By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Imagine if a serial killer had walked the streets of your state—and you did not even know about it.
I was surprised recently when I spoke before a class of well-educated college students. The students were articulate and knowledgeable. And yet, when I asked how many of them knew about convicted murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell, not one student raised a hand.
I went on to explain that a book and a movie had chronicled Gosnell’s reign of terror at a West Philadelphia abortion facility. He was ultimately convicted of murdering three newborn babies and causing the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.
I also explained how the grand jury in his case estimated that Gosnell had probably killed hundreds of newborn babies in his “House of Horrors” abortion center, but how prosecutors could bring charges in only a handful of cases because the abortionist had destroyed so many records.
Reflecting on my experience in the college classroom, I should not be shocked that the students knew nothing at all about Gosnell’s killing spree. The mainstream media appear to be uninterested in the case, which should send chills down our spines.
But one intrepid reporter refuses to let go of the Gosnell saga. Investigative journalist Ann McElhinney has been relentless in her pursuit of the truth about Gosnell—and about the health officials who turned a blind eye to his shoddy abortion operation. Ann and her husband Phelim McAleer were behind the creation of the book and the movie, as well as a gripping podcast on the subject.
Ann will be speaking in Harrisburg, PA on Monday to the pro-life faithful. We can only hope that the news media will take notice.
It is important for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania never to forget Gosnell’s crimes against vulnerable women and children. It is also critical that citizens hold state health officials to account as far as their oversight of abortion facilities.
Unless we are vigilant, we could find another Gosnell operating in our midst.