The evidence that kept emerging the few days I was there is jaw dropping and poignant. Dr. Hellman explained all the charts that medical professionals have to work out the age of a fetus. They measure the length and width of the baby, they weigh organs, and they compare them to charts of previous autopsies of babies whose age they knew. Dr. Hellman said that based on the charts, he conservatively estimated Baby Girl Manning was between 28- and 29-weeks-old.Confession: I love babies. I have very strong parental instincts. My wife does, too. We can't wait to have grandchildren. The more the better.
He was asked about another incident where a member of staff described an “aborted fetus” as being 18 inches to a foot long. Dr. Hellman was asked to estimate the child’s age given those dimensions. He replied simply that such a baby would be “off the charts.” In other words it was a fully formed baby whose delivery was engineered so that Dr. Gosnell could push a pair of scissors into its neck to snip its spinal cord.
Not everyone has such strong affection for babies, but for crying out loud, what happened to these people? Babies were born, wriggling and crying and doing all those baby things biologically engineered to drive us to instinctively protect and care for them and the staff shoved scissors in their necks.
I'd compare these people to the members of the Einsatzgruppen, but those poor devils at least had some vestiges of morality.
Shooting on this scale, particularly of women and children, was destroying the morale of the Einsatzgruppen. Some committed suicide, or were admitted to mental asylums. As Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski allegedly said to Himmler after the latter had witnessed a shooting action at Minsk in August 1941: "Such men are finished for the rest of their lives! What kind of followers are we creating? Either neurotics or brutes."I'd read elsewhere that the soldiers in the Einsatzgruppen took to alcoholism in a big way. There's no report that Gosnell's employees had similar problems.
What in the world happened to these people?
|Shooting adults at a distance as part of a group sent these men around the bend. Stabbing babies in the necks with scissors did ... what?|