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The Other Gosnells

Kermit Gosnell's bloody practice was no "local crime story."

By 5.22.13

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Kermit Gosnell is not an outlier and his “house of horrors” is not an isolated case. The abortion industry’s problems run much deeper than that.

There is no need to dwell on the grotesque murders of the many living babies by Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Any decent, civilized person will agree that he ran a clinic from hell. Even Planned Parenthood thought his facility was “appalling.”

To focus on the magnitude of his atrocities is childish because, for Americans, any instance of graphic violence will often dissolve in the hypocritical mash-up of Hollywood and video games. In the Gosnell case, however, the sting is a bit more pronounced. Many of us were shocked, including the district attorney who described Gosnell as a “monster” -- quite a harsh judgment in this postmodern, secular world.

According to the pro-abortion side, however, it’s time to forget the Gosnell fiasco. Perhaps it’s just like food poisoning -- you’re sick one day, then healthy the next. And nobody is okay with food poisoning, right? Or as Salon writer Irin Carmon put it, “[Gosnell] is a local crime story.” Nothing more to see here!

Is there though? Instead of adding emphasis with italics, let’s just look at the facts. We now have another nasty case in Texas where the lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, is calling on Harris County authorities to launch a “full-scale investigation” into Dr. Douglas Karpen and his Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston. The descriptions of Karpen's methods rival Gosnell. As an alleged former surgical assistant explained in a video:

When [Karpen] did an abortion, especially an over 20-week abortion, most of the time the fetus would come completely out before he cut the spinal cord or he introduced one of the instruments into the soft spot of the fetus, in order to kill the fetus.

I guess severing babies’ spinal cord is the method of choice for these monsters, but goring the soft spot is definitely new, as is “twisting the head off the neck,” which the same employee described in a video (the employees also have alleged pictorial evidence too; warning, it’s extremely graphic).

Karpen is currently licensed by the Texas Medical Board and specializes in gynecology and gynecologic surgery. Despite having been sued and investigated multiple times, according to Operation Rescue (confirmed by documents from the Harris County District Court, the Dallas County District Court, and anecdotal evidence), his official verification page on the TMB website reports no malpractice, criminal history, or disciplinary action. 

So just as with Pennsylvania officials, the Texas inspectors apparently weren’t doing their job or heeding warnings, ignoring reports of improper disposal of human body parts and unsanitary conditions surrounding Karpen and 11 other Texas abortionists as recently as 2011. Leigh Hopper, public information officer at the Texas Medical Board, said they are aware of the allegations against Karpen as well as the allegations that are “taking place via other entities.” But, Hopper said, “I can’t confirm or deny that [the Texas Medical Board] have our own investigation as well.” She was also unable to confirm any previous complaints against Karpen.

And it keeps coming. On May 6, 2013, the Maryland Board of Physicians permanently revoked the license of abortionist Nicola I. Riley, reported only by LifeNews.com. She was under fire for several years after she faced criminal charges for a botched late-term abortion in 2010. Authorities also found 35 late-term aborted babies stored in a freezer, including an alleged 36-week-old baby. Also charged was abortionist Steven Brigham. All charges were later dropped by Maryland prosecutors because of “conflicts in expert testimony.”

Then there is the darling of Hollywood, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood: LeRoy Carhart, who stars as his morbid self in the documentary “After Tiller.” The film is a sympathetic glimpse at the last four known late-term abortionists in America and their “struggles” after the death of the notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Carhart has the blood of at least one 29-year-old woman on his hands and has admitted to have done more than 20,000 abortions of babies over 24 weeks, which in itself is cause for alarm. 

Perhaps the most grotesque methods that Carhart is accused of using are the “aspiration” and “dilation and evacuation” methods. During an aspiration-style abortion, a tube is inserted via the cervix into the uterus and a suction device “gently empties the uterus” (sucks it to pieces).  During a dilation-and-evacuation abortion, a shot is injected into the womb to ensure “fetal demise” (the death of the baby), then the dead remains of the baby are sucked out of the uterus.

And this is the crux of the issue of late-term abortion. What Kermit Gosnell did was completely illegal; what Carhart is doing is not only entirely lawful, but adamantly defended by the same pro-choicers who pretended to abhor Gosnell.

Pro-choice liberals desperately need Gosnell to be a local story because it unhinges one of the anchors of the abortion argument -- the viability argument. The façade of viability determining whether or not abortionists are monsters like Gosnell, or heroes like Tiller and Carhart, falls short because viability doesn’t answer the real question: When does life begin? If life doesn’t begin at conception, but instead at “viability,” then everything needs to be re-evaluated. Why do we protect eagle eggs by law? They sure don’t look like eagles. Why do men like Ariel Castro and Lee Martin Konnerth get charged for the murders of unborn children? 

The fact is, under U.S. federal law, Gosnell is only a monster because he didn’t ensure that the babies were killed before they exited the womb. So instead of killing them via a shot to the mother’s womb and then sucking their little bodies to pieces, he just severed their necks when they were born alive -- which is monstrous and vile, yes, but it’s just a womb’s distance from legal abortion.

In light of that, we now know for sure that the womb is one of the most dangerous places to be in a legal sense, and the “ugly” side of abortion is now revealed to be abortion itself -- something conservatives have been saying all along.

In the meantime, hypocrisy is dripping in every nook and cranny of the pro-abortion side. But the real problem is that there truly are more Gosnells out there, and that, until recently, oversight agencies have been turning a blind eye to them. 

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Jordan Gonzalez is an editorial intern at The American Spectator.