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Gosnell Believes He’s Spiritually Innocent, Blames ‘Catholic Presence’ for Conviction

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell contends that he was “a soldier in a war against poverty” when he conducted hundreds of illegal of abortions at the clinic that became known as his “house of horrors.” Despite convictions on charges of first-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and performing illegal late-term abortions earlier this year, Gosnell said he feels a sense of “spiritual innocence” for his crimes.

“I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made,” Gosnell told Philadelphia magazine. He blames his conviction on religious bias in the city’s district attorney’s office: The DA’s history of involvement in the Catholic church, Gosnell argued, created a “strong Catholic presence” in the homicide division that investigated his crimes and led to his prosecution.

While the abortionist conceded that in an ideal world there would be no need for abortion, he told the magazine that it would be a “greater sin” to bring a child into the world that could not be fully provided for. He also shared one of several poems he has written, in which he laments the public’s negative perception of abortion providers:

Abortion Providers

Are Labeled Killers!

Horrendous, Exploitive

Barbaric, Inhumane

Not Physicians, Oathed To Heal

Lest We Forget,

What Chance Have Those?

Those Without The Support

Of Their Parents

Their Families

Their Communities

Their Societies …

So Many

Without Sufficient Support

Stumble Into Drugs

Into Crime

Into Mental Illness

Into Institutions … And …

Languish in Jails …

Gosnell’s case drew nationwide attention when gruesome details of his practices emerged. An expanded version of the magazined article, titled “Gosnell’s Babies,” has also been released as an e-book.


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