Justice has been served for a few infants and one mother whose lives were taken
within the filthy walls of 3801 Lancaster Avenue.
Kermit Gosnell was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the
deaths of three infants who were born alive after botched abortions performed in
his run-down West Philadelphia clinic. He was also found guilty of involuntary
manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died from
an overdose of anesthetic drugs during an abortion procedure.
deliberations came after six weeks of harrowing testimony detailing the brutal
deaths of newborns and unthinkable mistreatment of women. The gruesome murder of
moving, breathing infants after botched abortions
allegedly became a regular occurrence at the filthy West Philadelphia facility,
with one clinic worker estimating nearly 100 living babies were killed shortly
Many of those murders followed failed abortions performed
after Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit. In addition to the four murder charges,
Gosnell was also convicted of more than 200 other criminal counts including violating Pennsylvania’s
informed consent law and performing illegal late-term abortions.
of the trial’s disturbing revelations, many are left questioning how the oft-repeated
slogan of “safe, legal, and rare” abortions can continue to encompass late-term
procedures—especially of the kind that can produce live births.
broad consensus that abortions like those Gosnell performed should not take
place, whether in a run-down Philadelphia clinic or the sterile facilities of
other abortion providers. Nearly two-thirds of Americans generally
oppose abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy, while 80 percent oppose
abortions in the third trimester.
“The first degree murder conviction of
Kermit Gosnell brings some closure to this horrific case, but we must act to
address the broader problems highlighted by this tragedy,” remarked Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Congress
should conduct a thorough investigation into the practices of late-term
abortions in America with the goal of ensuring that these atrocities are never
repeated in the future.…Life is precious at every stage, and America’s policies
must reflect this fact at every turn.”
That policy work got underway last
week, when the House Energy and Commerce Committee began investigations into current state efforts to
monitor clinics and protect the rights of born-alive infants and their
Yet much more needs to be done, especially as current policy
entangles taxpayer dollars in the abortion industry.
The leader in that
industry, Planned Parenthood, performs roughly one out of every four abortions
in the United States. The organization that holds the title of the nation’s largest abortion provider also
allegedly turned a blind eye to the safety of women in Pennsylvania and Delaware, opposes legal protections for infants born
after botched abortions, and faces repeated accusations of fraud.
This is the
organization that President Obama vowed to support at its
recent annual fundraising gala. This is the multibillion-dollar industry to
which the government sends hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every
year. And the abortion subsidization through taxpayer funding will
only increase under Obamacare.
In light of the
brutality that became commonplace at 3801 Lancaster Avenue and has appeared
elsewhere, policymakers should rethink continued financial support for an
industry that creates and supports the likes of Gosnell.
likewise reexamine the prevailing ethic
of abortion-on-demand for any reason—even in late-term
“[I]n our justice system premeditating and exacting the demise
of babies is only a crime if a child is fully outside the womb,” stated Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC). “We
would do well as a society to consider what deciding murder based upon
geographic technicalities reveals about our collective conscious.”
over four decades since the Roe v. Wade decision, American medical
practice, politics, and laws have separated the health of mothers from the well-being
of the children they carry. Gosnell’s “house of horrors” should
demonstrate that the severing of that connection does a disservice and risks the
health and lives of both child and mother.