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.
December 18, 2013 |
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.
November 7, 2013 |
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.
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.
May 30, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
May 14, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
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.