Though it received minimal coverage by the mainstream media, the trial of abortion facility director Kermit Gosnell is by far one of the worst human rights atrocities of the past century. On trial for 8 counts of capital murder, Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia described as a “house of horrors” where women were subjected to unsanitary, filthy conditions, and over 100 babies in their third trimester were allegedly murdered after being born alive by the abortionist Gosnell and his staff who would sever body parts from babies to store in jars in his office as “trophies.” A jury found Gosnell guilty on 3 counts of murder and he waived his right to appeal in exchange for two consecutive life sentences.
The Bible says of the wicked: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.” (Isaiah 59:7). This unprecedented look into the depravity of the abortion industry reveals the sinful and evil nature that humanity can fall to when it continually rebels against The Lord.
[B&E: This article contains graphic, extremely disturbing descriptions of the killings that took place. However, there are no graphic photographs included.]
On February 18, 2010, the FBI raided the “Women’s Medical Society”, Gosnell’s clinic, entering its offices about 8:30 p.m. Agents expected to find evidence that it was illegally selling prescription drugs. On entering, they quickly realized something else was amiss. In the grand jury report’s telling, “There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets. All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff.” Authorities had also learned about the patient that died at the facility several months prior.
Public health officials inspected the surgery rooms. “Instruments were not sterile,” the grand jury states. “Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected. The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed. There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff.” Upon further inspection, “the search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic – in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers.”
And “Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation – even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls.” Gosnell’s medical license was quickly suspended. 18 days later, The Department of Health filed papers to start the process of closing the clinic. The district attorney submitted the case to the grand jury on May 4, 2010. Testimony was taken from 58 witnesses. Evidence was examined. (source).
This is one of the most disturbing cases of mass murder in American history. But it is the product of the death for money business that is the abortion industry. In Pennsylvania it is illegal to provide abortions past 24 weeks of pregnancy but Gosnell was willing to to provide late term abortions for cash, preying for the most part on poor, minority women.
Here is the testimony of Gosnell’s own employees at trial.
Moton, a medical assistant to Gosnell, testified as part of her guilty plea to third degree murder. She said that she took a cell phone photo of the ultrasound of a baby that measured to be 30 weeks old and in her estimation could have survived on its own, without medical assistance. After this baby was born alive and murdered by having its spinal cord snipped, Gosnell joked that its head was so big the child “could have walked to the bus stop.”
Although she had no medical training and never attended college, Moton was administering anesthesia and assisting in abortions under Gosnell’s direction.
Gosnell also taught her his method of snipping the spinal cords of live born children. She testified to performing 10 of these murders.
Women and teens came from across the mid-atlantic to have late-term abortions at the clinic. One woman who came from Puerto Rico, spoke no English and carried a child who measured to be 27 weeks in gestation, was given an abortion (source).
Massof, who await his own sentencing hearing after he plead guilty to the murder of two babies, claimed the clinic also cut out the spinal cord of nearly 100 living infants. And, for what it was worth, he said the clinic’s instruments were rusty and unsafe.
“It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place. It is literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body,” he told NBC. “I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,” he said.
Masoff further alleged the ultrasound machine in the hospital was manipulated to make the fetuses look smaller and younger. The unlicensed medical graduate admitted his medical degree came from Grenada in the West Indies and he hadn’t completed a medical residency when he joined Gosnell in 2003.
Masoff, who smiled at trial while describing the procedure of severing the spines of live born babies said he truly felt Gosnell was helping to stop the abuse and mistreatment of women.
Clearly, this reckless disregard for life and even joy in the murdering of infants is an offense to God:
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. – Proverbs 6:16-19.
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. – Psalm 11:5-6.
Kareema Cross worked for Gosnell for two years and was so disturbed by the disgusting conditions at the clinic that she documented his practices, took photographs and reported him to authorities under an alias (there was no official response to her doing so). At trial she testified:
Cross said her “training” consisted on observing one ultrasound procedure. After that she was on her own. When Cross got a measurement that was beyond 24 weeks, she would have one of the other women who were a little better at using the relic from the 1980′s to verify her findings. Gosnell would always redo those ultrasounds, which would all suddenly measure precisely 24.5 weeks gestation, which Gosnell mistakenly thought was the legal limit in Pennsylvania. In fact, the legal limit was 23 weeks 6 days.Cross described in detail her experiences at Gosnell’s clinic, which has come to be known as a “House of Horrors.” She testified that that at first she began just taking vital signs and working the front desk, duties that, as a medical assistant, she was qualified to do. But after about two weeks, Cross said she began doing ultrasounds, injecting drugs when Gosnell was not in the building, and assisting in the grungy, bloodstained procedure rooms.
While she worked for Gosnell, Cross testified that at least twice a day, six days a week, at least two babies would “precipitate” or be birthed before Gosnell ever arrived. She said “Dr. Steve,” Steven Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate with a ghoulish curiosity about abortions, would be there to snip the babies’ necks. She saw him do it around 50 times. When babies “precipitated” in Gosnell’s presence, he would do the dirty deed himself.
Cross described in detail her experiences at Gosnell’s clinic, which has come to be known as a “House of Horrors.” She testified that that at first she began just taking vital signs and working the front desk, duties that, as a medical assistant, she was qualified to do. But after about two weeks, Cross said she began doing ultrasounds, injecting drugs when Gosnell was not in the building, and assisting in the grungy, bloodstained procedure rooms…
While she worked for Gosnell, Cross testified that at least twice a day, six days a week, at least two babies would “precipitate” or be birthed before Gosnell ever arrived. She said “Dr. Steve,” Steven Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate with a ghoulish curiosity about abortions, would be there to snip the babies’ necks. She saw him do it around 50 times. When babies “precipitated” in Gosnell’s presence, he would do the dirty deed himself. (source).
- At testimony it was also reported that Gosnell would use the same unsanitary medical instruments on numerous women, resulting in sexually-transmitted diseases being spread. He also displayed body parts of babies all over the office in gruesome, trophy-like fashion. Body parts of babies were put in cat food containers. A tick-infested cat also roamed the clinic.
- Gosnell even employed a 15-year old girl to assist in abortions administer medicine to patients and assist in abortions. Ashley Baldwin, the teenage employee, testified to seeing, large, live born babies born and then hearing them “screeching in agony as Gosnell started to tear into them with scissors. “They looked like regular babies,” she said at trial. Her mother, Tina Baldwin, also worked at the facility for over a decade and never questioned Gosnell’s disgusting conditions or murderous ways. Gosnell also had her daughter working past midnight on weeknights – a move the mother also did not question. She has been charged and plead guilty to racketeering, conspiracy and corruption of a minor (her own daughter).
- A baby was born in a toilet, where an employee saw the child “swimming for its life.” The child was then removed from the toilet and stabbed in the neck to have its spinal cord cut.
The Bible is clear that sin is a process: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James 1:14-15. What may start as a simple sinful desire, in this case, money (which fuels the multi-billion dollar abortion industry), leads to the sinful behavior of a willingness to work at an abortion clinic. And soon that sin brings forth death in horrific fashion.
A Mother Is Killed
In addition to the many babies, 41-year old patient Karnamya Mongar was killed by an overdose of drugs at Gosnell’s facility:
A young paramedic named Smith told the court he was the first paramedic to arrive on the scene. He was taken through the maze of rooms and hallways to an abortion room where he found Karnamaya Mongar laying on an abortion table naked from the waist down with her legs still in the stirrups in full cardiac arrest. Smith said that Mongar had “flatlined” meaning there was no detectable electronic pulse in her heart.
Gosnell was in the area but did not offer any help.
An effort was made to get information about the drugs the patient was given, but that effort was unsuccessful.
Smith, who testified he holds a two year Associates of Arts degree, was able to use emergency drugs, chest compressions, and eventually a defibrillator to get a heartbeat started after 15 to 20 minutes. He then asked one of the Firemen at the scene to find him a way out.
Mongar had to be put on a Reeves Board because the gurney would not fit through the cramped hallways. Eventually she was extracted through the back door of the clinic, but not before employees ran through the office seeking a key to the lock. (source).
At trial, Elizabeth Hampton, Gosnell’s sister-in-law, also an employee at the clinic, testified that when she was asked to assist with the abortion of Mongar, she found the woman in such a drugged stupor, she was unable to take the drug, Cytotec, which is a uterine stimulant. Hampton proceeded to put the pill in between Mongar’s cheek and gums to let it dissolve and left her unattended. She also confirmed that Gosnell offered Mongar no medical assistance when she was showing no vital signs. After the emergency medical team took Mongar to the hospital where she later died, Gosnell ordered his staff to clean the office and had the first floor painted to cover up any misdeeds.
The Bible says: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day…Behold, [the wicked] travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own [head].” (Psalm 7:11-16). To kill and then promote further sinful rebellion by trying to cover the murders up has certainly incurred God’s wrath.
Scores of young women also testified to being forced into abortions and physically assaulted at Gosnell’s clinic.
One woman, Robyn Reid, told ABC News that she had planned to sneak away when her grandmother brought the then-three-month-pregnant 15-year-old to Gosnell’s facility on January 31, 1998. “When I said no, the doctor got upset and he ended up taking my clothes off, hitting me, my legs were tied to the stirrups,” she said.
“I was fully dressed. He actually managed to get all of my clothes off and tie me down to the medical bed,” she continued. “I just remember my very last thought … looking up at the light and thinking, ‘Don’t fall asleep.’”
In the midst of the 30-minute struggle, she says the abortionist assured her by saying, “This is the same care that I would give to my own daughter.” (source).
Another woman testified to being physically hurt by Gosnell:
“I said, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ and he smacked me. They tied my hands and arms down and gave me more medication,” Davida Johnson, who went to Gosnell in 2001, told The Associated Press.
Within a few months, the then-21-year-old began suffering gynecological issues, and learned she had contracted a venereal disease. She said she now suffers from an unidentified lifelong illness, and has since had four miscarriages. (source).
Through all of this testimony, jurors described Gosnell as “smirking” the entire time.
What Could Make People So Evil?
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood…And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. – Proverbs 1:10-19.
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. – Deuteronomy 27:25.
What is clear in the Gosnell case is that he did not act alone. Many of the murders were started when Gosnell was not even present. So what could drive Gosnell and his group of employees to all participate in such a gruesome series of criminal acts for years? Money. It was reported that Gosnell made approximately $1.8M dollars per year from his illegal abortion practice. At trial, many of his former employees blamed needing money as their motivation for being a part of this sick murder-for-hire operation.
And although Gosnell’s lawyer attempted to portray the abortionist as a champion for poor and underprivileged women, it was revealed that Gosnell charged in some cases over $3000 for a late-term abortion. He also enforced a racial caste system in which African-American women were kept in filthier rooms while Caucasian patients were taken to his office. And today in society money has driven many people into rebellion against The Lord. Many of the women (and the men who impregnated them) who seek abortions do so because of “inconvenience” and “financial instability” as reasons to kill their own children. And as the media and politicians seek to paint abortion as a “woman’s right” and a symbol of equality in society, the stigma of it being sin and murder is thus removed in the public eye. And as the effort to remove God from schools, any mention of the Bible in public discourse and to marginalize the Christian voice in society grows stronger, the deception of Satan increases.
And as more people see life in the womb as less than human, it become easier to justify the sin of killing God’s creation. In the book of Job, the prophet says of God: “Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.” (Job 10:11). In Isaiah 49 we read the prophet’s own testimony regarding being called to his ministry: “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name…And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant.” The Bible is clear that an unborn infant is indeed a human being, made by God. Do not be deceived.
Where Is The Media Coverage?
Despite the lurid and shocking details of this case, the mainstream media networks gave minimal coverage to Kermit Gosnell’s trial. At one point, the ABC network went 46 straight days without a mention of the trial. The NBC Nightly News ignored the trial for 44 days. All this despite this being one of the most explosive murder trials in the history of the United States. With respect to the lack of coverage, a Washington Post columnist wrote:
“I say we didn’t write more because the only abortion story most outlets ever cover in the news pages is every single threat or perceived threat to abortion rights. In fact, that is so fixed a view of what constitutes coverage of that issue that it’s genuinely hard, I think, for many journalists to see a story outside that paradigm as news. That’s not so much a conscious decision as a reflex, but the effect is one-sided coverage.” (source).
CBS News Anchor Charlie Rose questioned on air: “Why have most of us not heard of Kermit Gosnell?” Liberal media commentator Marc Lamont Hill said: “For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights.” (source). President Obama, a major support of the abortion industry, declined to comment on the case during its trial but instead became the first sitting President to ever give an address to abortion provider Planned Parenthood. The Fox News website which did an excellent job chronicling the media blackout of the Gosnell trial, did a short video entitled See No Evil on the bias against any story that could harm the abortion industry.
Pray for this trial to be a wake-up call to the sins of society that are being ignored in the abortion industry. Pray for repentance among those who work in the industry and the many millions of people who use it, many of them deceived into thinking they are doing something good in taking the life of an innocent baby. And pray for God’s judgment on this industry to punish and end the careers of men like Gosnell and his staff. Since the trial, it has already been disclosed that second abortion facility run by Gosnell in Delaware has been shut down for similar horrific conditions.