ABORTION DOCTOR KERMIT GOSNELL FOUND GUILTY - To summarize this story: Dr. Kermit Gosnell is an abortion doctor who performed abortions, even late-term abortions at the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dr. came under suspicion for illegally prescribing prescription drugs and during a drug raid at the clinic authorities uncovered the human remains of more than 47 aborted babies in various containers in different areas of the clinic. This led to the facility being closed last March for further investigation and came back into the news earlier this year when a grand jury indicted Gosnell and nine employees for murder in the deaths of one woman and seven infants.
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Dr. Kermit Gosnell
What has made this case particularly gruesome are the atrocities leveled at these young lives who, had the mothers gone into labor, may have survived and the numerous “trophies” of body parts he kept of the aborted babies. Infanticide, genocide and mass murderer are all terms being used to describe this doctor and his practice.
In Pennsylvania it is illegal to abort a fetus at 24 weeks or later and this law has led to today’s verdicts that include:
Guilty of 3 counts of first-degree murder for three of the seven babies.
Guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus.
Guilty of performing 21 abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Guilty of infanticide and conspiracy in the babies’ deaths.
In addition, Gosnell was found guilty of 211 counts of failing to comply with a state law that requires for a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion is performed. Each of those 211 counts carries the possibility of up to one year in prison.
Eight other defendants have also pled guilty to a variety of charges and are in jail awaiting sentencing, including Gosnell’s wife, who helped perform abortions.
We consider ourselves a civilized society, one in which personal choices are allowed and that includes the choice to have an abortion. No matter how you feel about abortion, what must be agreed on if there is to be any change is that when an abortion is to be performed, it should be done by a competent doctor in a sterile environment and that any procedure involving the delivery of a live baby, only to end it’s life must be considered murder.
In the early days, abortion was limited to the first trimester and was performed in a hospital by a doctor . The Pro-Choice movement brought it to the clinics as an out-patient procedure that was supposed to save the lives of hundreds of women from back alley butchers. Before the public knew what happened, the number of abortions rose and we began hearing about second and third trimester procedures that were more gruesome and involved. It didn’t matter if the baby was moving or a heartbeat could be heard, the life needed to be terminated.
Result of a late-term abortion
Pro-choice advocates were afraid of how this case would be tried and feel there was a small victory today, because only three of the seven babies who lost their lives brought a guilty verdict. After hearing this, how can anyone doubt that there is an agenda behind the Pro-choice movement?
That agenda is re-defining “life” and the “quality of life.” I am of the older generation and abortions were primarily sought out by scared young girls who never thought they would get pregnant, and although some states offered second-trimester abortions no one ignored the fact that you were indeed ending a life with one of these procedures.
Over the years, a shift has taken place that began with the idea that life begins at birth–not at conception. This view helped abortions become commonplace and statistics now show that even though many teens are keeping their babies, one out of every four women have had an abortion and one out of every seven have had multiple abortions. With additional testing during pregnancy being able to detect abnormalities or possible birth defects, this has created an acceptability to end a life for “the sake of the child and their quality of life.”
Late-term abortions, performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy are traumatic for the baby and often result in them being disfigured and torn apart before finally dying. These are the abortions that have Dr. Gosnell in court today. Abortions are big business, taking only a few hours out of the day to complete the procedure, is covered by Medicaid in 15 states and by most private insurances.
In contrast, if the young woman was interested in not getting pregnant FREE birth control, including the morning after pill, is offered to women in ALL 50 states. One would think with so much talk of abstinence, birth control and its availability that abortion would not be needed. Unfortunately that is not the case and to compound the issue, abortion has progressed from its acceptability of first-term procedures to include both mid-term and late-term terminations; whatever it takes to get the job done.
This case is now receiving a great deal of media attention and the blame game has begun. Since Gosnell worked in a low-income area it is suggested no one cared about the health issues of its clients. Accusations are pointed at Pennsylvania’s conservative groups who will no doubt use this case to further their cause in prohibiting abortions in all cases except where the mother’s life is in danger and that those terminations must be performed in a hospital.
The late-term aborted babies that Gosnell handled weighed anywhere from 1-3 lbs and if the mothers had gone into labor, would have had a better than 50% chance of survival.
Meet the world’s tiniest baby, Kimberley Mueller –above, who weighed just over 10 ounces at birth. Born in Germany in 2007 she spent 6 months in the hospital before going home with her parents. She is a survivor and another example of how the medical field has been improving its techniques and skills in saving lives. It just doesn’t make sense that while medicine is working to save and heal, there is an opposing side fighting to kill and calling it a choice.
Kimberly and her parents
This is a very personal issue for me. Every one of my children were born prematurely, with the earliest birth at 28 weeks and weighing only 1 lb. 14 oz. All of my children were born during the ’80′s and survived, but they spent months in the hospital before they were allowed to come home. While in the Neonatal Units, I often saw babies who were smaller-one weighed only 13 ounces, and those who had greater health issues than my own children but each was born alive and had the right to continue their life.
The medical teams did everything they could to protect and preserve their precious lives, not so they could create a larger hospital bill, but because they took the Hippocratic Oath that calls for them to “never do harm to anyone” and “ I will not give a woman a pessary (medication or vaginal induction) to cause an abortion.” “If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.”–quoted from Wikipedia.
Despite the fact that the Oath has been revised over the years and is no longer a requirement for medical staff, 98% of all graduating students in the United Stated have taken the Oath for hundreds of years and continue to do so.
What happened here in Pennsylvania is horrible beyond words and after today’s verdict it appears that there will be some justice in this case. What of the abortion issue in general and the public’s attitude regarding life? Even President Obama once said, “I have two daughters and if either of them made a mistake, I wouldn’t want them punished with a baby.” So by his terms, the pregnancy is a mistake and the punishment would be the baby.
In our country, there are laws that bring about charges for manslaughter or murder for an unborn child, if a person accidentally or purposefully kills an unborn child. In some states, if someone murders a pregnant woman the murderer is guilty of taking two lives, and if a car accident happens, the manslaughter charge is also for two lives, both mother and child.
So, how is it okay for a woman to choose to end her child’s life before it is born? The right to choose should not come after a child is conceived, but before conception, through conscious planning. It should have never come to the kind of infanticide practices that were being performed in Dr. Gosnell’s office.
Is abortion an acceptable practice and if so what should be the limitations? Have your say… leave your comments below.