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Grand Jury Testimony in the Kermit Gosnell Case: Part 3

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As one of my commentors has noted, the greater horror in this whole Gosnell case is the morally abominable failure to reign Gosnell in and bring him to justice sooner. As I read on in the testimony, I get a sick feeling thinking about all the people who knew he was a butcher and murderer, but who failed to act to stop him. As Dallas Willard rightly points out, the “sin in our members” is so strong that we fail to act even when the choice to do so is crystal clear. Anyone who doesn’t see abortion as primarily a spiritual issue hasn’t looked at it closely enough.

And as for the notion that, should abortion be criminalized, we’d see many more Gosnell’s out there doing these heinous things illegally, I don’t think it follows. In my opinion, it is the legality of abortion, through all nine months of pregnancy, that gives cover to this kind of darkness. No society is perfect, but the evidence is in that legal abortion is horrible for women, not to mention their babies. You’ll agree after you read this bit from the testimony:

To make the patients comfortable – and keep them quiet – the clinic’s unlicensed and untrained workers used butterfly needles for IV access and injected several different strong, sedative drugs into the women and girls in order to, as Latosha Lewis and Kareema Cross put it, “knock them out.”

All afternoon and evening, as patients woke and complained of pain, workers would continue to medicate them with injections of sedatives. Between doses, the staff would leave patients largely untended. This would go on until the doctor arrived, some six or more hours after the patient did, or until the woman delivered.

Very often, the patient delivered without Gosnell being present. Lewis testified that one or two babies fell out of patients each night. They dropped out on lounge chairs, on the floor, and often in the toilet. If the doctor was not there, it was not unusual for no one to tend to the mother or the baby. In fact, several of the clinic’s workers refused to deal with the expelled babies or the placenta. So, after delivering babies, women and girls would have to just sit and wait – sometimes on a toilet for hours – for Gosnell to arrive. Lewis acknowledged that she would not do anything but wait with the women:

“A lot of times this happened when [Gosnell] wasn’t there. If…a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet and I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.

James Johnson, who supposedly cleaned the clinic and bagged its infectious waste, confirmed Lewis’ account. He testified that sometimes patients’ “miscarried or whatever it was” into the toilet and clogged it. He described how he had to lift the toilet so that someone else – he said it was too disgusting for him – could get the fetuses out of the pipes.

And this Mr. Johnson isn’t immediately calling the cops? I’m at a loss.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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