CV NEWS FEED // The weekend of Saturday, May 13, marked one decade since serial abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive.
On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in 2013, Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder out of the seven with which he was charged.
Gosnell operated an abortion facility in West Philadelphia, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, that has been nicknamed the “House of Horrors.” Many sources have since dubbed him “America’s most prolific serial killer.”
On the afternoon of his conviction, Catholic News Agency reported the facts of Gosnell’s murders and the three victims.
The unborn babies were known only by letters, and Gosnell was convicted of the murders of Baby Boy A, Baby C and Baby D at his Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.
Baby Boy A was killed after Gosnell induced delivery on his mother, who was almost 30 weeks pregnant. Gosnell severed the baby’s spine and put his body in a shoebox for disposal, joking that the baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop,” the grand jury report said.
Baby C moved and breathed for 20 minutes after delivery before an assistant cut the baby’s spinal cord.
Baby D was delivered into a toilet. A clinic staffer told the grand jury that the baby moved and looked like it was swimming when another staffer removed the baby from the toilet and cut its neck.
In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted a raid on Gosnell’s abortion facility to investigate allegations that he was running an illegal prescription “pill mill.” As Catholic News Agency reported, the agents found
blood-stained rooms and filthy equipment. The clinic stored aborted fetuses in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to staff lunches. Gosnell kept severed feet of unborn babies preserved in specimen jars, allegedly for future identification or DNA samples.
Staff allegedly sent women to give birth into toilets, a doctor allegedly spread sexually transmitted infections to women through poor sanitary standards, and a 15-year-old staffer administered anesthesia to patients. The clinic allegedly gave better treatment to white patients.
The enormous public backlash against Gosnell’s practice was universal, prompting even abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood to call the triple-murder conviction a “just verdict.”
Although there was talk that Gosnell could have been sentenced to death for his crimes, he was instead sentenced to life in prison. The disgraced ex-physician, now 82, remains incarcerated.
A few days after the conviction, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, stated:
Dr. Gosnell’s trial brought much-needed attention to the tragedy of abortion. His murder convictions of newly delivered infants have caused many people to reexamine their positions on abortion.
Tom McClusky, CatholicVote Director of Governmental Affairs, reflected on the tenth anniversary of the Gosnell verdict:
The billion-dollar abortion industry would like the public to ignore the horrors of Kermit Gosnell. Those abortion zealots preying on the vulnerable try to argue that what the abortion butcher did was an anomaly, however we all know Gosnell’s disregard for life is the norm in the abortion industry, not the exception.