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I mentioned the abortionist murdering doctor Kermit Gosnell in my last post. Now, we have the grand jury report. Here are some of the findings:
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
Why didn't anyone put a stop to it ? Gosnell continued his vile practices for years. Here's a description of the conditions at Gosnell's clinic, which went by the name Women's Medical Society:
The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house. The people who ran this sham medical practice included no doctors other than Gosnell himself, and not even a single nurse. Two of his employees had been to medical school, but neither of them were licensed physicians. They just pretended to be. Everyone called them “Doctor,” even though they, and Gosnell, knew they weren’t. Among the rest of the staff, there was no one with any medical licensing or relevant certification at all. But that didn’t stop them from making diagnoses, performing procedures, administering drugs.
Here's what happened on a daily basis at Gosnell's "clinic":
...the real business of the “Women’s Medical Society” was not health; it was profit. There were two primary parts to the operation. By day it was a prescription mill; by night an abortion mill. A constant stream of “patients” came through during business hours and, for the proper payment, left with scripts for Oxycontin and other controlled substances, for themselves and their friends. Gosnell didn’t see these “patients”; he didn’t even show up at the office during the day. He just left behind blank, pre-signed prescription pads, and had his unskilled, unauthorized workers take care of the rest. The fake prescriptions brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
With abortion, as with prescriptions, Gosnell’s approach was simple: keep volume high, expenses low – and break the law. That was his competitive edge.
Gosnell operated in Pennsylvania, where abortion is legal within a framework. What Gosnell did was to specialize, by providing those "hard to get" abortions:
The real key to the business model, though, was this: Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere – because they were too pregnant. Most doctors won’t perform late second-trimester abortions, from approximately the 20th week of pregnancy, because of the risks involved. And late-term abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy are flatly illegal. But for Dr. Gosnell, they were an opportunity. The bigger the baby, the more he charged.
But Gosnell did have that pesky law to get around. No problem:
There was one small problem. The law requires a measurement of gestational age, usually done by an ultrasound. The ultrasound film would leave documentary proof that the abortion was illegal. Gosnell’s solution was simply to fudge the measurement process. Instead of hiring proper ultrasound technicians, he “trained” the staff himself, showing them how to aim the ultrasound probe at an angle to make the fetus look smaller. If one of his workers nonetheless recorded an ultrasound measurement that was too big, it would just be redone
Gosnell learned how to streamline his abortion mill to maximize profits:
Babies that big are hard to get out. Gosnell’s approach, whenever possible, was to force full labor and delivery of premature infants on ill-informed women. The women would check in during the day, make payment, and take labor-inducing drugs. The doctor wouldn’t appear until evening, often 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00 p.m., and only then deal with any of the women who were ready to deliver. Many of them gave birth before he even got there. By maximizing the pain and danger for his patients, he minimized the work, and cost, for himself and his staff. The policy, in effect, was labor without labor.
There was one final problem. These late-term "abortions" resulted in a lot of live babies squirming around in Gosnell's "clinic". Again, no problem for Gosnell:
By 24 weeks, most babies born prematurely will survive if they receive appropriate medical care. But that was not what the Women’s Medical Society was about. Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that “snipping.”
You see, these weren't babies to Gosnell. These were "fetuses", just, you know, "tissue". So he had no problem with "snipping" them. How many were "snipped" ? LOTS, that's how many:
Over the years, there were hundreds of “snippings.” Sometimes, if Gosnell was unavailable, the “snipping” was done by one of his fake doctors, or even by one of the administrative staff. But all the employees of the Women’s Medical Society knew. Everyone there acted as if it wasn’t murder at all.
How does anyone get to the point where they don't think killing babies is murder ????? Would it have anything to do with a certain political belief that says abortion is nothing more than a simple matter of choice, that the issue is SOLELY about a woman's control over her OWN body, as if the OTHER living body inside her is NOTHING ??? Or am I way off base here ??? If so, how ???
This post only begins to touch on the extent of the horror that took place at Gosnell's clinic. Keep a vomit bag nearby if you decide to read the entire report.
The question remains - how did this go on so long ? The short answer to that is - political correctness. Abortion is one of our oh, so sacred "rights" now, and the Pennsylvania government didn't want to interfere with such a sacred "right":
We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.
Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design.
Even worse, the state knew of Gosnell's horror chamber, and let it continue anyway:
State health officials knew that Gosnell and his clinic were offering unacceptable medical care to women and girls, yet DOH failed to take any action to stop the atrocities documented by this Grand Jury. These officials were far more protective of themselves when they testified before the Grand Jury. Even DOH lawyers, including the chief counsel, brought private attorneys with them – presumably at government expense.
Gosnell’s clinic – with its untrained staff, its unsanitary conditions and practices, its perilously lax anesthesia protocols, its willingness to perform late-term abortions for exorbitant amounts of cash, and its routine procedure of killing babies after they were delivered by their unconscious mothers – offers a telling example of how horrendous a
Pennsylvania facility can be and still operate with DOH “approval.”
The Department of Health conducted sporadic, inadequate inspections for 13 years, and then none at all between 1993 and 2010.
This is from the last page of the grand jury report:
We believe...that anyone responsible for permitting Gosnell to operate as he did should face strong disciplinary action up to and including termination. This includes not only the people who failed to do the inspecting, the prosecuting, and the protecting, but also those at the top who obviously tolerated, or even encouraged, the inaction. The Department of State literally licensed Gosnell’s criminally dangerous behavior. DOH gave its stamp of approval to his facility.
"Doctor" Kermit Gosnell operated his horror chamber for a LONG, LONG time before the current charges were brought against him. His "clinic" opened in 1979. He's been butchering babies for decades. We may as well call him what he is, a serial killer......operating right under the non-watchful eye of a state government that looked the other way and allowed him to do it.
I have stated before on this blog that I am pro-choice from a legal standpoint, as long as there are very strict definitions and controls in place. I've always felt a little guilty and conflicted about that position, so maybe it is the wrong position. Personally, I am against abortion, but I don't believe a woman should be forced to have a baby if she is raped, for instance, or if it will cause substantial risk to her life. I'm also old enough to remember what it was like before abortions were legal, when women had dangerous back-alley abortions. We don't want a return to that, but abortion is out of control is this country. I recently read an article that said 41% of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. That's pretty disgusting, and shows our morals have gone way off track. What I detest is the political faction that insists abortion is nothing more than a simple choice. It is a lot more than that, and the further along the pregnancy goes, the less of a "choice" it becomes, and the more of a "murder" it becomes. If that terminology is too stark for some, well, too bad. It's not my job to make you feel better about your immorality.