Kermit Gosnell says he is "spiritually innocent" and was doing his duty as "a soldier in a war against poverty."
Months ago, the Philadelphia abortion doctor was convicted on three counts of murder for snipping the spinal cords of babies born alive. "In an ideal world, we'd have no need for abortion," Gosnell told "Philadelphia" magazine in a jailhouse interview. "But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are no 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."
Situational ethics. Moral relativity. This guy is liberalism stretched to its most extreme and outrageous conclusion. He murders the unborn AND the born, then says he was fighting a war against poverty. No matter that the 72 year old abortionist's business, the "Women's Medical Center," was called the "House of Horrors" because of what occurred there. He was fighting poverty, you see.
F.B.I. agents raided the facility in 2010, looking for evidence of prescription drug dealing. Instead, what they found was blood on the floors, the overwhelming stench of urine and freezers filled with bags of babies' remains.
Gosnell, who is now serving three life sentences and claims to be reading the Bible regularly, was accused of snipping the spinal cords of seven babies who were born alive at the facility. However, witnesses testified that that same procedure was used to dispatch possibly hundreds of infants. They also testified about the drug overdose of a patient.
Steve Volk, the "Philadelphia" magazine reporter who interviewed Gosnell, says the former abortionist is "intelligent" and "charismatic" and asserts he is not a "monster." It appears Volk is also living in a parallel universe. Did he expect Gosnell to snip HIS spinal cord during the interview?
Abortionists don't work that way. They do their deeds in a back room where the world cannot see the slaughter of the unborn.
"He believes himself to be innocent...in this larger spiritual sense," said Volk. "He believes he was performing a service for people that asked him. He believes he was a soldier at war with poverty. He has a sense of righteousness, that whatever rule he broke, it was worth it." Volk says Gosnell argues he is "innocent" of the charges and views abortion as a lesser sin than allowing a child to be born into poverty.
"It's not as if he feels guilty about what he did," said Volk. "He sees the world is a dark place. He sees himself as having performed a noble function in society. For him, in a perfect, idealized world, it wouldn't be necessary."
Gosnell blames religion (Catholicism) and politics for his conviction. "I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions," Gosnell said. "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?"
Since entering prison, Gosnell has been contacting organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to argue for prison and justice reform. "He believes that he gained insight into what it's like to be pushed into the system, without the capacity to explain himself," Volk said. "He believes if he could have spoken about his rationale for doing things, he wouldn't be in jail...There is no anger, no desperation (in his voice). He believes he was in a war, and that 'they' won."
In other words, he was not murdering the unborn. All along, he was a poverty fighter and a warrior for social justice and prison reform. How tidy. A convicted murderer, a man who was found guilty of infanticide, now says he was actually setting the proper moral tone for the rest of us.
If he is REALLY reading the Bible, he will find many verses which condemn what he did as an abortionist. He could start with one of the Ten Commandments. "Thou shalt not kill (murder)" (Exodus 20:13). And then, he might want to thumb his way to the book of Proverbs. "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood" (Proverbs 6:16-17).
And then, a few chapters later, in Proverbs, he would read, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
Gosnell, in his lost state, bemoans the public's negative view of abortionists. In prison, he has written a number of "poems." Here is one of them:
Abortion Providers Are Labeled Killers! Horrendous,
Exploitative, Barbaric, Inhumane. Not Physicians, Oathed
To Heal. Lest We Forget, What Chance Have Those?
Those Without The Support Of Their Parents, Their
Families, Their Communities, Their Societies... So Many
Without Sufficient Support Stumble Into Drugs, Into
Crime, Into Mental Illness, Into Institutions...And...
Languish In Jails...
Gosnell, now a prison reformer, a Bible "reader" and a poet, must have failed to notice several things in his clinic. Investigators did notice:
Rusty and filthy abortion equipment. Medical records with blood and other stains on them. Medications in the office that had expired years earlier. A defense attorney who blamed a Bhutan immigrant for her own death after one of Gosnell's botched procedures. Seems she didn't fill out all the blanks on her medical form. Photographs of the bodies of babies, revealing gaping wounds in the back of their necks. Testimony that Gosnell, or his staff members, routinely snipped the spinal cords of these babies—unborn and born—to make sure they were dead. Photographs of babies' feet, or even whole legs, preserved in jars.
In the wake of all of this, there is good news. In the United States this year, 44 abortion clinics have closed. In addition, several states are beginning to clamp down on the remaining clinics, insisting they adhere to very strict standards when it comes to cleanliness and record keeping.
Some of the politicians are doing their jobs and the prayer warriors are doing their part, too. "40 Days For Life," an international organization that emphasizes prayer, fasting and counseling, reports more than 7,000 unborns "saved" since its inception. The goal of the organization is to see the end of abortion in America.
With God's help, perhaps we will never have to deal with another Kermit Gosnell and his "House of Horrors," and maybe I will live (I'm 60) to see abortion join slavery on the ash heap of history.
Ed Baswell pastors The Clarion Church and is the host of Crossfire Radio, Monday through Friday, 7-9 am. The show is aired on the KTBS-TV 24-hour news channel and on The Promise, 90.7 FM. It is streamed live worldwide at ktbs.com and promisetalkradio.org. His column runs on Tuesday in the Minden Press-Herald.