In a week where a terrorist attack in Boston reminds us once again of the value of each human life, another story, from Philadelphia, regarding human life, has gone woefully under reported.
The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell began on March 18th. He is currently on trial for the murder of seven babies that managed to slip past the execution's blade and live – for a short time, at least. His specialty was late-term abortions. He is also being charged with the death of one mother.
The grand jury report was released in January of 2011. The details are almost beyond belief. According to the report, Dr. Gosnell relegated his performance of late term abortions of particularly mature babies to Sundays. On that day, the clinic was closed and he only needed one assistant – his wife.
The grand jury report says, "The files for these patients were not kept at his office. Gosnell took them home with him and disposed of them. We may never know the details of these cases. We do know, however, that during the rest of the week, Gosnell routinely aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy. The Sunday babies must have been bigger still." In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to perform an abortion on a baby older than 24 weeks.
During the trial, a janitor testified that he often had to pull the remains of aborted babies out of the toilets. He would open pipes, to clean them out and fetal parts, such as arms, would come pouring out. James Johnson would then bag the remains and stack them in the basement of the clinic, where they would pile up.
The family of the woman alleged to have died at Gosnell's clinic was called to testify during the trial. Karnamaya Mongar died November 2009, after being overdosed on anesthetics. Her family testified to the filthy conditions of the clinic and the harrowing experience of seeing an ambulance take their comatose mother away to a hospital, where she would be pronounced dead.
In the midst of all the lurid details coming out during the trial, perhaps the most repulsive is the report that Gosnell actually kept aborted babies body parts. Dozens of frozen bodies were discovered in a clinic freezer, and several jars contained the amputated feet of babies. Many of the frozen bodies revealed deep gashes in the neck, giving evidence to the fact that these babies were born alive, but killed shortly after their birth.
The major media has largely ignored the trial, as it gives abortion a bad name (as if abortion ever had a good name.) But as details began to flow out from the trial, we are reminded how gruesome and deadly abortion is.
The mantra of "keep abortion safe, rare and legal" has proven to be nothing more than a cheap advertizing slogan for doctors, like Gosnell, who make a fast buck while masquerading as defenders of women's rights. Just ignore the frozen babies in the freezer.