PHILADELPHIA, January 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been arrested for the murder of seven newborn children whom he allegedly stabbed to death with scissors following their births in his clinic.
The corpses of the babies were found in a police raid on the clinic in February of 2010, where authorities found what they call a “house of horrors” due to its extremely unsanitary conditions and a gruesome display.
“There were bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building,” District Attorney Seth Williams told the Associated Press. “There were jars, lining shelves, with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose.”
After testing the fetuses, it was determined that seven of them had been murdered following their births. Gosnell is also charged with third degree murder in the death of a female patient, who died in 2009 after she was allegedly given an overdose of anesthetics.
Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” according to Williams.
Gosnell is suspected of murdering hundreds more newborn babies during his 30 years of practice, according to CBS News, but cannot be charged due to lack of records. He earned over a million dollars a year for his work.
Despite numerous complaints and dozens of lawsuits against Gosnell, including ten malpractice suits, Philadelphia authorities refused to investigate him until last year, when he was suspected of misuse of drugs. He is also charged with performing late-term abortions without a license.
Late term abortions, which are defined as abortions performed after the fifth month of gestation, are legal up to the moment of birth for virtually any reason in the United States.
Late-term unborn children are killed by various means. Some are injected with potassium chloride, the same poison used by the Nazis to euthanize their victims during the Second World War, while others are dismembered with forceps.
If Gosnell had killed his victims before their births, he would not have been subject to murder charges under U.S. law.