Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s “Abortions” of Live Babies

2 years, 5 months.

Dear Jack,

Before you read this at some point in the future, ask me first to make sure you’re old enough; because the content is dark, disturbing, and designed for a more adult audience:

The story of a man named Kermit Gosnell is finally going viral, even though it is being ignored by the major news networks. That’s why I want to encourage people to talk about it.

I first learned about this over the weekend in an article called, “Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be A Front-Page Story.”

Basically, a man was caught performing illegal abortions, “aborting” 7 babies after they were already born; plus he was responsible for the death of an adult female who died due to complications of his procedures, as well.

For me, this story raises some interesting points regarding the extremely polarizing topic of abortion; for both sides:

A) If abortion were illegal, there would probably be more similar cases of “botched abortions” like this going on. (Pro-choice point.)

B) Why is this story more disturbing because those 7 babies had already exited the birth canal? Why does exiting the birth canal, regardless of the age of the fetus, determine whether the word “aborted” or “killed” is used? Is a photo of an aborted baby more disturbing than of a child “aborted” after it was born? (Pro-life point.)

According to last year’s Gallup poll, 41% of Americans identify as pro-choice, which is a record low.

As a pro-life Libertarian, I passionately support laws against abortion, though I do recognize that a law simply makes it more difficult for people to commit an action which the majority of the population perceives as morally wrong. The law doesn’t necessarily change the demand for the outlawed action, it just helps prevent the action from being as commonly practiced.

However, something did cause the percentage of people who are pro-choice to drop from 47% to 41% in just a year’s time. So… something caused America’s views on abortion to change within a year’s time… and I doubt it’s people yelling at each other on Facebook in all caps and leaving condescending comments on blogs.

With that being said, I wonder how the story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell will influence the percentage of Americans who are pro-choice in the next Gallup poll.





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  1. by Andrea

    On April 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    The stance of pro-choice is that no one else should be able to decide for a woman if she should have to become a mother. As you know, as you watched your wife go through the 9 months, that it is not easy. Moreover, afterward with the baby, life can be challenging. There are women in the US who know that they cannot be mothers, which they cannot go through those 9 months. They should have the choice to decide that issue. However, we in this country have a bigger problem that legal abortions. We try to limit birth control access, and sex education classes to help prevent the need of abortions BEFORE they are needed. If we had better access to BC and there was not just a restriction to access, we might not need as many abortions. However, abortions still need to be safe and legal, to prevent men like this Doctor from preying on vulnerable women. When we limit access to safe abortions, people like him take advantage and we will have more stories like this. So we need to better our access to BC, teach our children safe practices so that we can limit the amount of SAFE and LEGAL abortions in this country.

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  3. by Sarah

    On April 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    @Andrea, pro life and pro choice advocates can agree that no one should decide for a women if she must become a mother. That choice is made before pregnancy occurs. If you do not want to become a parent, do not have sex. It’s really that simple. 99% of all abortions are not due to rape or the “health” of the mother (interesting how even pro abortionists call pregnant women mothers.) So please don’t even go there. What you call “choice” is really excusing people from taking personal responsibility.

    Regardless of your stance on abortion, everyone should be outraged and disgusted by this man’s actions. He was murdering newborn babies. Unless you are an advocate of infanticide, there is no other logical response.

    The fact that you, and the rest of the mainstream liberals, are using this case to argue for more access to abortions, is very telling of your character and your agenda.

    We should be working together to prevent the “need” for them at all. Women certainly deserve better than an abortion. Anyone who says otherwise cannot be “for women” or children.

  4. by Ash

    On April 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    @Sarah Really?! If you don’t want to be a parent, don’t have sex? Teaching abstinence only is an epic failure and not a way to validate being anti-choice. BC like IUD’s are almost 100% effective, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone advocating their teenager getting one.

    From Econ 101- any time you better educate the females in a population, the health, well-being, and economic standing of said population rises.

  5. by kestl

    On April 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I think one of the things that should be highlighted for this trial is that doctor, personnel, and patients were engaging in something illegal. Abortion is legal up to a certain point in time in this country, if you ask my opinion, it can performed far too long in to the pregnancy…but that’s a different argument. He could have turned these women away or the women could have gotten their procedure done sooner…they have up to 21 weeks for pete’s sake!!!! We now live in a time where babies born at 26+ weeks can survive, many with good outcomes if they are born at 28+ weeks. Regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, this was MURDER.

  6. by Sarah

    On April 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    @Ash. I curious as to where in my post I advocate abstinence-only education. I believe in full disclosure of information and education of young people, especially young girls and the underprivileged population. If you’re going to have sex, use protection. There is a chance that the protection will fail. If that protection fails it, does not negate your responsibility as a parent to your unborn child. The choice remains to parent or give the child up for adoption. If you are uncomfortable with the fact that sex = babies, then you have no business engaging in sexual activities.

    The education should not end at birth control. By the time a woman is able to read a positive sign on a pregnancy test (between 4.5 – 6 weeks after conception,) the unborn child has a beating heart. EVERY abortion requires the killing of a human being who is biologically alive. If you are uncomfortable with that scientific fact, you have no business seeking an abortion.

    People have a tendency to rise to the expectations you set for them, especially our own children. It is incredibly arrogant and patronizing to tell anyone (especially a young person) they are not capable of remaining abstinent until they are ready to accept the consequences of sex. It is a fantasy to expect zero consequences and all the pleasure. It is an injustice to our children to teach them they do not have to accept full responsibility for their actions, even if it may be painful, difficult and life-changing.

  7. by jodie_annie

    On April 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

    When associating yourself with a particular ideology you really need to understand the meaning of it first. A libertarian is against any form of government intervention that restricts an individual of personal choice. The arguments against abortion are in most part explicitly libertarian and so by identifying as a ‘pro-life libertarian’you do nothing but expose your ignorance of the philosophical or ideological argument.

  8. by Jessica

    On April 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Pro-Life and Librtarian are on opposite political spectrums.

    With that said, there is a huge difference between a single celled organism being found on another planet and a fetus, which can eventually become a human being under the right circumstances. The fact that you even posted this picture shows a serious lack of understanding of biology.

    Abstinence education doesn’t work and birth control is not 100% effective (although teens should get comprehensive sex educations, b/c birth control, including condoms, is so much better than using nothing).

    Both of my children were conceived using various forms of birth control. I beat the odds twice. If I was to get pregnant with my IUD in,, I’d be jeopardizing my life to carry to term. My born children need me, and I’d abort. I should be ale to make that decision, not anyone else.

    Most women who abort are married with children already. I trust women to make the right decision for themselves and their families. Why don’t you?