Abortionist Kermit Gosnell: a peek into the post-Roe world

By Dave Andrusko

Jack McMahon, Kermit Gosnell's defense attorney

Jack McMahon, Kermit Gosnell’s defense attorney

A tip of the hat to jivinjehoshaphat.blogspot.com for alerting readers to the full import of the statement released by NARAL Pro-Choice America when Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of viable unborn babies aborted alive and then killed and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who died of a drug overdose.

Even by NARAL’s increasingly bizarre statements, President Ilyse Hogue’s comments Monday leave you scratching your head. As jivinjehoshaphat.blogspot.com noted, Gosnell was not, contrary to Hogue, a “back-alley butcher.”

He was “a main street butcher who operated his clinic on main street in Philadelphia and openly advertised his services for decades. In fact, numerous other abortion providers referred women to him.”

The sum and substance of Hogue’s overheated rhetoric is that any effort to require that abortion clinics be required to have moderate safety requirements “is a peek into the world before Roe v. Wade made legal a woman’s right to make her own choices.” Pardon? Does anyone besides NARAL and Planned Parenthood and their ilk honestly believe that treating abortion clinics with a little more scrutiny than tattoo parlors will overturn Roe v. Wade?

The most illuminating part of Hogue’s statement is that in saying that the verdict against Gosnell served the cause of justice “and that he will pay the price for the atrocities he committed,” Hogue never once mentioned the three babies whose murders Gosnell was convicted of, let alone the hundreds of viable babies the Grand Jury believes Gosnell murdered but could not prove because he destroyed all the records. These babies were “beheaded,” as one of Gosnell’s staffers who also severed these babies’ spinal cords put it. Wouldn’t that by almost any standard constitute an “atrocity”?

Jivinjehoshaphat.blogspot.com also pointed out something I did not know, although the revelation does not surprise me. In addition to the murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, Gosnell was convicted of 21 counts of aborting babies after 24 weeks—the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

Guess who opposes that “limitation”? NARAL. It’s part of the reason NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual “Who Decides” gave Pennsylvania an ‘F’ grade—the Keystone state had passed “medically unnecessary laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortion care,” opening the doors for the likes of Gosnell.


But early in the press release NARAL had hammered authorities for “gross negligence” in failing “to enforce the law after complaints were filed against Gosnell.” (Never mind that a pro-abortion governor ordered that abortion clinics not be inspected.)

Jivinjehoshaphat.blogspot.com zeroes in on the inconsistencies:

“They previously blamed Gosnell on negligence of authorities to enforce the law and now they’re blaming the unenforced laws for the Gosnell. Which is it? Is it the laws? Or that they weren’t enforced? If the laws should be enforced then why did you give Pennsylvania an ’F’ for having them?

A final keen insight:

“Gosnell isn’t a peek into the world before Roe. He’s a peek into the world post-Roe where pro-choice politicians prevent abortion clinics from being inspected and leading abortion advocacy organizations don’t report the filthy abortion clinics.”