WARNING: This story is very disturbing.
Reuters reports that Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, along with nine of his associates, has been charged with the murder of seven babies that were born viable at his clinic, known as the Women’s Medical Society. It’s alleged that the doctor “cut their spinal cords with scissors after removing them from mothers late in their pregnancies.”
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he has “substantial evidence” to incriminate Gosnell and company in the seven counts of murder, but “hundreds of others likely died in the squalid clinic.” Gosnell has been charged with murder, infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks and unspecified other charges. According to Reuters, Williams may seek the death penalty.
Gosnell performed late-term abortions by inducing pregnant women and then killing their offspring. Gosnell charged “between $1,625 and $3,000 for an illegal abortion after 24 weeks,” payable in cash. Gosnell is also being charged in the death of a mother who died during one of his procedures.
The New York Times offers even more gruesome details about the decrepit, deplorable and depraved state of Gosnell’s clinic. They say, “Plastic bags and mineral water bottles holding aborted fetuses were found” along with “jars containing the severed feet of babies.” In the 281-page grand jury document, the prosecution recounted a case involving the murder of a 30-week-old fetus, saying, “The doctor joked that the baby was so big, ‘he could walk me to the bus stop.’ ”
This is a sad, sad day for reproductive rights. Gosnell’s story is horrifying, as is the fact that women – apparently lots of them – would allow a man to kill a viable child. What’s even worse is that now every goon from the pro-life movement is going to swarm on this story, supposedly reminding us that all abortions are murderous. Anna North at Jezebel wrote, “Unfortunately, some are likely to take this story as proof that all abortion providers are evil profit-mongers. Really, it should show us how important access to safe, legal abortion really is.”