Skip to comments.Gosnell in 1972: I perform abortions because ‘I am very concerned about the sanctity of life’
Posted on 04/16/2013 1:55:21 PM PDT by Morgana
PHILADELPHIA, April 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) Before he opened his house of horrors abortion clinic in which he allegedly killed two women and hundreds of newborns, Kermit Gosnell justified his participation in the abortion industry on unusual grounds: upholding the sanctity of life. Kermit Gosnell said he acted out of reverence for life. Kermit Gosnell said he acted out of reverence for life.
"As a physician, I am very concerned about the sanctity of life, Gosnell told a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer during an October 1972 interview. But it is for this precise reason that I provide abortions for women who want and need them."
He added that, because of his deep reverence for life, "I personally would never agree to have an abortion performed on any woman bearing my child."
Gosnell, who was considered a pioneer in the abortion industry, began performing abortions in New York City in the late 1960s and in Philadelphia in 1972, the year before the Supreme Court'e Roe v. Wade decision. The high court's rulings in Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, would liberalize abortion law nationwide.
He performed 500 abortions a year in the early 1970s at Women's Medical Society facility in West Philadelphia. The Inquirer estimates Gosnell doubled that volume in the years before police raided the clinic on suspicion it was a pill mill. The practice earned him estimated $1.8 million a year.
Oh the irony
What ever happened to "First do no harm"? Just slipped your mind Dr. Mengel... er, Gosnell?
I guess Ed Gein could be considered a pioneer in the interior decorating industry.
That makes me think of something. This man has been killing babies for a long time. I reckon he was held in high esteem by someone of influence. I imagine he frequented some of the same fundraisers, cocktail parties, political action forums as some politician, media, or socialites. I betcha one could find positive comments about him that would embarrass some people today.
Sick but true!
(I always get a laugh out of you guys no matter how bad things get. thanks!) :)
You know you are correct. I don’t even want to try to imagine how many he has killed. My head hurts too bad right now to even try.
What was that abortion doctors name who got a visit from Saint Thomas Aquinas and quit doing abortions? Oh please Saint Thomas Aquinas give this man a visit!!
The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. --Margaret Sanger
I wonder who he was lying to - the reporter or himself?
Truth be told, Ed Gein was a piker compared to Gosnell.
He murdered because of his reverence for life. And thieves steal out of reverence for other people’s property.
This man’s statement practically describes cognitive dissonance.
Extremists FEEL, they don’t think. That goes for knee-jerkers on the left and the right.