Death Doc Kermit Gosnell’s Silent Co-Conspirators

Planned Parenthood now says it’s “appalled” by the Philadelphia house of horrors run by accused serial baby-killer and pregnant-mom murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Bull.

The appalling inaction of the nation’s largest abortion provider, along with countless other clinics and “pro-choice” groups in the know, speaks far louder than their belatedly self-serving words.

The criminal trial of Gosnell is entering week six. The death doctor faces seven counts of first-degree murder for severing the spinal cords of babies born alive during abortions. That’s in addition to one count of third-degree murder in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old Bhutanese refugee who died of a monstrously negligent drug overdose at Gosnell’s “Women’s Medical Society” clinic. Her family has brought a separate civil suit against Gosnell.

Conservative and pro-life journalists have covered the gruesome case since Gosnell’s arrest more than two years ago. Through social media, last week faithful chroniclers of this evil killing spree finally forced national outlets to acknowledge their selective attention to mass murder. While mainstream journalists flogged partisan story lines about the GOP’s “war on women,” turned birth control crusader Sandra Fluke into the nation’s Florence Nightingale and splashed the photos of Sandy Hook children all over their front pages, the mostly poor and minority women and babies victimized by Gosnell went ignored.

The liberal Atlantic Magazine admitted last week: It “should be a front-page story.” After a relentless Twitter campaign by pro-lifers, The New York Times grudgingly sent a reporter to the trial. But this is so much more than a media malpractice story. It’s the nightmarish consequence of medical and ideological malpractice.

As I first noted in my column and on my blog when the scissors-wielding sadist was arrested in January 2011, the murders committed under the banner of “choice” were ignored for four decades by abortion advocates. The Philadelphia grand jury report, now amplified by trial testimony, outlined the systematic execution of hundreds of healthy, living, breathing, squirming viable babies. The panel concluded that the “vast majority of the babies he aborted” were more than 24 weeks old.

Gosnell joked that one murdered baby was so big, the child “could walk around with me.”

On Wednesday, clinic worker Kareema Cross said she witnessed between 10 and 15 babies breathing after being delivered by patients who had received labor-inducing drugs. After their spinal cords were cut, Cross recalled babies still moaning and moving after being stuffed in shoeboxes. Their skulls would be crushed after delivery. Their feet and other body parts ended up in row upon row of specimen jars on display in Gosnell’s filthy facility.

Gosnell’s silent co-conspirators include the abortion clinics in Virginia and Washington, D.C., that referred Mongar and her family, who spoke no English, to his clinic because of its widespread reputation for doing abortions “regardless of gestational age.” They also include the left-wing religious and immigrant community activists who “assist” refugees by hooking them up with government-funded “affordable reproductive health services,” a.k.a. abortion mills.

Patients were “treated” by unlicensed incompetents, including a young girl groomed from her teenage years. The late-term mothers’ wombs and bowels were perforated with infected instruments. Government inspectors “literally licensed Gosnell’s criminally dangerous behavior,” the Philly grand jury found. The Pennsylvania Department of State was “repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell” — including the clinic’s unclean, unsterile conditions, unlicensed workers, unsupervised sedation, underage abortion patients and over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street — “and repeatedly chose to do nothing.”

As I noted in 2011, nearby hospital officials who treated some of the pregnant mothers who suffered grave complications from Gosnell’s butchery did nothing. And an inspector for the National Abortion Federation, the leading association of abortion providers that is supposed to uphold strict health and legal standards, determined that Gosnell’s chamber of horrors was “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected” — but did nothing.

Gosnell’s enablers have concocted all sorts of excuses for themselves. The billion-dollar abortion racket says “lack of funding” and “access” to “health care” is the real problem. But expanding “access” is exactly how Gosnell got away with murder after bloody murder. As the grand jury revealed, pro-choice bureaucrats in liberal GOP Gov. Tom Ridge’s administration concluded that increased inspections “would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

Gosnell’s enablers also claim that his case is a grisly exception. But I repeat: Deadly indifference to protecting life isn’t tangential to the abortion industry’s existence — it’s at the core of it. In the past few years alone, Dr. Andrew Rutland of California and Dr. Steven Brigham in Maryland had their medical licenses revoked after their late-term abortion mills were exposed. Like Gosnell, Rutland killed an Asian woman after administering a drug overdose during a late-term abortion procedure. Like Gosnell, Brigham stored the bodies of late-term fetuses in freezers.

Just this week, the state of Delaware announced an investigation of several Planned Parenthood clinics after botched abortions and the resignations of two registered nurses who witnessed malpractice. Surgical abortions have been halted at one of the facilities. “What I believe should happen is that Planned Parenthood should no longer be self-regulated,” Joyce Vasikonis told The News Journal.

Even as it disavows Gosnell’s “criminal enterprise,” Planned Parenthood’s lobbyist in Florida officially testified three weeks ago that the group believes the decision to save a baby born alive after a botched abortion “should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician.”

The sanctity of “privacy” and “choice” trumps the sanctity of life, you see. It’s how all abortion profiteers get away with murder.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


  • ARJ127

    Please note that I said elsewhere not viable “outside the womb”. That’s different from “premature”. What part of no developed central nervous system you can’t understand?

    • wally12

      When modern science develops a way to inseminate, feed .protect and supply a means of nurturing a living cell to a complete baby would the result be considered viable? Some would say no. Just as the statement of viable after existing births is a slippery slope since we know some consider that it is acceptable to end the life of a baby until it reaches the age of 1. This is evident by the MSM and politicians who now change the meaning of terms to conform to their agendas.

      • ARJ127

        Wally: The cell(s) only become viable when they can live and breathe on their own. Maybe, you missed the statement about having a central nervous system. That’s what differentiates your person from a mass of cells such as your fingernail tissues. It’s about HUMAN life not LIFE!

  • genann59

    It is absolutely inexcusable that the state department that should have been in there inspecting for safety decided to turn their backs after all the complaints, so as to not make it harder for women to kill their babies. And so for forty years this evil, evil man was allowed to continue late term abortions, in which he allowed the babies to be born alive and then murdered them or had teenage girls who worked for him taught how to kill live children. Trying to raise a new generation of women with no concern for human life. Evil personified.

  • AufWiedersehnUSA

    Regardless of how they’re killed, each case of life termination is a pre-meditated murder but ‘Not Under The Law’. I make no distinction between flushing bodies part by part or dropping the entire body into a bottle – the act is equivalent, the baby will die! As for the term “Moderate republican” it makes me throw up – how is it ‘moderate’ to give a green light allowing ‘doctors’ to tug a child from the womb and stuff it into a bottle? Every republican politician should be FORCED into explaining how they are ‘moderate’ just because the lefties media has adopted and chosen to use that ridiculous term. Let us be clear, ‘moderate means you support stuffing babies into bottles’! We need to remove the term from our discourse, but it sounds so good compared to extremist, now doesn’t it. MM, keep on fighting – all we need is one more vote. Thank you for keeping hope alive, funny, that the Rev. Jesse Jackson used that term, but not to protect unborn babies. His hope was only to be a moments call away from an extremist Democrat president who believes ‘abortion’ should be legal under any circumstance, apparently even of the type Gosnell got away with…

    • ARJ127

      At the risk of starting the abortion debate all over again, it should be noted that there’s a difference between life and human life. I’m against killing humans (that includes capital punishment) but I don’t see a human being defined solely by a set of chromosomes. For a being to be human, it must comprise a developed neurological system and a self-sustaing cardio pulmonary system. A 3 month fetus doesn’t qualify as human.

      • genann59

        So to you an unborn baby is not a human? You think the unborn babies suddenly become human after being born. And, if defective when born, they are not human to you? Thank God many babies born with problems at birth or born prematurely are not dependent on such as you for care. I guess you favor post birth abortion, such as this man performed, for those born prematurely or defective. You really need, sir, to inspect your soul, for what you have stated as your belief is really an abomination and contrary to the word of God, which states that He knows us all before we are born. I pray for you, sir, that you will come to the realization that God doesn’t make junk, and all life is sacred to Him, it is not up to us humans to decide which babies live and which babies die, and those of us who choose to decide against God’s will, to say we know better than He does when a child should live or die, better expect to eventually face the wrath of His righteousness.

        • ARJ127

          You missed the point. They become human at the point when they can live outside the womb. If you simply define being human as possessing a set of human chromosomes in a cell, all stem cells would be “human”. They aren’t, are they? The transition to humanity happens with ex vitro viability, not conception.

          As for “defective” babies, I did not in any way suggest that we destroy them. They are human when born (and arguably for about 3 months previous to that).

  • ARJ127

    That is appalling! However, that doesn’t make the case for banning all abortions. Take a look at what happened in Ireland where a woman died because she couldn’t get a timely abortion because Ireland is a Catholic country. Health care should never be determined by religious beliefs. Viable fetuses when born are children. As such, killing them is infanticide.