Did he do that to mine? Did he stab him in the neck?” Because I was out of it. I don’t know what he did to my baby.”
Davida Johnson accuses Dr Gosnell of continuing her abortion after she changed her mind on the table.
Early in 2011 a particularly gruesome situation was covered by most national and international media. The case was regarding the publication of the Grand Jury Report concerning Dr Kermit Gosnell and his Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia and his subsequent arrest and charging on 8 counts of homicide.
The evidence presented to the grand jury established that Karnamaya Mongar died of cardiac arrest because she was overdosed with (Demerol)… Because Gosnell encouraged or requested Williams and West to commit unlawful acts, he should also be charged with criminal solicitation…We received evidence that Dr Gosnell and his staff regularly killed viable babies born alive by severing their spinal cords. He told his staff that this was standard medical practice. It was not. It was criminal behaviour.” Grand Jury of Philadelphia Presentment, http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/grandJury_WomensMedical.html
We read the Grand Jury report (281 pages and the Presentment 67 pages) and compiled a 30 page summary of the Grand Jury report which is one of the saddest and troubling projects with which I have been involved. This was not an isolated case of one rogue abortionist, operating in the shadows completely unknown. There were approximately 10 inspections over thirty years on behalf of four departments with at least six cases of malpractice reported, detailed complaints made and multiple people involved.
There appears to have been a systemic desire to ignore the blatant danger that Gosnell’s facility presented for women, in order to protect abortion access. Pennsylvania law was twisted or ignored, the complaints process made almost too difficult to use, neglect of duty and refusals to act even when confronted with the facts. The lack of transparency, the neglect of responsibility and the difference in treatment of abortion facilities as compared to other health facilities all contributed to the horror that unfolded in Philadelphia.
In 2009, the National Abortion Federation inspected the Women’s Medical Society as Dr. Gosnell had asked to become a member. His application was refused because of the report by the NAF representative on the state of the facility. Neither NAF nor its representative reported these awful conditions to the government authorities!
The facility was filthy, instruments were re-used, non medical personnel gave medications, fetal remains were stored in bags and frozen in juice or milk cartons. Containers of baby’s feet which had been cut off were lined up in rows. Women were overdosed on drugs and waited hours in the agony of forced labour on bloody beds. Children were delivered, living, breathing and moving and were “snipped” in the back of the neck, severing their spinal cord.
But Dr. Gosnell was nothing but consistant, no one came to his clinic believing that they would be leaving with a live baby. He just did what he did, to those children in the womb or out, in order that no woman left that facility with a living child.
How can we as a society complain when we erect arbitrary barriers to allow for some killing? Is the child at 20 weeks really any different at 10 weeks or 30 weeks except in size and ability to survive outside his mother? Obviously Dr. Gosnell asked this question and answered no, there is no difference. If he could kill that child in the womb at that age why not the same child or one a little older or younger outside the womb in the same way.
Our report Murder in Plain Sight concludes that if the systemic bias toward abortion, together with the lack of transparency, as noted by the Grand Jury, is occurring in any other state province or country, we could all have our very own Kermit Gosnell.
Just the day after the death of Karnamaya Mongar, Gosnell had applied for membership to the National Abortion Federations, whose meager guidelines Gosnell could not meet. Even though an NAF staff person spent several days in Gosnell’s abortion mill noting numerous violations, they did not think to report him to the proper authorities.
The grand jury also had a stern rebuke for regulatory organizations who looked the other way, giving their stamp of approval on his criminal practices.
These people who saw the abuses yet stood idly by, or worse, encouraged the behavior that has now shocked the nation bear some responsibility for what happened in Philadelphia. In fact, they deserve criminal prosecution just as much as Gosnell and his cohorts because their silence not only enabled the crimes, but gave tacit consent to them.” Operation Rescue, January 19th 2011.
WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS BELOW
“I was flabbergasted to learn that the Department of Health did not think their authority to protect public health extended to clinics offering abortion services”
Outgoing Governor Ed Rendall (Pennsylvania)
Incoming Governor Tom Corbett was disappointed that Pennsylvania Department of Health officials had done such a poor job of inspecting abortion facilities, saying through a spokesperson that he was; “appalled at the inaction on the part of the Health Department and the Department of State.”
Mayor Michael Nutter (D-Philadelphia) “I think it’s quite clear that, if these allegations are true, we’ve had a monster living in our midst” while vowing to watch the city’s remaining abortion clinics more closely”
Delaware Attorney General Beau Briden promised a wide-ranging investigations into the abortions Gosnell performed in Delaware saying; “I’m disturbed by the allegations that were handed up by the grand jury inPhiladelphia”
Vicki Saporta, speaking for the National Abortion Federation an association of abortion providers, pointed out that Gosnell had been denied membership in the association because his facility did not meet appropriate standards of care, and commented, “Unfortunately, some women don’t know where to turn. You sometimes have substandard providers preying on low-income women who don’t know that they do have other (safe) options”.
Governor Tom Corbett took decisive action against the murders at a Philadelphia abortion center by signing Senate Bill 732 into law on June 27th 2011. The measure is intended to increase regulation of abortion facilities throughout the Commonwealth. Among the law’s provisions are unannounced inspections of abortion centers. The legislation is a direct response to the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is charged with the murders of seven newborn babies and one female patient. Prior to the discovery of the alleged crimes, Gosnell’s facility had not been inspected by state authorities in 17 years.
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