was really going on.
“There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. There was cat feces on the stairs. Barely-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room, where they sat on dirty chairs, covered with blood-stained blankets. All of them had been sedated by unlicensed staff.”
In the surgery rooms, “Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust and had never been inspected. Dirty suction tubing used for abortions was also used for patients’ mouths.”
“Fetal remains, incredibly, were stored everywhere: in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers.”
Most MDs will not perform abortions after 5 months, and abortions after 6 months are illegal. Yet former employee Steven Massof estimated that nearly half of the second-trimester abortions performed by Gosnell, were beyond 6 months in gestational age. “Gosnell performed at least 4-5 illegal abortions every week.”
Now, whether you are pro- or anti-abortion, facts are facts. And when you perform late-term ‘abortions’ by inducing labor, what you are doing is delivering babies: live, breathing, wiggling children. By 6 months, most premies will survive if they are cared for. But that was not what the Women’s Medical Society was about. Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted infants he delivered: he killed them.
Of course Gosnell didn’t call it murder. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he guaranteed fetal demise was by stabbing scissors into the back of the babies’ necks and cutting the spinal cords. He called it “snipping.”
“Their little screams could be heard all over the clinic.”
And they did hundreds of “snippings”, mainly later at night. When Gosnell was unavailable, the “snipping” was done by one of his pretend doctors, or even by a secretary. The staff members acted as if it wasn’t murder at all because, well, the doctor said it wasn’t. And who among us puts a moral foot down in the presence of an MD?
Pretty much nobody.
Few of his staff could ever be prosecuted, because Gosnell destroyed what few medical files he had bothered to write up. Among the relatively few cases that could be specifically documented, one was Baby Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was seven and a half months pregnant when labor was induced. His birth weight was 6 pounds. He was breathing and moving when Gosnell cut his neck with scissors and plopped the little body into a shoebox for disposal.
The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “probably walk me to the bus stop.”
Another victim, Baby B: his little body was found frozen in a large water bottle, 7 months of gestational age.
Baby C was moving and breathing for 20 minutes, before a staff member walked in the room and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.
Like medical staff the world over, they did whatever they were told.
Now, it’s perfectly reasonable that you didn’t hear any of this. But in the state of Pennsylvania, authorities knew all about it. And they ignored it for years. Gosnell was a doctor, for God sakes. And in the U.S., we don’t discipline doctors until we are embarrassed into doing . . . well, something.
The Failure to Stop the Madness
How in the world did this go on for so long without anyone stopping it? The grand jury asked that very question in their report. Because every state has multiple oversight agencies, Pennsylvania’s authorities could have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago.
But none of them did. In a normal world, the first line of defense would have been the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Their job is to ensure clinics follow rules and provide safe care. They had contact with the clinic as far back as 1979, but they never followed up.
Oh, they knew what was going on. Many violations were brought to their attention over the years, but Gosnell promised he’d correct them and that was that. He was, after all, a doctor.
Why would anybody actually drive across town and check?
But in 1993, the Pennsylvania Department of Health suddenly decided to accommodate liberal politicians and stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. When lawyers representing injured women contacted them, the health department still didn’t send anyone over to look at the clinic. When a doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hand-carried his letter of concern that Gosnell patients were coming in with the same venereal disease? No visit.
When the medical examiner of Delaware County told the state that Gosnell had performed an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl carrying a 7 month-old baby? Or when the department received official notice that a woman named Karnamaya Mongar had died by Gosnell’s careless surgery?
No visit by the state. No inspection. Nothing. The man wore a lab coat. He was untouchable.
Another agency with authority, the Pennsylvania Department of State, could have stopped Gosnell many years ago, too. The Department of State, through its Board of Medicine, licenses and oversees doctors. As far back as 2002, a Gosnell staff member secretly gave the Board of Medicine all the information they needed, detailing the garbage-level clinic: the unclean conditions; the unlicensed staff; the unsupervised drugging of patients; the teenage abortion patients; the narcotic pushing for resale on the street. So the Board reluctantly assigned an investigator.
But the investigator never inspected the facility, questioned employees or reviewed any records. So the Board accepted his ridiculous ‘investigation’, and the complaint was dismissed. Not long after that, the Board received an even more disturbing report about patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died of infection after Gosnell punctured her uterus. The woman was 22 years old. A lawsuit against Gosnell was settled for nearly a million dollars, and the insurance company forwarded their investigation to the department.
That report should have been all the authorities needed. Instead, they ignored it. The same thing happened at least twice more: the Board received complaints about lawsuits against Gosnell, but ignored what was happening. Philadelphia Health Department staff once visited the Women’s Medical Society, inspecting the clinic in response to a report that dead fetuses were being stored in the employees’ lunch refrigerator. The inspection confirmed numerous violations. But no follow-up was ever done.
A health department staff member once actually went to the clinic as part of a citywide vaccination program. She discovered that Gosnell was stealing from the program. This lady was the only employee – city or state – who actually tried to do something about the appalling things she saw there. She filed detailed reports identifying the worst violations of Gosnell’s practice. It should have been enough to stop him. Her reports were ignored.
The University of Pennsylvania Hospital, as well as Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, were near the clinic. They knew all about the house of horrors down the street. State law requires hospitals to report surgical complications from abortions. 10 years before, a Gosnell patient died in the ER after a careless abortion, and the hospital filed the legal report. Many other Gosnell patients were brought into Penn facilities for emergency, too. Yet other than the first report, Penn Medical Center could not show they had ever complied with the law, to alert authorities about a dangerous doctor. Not even when one of his patients was brought in by ambulance dead.
Then there is the National Abortion Federation. The Federation is a group of abortion providers who supposedly uphold health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell, strangely, applied for admission to the club. The membership evaluator from Federation clearly saw that medical records were not being kept; that abortion dangers were not explained; that patients were not monitored; that important equipment was not available; that drugs were misused. The Women’s Medical Society was the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected. She rejected Gosnell’s application, but she never told anyone in authority about all the terrible things she had seen.
So Why Haven’t You heard This Story?
Delivering babies and then cutting their heads off may be the worst of American reality. But here is the truly galling aspect of this case. Abortion is staunchly defended by the ‘progressive’ left, which in turn is staunchly supported by thousands of liberal news reporters. The last thing they want is oversight and regulation of abortion clinics. They want no discussion of the appropriateness of late-term abortions. They want no penalties for failing to report crimes, nor punishment for doctors killing babies.
Simply put, the liberal news writers – and their bosses – do not merely insist upon covering the news – they insist upon dictating what you should – and should not – know about controversial issues.
And the last thing they want the public to be knowledgeable about? The monstrous ugliness of baby murder mills, and the evil physicians who operate them for profit.
It’s just the worst of human behavior, ignored by medical/legal authorities; ignored by contemptible news generators with an agenda.
It ain’t rocket science, folks.