Did Limited Access to Abortions Keep Kermit Gosnell in Business?

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On one hand, the responses of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) have not surprised me. Because they are advocacy groups, I expected them to defend abortion even as they applauded the verdicts.On the other hand, I wondered if perhaps they would seek some common ground. Surely, everyone should be able to agree that killing babies after they are born should be condemned.  In addition, it seems that all concerned should welcome strict enforcement of laws … [Read more...]

Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty of Murder and Other Charges

A variety of sources are reporting what is emerging from Philadelphia. The first source I saw was this tweet from J.D. Mullane, reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times who is in the court room.Phila abortionist Kermit #Gosnell guilty 1st degree murder in 3 of 4 babies.— jdmullane (@jdmullane) May 13, 2013Here is the AP story which provides more details.According to Mullane, he is guilty of most of the other 200-plus counts against him.#Gosnell also found guilty on most of the mo … [Read more...]

Media Blackout on the Kermit Gosnell Case May Be Lifting

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The local Philadelphia press has been covering the case, but today Yahoo news carried a lengthy reprint of a story on Gosnell's trial first published by The Atlantic. Slate's Dave Weigel also wrote about the case and the lack of coverage. #Gosnell is now trending on Twitter. In what could be titled, "Confessions of a Pro-Choice Journalist," add Daily Beast to that list. Now WaPo...I was glad to see these articles which pull no punches in reporting the case of Gosnell who performed abortions … [Read more...]

National abortion funding network member visited notorious Philadelphia abortion clinic

In 2007, three representatives from the Delaware Pro-Choice Medical Fund toured Kermit Gosnell's Womens Medical Society in West Philadelphia.  According to a statement from the National Network of Abortion Funds (full statement here), the visitors saw nothing that prevented them from funding abortions there. According to the NNAB,The Network has reached out to the Delaware Pro-choice Medical Fund and can share the following information about the relationship between the Fund and Dr. Gosnell’s c … [Read more...]

National Abortion Federation quietly removes reference to Gosnell's Delaware clinic

Sometime Friday, the National Abortion Federation removed reference to the Atlantic Women's Medical Services in Wilmington, DE from their website. Atlantic is the clinic where Philadelphia abortion doctor and accused murderer, Kermit Gosnell, worked one day per week until early last year. For now, the clinic remains in the search cache.Late Thursday, the NAF issued a statement to me indicating confusion about why the Philadelphia grand jury recommended that the NAF "reassess" the membership … [Read more...]

Did the Hyde Amendment keep Kermit Gosnell in business?

By now, the facts are well known. Kermit Gosnell, a physician in charge of Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, was charged last week with the deaths of a former patient via a botched abortion and seven infants who were born alive and then murdered. The grand jury report of the investigation is here and another post on the matter is here.Some pro-choice advocates are blaming restrictions on abortion and abortion funding, such as the Hyde Amendment for the tragedy. For instance, Am … [Read more...]

PA Senate to hold hearings on failure of abortion clinic regulation

I just received this statement from Erik Arneson, Communications and Policy Director for Sen Dominic Pileggi, PA Senate Majority Leader, Speaking about the case of Kermit Gosnell and the grand jury report on the atrocities alleged at the Women's Medical Society in Philadelphis, Arneson said:The grand jury report shows a massive systematic failure by the state agencies responsible for overseeing this facility. We intend to hold at least one public hearing to examine the problems in detail.I … [Read more...]

PA Abortion clinic inspections stopped to avoid barriers to abortion

The grand jury report on Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia carefully details the shocking negligence of many people. From those responsible for regulating health under two administrations to outside certifying agencies, many people knew something was wrong in West Philly and they did little or nothing. Here is a passage (pp.148-149) from the grand jury report that finds a change in policy regarding abortion clinics when Governor Tom Ridge took over from Bob Casey. In … [Read more...]


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