by Ellen Gifford, President
On January 14th, the semi-annual Pro-Life Summit was held at the archdiocesan complex in center city. The hallmark of the Summit was a showing of the documentary film “3801 Lancaster Ave. - American Tragedy.” The hour long movie, visually depicted the horrific conditions that existed at Dr. Gosnell's abortion facility on Lancaster Ave. In fact the building was so poorly maintained that it has been condemned as being unsafe for use (the city has yet to make a decision on the next steps for building).
Ironically, the police were not drawn to the building to investigate Gosnell's abuses of Pennsylvania abortion laws, but because of an investigation into Gosnell's selling of prescription drugs illegally. Police officers interviewed on screen, related their reactions upon entering what was advertised as a place where a surgical procedure was to be performed. A place where blood stains littered the floor, a feral cat roamed the floors using an open litter box full of cat feces, fetal remains were in the staff food freezers, and a row of jars containing severed feet were found.
Gosnell, known in the industry for performing late term abortions had referrals from abortuaries as far away as Puerto Rico. This part of his practice was so lucrative, it was not unusual for him to gross $10,000 - $15,000 dollars in an evening, the time of day he preferred to perform the late term abortions.
During the Q and A that followed the showing, the writer/director of the movie, David Altrogge shared that he found out about Gosnell quite by accident when he happened to see a small article in a Pittsburg, Pa. newspaper. Gosnell pleaded not guilty to all charges, did not take the stand in his defense and feels that one day he will be vindicated.
J. D. Mullane a local journalist was also on hand and participated in the Q and A. He attended all sessions of the trial, and received threats from major media concerning the end of his writing career.
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