PHILADELPHIA — A notorious abortionist in Philadelphia that was sentenced to life in prison without parole is insisting that he is ‘spiritually innocent’ in taking the lives of countless unborn children because it is a ‘greater sin’ for babies to be born into poverty.
As previously reported, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of over 200 criminal counts this past May, including three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive and charges surrounding illegal late-term abortions past 24 weeks. Gosnell waived his right to an appeal to avoid the death penalty, and was sentenced to three life sentences behind bars.
Gosnell, 72, was taken into custody in 2011 following an investigation into his practice called the Women’s Medical Society. Investigators had not initially been aware that Gosnell was running a late-term abortion facility, but visited the location over suspicions about the illegal sale of controlled substances.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who initially leveled the charges against the abortionist, described Gosnell’s operation two years ago as a “House of Horrors.”
“[Investigators] found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars,” he explained in front of a panel following the compilation of the Grand Jury Report. “They found medical waste bags just strewn everywhere.”
During his seven-week trial, a number of Gosnell’s employees testified against the abortionist, outlining how they had witnessed Gosnell ending the lives of newborn babies by “snipping” their necks with scissors. Abortion worker Kareema Cross told the jury during her turn at the stand that Gosnell took one of the late-term babies that was born alive and placed him in a container the size of a shoe box. As he was carrying the box to the table, the baby “pulled in its arms” and then also pulled in its legs “to fit itself into the box.”
“The doctor then cut the back of the baby’s neck,” Cross said, adding that Gosnell joked that the baby could have “walked to the store and the bus stop.”
Days prior, Gosnell employee Sherry West said that she couldn’t bring herself to kill a tiny newborn that was crying before it died.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West told the court.
“It didn’t have eyes or a mouth, but it was screeching, making this noise,” she recalled. “It really freaked me out and I said, ‘Call Dr. Gosnell,’ and I went back out front.”
Similarly, Stephen Massof as well that it would “rain fetuses” on some days at the facility, and that he witnessed Gosnell snip the spinal cords of at least 100 newborn babies.
Now, Gosnell has provided an exclusive interview behind bars with Philadelphia Magazine writer Steve Volk, in which he insists that he is “spiritually innocent” because he believes he was helping the poor and sparing children from difficult lives.
“In an ideal world, we’d have no need for abortion,” he told Volk. “But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.”
Gosnell also provided a copy of a poem he wrote to underscore his belief.
“So many without sufficient support stumble into drugs, into crime, into mental illness, into institutions,” he wrote. “And languish in jails.”
Gosnell contended that he believes his conviction was the result of religious bias against him.
“I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions,” Gosnell asserted. “Were you aware that Seth [Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney] was an altar boy? Did you know of the strong Catholic presence in the homicide division?”
However, prior to Gosnell’s conviction, a number of Congressman gathered on the House floor to decry Gosnell and the abortion holocaust in America. As previously reported, Representative Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania lamented that Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ was able to operate within the shadows of a house of worship.
“For years, Kermit Gosnell operated a factory of death … just across the street from a church,” he noted. “We should always remember that abortion is the most violent death known to humankind. … Abortion is violence against the unborn; it is also violence against women.”
“We ignore the tiniest human life at great peril, because as Gosnell demonstrates, flippancy for life creeps from the infant to the adult,” he added. “We must protect all life, no matter how small or at what stage.”
Gosnell is serving life in prison without parole, and evaded the death penalty by giving up his right to appeal.