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The Surprisingly Positive Legacy of the Kermit Gosnell Case

How the worst of the abortion industry brought out the best of pro-life advocacy.
The Surprisingly Positive Legacy of the Kermit Gosnell Case
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Few events in modern history illustrated the corrosive impact of abortion culture like the Kermit Gosnell case of 2013. Gosnell ran the Women’s Medical Society Clinic in West Philadelphia and was convicted of a myriad of state and federal criminal charges, including first-degree murder of infants (delivered alive and then killed with scissors), involuntary manslaughter (a Nepalese refugee mother died in his clinic while undergoing an abortion in 2009), and numerous drug trafficking charges.

I once stood on the sidewalk in front of Gosnell’s clinic. From the outside, it looked like any “good Samaritan" community health center. Inside, however, it was a house of horrors. If you’ve read the official law enforcement reports or watched the chilling documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy, you know this description is not hyperbole.

With the release of the Lancaster film, as well as Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann ...

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