Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” may be on the market soon

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The site of a serial killing spree could soon be up for sale.

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appears to be headed toward a sale at public auction.

I have peered through the windows of the abandoned building. It is filled with mountains of paper and other trash. It is an eyesore of epic proportions, as the independent film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” expertly captures. (For a list of theatres where “Gosnell” is showing, go to gosnellmovie.com/theaters.)

This grim century-old building has been immortalized in the new film which is introducing film-goers to the massive tragedy which occurred at 3801 Lancaster Avenue.

Gosnell is now serving three consecutive life-terms for the murder of a trio of full-term babies. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of female immigrant patient Karnamaya Mongar. The grand jury estimates that Gosnell murdered hundreds—if not thousands—of babies after they were born by “snipping” their spinal cords.

Philly.com is reporting that a court hearing about the predator’s property is set for November 27. At that time, Gosnell or someone connected with him could petition to halt the sheriff’s sale. But with Gosnell safely locked up behind bars, he cannot make an appearance. Without intervention, Gosnell’s “Women’s Medical Society” will be auctioned off early next year.

The pro-life AlphaCare pregnancy center next door expressed an interest at one point in purchasing the property. A spokeswoman for the center declined comment to Philly.com. What if this site of so many deaths became a headquarters for life-affirming options for pregnant women and their babies?

For decades, Gosnell masked what he was doing to unborn babies and their mothers. He portrayed himself as a pillar of the community.

In truth, as the producers of the “Gosnell” wrote in a book about Gosnell

“When the investigators saw the inside of the abortion clinic, they couldn’t understand how anyone could work in the place, much less eat in there [which Gosnell calmly did as the raid proceeded, his hands covered in blood]. Even though Tosha Lewis [an employee] had told them about the clinic’s appalling conditions, nothing could prepare them for the stench. As soon as the investigators entered the building they were assaulted with the rank odor of cat feces, formaldehyde, and human urine.”

Gosnell was empowered by the state Health Department which did not bother to inspect the abortion center for upwards of 16 years because of the pro-abortion policies of former Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell.

We must never forget the horrendous nature of Gosnell’s crimes. Some Pennsylvanians would like to see the building he left behind demolished…others would like to see it repurposed in a way that honors life and pays fitting tribute to his many victims.

For those women who survived the horror, the trail of tears extends well beyond Lancaster Avenue.