Gosnell Has Been Found Guilty Of Murder For Bringing Illegal Abortion Back To Our Attention

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mallet on bookAfter all the gory details regarding cat feces and women dying and disposable medical supplies being reused, Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of three counts of first degree murder. Dr. Gosnell’s vivid and cavalier recreation of illegal abortion in the Unites States — a period of our history that we cannot possibly get away from fast enough —  deserves nothing else if not time behind bars.

The New York Times reports that Dr. Gosnell was found guilty for three out of the four counts against him. Other counts of murder, specifically for the late-term babies, were thrown out stoking further speculation as to what constitutes a “live child.”

Nevertheless, the five-week deliberation and horrific stories of unlicensed staff tending to medical procedures have provided a sobering update to the face of illegal abortion — images that until now, I had only seen in black and white. Dr. Gosnell’s patients were noted to be women of poor means, few resources, and of utter desperation, a cohort that conveniently gets left out of many dialogues surrounding women’s health. But through his complete disregard for the lives and safety of women, we have been afforded a deeply unsettling 2013 update to the risks we take when women’s choices few and far between. A volume that does not need any more appendixes.

(photo: Nata-Lia / Shutterstock)


  1. CW

    May 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Dr. Gosnell and his clinic were both LICENSED by the State of Pennsylvania up until the raid in 2010. So you are being very disingenuous by suggesting he was some back-alley illegal provider. Pennsylvania had failed to inspect ANY of the state’s 22 abortion clinics for the 15 years prior to 2011. Why did those inspections stop? Because they were perceived as being “barriers to women seeking abortion services.”

    • Rachel Sea

      May 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Actually, the inspections were halted due to budget cuts. As with most regulatory bodies across most of the country, inspections are not routine. They are only held as part of a formal investigation.

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