Alveda King: Abortionist Attorney Playing Race Card Is Shameful

Dr. Kermit Gosnell
Dr. Kermit Gosnell

The defense attorney for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist whose killing center earned the title "Gosnell's House of Horrors," has tried to reduce Gosnell's charges to "prosecutorial lynching." 

This strategy is an insult to the babies he slaughtered, the women he maimed and killed, the African-American community at large and the human race, say African-American leaders. 

In his opening arguments, Jack McMahon called the case "elitist" and "racist," and charged the trial is coming from prosecutors trying to "put Mayo Clinic standards into a West Philadelphia clinic." Members of the Black Prolife Coalition believe it is Gosnell who is elitist and definitely racist. 

"Don't black women and babies deserve Mayo Clinic standards?" said Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. "You sir, are being elitist and racist to suggest that we do not. We reject the notion that the black and brown women Gosnell preyed upon deserved less. Your tactics are shameful, outrageous and an affront in the face of God," she said. 

"Throughout the Holocaust, Josef Mengele, aka 'the angel of death,' delighted in killing young children in the most atrocious and gruesome experiments—all in the name of science," said Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union. "Kermit Gosnell is the black community's Mengele because he especially preyed on children of his own race who were fully born—totally free to experience the life and liberty that we are all promised in America. Yet, at that moment of new life, the child—in warm hands, breathing air, seeing first light—may have also seen the face of his or her executioner. The only factor of 'race' is that Gosnell killed these children because he could. He thought no one would really care—after all, it's just one more black child dead in Philadelphia," Gardner said. 

"Selling out the black community in the name of abortion rights is unconscionable," said Catherine Davis, founder and president of the Restoration Project. "But Gosnell's attorney has taken this betrayal to a new low by claiming Gosnell should not be prosecuted because he is black. While 'women kept being referred to and coming to his clinic because they could get what they needed at the right price,' the right price made Gosnell a millionaire while he was butchering women and babies in the name of abortion. I say he should [be] prosecuted and held accountable for the injuries and deaths of those he is now claiming to have served, and his race makes this betrayal all the more difficult to stomach." 

"Not only is Dr. Kermit Gosnell documented as a depraved butcher, he is a depraved butcher who made money on the desperation and despair of women from his own community. Even the Ku Klux Klan treated their own women better," said Walter Hoye, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation. 

The leaders are spearheading investigations, calling for enforcement of lifesaving laws for women and children, and are advocating information campaigns as to the harmful impact of eugenics and genocide in the black community.

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