Kermit Gosnell, MD is an abortion practitioner in Philadelphia, PA. On April 29, 2013 he went on trial for murder in the first degree, charged in the deaths of several babies that, the State alleges, were born alive, and that he made sure would die anyway. Gosnell achieved this by a method he called snipping, where he severed newborns spines with scissors. His clinic was also notably for shockingly substandard health circumstances. One fifteen-year-old girl was made an anesthesiologist after reading a textbook for twenty minutes. Gosnell himself was not a licensed OB/GYN. In addition to his abortion practice, his clinic, Women's Medical Society, operated a "pill mill", selling OxyContin.His trial has received coverage from only one reporter (Joe Slobodzian of The Philadelphia Inquirer), one cable television channel (Fox News Channel), NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Al-Jazeera  the Atlantic Monthly, and the Huffington Post.
The issues raised at trial, and lack of response to them from some quarters, raise serious questions as to the motives of abortion advocates in America today. Many in the media were critical of the lack of media coverage, including Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and perhaps most prominently Democratic Party analyst Kirsten Powers. The bill fillabustered by Wendy Davis was conceived in part as a response to the Gosnell incident. Gosnell has been sentenced to prison for his actions while running the clinic.