Kermit's Cutthroats: Abortion on Trial
by Jonathon Van Maren
In spite of an almost complete mainstream media blackout, details of the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell are still leaking out, anecdote by bloody, gruesome anecdote. Some of the stories emerging from this butcher’s clinic defy belief—writer Eric Metaxas (author of the book Amazing Grace) called the unfolding narrative “the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of the abortion movement.” Gosnell, who is accused of killing a patient through overdose of anesthesia as well as killing possibly hundreds of full-term infants by “snipping,” a practice whereby he thrust scissors into the backs of their necks and cut their spinal cords, has expressed confusion as to why he is being charged for ending the lives of these children. In his view, he was just performing abortions—and finishing them a little late.
The testimonies of Gosnell’s workers are highlighting the reality of what becomes possible—I would say, based on the evidence, probable—when our culture whole-heartedly accepts the idea that younger human beings are disposable. The result is unmitigated barbarism against the youngest of our kind. Consider the following:
Investigators found around jars on a shelf in Kermit Gosnell’s office, each containing fetal parts, many of which were severed feet. Other corpses were, for reasons as yet unknown, stored in milk jugs, juice containers, or dumped in the freezer in bags. Assistant DA Joanne Pescatore speculated that these human body parts could constitute Gosnell’s “trophies.”
Clinic worker Sherry West, who says she called the babies “specimens” to make the killing process easier, recalled one incident where an infant was born alive, and she was called over to assist in dispatching the child: “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’ It wasn’t fully developed. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was likes [sic] screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien…It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front.”
Clinic worker Lynda Williams, who told the court that snipping the necks of newborn infants was “standard procedure,” described how Gosnell trained her to flip the infants over and then swiftly thrust the scissors into the baby’s neck and snip his or her spinal cord. She recounted one instance where an infant was delivered into a toilet, and she quickly snipped his or her neck—“It jumped, the arm…” she said.
Steven Massof, who worked for Gosnell for nine years, painted a savage picture of routine inside the “clinic”—“it would rain fetuses, fetuses and blood all over the place. I felt like a fireman in Hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires.”
Clinic worker Kareema Cross also testified of the abortion barbarism. According to the grand jury report: “After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, ‘the doctor just slit the neck,’ said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, ‘it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.’” Gosnell, apparently in an attempt to lighten the mood, joked that the baby was big enough to walk him to the bus stop.
Adrienne Moton, one of Gosnell’s medical assistants, testified that one 24-week-old baby was born alive into a toilet, and she quickly slit “Baby D’s” neck to complete the procedure.
Unfortunately, I could go on. The unfolding saga of death and misery at the hands of Gosnell and his cutthroats seems to have no end.
The civilized response to such revelations, of course, would be to recognize that somewhere, we have gone tragically wrong. Abortion advocates have no intention of taking a look at the obvious (and natural) progression from abortion to infanticide (a Planned Parenthood advocate recently affirming their position that it is, more or less, the same thing.) In fact, when the news of Gosnell’s crimes broke in 2010, the Abortion Care Network responded by asking an extraordinarily (and intentionally) oblivious question: “Why, if over the years, many people came to know something was wrong, no one stopped it?”
The answer to that question, of course, is ridiculously simple and well known to the quizzical author: every time anyone points out something amiss in an abortion clinic, abortion advocates become apoplectic and accuse their opponents of “anti-choice thuggery” or some creative and hallucinatory parallel to a totalitarian regime of the past.
The article then notes that the abortion clinic should not have remained open due to the “dangerous and deadly ‘care’” it provided. Their point being, of course, that if you’re going to dismember a pre-born child, it really is best to do it in a clean and sterile environment.
If you’re pro-life, watch this trial closely. Infanticide already happens frequently, if not regularly, and may well be the next human rights battleground. And if you’re pro-choice, I urge you not to look away. Turn on the TV, and turn up the volume. You may not like the storyline, but you helped write the script.
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