Philly’s Gruesome “House of Horrors”

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Philly’s Gruesome “House of Horrors”

There are few things more horrific than what I’m about to share with you. It sickens me to recount these graphic details. The realities of abortion are always a tragedy; however abortionist Kermit Gosnell (pictured here) represents the worst of the worst.

Gosnell is currently on trial facing capital murder charges for allegedly severing the spines of at least seven babies born alive at his notorious late-term abortion mill, called the “House of Horrors” by the FBI. Even after there was a long list of complaints regarding the deplorable, filthy conditions, authorities took no action. It wasn’t until the FBI suspected Gosnell of selling illegal prescriptions of narcotic pain killers in 2010 that they raided the facility. Then, finally the appalling conditions were brought to light and the mill shut down. However, Gosnell didn’t only end the lives of innocent babies. He also faces a count of third degree murder for the death of a 41-year-old woman who was given a lethal overdose of medication during an abortion procedure.

Eight of Gosnell’s staff members have pled guilty to the violent murders. Among them is Gosnell’s own wife. The staff testified “hundreds” of newborn babies were killed by the vicious act of severing the spine. In fact, it’s even been called Gosnell’s “preferred method” of aborting late-term babies.

In one particularly graphic and gruesome account, a baby at 32 weeks gestation (almost full-term) was still breathing following the abortion procedure. Gosnell then slit the baby’s throat and discarded the still moving infant. Gosnell claimed to a staff member that it was only the baby’s reflexes causing the movement. However, a neonatologist testified that was not the case, and instead, the child’s few moments of life were spent in “excruciating pain.”

Gosnell is no stranger to late-term abortions. He’s known for conducting abortions that others refused to do. He even joked about the size of an infant called Baby A, stating the baby was big enough to get up and walk to the bus stop. Sadly, Baby A’s mother was also victimized. She ended up hospitalized with a severe infection and blood clots that had travelled to her lungs, nearly killing her.

These grisly details make you wonder, how can anyone defend Gosnell? The defense attorney, Jack McMahon, has made some ludicrous claims. He stated the city cannot prove that the babies he’s accused of killing were born alive. In addition, he had the audacity to try to appeal to the mostly-black jury by calling this a “targeted, elitist and racist prosecution.”

The truth is that Gosnell and the abortion industry are the ones who target and prey upon Black and Hispanic women. Our recent research (described in this TV episode of Facing Life Head-On) revealed that Planned Parenthood has placed 79 percent of its surgical abortion facilities within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino communities. Even more disturbing, it’s alleged that Gosnell intentionally gave better care to white women than minority women. When one of his employees brought attention to the racism of his policies, he responded, “It’s the way of the world.”

The abortion mill was described by District Attorney Seth Williams as “a dirty clinic filled with moaning, bleeding, heavily medicated women in tremendous pain.” During FBI questioning at the facility, Gosnell was eating dinner but didn’t bother to take off the bloody gloves (with holes in them) or his bloody surgical garb.

Defense attorney McMahon claims it wasn’t fair to expect poor, minority women in a “nitty-gritty” neighborhood to have the same medical care and clean environment as a respected medical facility. In other words, it’s no different than the back-alley abortions of the pre-Roe era, and they’re actually defending it.

It sickens me to think of all that took place within the walls of the “House of Horrors” and the countless other legal abortion mills like it across the country. Let’s pray that Gosnell and others like him are brought to justice to pay for their crimes against humanity. No one should ever be able to get away with brutally victimizing our most vulnerable citizens in such a sadistic way.

Sincerely for women and their babies,

Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute

3/22/13
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Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. For 25 years, organizations and individuals around the world have depended upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.

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