Whether Gosnell was guilty of murdering any of these babies didn't hinge on the question of whether Gosnell had killed them. He'd never denied that he'd killed them. That was what he'd been paid to do. Whether Gosnell was guilty of murder hinged on the question of whether he had done the killing before or after the baby had fully emerged from the birth canal.
Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon*, argued that these killings were perfectly ordinary abortions that accomplished what Gosnell was paid to do, which was whatever was necessary to make sure that the viable unborn baby was rendered lifeless before it left the mother's body.
All of this was so gruesome that even Gosnell's attorney walked away from the trial convinced that the legal limits for abortion should be pushed back to perhaps 16 weeks to prevent any more viable infants from being killed.
How is it that post-viability abortions are legal in the first place?
|The Roe Court. (Click to enlarge.) Scissors mark Justices |
who voted that states must allow post-viability abortions.
All pregnancies end. A pregnancy with an "abortive outcome" ends before the baby could survive outside the womb. This abortive outcome could be natural (a miscarriage) or induced by deliberately killing a living fetus. Once the fetus had passed the developmental age of viability, the outcome of the pregnancy is by definition a birth -- either a live birth or a stillbirth. But in 1973, a group of non-physicians handed down a decision called Roe vs. Wade which decreed that logic be damned, language be damned, medicine be damned: If somebody wanted to kill a fetus at any point in the pregnancy, legally that act of killing would be lumped in under "abortion" and it would be enshrined as a right.
|Gosnell abandoned the lethal |
injection technique when he
found it too difficult.
Dr. William Waddill as he was strangling a 30-week abortion survivor: "This baby can't live or it will be a big mess."
Promising a patient an abortion and instead presenting her with an injured premature infant is an open invitation to a massive lawsuit. Those lawsuits can be avoided by using one of two popular approaches:
- The Obama Approach: Declare that since you'd made the decision to go ahead with an abortion, the fetus is by definition not viable regardless of his or her actual gestational age, size, health status, and condition upon delivery. He or she is to be stashed with the more cooperative -- and hence dead -- fetuses in the utility room or in a biohazard bag or wherever you choose to put them. Just pretend the whole ugly little business with the pulse and the breathing and the movement and the gasping and the crying never happened.
- The Gosnell Approach: "Ensure fetal demise" after the baby is delivered. This is much quicker and more certain.
To most people, the "How About We Don't Abort the Baby in the First Place?" Approach seems like an obvious solution. In fact, most abortionists decided that this is a good approach, at least for their own personal practices.** But that doesn't stop them from referring women who want post-viability abortions to late abortion specialists. And, as we can see from the plethora of referrals Gosnell got, dead baby trumps live mother.
|Philadelphia DA Seth Williams|
One might think that the case was a slam-dunk. After all, Gosnell killed the babies in front of multiple witnesses, and the District Attorney had photographs and corpses as evidence. But consider this: William Waddill had strangled Baby W in a hospital nursery in front of several horrified nurses and a neonatologist. An autopsy showed that the baby's abortion injuries were not fatal; she had clearly and unequivocally died from manual strangulation. Waddill still managed to walk because two -- Count 'em: two -- juries bogged down over the legal definition of "death."
All it takes is one die-hard abortion supporter to tank the case. For over three decades, people had referred women to Gosnell; had declined to investigate his "house of horrors;" had turned a blind eye to the reports of near-term abortions, filthy conditions, and patient deaths. Just one person who shared that "Abortion uber alles" mindset would have left the Gosnell jury as hopelessly deadlocked as both of the Waddill juries.
Williams had the guts to buck tradition and conventional wisdom, and to risk the wrath of his own Democrat party, to prosecute an abortionist for killing live-born infants. But just putting Kermit Gosnell out of circulation and into prison isn't enough. The public needs to be awakened to the reality of post-viability abortions and the means that late-term abortionists use to "ensure fetal demise."
Filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have launched a crowdfunding effort to produce a movie about Gosnell's crimes. A contribution to GosnellMovie.com need not set you back any more than $1 -- less than the cost of a soft drink. Every contribution is a message that we will no longer allow the killing of viable babies to take place under the cover of "reproductive health care." If you can't contribute, or have already contributed funding, keep in mind that both prayer and spreading the word about the project are also vital contributions to the efforts. Together we can end the silence.
For more about why it's vital that this movie be made, read (and don't forget to tweet!):
- Verified: Gosnell Got Snipping Idea at NAF Seminar
- Gosnell Clinic Even Nastier than Grand Jury Reported
- The Gosnell Patient Who Barely Escaped With Her Life
- Kermit Gosnell and the Milgram Experiment
- Gosnell: The One That Got Away & Hope for Others
- Gosnell and Viability: Where's the Line?
- Gosnell: Location Can Mean Misdemeanor vs. Murder
- Gosnell: The Grand Jury Convened
- Why the Left must Censor us on Gosnell: The "Outlier" Lie
- "Snipping" and why the Left Must Silence Us on Gosnell
- Semika Shaw and Why the Gosnell Story Must be Told
- Why "Gosnell" Must Be Told: The Compton-Carr Effect
* In a creepy coincidence, McMahon is also the surname of the abortionist who invented the abortion method, popularized by Martin Haskell, that was evidently Gosnell's inspiration for "snipping."
** I find it fascinating that although the abortion lobby fights to force all ob/gyns to perpetrate abortions whether they want to do them or not, there is no concerted effort to force existing abortion practitioners to do late abortions whether they want to do them or not. Bizarre, no?