Kermit Gosnell: a Superman in his own mind

By Dave Andrusko

3801movie83On Tuesday we touched on a trailer for the forthcoming documentary about convicted murderer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell in a post we headlined, “The aggrieved innocence of Kermit Gosnell and pro-abortion congressional Democrats

There’s been a second trailer sent out by Director David Altrogge and Producer Jennifer Brown, promoting “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy,” which opens November 11. The first trailer was gruesome enough.

Using his own made-up version of Strong’s Concordance, Gosnell told the documentary makers that he really hadn’t done all the “these horrible things that are in the newspaper.” Why? Because the Bible says unborn babies don’t have life until they breathe.

So when he aborted/delivered those hundreds of babies alive, what was going through his mind as he prepared to sever their spinal cords? Genesis? Gosnell didn’t read the Bible until he had plenty of time; he’s serving three life sentences.

No, a misunderstanding of Genesis 2:7 was not his motivation or justification. He killed those babies because he could.

In the second trailer, Gosnell quotes (actually misquotes) George Bernard Shaw:

“A practical man changes to live within his society. Impractical man has the priority of changing society to meet his own needs. Therefore progress can only be accomplished by impractical men.”

Asked if he sees himself as an ‘”impractical man,” Gosnell responded: “No question.” Then he laughed and repeated, “No question.”

A Google search gives you a different rendition: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Consider these examples of “impractical/unreasonable”:

When Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic was raided in February 2010, the stench was overpowering. “The smells were just unbearable,” Philadelphia Police crime scene investigator John Taggart told NBC10. And then this chilling observation: “You could tell there was death somewhere.”

They found dead babies stuffed inside a refrigerator—the same refrigerator where staff stored their lunches. Then they made the discovery that has disturbed people in a very profound way—the severed feet of babies Gosnell had aborted alive and then slit their spinal cords.

“I’ll remember that for a long time,” Taggart said.

Or when investigators searched his home for fetal remains, Gosnell nonchalantly played Chopin and tried to joke with police. “As soon as they [his investigators] went down into the basement, they were covered in fleas,” Taggart said. “He actually gave us a bottle of flea repellent and said, ‘See what a nice guy I am? I told you there were fleas in the basement.’ He said ‘I didn’t have to tell ya’s’”

Or would find the following amusing. According to the Grand Jury report

Among the relatively few cases that could be specifically documented [Gosnell destroyed most of the records], one was Baby Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant – seven and a half months – when labor was induced. An employee estimated his birth weight as approaching six pounds. He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop.”

Could it be a coincidence that the quote/misquote is from Shaw’s “Man and Superman”?

I’m guessing not, for surely Gosnell never considered himself bound by the laws of God or man.