Kermit Gosnell: Serial Murder and State Sponsored Genocide
by Peter John
When authorities shut down Kermit Gosnell’s illegal abortion clinic a few years ago the allegations stunned abortion foes and supporters alike. The Grand Jury conclusion was clear. He performed late term abortions. He essentially killed babies while they were being born. He served primarily minority clients.
One behavior puzzled even the most seasoned investigators. Gosnell clipped off the feet of aborted fetuses and stored them in containers. Since nothing speaks to intent like behavior, no real puzzle remains. Gosnell took trophies. Gosnell is a serial murderer who found a legal loophole for his criminal obsession.
This week, as Gosnell goes to trial, an article on Philly.com asks why women chose his services. The answer that he was affordable for women who had no other recourse — conjuring images of the back alley abortion days — does not go far enough.
In in the 280 page Grand Jury report fully half considers what we can only call unindicted co-conspirators. These include the state itself, and other abortion providers in Philadelphia and out of state. The Grand Jury found that state authorities simply looked the other way. Other abortionists unwilling to break laws against late-term abortions knew that Gosnell would break the law and sent patients to him.
More disturbing is the reason they did this. His patients (or better put, victims) were primarily minorities, poor and under privileged. In shortest terms, Gosnell got referrals, and the state accepted his practice with a wink and a nod, because they did not think these people needed any more children. They condoned by inaction what turned out to be murder simply because they did not think such people needed to reproduce.
Our word for killing with that attitude is genocide. Gosnell murdered child after child, abused mother after mother, in his private Dachau of a clinic. Authorities and peers let him because we need no more of such people. This case shows that even with legal abortion society is not safe from the greatest nightmares of illegal abortion, just because of the reason we believe abortion is necessary.