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What Americans should learn from the Gosnell trial


Priests for Life



STATEN ISLAND, NY – As the nation awaits the verdict in the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing a woman and four babies in his Philadelphia clinic, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said there are lessons to be learned regardless of the trial’s outcome.

“Abortion, even when carried out legally, is an act of violence against a living, human child,” Father Pavone said, noting that the trial provided a chance for many Americans to see, for the first time, what abortion really is.

“Making abortion legal has not made it safe,” Father Pavone said. “When Roe vs. Wade was handed down, all that happened to back-alley abortionists is that they took their name plate off the back door and put it on the front door. They reformed neither their methods nor their morals. The abortion industry remains the most unregulated and dangerous surgical industry in America. It does not serve women; it harms and kills them.”

Father Pavone has asked the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office to release the bodies of the babies to Priests for Life for a proper funeral and burial and to give the public a chance to honor these innocent lives “above and beyond any legal dispute about whether their killing was justified.”

To read Father Pavone’s full statement, please go to

For a comment from Father Pavone following the verdict, please call 347-286-7277 or email


Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit



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