Last month the powerful film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer debuted in nearly 750 theaters nationwide. This movie tells the story of the investigation and trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his 30-year killing spree. Gosnell was tried and convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of babies A, B, and D—all of whom were born alive and then had their necks snipped with scissors. as well as the involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a mother who died from anesthesia improperly administered by an untrained teen. In addition to these heinous charges, Gosnell was also convicted of 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I encourage you to do so.
Kermit Gosnell operated a horrific late-term abortion clinic in west Philadelphia that was known as a drug spot during the day and an abortion clinic at night. His clinic is first discovered during an unrelated FBI drug raid. Police found the bodies of 47 aborted babies littered around the clinic, including stuffed in milk cartons and in bags in the breakroom refrigerator. State healthcare and government officials had continuously turned a blind eye and covered up the complaints that were repeatedly filed against Gosnell regarding the events that took place at the facility. Officials said that the clinic was a trash pit and went 17 years without having an inspection. To put this in perspective, nail salons are required to have health inspections more rigorous than Gosnell’s abortion facility. In addition, police found kitty litter all over and cats living throughout the building. The equipment he used to perform abortions was reused without being cleaned and he often reused one-time use instruments. The place was rightly dubbed a “House of Horrors.”
In 2013, Gosnell was tried for the murder of a woman on whom he performed an abortion, in addition to seven babies born alive and then killed by having their necks snipped. The jury found him guilty of first-degree murder of three of the seven babies. Several of Gosnell’s workers testified against him, describing what it was like working for him. The media ignored the trial until they were shamed into covering it when a picture of the empty seats in the courtroom reserved for the press went viral. Several of the major news outlets left the trial after only a couple days.
This is a heartbreaking story, but one that must be told and one that we should educate ourselves and our family about. We have to remember that abortion is just as cold and evil in clean, neat clinics. Nothing about abortion is pleasant. It is the direct killing of an innocent human being. Sometimes, we forget just how gruesome abortion really is until we are reminded of it with images, stories, and movies like this one. Don’t think for a minute that Gosnell was the only one who performed abortions in this fashion. Maybe he was the vilest of them, but many officials are still turning blind eyes to others who perform the same procedure. Over the years, many nurses and doctors have opened up and shared their horrific experiences with abortion. This is something that still happens today.
As we watch this movie, we can’t help but see the horror of abortion. We see the horror behind the fact that there were people who knew about them but turned a blind eye and allowed the child killing to continue. We are angered that this went on for so long.
John Stuart Mill once said: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing.” I invite you to use your emotion and seek justice for the preborn by fighting to end abortion. You cannot look on and do nothing. Now that we know what is going on, we have to do something about it or else we are just like the people who turned a blind eye on Gosnell.
Throughout the country, women continue to go to abortionists because they feel hopeless and think that there is no other option. What have we done to support women who feel helpless? Are we persevering in the fight to bring these baby killers to justice? Do we pray and fast for an end to abortion? Do we stand up for the innocent human beings who are killed each day? What are you doing to end abortion?