Gosnell's "House of Horrors" Experiments Revealed

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One of Gosnell’s assistants, in a recent Philadelphia grand jury report, described the Super Coil as “basically plastic razors that were formed into a ball” and covered in gel. “After several hours of body temperature, it would then — the gel would melt, and these 97 things would spring open, supposedly cutting up the fetus, and the fetus would be expelled.”

[Harvey] Karman, under the auspices of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, had traveled to Bangladesh to abort babies conceived through rape by soldiers. Now the inventor was taking his weapon in the abortion wars to Gosnell’s clinic, and New York’s public television station was there to catch it on camera. Things didn’t go well.

“At least two of the 18 women given abortions had to be hospitalized afterward,” the Tribune reported. “One of them almost died. Nine suffered other complications, including bleeding and infection.”

When Karman, a former colleague of Gosnell, died in 2008, much of the media touted him as a hero. The Chicago Tribune’s obituary read: “Harvey Karman 84, flamboyant psychologist who invented a device that made a key contribution to women’s reproductive health, particularly by making abortions simpler, less expensive and less painful; May 6, in Santa Barbara, Calif., of a stroke.”

Indeed, Karman’s abortion method for the first trimester — suctioning out a tiny baby with a modified syringe — became the industry norm. Karman’s Super Coil was abandoned.

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