There is a mass murderer on trial in Philadelphia for what could be one of the most gruesome serial killing sprees in recent history. The grand jury report reads like a horror movie as it describes the brutal killings by Pennsylvanian Kermit Gosnell, who committed his crimes in the name of medicine.

Most people likely have not heard about the Gosnell murders for one reason: Gosnell is an abortionist.

The grand jury report charges that Gosnell "regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors." Rather than murder, Gosnell referred to this barbaric practice as "ensured fetal demise."

In addition, the report goes on to describe a medical clinic in such unsanitary conditions that patients were routinely overdosed with drugs, a place where venereal diseases were spread between patients from unsterilized instruments, and where, on at least two occasions, botched abortions resulted in patients’ deaths.

Outrageous? Yes, but perhaps the report’s most shocking discovery is this statement: "Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it."

Let that sentence sink in a minute , then consider this. For the most part, the killing of newborn babies went unreported. Some stories are just now making national headlines, largely due to the report spreading through the Internet and social media.

Reporting has not reached nearly the level seen in cases such as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. Are these crimes any less horrific because the majority of the victims were only minutes old? Were these lives less significant because the children were unwanted?

The tragic unspeakable truth is that for some in this country the answer is yes to both questions.

One example of that mindset was seen in a rare bit of candor from Alisa LaPolt Snow, a lobbyist representing Planned Parenthood in Florida, who testified before a legislative committee in March. Snow argued that the decision over whether to end the life of a baby born alive after a botched abortion should be between a woman and her doctor. Snow was speaking in opposition to a proposed Florida law that would have required babies born alive in an abortion clinic receive medical care.

Snow’s is not an isolated point of view. In fact, President Obama voted against a measure when he was a state senator in Illinois that would have required babies born alive as the result of a failed abortion to receive emergency medical care. It is no surprise that Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood conference last week, praising the group’s work and promising to fight any attempt to cut funding.

Many others — I would hope most – reject such an extreme viewpoint and are sickened by Gosnell’s actions. But they also don’t want to hear about such an uncomfortable subject. Somehow, many have convinced themselves to look the other way. Pretending such acts don’t occur is the same as allowing them to take place.

How many people knew about Gosnell’s "murder in plain sight," as the grand jury report referred to it. How common is it? The Gosnell clinic was discovered not as police investigated abortion practices but rather based on reports the clinic was writing illegal prescriptions.

The grand jury report said the country should not be known as a people who know what is going on, yet does nothing.


Jason Tolbert is an accountant and conservative political blogger. His blog — The Tolbert Report — is linked at His e-mail is