Dr Kermit Gosnell was a former abortion provider who owned a clinic in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, in 2011 Gosnell and his employees were charged with eight counts of murder, 24 counts of performing illegal abortions beyond 24-weeks and 227 misdemeanour counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. The murder charges were related to an adult patient who died after an abortion procedure.
According to a 2011 grand jury report Mr Gosnell’s business was discovered when investigators went in to investigate prescription drug trafficking. Instead what they found was blood spattered operating tables, bags of body parts, unsanitary instruments, jars of severed feet and the stink of cat urine. Tinny fetuses and many other body parts were piled high throughout the clinic, in cabinets and freezers, in plastic bags, bottles and even cut food containers.
The report further added that dozens of women were injured at his clinic in the past 30 years, some were left with torn wombs or bowels. Other women contracted sexually transmitted disease through the use unsterilized equipment and worst still, other women were allegedly left with fetal baby parts inside them. The employees at the clinic confirmed that in some cases babies were aborted from their mother into the toilet and on one occasion the toilet hard to be removed from the floor to the fetuses out of the pipe.
One of the girls that Mr Gosnell performed an abortion on was 17 years old; the abortion was performed when she was 30 weeks pregnant. She developed sepsis and spent two weeks in the hospital. Keep in mind that babies that are born prematurely as early as 26 weeks survive with medical intervention and live a healthy life.
According to the daily mail, Investigators had revealed in court how body parts would clog toilets after women delivered them installs in the clinic. Investigators revealed how remains where also found in break room sink. Investigators also visited the home of Mr Gosnell in search for unaccounted body parts, but neither they or the New Jersey Authorities who sent a dive team into the bay found anything.
Dr Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the death of three babies that were born alive and then stabbed them scissors. According to the report by the Guardian, Seven newborns were said to be alive and then killed by having their spinal cord severed with scissors. The babies were born alive during attempted abortions. Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
This is a story that should have headlines everywhere, was hardly covered on the news, why, it does not fit the narrative. Some outlets went as far as to say, too much attention to Mr Gosnells may hurt reproductive rights and even lead to more restriction on abortions. Other news outlets while agreeing to the gruesome nature of what Mr Gosnell did, diverted the attention to other issues like the reproductive health of women and the need for more access to safe and legal abortions.
Mr Gosnell was an unlicensed doctor; he did not know how to perform abortions procedures and was only caught because he was sloppy. Suppose Mr Gosnell was licensed to perform legal abortions but was still performing late-term abortions? Would he have been caught or even prosecuted?
Perhaps what is even more disturbing is that Mr Gosnell according to the statement he gave did not believe what he was wrong or unethical. He still believed he was helping inner-city women that did not have access and the means to safe abortion services.
According to the Sydney morning herald, Dr Mark Schulberg was one of the few doctors in Melbourne that performed late-term abortions. He was in 2009 found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the medical board for performing an abortion without the consent of an intellectually disabled woman. In South Australia, people can have abortions up to 24 weeks, but this has to be signed off by two doctors.
Dr Schulberg was also accused of failing to report the pregnancy of the intellectually disabled individual. Under the law, an individual with an intellectual disability cannot consent to sexual intercourse.
Mr Schulberg practice also used to offer advice on sterilisation and contraception methods.
In 2013 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal cancelled Dr Mark Schulberg’s registration for one year from July after finding him guilty of serious misconduct.
Late-term abortion is an abortion that is done after the 20 weeks of gestation, in Australia, it is illegal to perform abortions in most states after 24 weeks, except for South Australia. Even then it has to be signed by two doctors.
Dr James Peters was an Anaesthetist that was jailed for 14 years in 2014 after he admitted to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury to patients who had abortions at Croydon day surgery between 2008 and 2009.
Dr Peters was part of the same medical practice as Dr Mark Schulberg.
The court that Dr Peters who had Hepatitis C was addicted to painkiller Fentanyl as well, he would inject the drug into himself before using the same syringe on his patients.
According to a report by the ABC, the victims of Mr Peters where awarded 13.75 million in compensation in a class action against the surgery, practice boss Dr Mark Schulberg and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Finally, at the start this year, the Congress in America failed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The Law if passed which have put restrictions on any abortions that happen after 20 weeks, which is two weeks be the viability of the fetus. The fact that this bill did not is symbolic of how polarised society has become, even on matters to do with the dignity and sanctity of the human life.