Former Gosnell Building Gets New Life
Russ JonesReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Mar 21
The facility that once housed the notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been sold. Lutheran Community Services has purchased the former Atlantic Women's Medical Services building on Baynard Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Lutheran Community Services is a nonprofit human services agency affiliated with the Evangelical Church in America.
Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three babies born alive in May 2013.
Spokeswoman Cher Frampton told WDEL radio she is excited with the prospects of changing the buildings image.
"We're taking this negative and turning it into a positive for the community there. We'll be able to provide emergency food, housing assistance, clothing," Frampton said.
Looking to occupy the building this fall, organizers plan to bless the building and have a cleanup day March 28.
Gosnell now serves a life sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole. Gosnell’s assistant, 51-year-old Steven Massof, is serving several years in prison for killing two babies who had been born alive.
In an interview with the Philadelphia magazine, the 72-year-old convicted killer is writing poetry from prison and claims he is “spiritually innocent.”
“In an ideal world,” Gosnell told writer Steve Volk, “we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.”