Kermit Gosnell, 3801 Lancaster and Atrocious Crimes Committed Against Women and Children

Greg Strand – April 12, 2013 7 Comments

Kirsten Powers writing a “Column” in the USA Today under the title “Philadelphia abortion clinic horror” begins her article in the following way:

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations?

It’s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.

As noted on Summit Ministries blog,

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing seven born-alive babies (many more actually died — hundreds more) and one grown woman in his abortion clinic. Testimony from former employees in recent days has included descriptions of literal beheadings, as Gosnell and his staff rushed from room to room using scissors to sever the spinal cords of minute-old infants. One woman died at the hands of his ill-equipped, unqualified medical staff. Jars of severed baby feet served as macabre decorations at Gosnell’s office, some have said.

Joe Carter has given a brief overview of this murderer and the grisly ways in which he and his staff treated women and murdered babies. Trevin Wax does a similar thing while addressing reasons why the media has said nothing about it.  Another has also pointed out the silence of media, which is appalling. As one noted, “The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism. The numerous governmental failures. It just is insanely newsworthy.”

There has also been a 21 minute documentary,“3801 Lancaster,” exposing Kermit Gosnell by explaining the horrific acts committed against women and children at this abortuary, the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies. It is almost beyond belief! Please be discerning before you watch this as it contains graphic pictures of aborted babies and tragic testimonies from some of those who were abused. It is not necessarily something everyone should watch or hear, but some must. It is factual and these atrocities cannot and should not be hidden, particularly since we hear nothing from the media.

For regular updates on the court proceedings, Andrée Seu Peterson has been writing summaries.

On the one hand, this silence of the media ought not to surprise us. It reflects the culture in which we live where they will promote their agenda and, often, attack Christians and Christianity. But on the other hand, we can be grateful that this sort of barbarism committed against humanity, specifically exploiting those who may be considered marginal and most needy, still offends consciences. Unlike the silence of the media, we must not to be silent. In love and with justice, we will stand with and for those fellow image bearers, and we will stand, in love and with justice, against those who exploit them for their own gain.

Lord, have mercy!


Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

7 responses to Kermit Gosnell, 3801 Lancaster and Atrocious Crimes Committed Against Women and Children

  1. Greg, thanks for raising the awareness of this vital issue.

  2. Thanks, Greg, for being bold enough to share this important topic. If we cannot speak up on this, what will it take?

  3. Chuck and Dave, I am grateful to know that you have heard about this incredible atrocity. Many have not heard anything about it. As I stated, there are so many reasons the media would not say anything about this. But to the degree they are silent, we must not be!

  4. Thanks, Greg. It’s encouraging to have someone credible weigh in on this issue. There’s been so much printed in blogs and comments over the last few weeks, it’s hard to try to figure out what’s right and what’s hyperbole. As it turns out, the horrors practiced at that clinic are far more terrifying and tragic than most can imagine. It’s even more amazing that so little of this is gaining the attention of the mainstream media. The realities of how far some take these ill-conceived entitlements of our day only underscore the fact that we should never have started down this path in 1972.

    • This matter is getting a significant amount of attention on some blogs, but it has not been addressed by the mainstream media. You are right – when initially hearing about what Gosnell did it is almost beyond belief, that is until you check it out for yourself. The beyond belief is actually what he did. How tragic to treat life in the imago Dei as if it is so cheap for the purpose of costly financial gain.

  5. Everette Hatcher III July 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Gosnell is being punished as he should be. I reblogged this article today on my blog.

    • I agree – as he should be! What he did is absolutely despicable. In fact, it is almost unbelievable.

      The sad truth is that this is not the only time and place where these sorts of atrocities are happening. They happen in most abortion clinics! And even if each of those clinics is not as “bad” as this one, and even if every doctor is not as gruesome as Gosnell, every abortion ends in the murder of a baby created in the image of God. That is a tragedy.

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