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March 12, 1997 | By Richard Cohen
As he sticks to his guns on the issue of late-term abortions, the saying "With friends like these, who need enemies?" must occur to President Clinton. His allies in the pro-choice movement have been hurting their own cause. First they lied, then they denied they lied, and then one of them admitted he lied. It has taken the abortion-rights crowd to make Clinton seem a pillar of principle and consistency. But he is on this issue. The question is not - and has never been - whether there are a handful of these abortions, as the pro-choice movement initially maintained, or thousands of them, as pro-life organizations and others assert.
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May 23, 1996 | By Art Caplan
Abortion is an issue that must be addressed on the basis of ethics, not law. I say that not just because reproduction is such a deeply private and personal matter. Another reason is that medicine and science are changing the nature and circumstances of abortion. As new forms of controlling reproduction appear, the only way to stop a woman from choosing an abortion will be to present a moral argument that she finds persuasive. If you doubt that is so, consider the hotly contested political issue of third-trimester abortions.
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March 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's one of the macabre mysteries in the case of Kermit Gosnell: Why did the West Philadelphia abortion doctor keep the severed feet of fetuses preserved in specimen jars? In testimony Tuesday, Adrienne Moton, a former worker at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society, told a Philadelphia jury that Gosnell once explained that he did so in case patients requested them for future identification or DNA samples. But an expert on fetal development, testifying Wednesday at Gosnell's abortion-murder trial, said that was news to him. "Do you think there is any medical reason to save the foot of a baby?"
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April 19, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CITY PROSECUTORS rested their case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell on Thursday after calling to the witness stand a former employee who said she saw the doctor and his employees kill babies that were born alive. Kareema Cross, 28, said she was so appalled by Gosnell's ghoulish practices and the rundown condition of his West Philadelphia clinic that she began taking pictures of the facility and eventually reported him to the federal authorities. The former medical assistant spoke of patients being overmedicated by untrained personnel, of dirty instruments being used during abortion procedures, of how routine, illegal late-term abortions were performed and of moving and breathing babies being delivered and having their necks cut by Gosnell and other clinic employees.
NEWS
January 1, 2012
1992: Steven Brigham, a few years out of medical school, voluntarily forfeits his Pennsylvania medical license to end an investigation into his Wyomissing clinic. The landlord had successfully sued him for concealing his plans to perform abortions. 1994: New York state takes Brigham's license for botching late-term abortions, one begun in Voorhees, calling him "undertrained" with "submarginal abilities. " 1995: Florida revokes Brigham's license based on New York's action.
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May 30, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE WIFE of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to seven to 23 months in prison yesterday for her role in her husband's "House of Horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia. Pearl Gosnell, 52, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to taking part in illegal late-term abortions at Gosnell's clinic and participating in a corrupt organization. She said her husband took the "cowardly" path for not speaking at his trial or apologizing to his victims. "I am the wife of Kermit Gosnell. I am not happy about that now and I haven't been for a long time," she told Common Pleas Senior Judge Benjamin Lerner during the hearing.
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March 20, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With equipment from one of Kermit Gosnell's abortion procedure rooms arranged in the courtroom before her, a former clinic worker tearfully described how she and Gosnell "snipped" the necks of infants born during late-term abortions. Adrienne Moton told the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury hearing Gosnell's murder trial Tuesday morning that during the three years she worked at his West Philadelphia clinic she "couldn't give you a number" for how many times the 72-year-old doctor used the "snipping" technique.
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May 14, 1997 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The White House suggested yesterday that it might support a compromise proposal by Senate Democrats that would ban what opponents call "partial-birth" abortions in all cases except those where pregnancy posed a threat of "grievous injury" to the woman. Republican critics said the bill did not go far enough and would win little if any Republican support. "This legislation . . . is nothing more than political cover for those who are feeling the heat from constituents back home," said Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.)
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September 16, 1996 | By Claude Lewis
Philadelphia's Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua and the nation's seven other Catholic cardinals went to Washington recently for an unprecedented lobbying effort. They were joined by 50 bishops and others who hoped to help win an override of President Clinton's veto of a bill banning late-term abortions. Votes in both chambers of Congress to overturn the veto are expected later this month. Frankly, the presence of the clergy in Washington startled me, and brought to mind the reason I left my church, never to return, many years ago. What drove me from it then was the absence of courage on the part of church leaders.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
By Jennifer Rubin After Newtown, President Obama spoke to the nation and launched a campaign for gun control. He ultimately failed, but there was a tragic event, a political response, and a result. As for the Kermit Gosnell trial, there has been virtually no political response to the horrors described in the grand jury report and subsequent trial. Unlike with Tucson, Newtown, Colorado, and many other shooting incidents, the president didn't want to comment on the trial or even on the broader topic of late-term abortion.
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February 8, 2014
Visitors from afar The rare influx of snowy owls in Philadelphia has offered some lucky birders the opportunity to see these visitors from the Arctic, as well as mourn the loss of our city's own snowy owl resident ("Snowy owl killed by cargo plane at airport," Jan. 30). Like many migratory birds, the owls spend the summer in the Arctic, nesting, feeding, and raising their young before traveling south for winter. So the visiting snowy owls remind us that species we see in our backyards are reliant on many other places during their lifespan, even as far away as the Arctic - which is why it is so important that we make sure these places are protected.
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December 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU CAN say plenty of bad things about disgraced West Philly physician Kermit Gosnell, but at least the man has never been found guilty of cats. That bizarre turn of phrase was among numerous head-scratching moments that unfolded yesterday when Gosnell was handed a 30-year prison sentence in federal court on charges that he ran a "pill mill" out of his former practice, the Women's Medical Society. Gosnell, 72, is already serving three consecutive life sentences for murdering three babies in the clinic, where he regularly performed late-term abortions.
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November 7, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Has abortion provider Steven Brigham opened a new clinic in Pennsylvania, even though the state has barred him from doing so, and even though abortion clinics are being scrutinized under a recently enacted state law? His critics think so. The new clinic, Integrity Family Health, is on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The state Department of Health did an initial inspection and issued a permit, called a registration, eight weeks ago, then added the facility to its online list of abortion clinics in the Keystone State.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
Ashley McGuire is a senior fellow at the Catholic Association William Wilberforce and his fellow abolitionists helped to end slavery in the British Empire largely by convincing Britons of the full humanity of the slaves and by invoking shame and disgust at their condition and treatment. Abolitionists adopted mottoes such as "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" and used vivid imagery, including a diagram of a slave ship that showed slaves packed into a filthy, seaborne prison. Abortion abolitionists in the United States are increasingly adopting the same tactics.
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May 30, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE WIFE of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to seven to 23 months in prison yesterday for her role in her husband's "House of Horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia. Pearl Gosnell, 52, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to taking part in illegal late-term abortions at Gosnell's clinic and participating in a corrupt organization. She said her husband took the "cowardly" path for not speaking at his trial or apologizing to his victims. "I am the wife of Kermit Gosnell. I am not happy about that now and I haven't been for a long time," she told Common Pleas Senior Judge Benjamin Lerner during the hearing.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers has long been an advocate for the unborn. For all the common ground that so-called pro-choice and pro-life advocates found in the case of the Gosnell house of horrors, it took a historic jury verdict to make everyone face facts. As Ms. Flowers correctly states in her column "This jury saw the truth," this was a case of infanticide. The only defense that Gosnell had was that the abortion-inducing drug did not properly kill those babies while they were still in utero.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
By Jennifer Rubin After Newtown, President Obama spoke to the nation and launched a campaign for gun control. He ultimately failed, but there was a tragic event, a political response, and a result. As for the Kermit Gosnell trial, there has been virtually no political response to the horrors described in the grand jury report and subsequent trial. Unlike with Tucson, Newtown, Colorado, and many other shooting incidents, the president didn't want to comment on the trial or even on the broader topic of late-term abortion.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outside the Women's Medical Society, a small pot of dying white mums sat by the entrance of the three-story brick building on Lancaster Avenue where Kermit Gosnell practiced for 31 years. On the front window sill, someone had glued dozens of tiny white plaster baby hands. Passersby expressed mixed views after the guilty verdict was announced Monday in the trial of Gosnell, a fixture in the West Philadelphia neighborhood once known for his good deeds. Along Lancaster Avenue at 38th Street, about three blocks from the Drexel University campus, students live alongside longtime residents.
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May 8, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE JURY IN the Kermit Gosnell capital-murder trial ended a fifth day of deliberations yesterday without reaching a verdict. The panel of seven women and five men will resume work this morning, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart said. Earlier yesterday, the jurors asked Minehart to re-read the definitions of the charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and infanticide. They also asked for the definition of malice. Minehart also asked the jurors whether any of them had seen a Fox News documentary about Gosnell that aired Friday and over the weekend.
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May 1, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
No doubt the 2014 race for Pennsylvania governor will contain plenty of debate about jobs, jobs, and jobs. That's no surprise, since the economy ranks at the top of the list of issues state voters tell pollsters they care about most. And yet the emotional issue of abortion, always lurking in politics but thrust into renewed prominence recently, may wind up haunting Gov. Corbett's reelection campaign. Consider the trial of physician Kermit Gosnell, accused of four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing babies born alive after late-term abortions at his Women's Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia.
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