The “Good Gynocologist” and Gosnell


In a conversation with her Mom, WORLD writer, Andrée Seu Peterson, offers a very unique and compelling perspective on what abortionist Kermit Gosnell did versus what a “compassionate” doctor did to unborn babies.

My mother wanted to know what I do with myself these days, so I said I go downtown and watch a trial. Oh, that’s interesting, dear, she thought, and asked for details. Mom’s mind doesn’t work the same way it used to since her stroke three years ago, so the conversation went something like this:

Well, a man named Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder, I said. (It turns out she had heard of the case.) “How can anybody abort a little baby?” she said. Well, actually, Mom, he’s not on trial for abortion, he’s on trial for murder. Everybody’s OK with abortion; they’re just not OK with murder. As a matter of fact, Judge Jeffrey Minehart purged the jury of any self-declared pro-lifers before the trial began.

gosnell cartoon

Then things started to get complicated. That’s because I ended up telling Mom about the prosecution’s star witness, Karen Feisullin, an ob-gyn who practices at Abington Memorial Hospital, where I birthed three of my four children. I re-emphasized to Mom that this was the prosecution’s girl, the one the D.A. called to show the defendant did wrong.

On the witness stand Dr. Feisullin, after turning her nose up at Gosnell’s antiquated ultrasound machine, tutored the courtroom on how an abortion is done properly: (A) Grab baby’s leg with forceps; (B) pull into birth canal (pieces may break off); (C) deliver body, except for head; (D) insert probe into back of skull; (E) suction out brain for easy passage. And there you have it, folks, a perfectly legal D&E, or Dilation and Evacuation.

My mother still wasn’t catching on. So why is Dr. Feisullin the good guy and Gosnell the bad guy? Read the rest from WORLD magazine by clicking here.

*Editorial cartoon by Michael Ramirez from WORLD magazine.


  1. Ugh, and how true. The law here is really only a gossamer barrier against barbarism, isn’t it?

  2. Despite the claims of some anti-abortion activists, women have access to abortion in the third trimester only in extreme circumstances. Fewer than 2% of abortions are provided at 21 weeks or after, and they are extremely rare after 26 weeks of pregnancy. Very few abortions are provided in the third trimester, and they are generally limited to cases of severe fetal abnormalities or situations when the life or health of the pregnant woman is seriously threatened.

  3. Um, Patrick, talking points aside, the testimony in the Gosnell trial contradicts your assumptions. It was solely convenience of the mother, and clinic workers recorded many babies breathing, swimming, and the like.

    In short, the “fetal abnormalities” claim and others need to be taken with a big grain of salt. Those who are willing to kill a viable baby (and after 22 or so weeks gestation they are viable) just might be willing to commit other moral offenses like lying, don’t you think?

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