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The horrific details of the Dr. Kermit Gosnell trial introduced many Americans to some heavily-unpalatable themes. The abortion doctor, who was convinced of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies after birth, used a method of termination that has been referred to as "neck snipping." TheBlaze spoke with two pro-life leaders about this graphic method of murdering children to learn more about why abortion practitioners would use it.
It's clear, based on what we know about Gosnell, that the cutting of the spinal cord through the neck was a procedure with the sole purpose of terminating a born baby's life. While its purpose is easy to discern, what isn't readily known are some of the underlying reasons why Gosnell (and according to pro-life advocates, other abortionists as well) rely upon the method.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, May 13, 2013, after being convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his clinic. Credit: AP
In an interview with Mark Crutcher, founder of Life Dynamics, a pro-life group, we asked about neck snipping, especially in light of allegations that another doctor, Douglas Karpen, based in Texas, used the same termination method.
Abortion doctors -- clearly on a mission to end pregnancies -- find themselves with a conundrum when a baby is born alive. With few options, it seems neck snipping is a definite way to end the lives of these children. Plus, as Crutcher also noted, the procedure reduces doctors' chances of malpractice. Terminating a life once a baby is born is presumably easier and less risky than doing so before birth, although that doesn't mean these babies were purposefully born in this way.
"They induce these women into labor and they're anticipating -- they're hoping that the induction process causes the baby's demise," he said. "They're not wanting the baby to come out alive -- but they're doing it that way [if they do]."
Some may wonder how a woman could allow an after-birth abortion, but Crutcher clarified one misconception that some may forget: When women go in for these procedures, they have no idea what is unfolding.
"Remember these are late-term abortions. These women are going to be under general anesthesia while this is going on," he told TheBlaze. "If you think about it -- it's simply a logical extension or a variation of partial birth abortion."
The neck-snipping, disturbing in its own regard, is only one troubling element, though. Crutcher also charges that others in the abortion industry have reported seeing doctors drown babies. And that's not even the worst of it.
"It's whatever's necessary to kill them," he continued. "I mean, we've got other people saying that they do things like grab the baby by the feet and slam its head against the counter."
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Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, another pro-life group, also told TheBlaze that the neck-snipping is nothing new -- and that it was introduced as a method for terminating lives by abortion leaders long before Gosnell's trial took the nation by storm.
The procedure was also previously used during partial-birth abortion procedures, she said.
"It was actually a recommended way to practice late-term abortion ... it was, in one sense, easy to do," Rose added. "You didn't have to kill the baby completely in utero."
In a recent op-ed on the Christian Post, pro-life activist Kristan Hawkins charged that Gosnell and Karpen are not exceptions and that many other doctors use these methods. She wrote:
Pro-abortion zealots want you to believe that convicted killer Kermit Gosnell was an exception. That his "House of Horrors" was the only bad apple. But you don't have to look far to find other Gosnells. They are lurking in communities across our nation, enabled by politicians and officials who won't enact or enforce basic regulations and health safety standards on abortion businesses because of their own utmost devotion to abortion eugenics ideology or for fear of the powerful abortion lobby.
Late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen is one such man who has thus far escaped into the system, like Gosnell did for decades.
It's likely that Gosnell's case will spawn many other complaints and investigations, as advocates' claims seem to be, at least in an anecdotal sense, corroborated. Determining how widespread the problem is will take time, research and devotion to the cause.
With Karpen standing to be the next doctor to receive scrutiny, there's no telling who will be investigated next.
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