Gosnell Protest: Babies' Bodies Might Be Held For 10 Years by Philly
The story isn't over for babies who suffered at the hands of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office could retain their bodies for up to 10 years. Protesters on August 26 again called attention to the babies murdered by Gosnell, and noted that city officials may take their time in disposing the bodies.
The rally, preceded by a vigil the evening before, was phase two of "A Cry For Dignity." During the event, protesters carried signs with names assigned to the some 45 babies brutalized by Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering three babies in May. The protestors are calling for "a proper and dignified funeral and burial service."
Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins bashed the City of Philadelphia, arguing, "Can you imagine if they did that -- if I died today and the City of Philadelphia said they weren't going to release my body for 10 years? We would say that's inhumane. We would say that's barbaric."
Hawkins concluded, "I think what they're trying to do is kind of hold them hostage a little bit and threaten us. But we're not going to go away. We're going to keep coming back to Philadelphia, keep talking about Kermit Gosnell, and we're going to keep talking about these babies who are now being vitimized for a second time by the medical coroner."
Several notable pro-life speakers attended the event, including Christian Defense Coalition's Rev. Patrick Mahoney and Stand True Ministries' Bryan Kemper.
The protest followed an earlier rally, where the Medical Examiner's Office refused to accept a letter from pro-life activists asking about the babies' remains.
(According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the city's medical Examiner Sam Gulino has said his office does not release remains to "unrelated third parties.")