On these pages, I have written about Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist, convicted last May of first-degree murder for the deaths of three babies at his abortion mill. He murdered them by cutting their spinal cords with scissors. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of his patient, Karnamay Mongar, a Nepalese refugee, who died at his “clinic.” Fearing the death penalty, Gosnell, then age 72, waived his right to an appeal. In exchange, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last Thursday, one of his employees, Sherry West, 54, was sentenced to serve five to ten years in prison for her role in Ms. Mongar’s death. District Attorney R. Seth Williams laid out the case against Gosnell, his wife, Pearl, and their employees, in a 2012 grand jury report that revealed Gosnell profited $10,000 to $15,000 a day at his abortion mill. Mr. Williams also informed the court that Gosnell also made $200,000 from writing 2,300 illegal prescriptions for OxyContin and other addictive drugs.
Ms. West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy, and admitted that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered “some” of the Demerol overdose that killed Ms. Mongar. According to media reports, after Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner imposed the sentence, West sobbed for five minutes. West said, “Nobody believes the truth anymore, nobody,” and asserted that she “treated patients like family” and “didn’t mean to do anything wrong.” In fact, she said that she didn’t believe she did anything wrong during the 18 months she worked at the clinic. In an attempt to mitigate her sentence, West’s attorney told Judge Lerner that Gosnell had a “Svengali influence” over his client, who was dealing with personal problems at the time. (It’s not much of a defense, but if that is all he’s got, what can he do?) West is one of nine Gosnell employees charged in 2011 for performing illegal late-term abortions at the abortion mill; two more are awaiting sentencing. Steven Massof, 51, an unlicensed medical school graduate who worked for Gosnell from 2003 to 2008, was sentenced in February to six to 12 years in prison for his role in the killing of two babies born alive. According to court testimony, Massof earned $200 to $300 in cash per week paid under the table. (Not much, was it, to aid and abet murder, especially as compared to Gosnell’s $10,000 to $15,000 per day?)
Yes, Ms. West sobbed for five minutes. As she said that she did nothing wrong and treated the clinic’s victims as her family, I presume she sobbed because she was going to prison. But I have a hunch that she will be out of jail in no more than a few years. But we, both as Christians and as members of our society, should truly weep for Ms. Mongar, and all of the babies murdered by Gosnell and his gang of sadistic butchers. Please pray for Gosnell, West, and Massof that they will see what they have truly done, repent of their sins, and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As I wrote last week, the Father of the Lord Jesus is a God of second chances if we are only willing to listen to God’s voice. And yet, we must never forget the heinous barbarity of the abortionists’ craft.