Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2013

‘House of Horrors’ abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell claims he’s ‘spiritually innocent’

Former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, known for running a “House of Horrors” late-term abortion clinic in Philadelphia, believes he is “spiritually innocent” for the first degree murders of newborn babies, saying that his grisly work at the clinic was meant to fight a “war on poverty” in the U.S.

kermit-gosnellSpeaking out for the first time since his trial in May that found him guilty of first degree murder of three newborn babies and the involuntary manslaughter of one of his patients, Gosnell told Philadelphia Magazine reporter Steve Volt in an interview that although he believes abortion is not ideal, it is a “greater sin” to deliver a child into an impoverished world.

“In an ideal world,” Gosnell told Volt, “we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.”

Volt is the only reporter that Gosnell has spoken with since his conviction. Gosnell and Volt have reportedly communicated via telephone and letters while Gosnell serves his life prison sentence without parole.

Gosnell reportedly sent Volt 12 letters, more than 50 emails, dozens of phone calls as well as some poetry he wrote regarding abortion, in which the former physician seeks to justify the practice to prevent a child from stumbling into “drugs, crime, or mental illness.” 

The gruesome details of killing babies after botched abortion and the unsanitary condtions of the clinic propelled the Gosnell case into national headlines.



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