Temporary Memorial Set at Gosnell Babies’ Unmarked Grave Site

Formal memorial and dedication of permanent marker set for September 25

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Philadelphia, PA – Since the trial of convicted murder Kermit Gosnell in May of 2013, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition has made several attempts to secure the remains for burial of 47 aborted babies discovered at Gosnell’s West Philadelphia “House of Horrors” abortion clinic. For months, those remains had languished in storage in the Coroner’s office.

Each request to bury the babies was denied.

Last week, Mahoney had again sought the release of the remains for burial when he inadvertently discovered that the babies’ bodies had been unceremoniously cremated and buried in an unmarked grave at Laurel Hill Cemetery by the City of Philadelphia on September 12, 2013.

On Wednesday, June 10, Mahoney gathered with about 40 pro-life supporters to place flowers, a temporary marker, and 47 white crosses at the grave site. The group then briefly memorialized the babies that were at the heart of a sensational murder trial that revealed shocking details of shoddy abortions done by untrained, unlicensed staff in squalid conditions at a run-down brick office building located at 3801 Lancaster.

gosnellbabiesmarkerGosnell and the unlicensed abortionists that worked for him quietly conducted illegal late-term abortions in which it was routine for the babies to be born alive. Gosnell would then stab the babies in the backs of their necks with scissors and sever their spinal cords in a process he referred to as “snipping.”

Gosnell was caught only when authorities raided his clinic, thinking he was operating an illegal pill mill. It was then they discovered the truth behind Gosnell’s macabre abortion business — along with jars lining a shelf that contained the severed limbs of aborted babies.

Steven Massof was one of Gosnell’s unlicensed workers who posed as a doctor and conducted late-term abortions illegally. During Gosnell’s trial, Massof testified that during busy times, the women were given drugs to induce contractions all at once. Massof told the court that “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place. . .I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires.”

City officials told reporters they were simply following protocol when they cremated and buried the “unclaimed” remains without notice. However, Mahoney refuted that notion.

“We came for months after months, seeking these children in love. They were not unclaimed. They were wanted, they were desired, they had meaning and purpose. And so even though we are thankful they are not still in the morgue, it is deeply troubling . . . not making this a more public affair,” Mahoney told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Now plans are underway for a formal memorial service set for September 25 during events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. The Pope has even been invited to the service.

The Christian Defense Coalition and Operation Rescue are also raising money for a proper grave marker that will stand as a memorial to the babies who died and a warning to future generations not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

“It was a corrupt political climate that created Kermit Gosnell, the murderer. A radical pro-abortion administration encouraged authorities to turn a blind eye to reports of squalor, shoddy abortions, and two patient deaths,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As a result, Gosnell’s clinic degenerated into the depths of perversity, costing the lives of hundreds of viable babies that the law should have protected as well as the lives of at least two patients. The world need to know the truth about where unrestricted abortion has led us, so we do not allow those horrors to continue.”

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger reported extensively from the courtroom during the Gosnell murder trial and gave America a window into the proceedings when no other national media would. Her exclusive reports can be read at OperationRescue.org.

View photos of Gosnell’s victims (Caution: Graphic)

  • 724willy

    This horror story is about the Satanic abortion business, when coupled with the public sodomy so prevalent today, constitutes a tale of the decline and fall of another world empire.” God is not mocked, whatsoever a man, [ or nation ] sows, that shall he,[ or it ] also reap “.

  • Vivavox

    If Philadelphia city officials thought this story would go away by burying these children quietly in an unmarked grave, they were sadly mistaken. Thank you for giving these babies dignity in death that they never knew in life. May they rest in eternal peace.

  • scrdhrt2@cox.net

    Fred Sokol, Rocky River, Ohio

    “SINCE THE TRIAL OF CONVICTED MURDER KERMIT GOSNELL IN MAY OF 2013.” “FORTY SEVEN [47] ABORTED BABIES DISCOVERED AT GOSNELL’S WEST PHILADELPHIA ‘HOUSE OF HORRORS’ ABORTION CLINIC” – WERE CREMATED AND PUT IN AN UNMARKED GRAVE? FOR WHAT DID THOSE UNBORN CHILDREN DO TO DESERVE SOCIETY’S HATE AND DISRESPECT? WHAT DID THE UNBORN CHILD DO THAT OFFENDED ‘SO MUCH’ THOSE WHO QUIETLY BURIED THEM IN AN UNMARKED GRAVE? THIS CREEPS ME OUT.
    WE ARE IN A BATTLE FOR CIVILIZATION IN AMERICA AND IN OUR WORLD.
    Do our duty for our unborn Americans who are being aborted, slaughtered and killed in OUR very own Neighborhoods, in our Country and in our World.
    Everyone deserves to be defended – every person matters – we let no one behind – we the people – that’s what makes us Americans.
    For we are in a Battle for Civilization! Don’t believe me? Continue reading and you will know for certain that we are.
    To win this struggle for life – we must sacrifice our self. Just as we
    demand the sacrifice of other people for our benefit. We sacrifice the same for the unborn baby. To sacrifice and to go on ‘offense’ we control this struggle for life – not let the struggle for life control us. And we will win this struggle for life – and for an end to abortion!
    Yet if we just put our self, first – and ignore the abortion death of the unborn baby. We, with eyes wide shut are ‘willingly’ watching ‘our civilization apocalyptically be slaughtered’ with 58 million Unborn Americans already aborted and killed since 1973. Especially in our neighborhoods. And this is just the beginning.
    Ladies and Gentlemen this is not science fiction – this is not a game – this is real. We are on the brink of descending into a 1,000 years of darkness in this World. Because of the abortion, death and slaughter of our World’s Future – the abortion death of the unborn baby that continues – and what is even worse – there are very few people who care enough to stop it.

    ATTENTION: MOST IMPORTANT … PLEASE READ.
    And there is even more in store for all the people of the World as it is written. “These globalists present the notion that the world population should not be more than 500 million. That means 93% of the existing population would have to be eliminated. How do you suppose they intend to accomplish that? Or have been accomplishing it?” [“Agenda 21 Revealed – You Need to Know This” – ‘Liberty Voice’] http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/agenda-21-revealed-you-need-to-know-this/

    Added to this continued slaughter of mankind – is the lack of urgency for the unborn children being aborted and killed at abortion mills because of our ‘bystander do nothing society’ in our Neighborhoods, Country and in our World.
    So do not be a member of our ‘Bystander Do Nothing Society’. Because the “indecency of silence” – spells “DOOM” for human dignity and the preservation of human life in our Community and in our World.
    The unborn baby to be rescued from abortion and death at abortion mills – needs “prolife doers” – not “bystanders” who wait for the other guy to end abortion.
    So, No matter what station we find ourselves, in this World.
    No matter how important we think we are.
    No matter how many responsibilities we have in this world.
    No matter if we think we would be better off in our house, in our backyard, in our churches, in our parishes, in our dioceses, in our government buildings, in our skyscrapers – and not at the neighborhood abortion mills.
    No matter if we do not want to associate with the lowly people at the abortion mill.
    Yes, to those who hunger for God. To those who are lost. To those who hurt. To those who lost all hope. To those who see no reason for their life on Earth. To those who take their unborn child to abort and to kill at the
    abortion mill.
    We go and proclaim to them anyway … God’s Kingdom, Life and An End To Abortion. And to a place where God is Not Known, Not Loved, Not Honored … at the Very Gates of Hell … the abortion mill.
    For the fallen and the unborn baby – are all there at Preterm abortion mill. I am never alone. Yet only through God’s Help. I see them. I cry for
    them. I pray with them. I lift them up. I encourage them. I reach out to them. They reach out to me. I call them to God and to Life. As my fellow brothers and sisters in the pro-life movement do as well.
    Why am I at my local “Preterm abortion mill – 12000 Shaker Boulevard – Cleveland, Ohio – to end abortion there?
    At about 15 minutes to 6pm last Friday, June 12th, when I was about to
    leave Preterm, a young resident in his early twenties approached me on the
    sidewalk. He saw me in front of preterm abortion mill ‘soaking wet from the past rains that day’ praying and waving to the motorists as they passed by. As he got closer to me he looked and smiled at me and said, “If you just saved one, you did your job.”
    So that is why we stand at Preterm and at all the abortion mills. To save as many unborn babies, and our sisters and brothers as we can from the grip of satan and death. Then only through God’s Help – lead them to life and to He Who Created Us, Redeemed Us, and Sustains Us.
    FINALLY, I ASK YOU NOW, TO PRAY AS HARD AND AS LONG AS YOU
    CAN. I FIND MYSELF PRAYING ALMOST THE FULL THREE HOURS EVERY TIME I STAND AT PRETERM. MANY OTHER PRO-LIFERS ARE AT PRETERM AND AT BEDFORD HEIGHTS, OHIO PLANNED PARENTHOOD DO THE SAME. KEEP DOING IT YOURSELF. THIS WORLD IS IN TERRIBLE SHAPE AND ONLY GOD WILL SAVE US. TRUST IN GOD AND HE WILL DELIVER US.
    ALSO PRAY FOR ALL PRO-LIFERS. PRAY FOR TROY NEWMAN, CHERYL SULLENGER AND THE ENTIRE STAFF AT OPERATION RESCUE THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SHARE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CULTURE OF DEATH, ITS HORROR, ITS LIES TO THE WORLD. SO THE WORLD WILL TURN FROM ‘A BYSTANDER’ SOCIETY – TO A ‘DO SOMETHING’ SOCIETY WILLING TO BATTLE FOR CIVILIZATION – AND WHO WILL CALL ON GOD TO FINALLY END ABORTION AND BRING ABOUT A CULTURE OF LIFE WHERE BOTH BORN AND UNBORN PEOPLE ARE SAFE.
    O Precious God visit this longing breast and enter this house of clay and lead us through the night unto the perfect day where dwellest Thou in Endless Light … I ask all this in Jesus Name, Amen. Pray For The Babies!
    God Bless You and Your Family
    Your Friend, Fred Sokol, Rocky River, Ohio

  • Gayle Wilbanks

    What a surprise– those things hidden in darkness were revealed in the light. Except that this time they weren’t things, they were people Thank you for honoring these babies God created and loves dearly.
    This war was already fought and won on the Cross, and the victory party was three days later. The cleanup stages won’t be easy, but we already know the winner.