Reflections on 10th anniversary of the Gosnell Grand Jury report issued January 14, 2011

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

When a Pennsylvania grand jury issued their 281-page-long report on the Kermit Gosnell case a decade ago, jurors rightfully lamented the fact that they could bring only a handful of charges against the abortionist, because he had destroyed so many records.

But one of the cases they could document was that of a child known as Baby Boy A. In their report, the grand jury noted that Baby Boy A’s 17-year-old mother was nearly seven-and-a-half months pregnant when her labor was induced. A staff member at Gosnell’s West Philadelphia House of Horrors “estimated (the baby’s) birth weight as approaching six pounds.”

Six pounds. Think of that. 

Many women each year give birth to babies of a similar weight, or smaller, with their families welcoming them with open arms.

But a far different fate awaited Baby Boy A.

 The grand jury paints this chilling picture

“He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal.”

A severed spine. “Snippings,” as Gosnell called them. How ghastly. 

A shoebox for a resting place. How inhumane. 

According to his vastly under-trained staff, Gosnell “joked that this baby was so big he could ‘walk me to the bus stop.’”

This was an abortionist who was permitted to ply his grisly trade in Pennsylvania for decades. State and city authorities did nothing to stop him, despite the complaints that had been lodged against him.

State health officials refused to inspect his abortion facility for 17 years. Why? “With the change of administration from [pro-life] Governor Casey to [pro-abortion] Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions.” 

Hair and nail salons received greater scrutiny than Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion facility ever did.

Ann McElhinney, who literally wrote the book on Gosnell, in addition to producing a movie about him, has talked of Baby Boy A’s impact on not only the grand jury, but also on readers and movie-goers. Though his life was brief, he had a significant effect in bringing a serial killer to justice.

Baby Boy A and his life made a difference. A Pennsylvania law now requires yearly inspections of abortion facilities. Kermit Gosnell is serving three consecutive life terms in prison for the first-degree  murders of three newborn babies.

When you think Gosnell, think Baby Boy A—a life of promise cut short, a beautiful soul lost, all in the name of “abortion rights.”