Jury Selection to Begin in Murder Case of Abortionist that Snipped Newborn’s Spinal Cords

Philadelphia, PA – Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the highly publicized capital murder case against Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, whose squalid “house of horrors” abortion clinic and callous, almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation.

“The Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “The discovery of his horrific practices helped shed light on an abortion industry that has run amok without oversight or accountability for decades, and has prompted significant changes in abortion laws and attitudes toward enforcement in several states.”

In all, Gosnell faces 43 criminal counts, including eight counts of murder in the death of one patient, Karnamaya Monger, and seven newborn infants. Additional charges include conspiracy, drug delivery resulting in death, infanticide, corruption of minors, evidence tampering, theft by deception, abuse of corpse, and corruption.

The case began in January, 2010, when police raided Gosnell Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, thinking that it was a “pill mill” that was the city’s largest supplier of Oxycontin that ended up on the streets for illegal sale. But once officers entered the clinic, they discovered it was something much worse.

The stench of cat urine permeated the air. Authorities found blood stained furniture and blankets, piles of bags of medical waste, and other filthy conditions. But they also found something else: rows of jars containing the severed feet of what appeared to be late-term aborted babies, then the corpses of several aborted babies with suspicious cuts on the backs of their necks.

Authorities immediately closed the clinic then began a grand jury investigation into Gosnell’s appalling abortion operation. What they found is described in a scathing 281-page Grand Jury Report that is stated with such simple clarity that it is painful to read.

Gosnell’s clinic had two functions. By day it supplied scripts to pretty much anyone who wandered in off the street. By night, it was a horrific late-term abortion operation that was conducted with the aid of unlicensed workers who drugged patients into stupors, spread venereal disease by reusing disposable equipment, perforated wombs and bowels, and killed at least two patients.

Gosnell would deliver late-term, viable babies alive then murder them by thrusting scissors into the backs of their neck and “snipping” their spinal cords.

Four other employees, Steven Massof, Lynda Williams, Sherry West, and Adrienne Moton masqueraded as physicians even though they had little if any training, and certainly no medical license. They frequently conducted illegal abortions, including the grisly procedure Gosnell called “snipping” of newborns’ spinal cords.

In January, 2011, police arrested Gosnell and 8 of his employees, including his wife, Pearl, and charged them with hundreds of criminal counts. One by one, Gosnell’s associates began to enter guilty pleas to avoid trial. In exchange, some charges have been dropped or reduced. Most await sentencing that will depend on the outcome of Gosnell’s trial.

At least two, Williams and West, but perhaps others, are set to testify against Gosnell at his upcoming trial. They will be sentenced afterward and may receive possible leniency based on the quality of their testimony.

Gosnell, who has remained incarcerated since his arrest in January, 2011, faces a possible death penalty for his crimes.

The Grand Jury Report had great impact on abortion policies. It exposed in no uncertain terms the political climate that created conditions where abortionists were never investigated and clinics were never inspected, no matter how egregious the allegations. It forced resignations of those who looked the other way, even in the face of complaints related to patient deaths.

This case has also influenced new legislation and clinic regulation, but more importantly, prompted stronger enforcement of abortion laws, not only in Pennsylvania, but also in Maryland, Delaware, and others.

Clinic inspections that followed in Pennsylvania revealed massive violations at clinics across the state. At least two abortion clinics closed rather than clean up.

In Delaware, two additional abortion clinics closed that had associations with Gosnell, who was using the clinics to begin late-term abortion processes that would be finished across state lines at his Philadelphia abortion clinic.

In Maryland, the Gosnell case, along with the discovery of a similar illegal bi-state abortion operation run by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham, helped prompt new clinic licensing regulations and accountability in a state where essentially no meaningful abortion laws existed.

“We are looking forward to the court testimony of Gosnell’s associates. We may have much more to learn from this horrific case,” said Newman.

“The frightening thing about all this is that we know Gosnell is not unique,” Newman continued. “We know other shoddy abortionists are out there running filthy operations that endanger the lives and health of women, such as the filthy abortion mill that was recently discovered and closed in Muskegon, Michigan. We know that abortionists are landing women in hospital emergency rooms at an alarming rate, and have the frantic 911 recordings to prove it. We also know that many times, babies are born alive after failed late-term abortions then secretly murdered. We have heard many reports of this dirty little secret – and worse.”

Across the U.S., there still remains far too much resistance to the enforcement and prosecution of abortionists who break the law. Because of that, shockingly unsafe conditions and below standard practices continue to be overlooked and ignored in most states. While the Gosnell case has brought the issue of abortion abuses to light with some positive impact, there is still a long way to go.

“The more conversation we have as a nation about the wide spread epidemic of abortion injuries, deaths, and other abuses, the closer we will come to the solution to these problems through the complete abolition of abortion,” said Newman.

  • Read the Grand Jury Report
  • View photos of Gosnell’s victims
  • View the Gosnell gang’s mug shots and description of charges
  • Additional Background
    • Helen Satmary

      These killing mills must be closed down. They are “Barbaric”, there is no other word that comes near the atrocity that is going on in this Country. Just wholesale butchering of our most innocent, vulnerable unaware victims. They feel safe in their mothers womb and are as much of a person as you or I and then some butcher penetrates their once safe haven and mutilates them. They dismember them like they had no feelings. It is the most horrendous, violent crime in the world. It makes me cry just to write and describe what is done to these precious little ones. What has happened to the heart of Doctors who once took an OATH to never kill! That has been removed from their oath today. That, in itself, tells you they know exactly what they are doing. they are not removing a blob the are killing an innocent baby. And we have a faux president who makes it mandatory that whether if offends you or not you will pay to help continue this massacre through your taxes. It takes a revolution by those who do not believe in killing babies to stop this madness by withholding their taxes. Do not file. If enough people would do this, a few may go to jail (a worthwhile reason to go) but they could not arrest all and could not begin to hold all of those who participated. We must take extreme measures to counter this war or we will be judged for not doing enough to stop this madness.
      God have mercy on our souls!

    • Bob Leach

      Someday our society will wake up and realize that abortion on demand is as big a contradiction to our values as slavery.
      I asked a pro-abortion party, “If you could somehow magically participate in a decision like that about your own life, would you say, “Go ahead, Ma, if it’s for your convenience.”
      I said, I don’t think you would. I think you’d say something like, “Hold on! You invited me here. Get me born and give me to someone who wants a child and we’ll be friends forever”.
      But if you wouldn’t, I’d have to admit that you were honest and consistent. I would also conclude that you were a suicidal maniac and unqualified to make decisions about much of anything. He just mumbled and changed the subject, unable to come to grips with the dilemma – a frightening comment about human thought.

    • Let Em Live

      I bet they stack this jury with pro-death (pro-abortion) people.

      This animal should be put in a cell with some big, mean, gay cons.

    • hummingbird

      Obama has spoken against The Infants Born Alive Protection Act in that he doesn’t feel like yet another doctor be brought in to assess an infant or baby or whatever you want to call it, (his words) after a botched abortion and have it cost more money, further upset the mother, just let the doctor decide. The president is so crafty in his words that the people who shower him with praise love and adoration, even treating him like some sort of heroing rescuer, like a savior and saint, that they are completely oblivious to his crafty words on abortion, life, and humanity. It astounds me that he has so much support and so many worshipers. I honestly wonder sometimes if he produced a ‘kool-aid’ and encouraged people to drink it, they would turn out in mass numbers…and of course they ‘are’ drinking the proverbial kool-aid only the consequences are not as instant, it will come slower than that. So you don’t have to wonder how much the president knows about these abortion mills, he knows, he supports them, he is well aware and still stands behind them and the right to choose. It means nothing to him. Afterall, he doesn’t want his own daughters punished with an unwanted pregnancy. I wonder if he would take them to such as this doctor? Really it doesn’t have to be ‘this’ doctor, there all pretty much the same, just a little cleaner.

    • Linda

      As horrible as this is, the women involved hold some of the responsibility. Who on earth would wait so long? Their souls are damed

    • pro-life dude

      the unfortunate truth is being exposed, these monsters and many like them, KNOW it is murder, and they still don’t care. so, in his mind, he is just doing what he’s paid to do, murder the child. before or after birth, it doesn’t matter to them. will the hypocrisy finally be exposed? probably not. it will more than likely just be buried like other stories that go against the liberal media agenda. so, if he is convicted of murder, will it make a difference, probably not, but one can hope. there is already enough legal precedence that is being ignored – many cases of people being convicted of murder and/or manslaughter when attacking or injuring a pregnant woman and as a result she loses her child, which gives legal status to the unborn, but that hasn’t resulted in any overturning or the legality of abortion. still, we can hope, perhaps people will wake up.

    • Pro life tarheel

      I wish I was on this jury. NO WAY I would vote to acquit. Hell would freeze over first. Gosnell is a disgusting animal. Period. When that monster leaves this earth he will pay for the babies and women he has hurt. There is a special place in hell for him and I hope the cries of all the innocent babies he murdered torments him for all eternity as he burns.

      God bless everyone involved in the pro life movement. For those on Facebook, please be sure to check out my pro life page. “Voices for the Unborn”

    • JEB

      They will MAKE SURE there are no pro-life people on the jury..they will all be pro-death (the jury pool will be selected from a Planned Parenthood Clinic!