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Gosnell's Babies: Inside the Mind of America's Most Notorious Abortion Doctor (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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Length: 51 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Magazine (September 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FE0QRFS
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This is a hell of a book -- there's a lot of previously unreported information for anti-abortion advocates to rally around, and pro-choice groups had better read it to see what they're going to get hit with by the other side -- I'm rating it so highly for the detailed but compelling, shocking but nuanced story Steve Volk tells of Kermit Gosnell's life.

Even from his beginning, rising from working-class roots to become a doctor and a trusted neighborhood figure -- multiple people interviewed testified about Gosnell's good nature -- there were signs of incipient madness.

Every page brings a new revelation -- the hoarding, the increasing disregard for possessions he'd worked so hard to earn, the panicked flight from the U.S. when an experimental abortion technique went horribly wrong -- and you'll be asking yourself "Was this where the switch got flipped? Was this where the kindly family doctor turned into a monster?"
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By Francis on September 23, 2013
This is a deeply disturbing story that will stick with you for days. Gosnell seems to be mentally disturbed -- the scenes of hoarding in his house and fleas in his basement are terrifying -- but he when it came to why he was performing late-term abortions his thinking seems clear-headed: he believed everyone -- the women, the babies, the neighborhood -- would be better without these children being born. A compelling story that will make you think.
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Kermit Gosnell was one of the famous abortion doctors who was convicted of homicide and numerous other charges for his work in his abortion clinic in West Philadelphia. Journalist Steve Volk was one of the few who was taken into the confidence of Gosnell after his imprisonment to try and get into the mind of a once respected physician who became a "monster" who murdered the babies that hadn't quite died in utero when he attempted to abort them. This is a grim tale of a clinic with unlicensed workers, filthy conditions, that was dealing in illegal prescriptions.

About the length of a magazine article, this story gives the background and upbringing of a man who wanted to become a musician, but gave in to the wishes of his parents to become a physician instead.
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If we do not understand monsters and resist them, we risk creating more. This short work (that's the reason for four stars instead of five) is good reporting and interviewing of the notorious Gosnell. The state health department of Pennsylvania knew what Gosnell was doing, but correcting his abuses was not politically correct, so they allowed him to operate an unsanitary, dangerous facility. For all those who care about women, read this book and become informed. For those who might say that Gosnell was an aberration, all you have to do is find out about other facilities and you will learn he was not.
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Save your money. This was nothing you couldn't read in the news paper or saw on TV The man was a monster and there was nothing new. I would have liked to hear about his time in prison and how he was treated by other inmates. This was a very depressing book which I expected but would like to have found more information on what makes a sick mind think the way his does. The title is Gosnell's Babies, inside the Mind of America's.......First of all they were not his babies. Second and it did not go into the mind of this sick murderer.

Misleading title.
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Gosnell's Babies clearly depicts the depravity that results from being immersed in the business of killing babies. Gosnell completely internalized utilitarian ethics, allowing him to murder babies with no moral qualm whatsoever. Once he balanced an equation of goods, placing the "benefit" of killing a woman's growing baby and freeing her from the burdens of having the baby and preventing the suffering that the baby would experience, living a poor, unloved and oppressed life against the brief pain the baby experienced as it was killed, there was no question of his moral superiority.

The only drawback to Gosnell's Baby is that it is only available as an e-book. You can't buy a copy and give it to a friend who systematically averts her eyes. Nothing to see here, just keep moving.
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It really was a good but disturbing read. It allows Dr. Gosnell to speak for himself and it answer questions. Even though many may not like the answer or the reality
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Very interesting book showing how someone like him could get into the baby killing business but also scary to see how deranged his mind really became.
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