Doctor Accused of Illegal Abortions in ‘House of Horrors’

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Bags holding aborted fetuses, jars of severed baby feet, blood-stained furniture … it sounds like a scene from a horror film; but it’s not. It’s exactly what authorities found when searching Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s office.

Dr. Gosnell is accused of performing illegal abortions (the mothers were in their sixth, seventh, or eighth month of pregnancy) by using “scissors to sever the spinal cords of newborns who emerged from their mothers still alive.” Babies who would’ve survived with medical care, according to CNN’s article, were murdered by “a doctor who cuts into [their] necks.”

Dr. Gosnell was well-known for his late-trimester abortions, even though he wasn’t a board-certified OB-GYN. He even called himself a “positive force in the community,” saying he helped the “under-served population in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.”

Dr. Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder. According to CNN, “if he’s convicted, prosecutors want him put to death.”

There are many who consider having an abortion when pregnancy isn’t planned, is the result of an awful experience, or has the possibility of harming the mother. As a matter of fact, “one in three American women will have an abortion by age 45.”  

Usually, if a woman chooses to abort her pregnancy, it is done within the first trimester. But “back alley,” late-trimester abortions have been going on for years, illegally.  If you are going to abort, why not do it early on, legally and in a clean, board-certified environment? Once you’ve reached the end of your second or third trimester, wouldn’t you consider adoption as an option? Adoption would be a better, safer, legal, and healthier option.

In my opinion, any man who can cut into the neck of a living, breathing newborn – saving their “severed feet” in jars, tossing their remains into plastic bags – cannot be seen as a positive force in anyone’s community, including those that are “under-served.”

What possesses a woman to illegally obtain an abortion? Fear? Force? Is Dr. Gosnell a knight in shining armor for these women, or is he a man that deserves the death penalty?

What do you think?


What do you think?

Doctor Accused of Illegal Abortions in ‘House of Horrors’

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Vicki says:

    Wow, it’s true it not only happens here, but all over the world. How mentally disturbed is this man to have done this to a baby? And how disturbed are these women to let him do it? If they were in fact having the abortions in their last trimester, why not carry the baby to term and find a family that are not able to have children? It sickens me, I feel like vomitting. And mind you I am for a woman making her own decision, but this is way over the edge of planned parent hood.

  2. Sylvester says:

    I don’t think this is what the legalized abortion law had in mind. This guy went over the edge and deserves to be severely punished…the death penalty wouldn’t hurt my feelings. There are rules to be followed as far as legalized abortions go and we can’t classify what this guy did as being legal. Any criminal can commit crimes and he’s just another criminal There has to be limits set on any medical procedure as far as what’s considered ethical and what’s not. What he did is definitely outside the "acceptable" legal medical limits and is just plain mean and cruel. Aside from that, he could have always just said "NO." I cringe just thinking of these procedures on a living, breathing babies who feel the pain in this house of horrors and how inhumane it was. "Legally" fry him!!!

  3. Tory says:

    I absolutely reject abortion. But let me ask you this. What is wrong with keeping the body parts? If you support abortion then you don’t believe that the fetus is a viable human being so it represents nothing more than organic matter. Why is it any more wrong then to keep aborted body parts in jars than to keep lizards in a jar in a high school science class.

  4. Tory says:

    I don’t mean to be confrontational but why? If abortion is a fundamental woman’s right then who is to say when that right goes into effect? What makes this doctor worse than any other abortion provider. Remember that the doctors who performed abortions before Roe V Wade are held as heroes to the cause by those in the abortion activist groups.

    Planned Parenthood calls for unrest4ricted access to abortion which means that they fully support what this doctor did and they fully support what the women sought.

    You say you cant support abortion if it i used for birth control but I would ask you to consider that all abortion is birth control.

    If you could end abortion for all cases except rape and incest would you do it? If so virtually every abortion goes away because the rape / incest argument accounts for a tiny fraction of all abortions.

  5. Tory says:

    Remember that when groups like planned parenthood call for unrestricted access to abortion based on a woman’s right to choose this is what they are talking about. For those who support abortion as a fundamental right of a woman what this doctor did was not in any way morally wrong. This is the price we pay for wholesale mass murder.

  6. He deserves the death penalty after they cut off his feet and into his neck. This is a monster and the women who availed themselves to him knowing what he was doing should be held accountable as well. While I do not believe in abortion I do believe it is every womans right to choose what happens to her body. But when the baby is formed and she decides to end it for convienence sake then she needs to be sterilized as well. Rape and incest and the mother’s life are the only three excuses I would accept and those with a good reason the abortion. There are many loving homes who would love to have an infant to raise as their own and adoption is a viable option. YOu can arrange adoptions through a lawyer and a contract before the baby is born with all the specifics and have it legalized before the baby comes.

  7. TerriEchols says:
    these women were not able to obtain abortions elsewhere, which is why they risked their lives by going to this man and ended up with infections and perforated bowels. this is what WILL happen, on a much larger scale, if Roe v. Wade is repealed. it is no doubt already happening in the states where Planned Parenthood Clinics and other women’s health clinics which provide abortions have been forced to close.
    we’ve seen it before. hospitals once had entire wards dedicated to women who were suffering from the effects of botched abortions. self-righteousness and manufactured outrage is killing women.

  8. Angela says:

    This is just sick. This is just demented. What about the mothers. They should be up for murder as well. Third trimester they could survive outside the womb and there are laws in place where you can give your child to any competent adult and walk away without charges. I mean hell they made it that far in the pregnancy and couldn’t just wait 6-9 more weeks to give the baby up for adoption? Death is too good for them. I’m not even going into the saving of body parts… Horrified by this. And he sees himself as some sort of do-gooder? I’m betting he saved the body parts so he could plead insanity when he got caught. Ok I’m going to stop ranting, and go find something more pleasant to think about. Can we bring back the electric chair? Or maybe the guillotine?

  9. Mary says:

    There is no penalty on this earth strong enough for him. Saddened and disgusted by this man’s actions.

  10. Laura says:

    Yeah, people say it’s okay to have abortion.. but then we turn around and try to fight for the life of a criminal who has killed several people? smh

  11. Laura says:

    Interesting enough… Roe v. Wade the lady LIED about being raped.

  12. Selena says:

    Death to this man. Even that is too kind.

  13. danielle says:

    Wow I just don’t see the difference between this and tearing them apart inside the womb. I don’t care how many womens lifes legalizing abortions has saved. I don’t sympathize with them they died because they deserved to die because they were killing their baby. What gives you people the right to play god and decid if that baby has the right to live? I think that women who go through with abortions are murderers and are the most selfish scum on this planet. Then we wonder why this world is going to hell

  14. Erin says:

    Actually, things like this would happen regardless of whether or not abortions are illegal. Look what was happening pre- Roe v. Wade – women were having back-alley abortions and a high percentage were dying as a result. Legalizing abortions saved many women’s lives. To overturn that decision would be a death sentence for countless women.

  15. We live in a country that doesn’t value life anymore. People put their own comfort and convenience first, even to the point of murdering a child instead of waiting a few more months and giving it up for adoption. People are so outraged by what this doctor did.Doctors all over the country perform thousands of abortions everyday. The babies are just younger,so that makes it "ok". It’s pure evil and I see no difference between hacking up the babies while they are still in the womb and waiting to do it after they are out of the womb.

  16. Grace says:

    I am pro choice and I think he and those "mothers"should be executed, they are torturing those little babies. I can not condone abortion when done/handled as birth control or past the 3rd month not because you forgot a condom, you are old enough to have sex deals with the consequences except/but under circumstance of rape/incest then yes, past 3 months at that point give the baby up for adoption, there are tons of places that are safe havens, adoption services or even private adoption.

  17. April says:

    I would do the same thing to him and put the mother in jail ( she is just as guilty as the dr) and make it so she can’t have kids..I would like to put all the Dr’s who do abortions in jail.

  18. thats what society gets for allowing abortions

  19. Danielle says:

    Yikes! I can’t imaging a situation where this is a choice I could be okay with making. I’m a pro-choicer, but I’m also a big proponent of adoption. Third trimester abortions? Saving body parts? Maybe this guy was plannning on pleaing insanity if he ever got caught. Wow. Crazy story, and so sad.

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