The Face of Evil: Kermit Gosnell

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Right From the Start

Last week my wife asked whether I believed there was evil in the world.  In just a short while we have experienced the Newtown shooting of grade school children, the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, the lurid and graphic trial of Jodie Arias, the equally graphic and horrifying trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, and the discovery of serial kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro.  Of course evil exists in the world.

Amongst all of these I would argue that the most evil is Kermit Gosnell. The descriptions of the filth of his clinics, the cavalier treatment of his patients, the proliferation of drugs by untrained personnel, and most importantly the routine execution of children born alive during illegal late term abortion procedures places Mr. Gosnell among the most vile creatures on earth.

Mr. Gosnell was charged with four instances of murder and convicted of three of them.  Left for us to contemplate is the number of other babies that Mr. Gosnell executed in precisely the same way – using scissors or a scalpel to sever the spinal column – over a nearly forty year career as an abortionist.  And he did it for the money – not for some charitable concern, and not for some political belief in a woman’s right to choose – it was for the money.  The testimony in the case described a person indifferent to his patient, mechanical in his procedures and demanding of his employees.

His conviction of over two hundred felony and misdemeanor counts, including the murder of the three infants, ensure his imprisonment for the rest of his life and puts him at risk for the death penalty.  He is a monster.  He will meet other monsters in prison and he will dwell for eternity with other monsters before him.

But evil has a corrosive effect and draws others into its malevolence.  And that is true with the case of Mr. Gosnell.  First, there is a mainstream media that declined to report the story initially because it drew attention to the ugly side of abortion.  Abortion is the litmus test for liberalism which in turn dominates the Democratic Party and the mainstream media.  The bias of the press is more apparent in what it chooses not to report than what it does report.  To be fair, it was former Democratic strategist and Daily Beast columnist, Kirsten Powers that embarrassed her colleagues in the liberal media into eventually reporting the latter part of Mr. Gosnell’s House of Horrors.

And then there is former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA) who decided unilaterally to stop inspections of abortion clinics – a decision that would have revealed the criminal activities of Mr. Gosnell more than a decade before his arrest, trial and conviction of murder and criminal abortion practices.  Mr. Ridge is a pro-abortion Republican who chose to ignore the law in furtherance of his own political career.  He will live – not in prison – but with burden of responsibility for failing to prevent this butchery.

Add to that Planned Parenthood who had received repeated reports of the abusive practices of Mr. Gosnell and also chose to remain silent.  But then Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider and advocate in the nation.  Criticism of abortion practices is simply not in its lexicon.

And finally, there is President Barack Obama who was the single vote opposing a bill in the Illinois legislature that makes precisely the practices of Mr. Gosnell illegal in Illinois.  Despite Mr. Obama’s latter day protestations, equivocations and prevarications to the contrary, Mr. Obama voted not once, not twice but four times in opposition to a bill that would have provided protection to children born during a botched abortion.  Someday he may well have to explain to his children why he sided with the butchery of practitioners like Mr. Gosnell over the well being of innocent children.

Yes, there is evil in the world.  It not only manifests itself in the actions of criminals like Mr. Gosnell, but it ensnares those who equivocate about human life in the name of political correctness.

Despite all of this – maybe, in fact, because of all of this, I still oppose the death penalty.  Once the public safety has been secured by imprisoning people like Mr. Gosnell for life, the death penalty becomes more like revenge than like justice.

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  • Bob Clark

    I wonder if Gosnell received help from Planned Parent Hood. There are good things about Planned Parent Hood, but also some unethical like positions and activities. Recently, reports make it sound like a Portland Public School teacher who objected to Planned Parent Hood coming into his classroom was “shown the door” by PPS administration. I bet you most folks believe late term abortion as not ethical and should be ban; but I don’t think Planned Parent Hood is on the same page morally and otherwise.

  • Rebecca

    This poor man was only helping ladies make their own personal reproductive choices. He is to be admired and applauded for helping these women.

    • Granola girl

      Rebecca are you kidding me??!!! Have you seen what happens in late term abortions??? I am all for a woman’s right to choose, but when a baby is born alive, then murdered, THAT is not ok. The mother could have thought about abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. Where is your thought process??

  • Burton Keeble

    Yes, and evil has it’s tendency to metastasize. Obama stole the election via the Benghazi cover up. Obama probably directed the IRS to intimidate his opponents. The list goes on and on.

    Gosnell probably butchered more people than the 911 hijackers.

    And, through all of this, the media looked the other way while the left spewed their lies and accusations and character assassinations at the right.

    • HBguy

      Mr. Keeble. The Democratic Party thanks you for this comment. It will assure the Republican Party, which now has 31% of the total voters in Oregon and dropping, stays in the minority.

      And that’s no small feat, given that the Democratic Party is now at 39% of the voters in Oregon and also dropping.

  • All of you who want to make him the victim should know that Kermit Gosnell, MD, comes as close as any American ever has to another physician, Josef Mengele, MD, the notorious “Angel of Death” in the Nazi concentration camps. Do you also approve of his ghoulish experiments upon and murders of untold numbers of children? He escaped trial as a war criminal before the Nuremburg Tribunals to live the rest of his life in South America. Twenty-eight years as a teacher of mostly very violent, high security prisoners, including men whom I had to teach through the bars of their individual cells in maximum and super-maximum security cell blocks of two of this country’s most notorious prisons, should qualify me to say that Kermit Gosnell Kermit Gosnell is a serial killer. Like many other serial killers, he even kept “souvenirs” of his murders of infants who survived abortion using scissors to sever their spinal cords, and described them in the midst of his laughter as “like chickens with their heads cut off.” There is your victim, whom I could nonetheless ever condemn, either to death or eternal damnation.

    • crabman34

      Who is trying to make him a victim? I’ve heard of not a single person who says that.

      And no, 28 years of being around violent people does not make you an expert on serial killers. Go back to watching Dexter.

  • JacklordGod

    Really there is nothing remarkable about this man. He ran a substandard clinic that was dirty, and that is bad but hardly horrible. As far as killing the babies post birth, pish posh, nothing wrong with that. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the like fully defended this practice up until a few years ago when partial birth abortion was made illegal. Indeed, virtually all of the press also implicitly defended the practice by referring to it as “a certain late term procedure” when congress initially debated outlawing the practice.

    Snipping spines, crushing skulls, pickling jars and the like – we had a debate about it, we had a press defending it, and we had a plenty of congressmen arguing for it not that long ago. Gosnell is not evil, and in fact would have been perfectly legal back in the “a certain late term procedure” days. He is simply a product of those that will defend anything related to abortion.

    • JacklordGod
    • crabman34

      False. You need to better inform yourself.

      Also, if you are getting your news from the Christian newswire, I assume you are fairly religious, so why take the lord’s name in vain? Calling yourself lord god seems mighty foolish, at best, awfully heretical at worst.

  • crabman34

    Wrong. The Partial Birth Abortion bill that Obama voted against (because it was worded in an attempt to restrict abortion more than proponents claim) would not have applied to Gosnell. What Gosnell did was and has been illegal regardless of so-called partial birth abortion bans (which are mostly poorly disguised attempts to limit early abortion anyway).

    Who else should we add to that list of yours? How about conservatives like you who advocate for laws that restrict access to safe, clean, and affordable facilities? Who was Gosnell preying on? The poor, minorities, immigrants. People who can’t afford to travel to a better facility, people who have to wait to save up for an abortion and then are forced to find someone who will perform a late one. By legislating the size of abortion facilities’ restrooms and parking lots, requiring more inspections than for hospitals, adding waiting periods, you and your cronies share in the blame for what happened with Gosnell.

    It is only when people have no more options that they seek the help of monsters. No, conservatives didn’t create Gosnell, but they bear responsibility for the demand for him.