FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 23, 2013
Contact: Leslie Palma
More than three dozen leaders of national pro-life organizations from across the country have signed a letter calling on all Americans to take note of the ongoing murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, because the horrors described daily in the courtroom “represent the precise reality of the state of the abortion industry today in our country.”
The letter was released just before news broke that the judge presiding over the Gosnell trial had dismissed three of the murder charges against him, as well as several lesser charges. Gosnell still faces four counts of first-degree murder of babies born alive, third-degree murder of a patient who died of a drug overdose following a botched 2009 abortion, and multiple counts of performing late-term abortions past the legal limit in Pennsylvania.
“Despite the graphic nature of the testimony that could only come from the darkest depths of human depravity, we the undersigned have further evidence that abortionist Gosnell’s practices are reflective of abuses that characterize the entire abortion industry,” the signatories wrote. “These abuses have been documented for decades through law enforcement activities, news reports, court documents, lawsuits, undercover investigations, and testimonies of former abortionists and their clients.
Forty years of abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy has not brought women more dignity, made them freer, or advanced their equality. Instead, as the trial of abortionist Gosnell cruelly testifies, abortion has made women the subject of predatory practices, ugly disfigurement, gruesome deaths, and conditions not even fitting for animals.”
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spearheaded the campaign and is among the leaders who signed the open letter.
“We have an opportunity to show people the true nature of abortion, the true meaning of ‘choice,’“ Father Pavone said. “We must seize this moment to make sure everyone understands that what happened in Gosnell’s clinic has been happening all over the country for the last 40 years.”
To read the full text of the letter, go to priestsforlife.org/gosnell/gosnell-open-letter.pdf
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.