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Gosnell in 1972: I perform abortions because ‘I am very concerned about the sanctity of life’

Ben Johnson

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.

"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."

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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.

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