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)

Gosnell Post Script: How They Were Sentenced

The last of the Kermit Gosnell co-defendants were sentenced in June, 2014, putting an end to the Philadelphia abortion “House of Horrors” murder saga. Below is a list of charges for which they were found guilty and the sentences they received.

A list of each defendant’s original charges can be seen here.

The full archive of original reports from Operation Rescue related to the Gosnell abortion/murder case can be viewed here.


Found Guilty at Trial: Jury found him guilty of 3 counts of First Degree Murder, 21 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit, 211 counts of misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law, numerous conspiracy and corrupt organization charges. In addition, he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. He also pled guilty to Federal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, alprazolam, and codeine; distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone; and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Sentence: Three consecutive life terms in State prison without the possibility of parole. Gosnell gave up his right to appeal the verdicts in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. Gosnell also was sentenced to an additional 30 years in prison on the Federal drug charges.


Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to Murder in the Third Degree and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: Time served (28 months) and 3 years of probation.


Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to 2 counts of third degree murder, distribution of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. She agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial but did so less than enthusiastically.

Sentence: 2 1/2 years in prison, which was less than prosecutors had wanted.


Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to two counts of third degree murder and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. He testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: 6-12 years in prison.


Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that she administered some of the overdose of Demerol that killed abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. She also admitted to participating in a cover-up by lying about what happened and destroying files. During her court testimony for the prosecution, West denied ever having done anything wrong.

Sentence: 5-10 years in prison.

PEARL GOSNELL (Kermit Gosnell’s wife)

Pled Guilty: Illegal late-term abortions, racketeering, and conspiracy. She turned against her husband to save herself, but did not testify against him at his trial.

Sentenced: 7-23 months in prison.


Found Guilty at Trial:
Guilty of numerous crimes, including conspiracy, participation in a corrupt organization, and two counts of theft by deception.

Sentence: 6-23 months of house arrest, 2 years of probation, and 100 hours of community service.

ELIZABETH HAMPTON (Pearl Gosnell’s foster sister)

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to perjury. Agreed to testify against Gosnell in exchange for sentencing leniency.

Sentence: 1 year probation.


Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to sustaining a corrupt organization and other offenses.

Sentence: 30 months of probation.


Charges Dropped: Joe’s single charge of conspiracy was dropped. She never testified at Gosnell’s trial.

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Historic New Archive Documents Sensational Gosnell Murder Case Through Exclusive Operation Rescue Reports

Gosnell ArchivePhiladelphia, PA — Operation Rescue has published a permanent archive of exclusive reports related to convicted murder and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger was among the first to understand the importance of the case. She covered the story from the moment Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” West Philadelphia abortion clinic was raided in January, 2011, through his trial in April-May, 2013, to the 2014 sentencing of notorious case’s final defendant.

Her exclusive first-hand reports from the courtroom — well ahead of any national media outlet — prompted a Tweet-fest that drew national attention to Gosnell’s gruesome crimes. The impact of this case and Operation Rescue’s momentous coverage sent reverberations throughout the United States and has resulted in new laws that continue to close abortion clinics across the country.

“As the first anniversary of Gosnell’s historic conviction nears, it is imperative that the record of events be preserved. This historic archive, written exclusively from the pro-life perspective, is a crucial reference that gives us all a first-hand look at inside the courtroom. We pray this will be a useful resource for future readers that will ensure the important lessons learned from the abuses and corruption uncovered in Philadelphia are not lost to history,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The archive will be permanently available through a link on the home page of OperationRescue.org.

View Operation Rescue’s Exclusive Gosnell Report Archive