The House of Horrors

House of HorrorsYou may not know what happened at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Going unnoticed for years, under the guise of a medical practice, there was a kind of ongoing holocaust occurring.

The building was given the name, “House of Horrors,” because of what the FBI and the detectives found on those premises on February 18, 2010. These despicable acts took place at an impressive three-story brick building positioned where everybody could see the stately structure dividing two well-traveled streets. In the center of the building, you can’t miss the picture image of a man and a woman holding a child. The signage included a variety of medical services that were listed under huge letters that spelled out “Family Planning.”

When you Google the address, the following information comes-up, “Dr. Kermit Gosnell Family Practice – Male 72.” According to one of Gosnell’s neighbors, “He has a good reputation. People liked him and they actually believed he was offering a service by helping poor women who couldn’t afford any place else. So how that might be wrong is anybody’s guess.” Many in the community had a similar opinion, and that was the general consensus, until the gory details were reported by the media.

On May 13, 2013, Gosnell was found guilty of premeditated murder for what took place at his Women’s Medical Society. There were numerous testimonies concerning his chosen method of abortion. After inducing labor, the babies were delivered alive only to have their spines severed with scissors. Because the children were killed outside the womb, this made him liable to the murder charge. For over 40 years, this doctor performed thousands of illegal abortions including numerous third-trimester abortions. He was also charged with an additional 250-plus counts that were tied to violations of state abortion law prohibiting the termination of pregnancies after 24 weeks.

See no evil
How did this go unnoticed for so long? Gosnell’s depraved ways can be traced all the way back to 1972. He was arrested for reckless abortion practices for busing 15 women, half of them teenagers, from Chicago all getting second trimester abortions. Ironically, it was on Mother’s Day that Gosnell tried out a new device: an abortion “super coil.” He never told the women that he was using them as guinea pigs. The device uses plastic razor blades that, in the Gosnell case, resulted in injuring 9 out of the 15 women, with one woman needing a total hysterectomy. This grim medical experiment caused a joint Federal/State investigation to label the event, “The Mother’s Day Massacre.”

For a time, Gosnell left the state so that he would not lose his medical license. Some time later, he reappeared, untouched and unblemished, and continued his horrific medical practice.

The State Department of Health could have shut down the Women’s Medical Society at any time. Complaint upon complaint was filed, but the authorities chose to look the other way. Gosnell’s medical practice was visited in 1989, ten years after its inception. It was found to have numerous violations that were answered with vain promises to fix the problems. Revisited in 1992 and 1993, still with numerous violations and no improvements, Gosnell continued ruthlessly year after year without any follow up by the health authorities.

It gets even worse. The Grand Jury report in Gosnell’s case looks at the victims as being products of race and their infants being babies without identities. The report states, “We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion”. Members of the Black Pro-life Coalition identified the Gosnell clinic as participating in a black genocide for taking the lives of so many innocent black babies. They affirmed that abortion is the number one killer of black people and said that most abortion clinics, 70 percent, are found in minority black communities.

The great tragedy
According to the Grand Jury Report, Gosnell made a business of abortions. His specialty was ending late term pregnancies by killing the babies, many of them outside the womb. It was not patient-centered although he gave the appearance of concern. As soon as patients signed in, they understood it was a business, because the clinic immediately asked for payment “in full” and that usually meant cash.

Gosnell’s practice was not about patient care, it was about economics. It was motivated by pure greed. Patients were treated according to what they could afford. If they wanted a painless abortion, they would have to pay for stronger painkillers. The payment for a late term abortion would be huge. In just a few hours, on a typical evening, Gosnell could bring in 10 to 15 thousand dollars, most of it in cash. The report stated, “The Women’s Medical Society stands as a monument to an absolute disdain for the health and safety of women and, in many cases, of the babies who were born alive in this filthy clinic.”

What is the real problem?
We live a crazy place where the basic principles of God’s Word are being violated every day. Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society is a horror all by itself, but that brings up another question. Just how many more abortion house of horrors like this are there going unchecked and undetected? Because there was testimony of him killing babies outside the womb, Gosnell was convicted of murder. But how many more babies were killed like that? That is a big unanswered question.

Christ chose the womb of a Jewish virgin as the place of the incarnation. In doing so, He gave the womb the distinction of being a very sacred place. As we read in Psalm 139:13-16, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

We are trampling on the Word of God by allowing the human genocide of abortion to continue. The population of the Western world continues to decline with abortion becoming the most popular form of birth control. History has indicated that many of the great civilizations of the past, like the Roman Empire, fell as the result of corruption from within. If our current trajectory continues, America very well may be next.

Tom DeRosa is the Executive Director and Founder of Creation Studies Institute, a national creation ministry whose mission is to reach the church community with the truths of Creation. He is an author, teacher, and sought out speaker with a passion to equip other believers with the tools needed to refute the lies of evolution. Tom can be reached at [email protected].

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