Thursday, May 02, 2013


Fox News will air a one-hour special on abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell and his murder trial, but the data and time have changed. Fox news has moved up the time from Sunday to Friday, May 3, at 9 p.m.

Dr. Gosnell and The Temple of Doom
April 27th, 2013
It’s hard to know all the specifics of child sacrifice in Pre-Columbian America. Why were they killed?  How many were there?  By whom and to whom were they sacrificed?  Anthropologists have found the remains of 42 children near the Great Pyramid at Tenotchitlan.  National Geographic counts another 17 found near Mexico City, but the mysteries of this barbaric practice, pale in comparison to the grisly discovery of the remains of more than 45 children Philadelphia.

The stories from ancient ruins are unearthed and pieced together with educated guesses, but the evidence in this latest discovery of infanticide and child sacrifice, leaves little to the imagination.  Not since the trial  of Jeffrey Dahmer, has there been a case any more disturbing, than that of Philadelphia abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  It is a story of with every kind of evil…murder, greed, drugs, racism, vice, politics, sexual deviancy, and horrendous medical malpractice.

The story would be a ratings-buster for TV news, yet most have only heard the story, because of the media’s reluctance to cover it.  It’s ironic, but irony may be the only thing more prevalent to the story than unabated blatant wrong-doing.  The story unfolds in an abortion clinic, but one’s opinion on abortion should have NO bearing on one’s reaction to it.  If this story doesn’t cause even the most adamant pro-choicers to call for justice, then this tale is also rife with hypocrisy.

In 2011 Dr. Kermit Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder, one the death of a woman who died of a drug overdose in his clinic, the others alleged to the killings of babies born alive at his clinic, The Women’s Health Society.  Attorneys for the defense, alleged the case was racist–even calling it a  “lynching“. Certainly there was racism in this mess, but its source was the defendant, not the prosecution.  Dr. Gosnell, preyed upon the poorest and most vulnerable minority women in his community–mostly blacks.  His handling of white clients, showed his disregard for his minority patients. By all accounts, the clinic was filthy.  The clinics resident cats were allowed to urinate and defecate on the floors.  The chairs and blankets used in recovery were bloody.  His outdated medical equipment was broken and dusty.  White women waited to see the doctor in a different part of the clinic, than his minority clients, because Dr. Gosnell feared they were more likely to complain about the squalid conditions.

Gosnell had little regard for his clients.  Perhaps this is why he said, “I personally would never agree to have an abortion performed on any women bearing my child”.  His history as an abortionist goes back more than forty years.  Before Roe vs. Wade, he was already an abortion activist. Gosnell said he was very “concerned about the sanctity of life”, but also said, “It is for this precise reason I provide abortions for women who want and need them.“

Say what?????

In the early ‘70s, Gosnell is estimated to have been performing more than 1000 abortions each year.  During that era, Gosnell had his first legal run-in, when he joined psychologist Harvey Karman, who had been running an underground abortion service since the 1950s.  It was Karman, who invented the suction cannula still used for first trimester abortions.

Karman, who was NOT a doctor, had hoped to pioneer a procedure for second trimester abortions with another invention he called the “super-coil“. Despite the harmless sounding name, the device was actually a gel-covered ball of plastic razors.  Once inserted in the womb, the gel was dissolved by the warmth and moisture.  This allowed the ball  to expand, presumably to lacerate and dismember the fetus and bring about miscarriage.  Karman claimed to have tested the device on hundreds of Bangladeshi women (under the banner of Planned Parenthood Federation) without complications.

In 1972, in what was later referred to as the Mother’s Day Massacre, Gosnell joined Karman in trials of the super coil device on 15 American women.  Nine suffered serious complications, including perforated uterus, hemorrhage, retained fetal parts, and infection.  At least one was left barren, after requiring a hysterectomy.  This incident caused great embarrassment and disagreement among abortion activists.

Gosnell wasn’t charged in the case, but it was the first of many more legal complaints against him.  He has been named as defendant in 46 lawsuits.  Ten of which were malpractice–including one in which a patient died of sepsis after a perforated cervix and uterus.  Gosnell was able to settle that case for $400,000. He was able to settle other cases for undisclosed sums. Complaints against Gosnell were common, yet they were ignored.  A politically-motivated conspiracy to ignore complaints about abortion clinics, allowed him to fly under the radar.  Despite numerous complaints, his clinic in West Philly, was not inspected by the Health Deparment for over 15 years.  Ironically, the pro-abortion crowd, who insist say we must keep abortion legal to protect the lives of women, chose to protect abortion instead of the safety of women.

In more irony, when Gosnell’s clinic was finally raided,  it was NOT in response to countless complaints filed about his abortion practice.  Instead it was a complaint regarding his practice of selling prescriptions for controlled substances.  In exchange for cash, walk-ins at Gosnell‘s clinic were able to get prescriptions for Oxycontin, Percoset and other narcotics.  Since Gosnell was rarely in the clinic during the day, he left signed prescription pads, so his untrained staff could write prescriptions.   Making drugs readily available to addicts, allowed him to pocket unknown sums of cash, but the resulting raid, revealed more than just evidence of an illicit pill-mill, including years of fetal remains, stored in everything from water jugs, shoe boxes, and old cat litter containers.

In addition to the lucrative practice of selling prescriptions, authorities estimate he was making as much as $15,000 per day performing abortions.  It is impossible to know exactly how much money was flowing through the cash-only clinic, but when Gosnell was charged in this case, he asked to be represented by a public defender, claiming he could not afford an attorney.

It would seem Gosnell was better at collecting money, than shelling it out.  The properties he had overseen, including a halfway house, a methadone clinic, and his abortion clinic, had delinquent taxes and tax liens.  In 2004, when the health department received an anonymous complaint about fetal remains being stored in the employee’s refrigerator, Gosnell was forced to produce proof of a contract for safe disposal of medical waste.  He produced a contract, but then failed to pay the company for services.  Seven years worth of infectious waste later, Gosnell claimed a dispute over the contract, as the reason his basement had become a storage facility for medical waste and aborted fetuses.

If filth and years of fetal remains weren’t bad enough, the raid also revealed a macabre collection of severed babies’ feet stored in jars.  Gosnell claimed he was keeping them in case they were needed for paternity testing or research.  Testimony, before the grand jury, also revealed his twisted practice of taking pictures of women’s genitals before performing abortions on them.  The witness testified Gosnell claimed the pictures were necessary for his research and teaching–trouble was, Gosnell was neither a researcher, nor a teacher.

Presumably, the 2004 complaint regarding the fetuses in the staff refrigerator came from one of his own employees, but his staff were an odd assortment of untrained individuals, some of whom complied with troubling practices, because they were obligated to him in some way.  Employees, as young as 15, were administering strong narcotics, manufacturing misleading ultrasounds, severing the spines of live born babies, and witnessing the unthinkable.  As a bonus, they were given $20 each time they assisted with a late-term procedure.

The employees sometimes referred to other employees as “Doctor”, even though those on staff, had no medical training.  Gosnell didn’t even have a nurse on staff, except for the four days in 2009; when after the death of  Karnamaya Mongar, he sought accreditation from the National Abortion Federation (NAF).  At that time he hired a nurse, cleaned the facility, and replaced his blood-stained recliners with new ones, but the NAF denied his accreditation.

Wearing torn gloves, reusing unwashed tools, and ignoring standards of safe practice put patients at risk.  One of his assistants was known to have Hepatitis C.  Eventually other  doctors in the area, complained Gosnell was infecting his patients with STDs and other infections.  An unknown number of patients suffered tears, or punctures to the cervix, bowel or uterus, but those who knew of the complaints did nothing.  In glaring contradiction, the same folks who say we must keep abortion legal to protect the lives of women were curiously silent.  There were no  protests.  No oversight.  Not a single word from those who use women’s health and safety as an argument for legal abortion.  No outrage from those who will go to great lengths to protect the lives of other living creatures.

Perhaps, this is why the media’s reluctance to cover the story, became a bigger story.  Many speculated the story was hushed, because the abortion industry couldn’t afford the bad press.  This case would have provided the perfect argument for the dangers inherent in back-alley abortions, yet there was a code of silence.  Perhaps it was because those who aim to legalize  “live-birth” abortion, feared the public reaction of what is nothing more than infanticide.

This is not a case about the merits or evils of abortion.  Though both mothers and babies were butchered at the Women’s Health Society, this is a murder case.  Motivated by greed and abetted by those with a political agenda,  it is as cold-blooded and evil, as any other murder.  Women’s lives were endangered.  A sociopath was protected.  Gosnell’s practice of allowing his assistants to administer labor-inducing drugs, then showing up after the mothers had already given birth to living breathing babies, was not abortion.  These were unassisted births, followed by the inhumane and gruesome killing of newborns.

Those who wish to protect a woman’s right to choose at any cost, may call it abortion, but it was murder–infanticide.  Children sacrificed at the pro-choice altar.  Call it what you will, but is was infanticide–as primitive and brutal as anything found in ancient societies. 

NOTE:  During the writing of this post, the number of charges against Gosnell were reduced, the following day, the judge said he made a mistake and reinstated one count.  The Grand Jury’s report can be read at:

Nebraska bishop: Contraception laid groundwork for Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’

It is not just on Pro-life issues that the world disagrees with the Church-picked from the Newsfeed this week:

So how should we then live?  What is our response as Catholic men who want to live out a Christ like--a Christian witness in the world today?

I like to go back to darker times in human history.  Sadly everyday we are losing our real witnesses to World War II--it has now been 67 years since the end of the war.  But, we all remember well the history of the war and the great evil that it was fought over.
The whole world was at stake--some 72 million people died during the war--11 million during the Holocaust-over 6 million of them Jews.

Here is a wonderful story out of the horrors of that war. Denmark stood alone as a Nazi occupied company in rescuing the Jews in Denmark.  The rescue of the Danish Jews occurred during Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark during World War II. On October 1, 1943 Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered Danish Jews to be arrested and deported. Despite great personal risk, the Danish resistance movement with the assistance of many ordinary Danish citizens took part in a collective effort to evacuate about 8,000 Jews of Denmark by sea to nearby neutral SwedenThe rescue allowed the vast majority of Denmark's Jewish population to avoid capture by the Nazis and is considered to be one of the largest actions of collective resistance to repression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany. As a result of the rescue and Danish intercession on behalf of the 5% of Danish Jews who were deported to Theresienstadt transit camp in Bohemia, over 99% of Denmark's Jewish population survived the Holocaust.

Here is the rest of the story.  The members of the Danish Resistance Movement who were captured by the Nazi's were all put on the same floor of the prison camp and every day they would pick one captured man and march him out to the field in plain view of all the others locked up--as he was being marched away-the others would all stand at the doors of their cells and sing loudly to their comrade--Day by Day and with each passing moment-strength I find...

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest. 

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made. 

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand. 

The writer of this Swedish hymn was out rowing on the lake with her father and the boat turned over, and he drowned right before her eyes.
And, yet she found such Comfort from the Great Consoler of our hearts that she left us words to be comforted by-words to live by.

We pray and live, day by day, we work and pray and we live like it All depends on God's mercy, all the while we do what we can.  We are aware of what is going on around us, but we never get overly moved because we Know and have come to know more and more each day the Father's loving Care--we Trust God and offer him our lives and our days, day by day.

2, May 2013
Feast of St. Athanasius 

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