Sunday, 14 April 2013

Doctor who killed seven new-born babies by cutting their spinal cords with scissors may face death penalty

The Daily Telegraph (see here and here) has this week run the story of a US abortionist who is facing a potential death sentence after being charged with the gruesome murders of seven babies and a mother.

Dr Kermit Gosnell (pictured), who is on trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, allegedly ran a filthy and dangerous ‘abortion mill’ from his clinic, where he terminated pregnancies after the state's 24-week legal limit.

24 weeks is the age beyond which babies will generally survive in a neonatal unit although babies born as young as 22 weeks have been known to survive in exceptional circumstances.

The Telegraph reports it as follows:

The 72-year-old doctor is accused in a graphic 281-page grand jury report of forcing vulnerable women to give birth to live foetuses, which he and his colleagues killed using a method they called ‘snipping’.

‘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 grand jury states.

Dr Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder. His case has generated widespread revulsion and rekindled the emotive and politically-charged debate over access to abortion across America.

Prosecutors allege that Dr Gosnell's legitimate-sounding Women's Medical Society was in fact a ‘baby charnel house’ in which foetal remains were left scattered around in freezers, bags and jars.

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Dr Gosnell is now standing trial in a Philadelphia courtroom. 

An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at the clinic where he helped perform the 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.’

According to the Atlantic, the story has been played down in the American media – possibly because the allegations of a homicidal abortion doctor don't fit into their pro-choice narrative (more on this here, here,  here, here and here)

There was also evidence of a cover up suggesting that there may have been many other cases – from the Telegraph:

While records for most of these are said to have been destroyed, Dr Gosnell has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in cases where investigators discovered documentary evidence.

One, ‘Baby A’, weighed about six pounds and was breathing and moving after his 17-year-old mother gave birth, prosecutors say. Joking that the baby was big enough to ‘walk me to the bus stop,’ Dr Gosnell allegedly disposed of his body in a shoebox.

Dr Gosnell is also charged with the third-degree murder of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee from Nepal, who died after being sedated.

Prosecutors claim that before paramedics arrived, her body was rearranged to appear as though she had been undergoing a ‘routine, safe abortion procedure’.

The clinic was raided by the FBI in February 2010 and Dr Gosnell's medical licence was suspended.

Two academic bioethicists stirred up huge controversy a year ago by saying that infanticide was ethically equivalent to abortion.

Their point was that if we can justifiably abort babies beyond 24 weeks, then it must be equally justifiable to kill them after birth at the same (or possibly even younger) age.

Their logic is difficult to fault.

But if people are shocked by infanticide– and I hope that most are especially after reading a story like this – then they should surely be equally questioning late abortion.

There were 2,729 abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2011 on babies at 20 weeks gestation or beyond, of which 146 were beyond 24 weeks.

No wonder that sections of the American media were reluctant to run the story.

I wonder how much of the British media will touch it. 

PS. Finally, on 16 April there is massive media coverage on both sides of the Atlantic after the BBC covered it on 15 April..


  1. I think, as you say, the UK media will not want to raise this and is is noticeable that the 'pro-choice' lobby are strangely silent.

    As was said by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva there is, morally, no difference between this act and any abortive process.

  2. It is incredible, simply incredible, that the mainstream press has ignored this story. (The treatment of the mothers alone is disturbing beyond words.)

    I can only conclude that it raises too many uncomfortable questions for too many people.

  3. Its when you read a story such as this that convinces me that there is evil in this world.It is the same evil that sent millions of Jewish men women and children to be gassed ...its the same evil that massacres the innocent in Syria Iran North Korea and yes killing 6 of your own children because you've lost thousands of pounds from your welfare payments. God has been cast into the wilderness and society is now paying the price for inviting in His place the author of such evil. Evil acts such as this will go on unless society turns back to The Lord but my hopes are not that high that it will do so.

  4. I wrote a piece myself a couple of days ago, so far well-received, about the question put to Planned Parenthood, "What should happen to a baby born alive after a botched abortion?", and this story about Dr Kermit Gosnell, with a touch of black humour. It's called, "Thinking outside the botch".

    I would be honoured if you'd pay a visit, and maybe even add a comment, yourself, including (if you wouldn't mind) a link to this piece.


    The posts "The mumbo-jumbo of choice" (about the metaphysical arguments pro-choicers use) and "B*ggers CAN be choosers!" (with an argument against same sex marriage in it that you won't have heard before) are also worth reading.

  5. this has been going on simce i know in the late 80s all pro choice are to blame they want to believe if a women gets raped the baby will be deformed or somethind, how about the docters who when they give a abortion of 7months pregnet they stick a sissor in the babies head as it crowns, then they take the vaccume and such out the brains. so why since you pro choice people aloud that are you upset with what way this docter killed the babies. both ways the baby wont remember and both ways killed them. all pro choice people should be ashamed of them selves you are guilty of murder just like this docter. next time preach to the women to keep from having sex before marriage, and if they get raped give it up for adoption, its still your baby, and if you cant afford another baby give it up to someone who has no kids. look what you done pro choice people [you gave power to a human to take life[ that power belongs to GOD and HE alone PERIOD.


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