Gosnell’s “House of Horrors.” Is it Happening Here?
A shocked nation is coming to grips with the unspeakable acts allegedly performed by Philadelphia late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
The grand Jury indictment described his facility as a “house of horrors” and charged him with killing seven children born alive following botched abortions. (A judge later dismissed three of the murder charges).
Gosnell also was accused with causing the death of one woman.
A verdict had not been reached by writing of this article.
The indictment paints a chilling picture of the facility claiming it was filthy, that instruments were not properly sanitized and that unqualified staff improperly administered dangerous drugs.
How could this have gone on for so long? Where were the regulators?
The Wall Street Journal offered an explanation. “Part of the reason for regulatory failure was simple bureaucratic indifference or incompetence. Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Health visited several times between 1979 and 1993, noted problems, and didn’t follow up. But after 1993, the inspectors never re-appeared until the 2010 raid.”
The raid was the result of a federal narcotics investigation.
There also is a report that Planned Parenthood knew about the situation but failed to report it. The organization’s Southeast president recently told a fundraiser that Planned Parenthood left it up to “traumatized” women themselves to report it to the Department of Health.
Now in an apparent about face, Planned Parenthood has been reported as condemning Dr. Gosnell’s alleged practices.
Most of the worst abuses involved minority women. White women received better treatment.
All this raises the question: are there similar situations in Georgia? The answer is we can’t be sure because the state has demonstrated a lukewarm interest at best in enforcing laws that affect the abortion industry.
In addition, very few of Georgia’s abortion facilities are licensed properly as ambulatory surgical centers as required. The others claim to be doctors’ offices which do not require a license to provide abortion services.
In many cases, the state only becomes involved if a complaint is filed. Even then, enforcement appears to be sporadic at best. In some cases, abortion facilities appear to get away with ignoring state-order citations to comply with regulations.
A partial list of alleged conditions in some Georgia abortion facilities includes:
- General unsanitary conditions.
- Duct tape on blood-stained procedure tables.
- Only washing linen used in abortion procedures once a week.
- A shortage of registered nurses on staff.
- Performing second trimester abortions outside a hospital or licensed ambulatory surgical center.
- Using unlicensed personnel to perform sonograms and administer powerful anesthesia, including “propofol,” the drug that killed Michael Jackson.
- Reusing disposable medical instruments.
- Failing to meet normal standards for medical care for performing an abortion on a woman who required a blood transfusion.
- Building code violations such as not having an elevator or sprinkler system in a two-story building where second trimester abortions are performed.
- Medicaid fraud.
While these situations are serious enough, the larger question is what else is going on? Are any Georgia doctors performing of born-alive abortions?
If they are, it’s a gruesome story.
According to court testimony, Dr. Gosnell, or his unlicensed assistants, would induce labor forcing the birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh and eighth month of pregnancy and then kill them by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors severing their spinal cords.
Dr. Gosnell called the procedure “snipping.”
Prosecutors claim there were hundreds of ‘snipping’s over the years. “These killings became so routine that no one could put an exact number on them. They were considered ‘standard practice,’” they said.
In one case, Dr. Gosnell reportedly joked that the murdered baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop.”
Pointing out the misguided priorities of our nation today, New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith exposed the hypocrisy in the Philadelphia case when he said: “If Dr. Gosnell had walked into a nursery and shot seven infants with an AR-15, it would be national news and the subject of presidential hand-wringing.”
Such heartless attitudes are clearly predicted in the Bible. Romans 1:28 says: “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”
Infanticide is not new. Ritual sacrifice, gender selection and population control are some of the reasons the murder of children has been practiced since Biblical times.
What’s so troubling is that our culture is willing to overlook the unspeakable treatment of children in and out of the womb, while at the same time feeling heart-felt compassion for mistreated cats and dogs.
We should treat all God’s creatures with respect, but to emphasize animal rights over human rights shows how up-side-down our value system has become.
Statics on the number of infanticide cases are difficult to obtain. Some estimates claim as many as 5,000 born-alive babies are killed yearly nationwide. However, based on the Gosnell case alone, the actual number is not doubt much higher.
Not surprisingly, these practices are excused and supported.
Some pro-abortion advocates have labeled the Dr. Gosnell case as “medical malpractice,” not abortion or murder.
Recently, two bioethicists, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, wrote a paper entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?”
Appearing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the paper claimed the practice should be called “after-birth abortion” rather than “infanticide.” The writers said: “…we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.”
They assert that such killings are justified if the child poses an economic burden to the family, is disabled or simply unwanted. To them, it doesn’t matter if the baby is already born.
Such sentiments are similar to those of Princeton professor Peter Singer, who argues for giving parents the right to kill a disabled baby born alive.
Justifying that position in his book Practical Ethics, Singer wrote: “Parents may, with good reason, regret that a disabled child was ever born.”
At the same time, Planned Parenthood’s Florida lobbyist, Alisa LaPolt Snow, recently testified against a bill requiring abortionists to provide care to babies born alive during a botched abortion.
One legislator asked: “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
Her response, which she repeated, was: “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
Another legislator chimed in on the question of a breathing baby on the table saying: “I think at that point the patient would be the child struggling on a table. Wouldn’t you agree?”
Snow’s response: “That’s a very good question. I really don’t know how to answer that.”
Following public outrage, Planned Parenthood removed its opposition to the bill in effect claiming that the debate was about an “extremely unlikely and highly unusual” set of circumstances that really don’t happen.
As an Illinois State Senator, President Obama voted against a similar bill—the born-live protection act—three times.
The Gosnell case and Planned Parenthood’s testimony shed light on what often happens behind the so-called “safe, legal, and rare” curtain.
In its article, The Wall Street Journal said: “The grand jury’s report should be seen as an indictment of America’s post-Roe abortion industry. Its indifference—at best—to legal limits made possible the deaths of untold numbers of babies, lending credence to the argument that legal abortion is a slippery slope to infanticide.”
“Meanwhile, the claim that Roe v. Wade made America safe from back-alley abortion stands exposed as a cruel hoax and a deadly one for women and children alike.”
All of this is a sobering reminder of how far our country has fallen—how far we’ve moved from Godly principles, especially the respect for innocent life, and how dark many people’s hearts have become.
But it should also ignite an even greater passion in pro-life supporters to continue our efforts to ensure that the weakest among us—from the pre-born to the elderly and infirm—are protected.
Before we can bring an ultimate end to all abortions, we need to demand that our regulators ensure that Georgia does not have its own House of Horrors.
Please contact your Georgia Representative and Georgia Senator and ask them to investigate these abuses. Encourage the appropriate Georgia officials to enforce current laws and regulations.