Pro-Life Groups Demand Release of Gosnell Victims’ Remains for Proper Burial

Philadelphia, PA — A coalition of pro-life groups gathered in Philadelphia Sunday evening to call on the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office to release to them the remains of 47 aborted babies found at Kermit Gosnell’s squalid abortion clinic so that the babies can have the dignity of a proper funeral and burial.

Gosnell was convicted earlier this year of three counts of first degree murder for intentionally severing the spinal cords of late-term babies that had been born alive during abortions. The remains of the babies were discovered in a filthy freezer in the rat-and-flea-infested basement of a brick building on Lancaster Avenue that became known as the “House of Horrors.” He was also convicted of hundreds of lesser charges related to illegal late-term abortions. He is serving three life sentences without possibility of parole.

Led by Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, a group of about 60 people gathered at Drexel University and marched with police escort to Gosnell’s now-shuttered and deteriorating abortion clinic where a moving candlelight prayer vigil was held. Participants prayed for the closure of every abortion clinic as well as for the babies that die at them.

“These children need to be treated with dignity and respect,” noted Rev. Mahoney, “and like any other member of the human family, they need to have a proper burial and funeral.”

The medical examiner has refused to release the remains to any third party saying that the remains will eventually receive “a respectful disposition.” However, that could take as long as ten years, which is unacceptable to the groups.

UPDATE: The pro-life groups held a press conference and public witness Monday morning outside the Medical Examiner’s office in Philadelphia to once again demand that Gosnell’s victims be release for proper burial. The event concluded with no movement on the Medical Examiner’s position.

Rev. Mahoney released the following statement:

The official guidelines and regulations set forth by the Medical Examiner make it clear that any “interested” party can put in a request asking for any unidentified person to be released into their care.

Numerous national and local faith and community organizations have put in written formal requests for these children.

The conviction of Kermit Gosnell on murder charges makes it clear that these babies are “persons” and must be afforded the same equal rights as anyone else under the law.

It is tragic and barbaric that government officials are playing ‘abortion politics’ with these innocent babies. These children were brutalized once by Kermit Gosnell. We are now demanding that they are not brutalized again by the City of Philadelphia.

The coalition of pro-life groups include the Christian Defense Coalition, CEC for Life, Priests for Life, Stand True, Students for Life in America, Alliance Defending Freedom, Operation Rescue, and others.

  • Kevin Williams

    AMEN to the efforts of these Pro Life groups and the statement of Rev Mahoney; “It is tragic and barbaric that government officials are playing ‘Abortion Politics with these innocent babies. These children were brutalized once by Kermit Goznell. We are now demanding that they are not brutalized again by the City of Philidelphia.”
    It is a Satanic device of the demonic realm to use the remains of these incalculably precious children as a propaganda card to play. Let us pray now through the Power of the Name of Jesus Christ invoke the Blood of the Lamb slain before the foundations of the world and bind satan and let him pitfully look on as his house is being spoiled! May the Spirit of God motivate action by the people of God to secure the remains of these Precious children and give them the reverence and respect that they deserve and justice demands. Let us pray this and continue to pray and act until God’s will is carried out and these babies remains are no longed being desecrated. We pray this in no lesser Name than the Name of Jesus Christ, at Who’s Name EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that He is Lord to the Glory of the Father, Amen.

  • Mary A. Bell

    Funerals are for human beings, and the proabortion interests refuse to admit that these babies whom Gosnell killed (and for whom Gosnell was convicted on several murder charges) are indeed human beings. The mainstream media has never called them babies. (Years ago, Dr. Mildred Jefferson as presidient of National Right to Life wrote, “Watch that word ‘fetus’. It’s coming to have the same rhetorical value as ‘nigger’.”) I’ve noted that when children see pictures or plastic models of the unborn at different stages, the children use no other word but “baby”.

  • Kevin Williams

    We should always listen to the Children. Often they can teach us very valuable lessons. Jesus said “In the mouths of babes you have ‘Ordained Strength” or “Perfected Praise” in another place. More than once people have told me that their 4-5 year old grandchildren have said things Like “Grandma, What are those people doing there? They are praying. Why? Because they kill babies there. Then the child will reply: ISNT THAT AGAINST THE LAW?”

    In the year 2000 the US House of Representatives voted unanimously, 417 to 0 to delay Capital punishment to a pregnant woman until she had given birth. The most telling thing about the vote is that even pro abortion legislators KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that unborn children have rights that are independent form their mothers rights and DESERVE THE PROTECTION OF LAW! What is so ironic is that under the law the only unborn child in America is the one whos mother is on death row.

  • Kevin Williams

    Oops! I meant to say “Under the law the only unborn child in America whos life is protected is the child whos mother is on death row!”

    I yearn for the day when Roe will be consigned to the sewers of History in the trashheap with all other tyranny oppression and injustice! The word of God assures us that. If the Lord has to intervene by His justice it will be a dark day. The Prophet Isaiah said “Therefore hear the word of the Lord you scornful men…Because you have said “We have made a covenant with death and with Sheol we are in agreement, when the overflowing scourge passes through it will not come to us for we have made lies our refuge and beneath falsehood we have hidden ourselves….(Then there is God’s reply) The hail will sweep away your refuge of lies and the waters will overflow the hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand. When the overflowing scourge passe through you will be trampled down by it. As often as it goes out it will take you. For morning by morning it will pass over, and by day and by night; it will be a terror just to understand the report.” Isaiah 28:14-15 &18-19

  • As much as possible, the next of kin should be notified and given first chance to arrange funerals.

  • Tonya Martone

    Abortion is encouraged all around the globe to save “valuable resources” on earth from being completely used up by a growing population. I truly believe that God has made enough resources for all of us if we would only have hearts of compassion with one another. Instead we kill and steal whenever possible to ensure a good quality of life for ourselves. We were made to love Him and love each other. So far we have missed our calling.
    These bodies are made in the very image of the only God of Heaven and Earth. What are they doing to His image? I’m afraid these bodies may not be released because they have already been disposed of. Our Father sees everything. In Habbakuk chapter 2, it talks about a future time and God bringing the murderers of “many nations” to justice. There will b justice for these little ones. They may be last on Earth, but they will be the first in Heaven! Ever wonder why Jesus said “Do not hinder the “little” children from coming to me…for the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of such as these?” The unwanted here become the first class citizens there!!!