- Category: U.S.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 03:24
- Written by CP Staff Report
Philadelphia, PA – Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who ran the so-called “house of horrors,” was convicted Monday by a jury of his peers of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors.
The jury found Gosnell, 72, guilty of murdering Babies A, C, and D, babies born alive and later killed. Baby A, who was photographed by a clinic employee, was nearly 30 weeks along when he was aborted. He was so big that Gosnell reported said the baby could “walk to the bus.” A second baby was alive for approximately 20 minutes before his neck was snipped. Baby D was born in a toilet. The Philadelphia jury acquitted Dr. Gosnell of the death of Baby E who reportedly whimpered before Gosnell snipped his spinal cord.
“For years, government officials and the media have looked the other way while babies born alive were executed in this house of horrors. Finally, a jury has looked evil in the eye and found Kermit Gosnell guilty of these atrocities to women and children,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“This is the face of abortion. What happens in Gosnell’s clinic is not an unusual situation. It happens around the country,” Staver said. “The fact is that this is human life. When we sacrifice human life in the womb under personal choice, personal gratification, or personal decisions, we ultimately cheapen the very image of God and the dignity of all humanity,” Staver said. “When we start having this abortion mentality, it’s no wonder that then life does not have any real meaning at any other stage. We need to come to a place in this country where we end this tragic history of abortion and bloodshed of these children and mothers.”
Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the 2009 drug-overdose of Karnamaya Mongar. Mongar died at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic after Gosnell’s untrained and unlicensed staff administered a lethal dose of Demerol, an opioid pain reliever, then failed to provide emergency care when she stopped breathing during her abortion.
Dr. Alveda C. King, daugher of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hopes the verdict will highlight injustices that target women.
"The guilty charge of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, dethroned ruler of 'Gosnell's House of Horrors' may spark justice for more women and babies across America," said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Gospel of Life Ministries. "Justice is served with this verdict, but injustice will continue unless we end abortion in this country. Gosnell was not the only abortionist who killed mothers and their born babies, he was just the one who got caught. Now we have to turn out attention to charging, trying and convicting others like him."
Gosnell, 72, could receive the death penalty or life in prison for the charges. It was widely reported that Gosnell performed 40,136 abortions in his clinic from 1988 to 2009.