Michael Norton

Guilty as charged. That was a Philadelphia jury’s verdict against abortionist Kermit Gosnell for multiple murders of babies in his Pennsylvania abortion facility. The jury also convicted Gosnell of hundreds of lesser criminal offenses. To avoid the death penalty, Gosnell agreed to serve the rest of his life in prison. This sordid chapter in the battle for the life on the unborn child is now over.

Virtually everyone who observed, participated in, or reported on the Gosnell trial was struck by Gosnell’s unspeakable acts—acts recounted by witnesses under oath during the trial. Those horrors were the most gruesome, but not the only “horrors” from this case.

Obscenely, in what many saw as a “conspiracy of silence,” the so-called “mainstream” media failed to report on the Gosnell trial. Even President Obama would not bring himself to comment on Gosnell’s abortions as damning factual testimony of blood, urine, animals, filth, and death at Gosnell’s hands mounted.

Several of Gosnell’s co-workers were reportedly in tears as they testified about the gross conduct and conditions they had witnessed.

Some members of the media even reported that the testimony they heard during the trial caused them to change their minds: they could no longer support the elective abortion of an unborn child or the murder of an infant who had survived an abortion.

Observers were stunned to learn that, at the instructions of former Gov. Tom Ridge and in support of the multi-million dollar abortion cabal, neither Gosnell’s abortion facility nor any other Pennsylvania abortion clinic had been inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the 17 years between 1993 and 2010.

But Gosnell isn’t the only one who deserves a verdict. The nation’s abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood’s nearly 340,000 abortions annually and its millions of dollars in profit, including more than $542 million in taxpayer dollars from the Obama administration, is also guiltyas are its pro-abortion political allies, who receive millions of dollars in political contributions from Planned Parenthood and its abortion allies.

Now that these heinous crimes have been exposed and the Gosnell verdict is in, Planned Parenthood and its allies, allies like the National Abortion Federation, put on a great show by condemning Gosnell’s conduct as “beyond redemption.”

But while the Gosnell jury was still out, Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies—like Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal—blocked congressional hearings on such horrendous abortion practices.

Michael Norton

Michael J. Norton is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and is a former United States Attorney for the District of Colorado.