A lot of readers have shown up lately clamoring for more coverage of Philadelphia's abortion clinic butcher, Kermit Gosnell. Working here at the Philadelphia Daily News, I was taken aback at the wave of complaints that the story has been undercovered, since we've run literally dozens of stories and featured Gosnell on the front page at least two or three times that I can remember (it's hard to "ignore" a story and put it on your front page more than once!). But obviously it's different outside of Philly -- outlets like the Washington Post should cover it more. If you want to read one piece that really captures the outrage of Gosnell. I'd recommend this article from back in 2011, by Katha Pollit of The Nation. It's called "Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Horror Show":
Blood-spattered floors. Cat feces. Broken equipment. A 15-year-old giving anesthesia. Two women dead, countless more maimed and injured. Third-trimester fetuses delivered alive whose spines were then severed by the doctor. This was the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. This is what illegal abortion looks like.
That’s right. Illegal abortion. A great deal has been written about Dr. Kermit Gosnell and the shocking conditions and practices at his facility, which was closed last March after a drug raid, and is back in the news because a grand jury has indicted him and nine employees for murder in the deaths of one woman and seven infants. There have been many calls for further restrictions on abortion, much revulsion expressed at post-viability abortions, much blame cast on prochoicers for supposedly doing nothing to stop him. But it has not been pointed out often enough that what Dr. Gosnell was doing was illegal in Pennsylvania. It is not legal to perform abortions after twenty-four weeks. It is not legal to slit the necks of born-alive fetuses at any age, much less at thirty weeks or even more. It is not legal for untrained, unlicensed employees to perform medical procedures.