Kermit Gosnell Back-Alley Butchery Circa 1972
I have previously written “we will never know how many times the horror of abortion has been compounded by butchers like Gosnell since killing a baby in the mother’s womb was legalized by Roe v. Wade.” (OBS 4/18) It bears pointing out that Gosnell style butchery predates Roe.
It was called the Mother’s Day Massacre—the brainchild of Harvey Karman, an eccentric California man without medical training who had served 2½ years in prison for performing illegal abortions in the 1950s. Karman teamed with a young Philadelphia doctor who offered to perform abortions on 15 impoverished women, each between four and six months pregnant, who were bused to the Philadelphia clinic from Chicago on Mother’s Day 1972.
What the women didn’t know was that they were guinea pigs for a device Karman had invented, which he called the “super coil.” He had tested it only on wartime rape victims in Bangladesh, where he had traveled under the sponsorship of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Complication rates were high, and little wonder. A colleague of Karman’s Philadelphia collaborator described the contraption as “basically plastic razors that were formed into a ball. . . . They were coated into a gel, so that they would remain closed. These would be inserted into the woman’s uterus. And after several hours of body temperature, . . . the gel would melt and these . . . things would spring open, supposedly cutting up the fetus.”
As in Bangladesh, the Philadelphia experiment was a failure. Nine of the 15 women suffered serious complications. One needed a hysterectomy.
The following year, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. It would be 37 more years before the Philadelphia doctor who carried out the Mother’s Day Massacre would go out of business. His name was Kermit Gosnell. (block quote credit James Taranto, Back-Alley Abortion Never Ended WSJ 4/18/2013)
Surprised at the Gosnell twist to this story? You shouldn’t be. Like serial killers, butchers such as Gosnell do not suddenly appear out of nowhere without warning.
As I have said before, it literally makes me sick to my stomach to blog about baby killing, but if we do not speak for the babies, who will?
Watch an excellent but horrifying documentary on the Gosnell case here “3801 Lancaster” (21 mins). The title refers to the address of Gosnell’s butcher shop.
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Prior OBS Gosnell Posts