Abortion provider Kermit Gosnell ran a filthy, dangerous, and unsafe abortion a clinic in Pennsylvania, where abortion is illegal after 24 weeks. He did some legal abortions, but did mostly late-term illegal ones, because his practice only attracted the very desperate women who had no where else to go. It goes much deeper than this however. Babies were routinely born alive and were subjected to having their spines cut in excruciating pain. Women were butchered during the abortion procedure as well, ranging from serious damage to their cervix and uterus (one woman had to have her uterus removed in an emergency procedure in an actual hospital), were given various diseases from cheap, unsterilized equipment, were sedated by unlicensed staff (one was a teenager who was given a 15 minute "how to" before being told to get to work), and on and on. Baby parts were kept in bottles and containers. Offices were filthy. Untrained staff members posing as doctors. White women being seen in the only clean office by the only doctor, and black women being put in filthy offices, seen by the untrained staff, and left to labour alone.
More than several complaints were made by different people, to different agencies.The clinic was inspected, found wanting, and Gosnell promised to fix the problems so he was left alone. The problems were not fixed; they were ignored and the butching of women and babies continued. Three different state agencies, whose job it is to find out about these things and stop them, knew about this and did nothing.
Its pretty awful, isn't it.
The first question I had when I read about this, was why haven't I heard about this earlier? The report was from 2011. This should have been headline news. Why is it being swept under the rug? Why is the door being closed on this story?
In his article,
"There is, finally, the fact that abortion, one of the most hotly contested, polarizing debates in the country, is at the center of this case. It arguably informs the abortion debate in any number of ways, and has numerous plausible implications for abortion policy, including the oversight and regulation of clinics, the appropriateness of late-term abortions, the penalties for failing to report abuses, the statute of limitations for killings like those with which Gosnell is charged, whether staff should be legally culpable for the bad behavior of doctors under whom they work...There are lots of blog posts and articles, on both the pro-life and pro-choice sides, about this case. The pro-lifers call for more abortion laws, and the pro-choicers say this is what happens when you enact laws on abortion. I am going to call for neither today.
There's just no end to it."'
All I ask is that you set some time aside to read at least the overview in the report. Do a search on google. Watch some of the victim's videos. Read some articles. Learn about this atrocity: How Gosnell took advantage of the vulnerable women who felt they had no where to go, how he butchered them and murdered their babies, all to make a profit.
Then take a look at the abortion clinic nearest you, and tell me that it makes a difference that the same procedures occur while the fetus is inside the mother. Tell me that this is within the realm of "the right to choose".
Look at the desperate women around you, who are pregnant and have no where else to go, and give them a better option: love, compassion and support. Put your faith in action, because words without deeds is meaningless. Be there for them.
Look at the women in your church, in your circle of friends, who succumbed to abortion out of fear and desperation, and proclaim the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Realize that every time you talk about abortion in a public setting, someone who has had an abortion is listening. Do not judge them, for you do not know their pain. Love them. Pray for them. Remind them of the boundless love of Jesus, and the fact that no power of evil, no fear, no action, can separate them from the love that is in Christ Jesus.
Then spread the word. This must not remain behind closed doors.