An abortion doctor was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, “house of horrors” clinic.
In a case that became a grisly flashpoint in the nation’s abortion debate, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an abortion patient. He was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a whimper before the doctor cut the spinal cord.
Gosnell was also convicted of infanticide, racketeering and more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s abortion laws by performing third-term abortions or failing to counsel women 24 hours in advance. The courtroom was locked for more than 30 minutes as the verdicts were read and the jurors polled one by one.
Pro-Life advocates are absolutely outraged at this man’s heinous and unspeakable actions. You know what else gets lost in the shuffle of baby killing condemnation?
Pro-Choice advocates are equally outraged.
When people talk about the days of “back-alley” abortions before Roe v. Wade provided a constitutional guarantee protecting a women’s right to dictate what happens inside of her own body, (Or in conservative terms, a woman’s right to choose SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED) these types of “clinics” would be what abortion providers looked like. It’s not an unreasonable argument to infer that if abortions were not safe, licensed, and legal that a LOT more instances like this would occur. Pennsylvania authorities had failed to conduct routine inspections of all its abortion clinics for 15 years by the time Gosnell’s facility was raided. In the scandal’s aftermath, two top state health officials were fired, and Pennsylvania imposed tougher rules for clinics.
Four former clinic employees pleaded guilty to murder and four more to other charges. They include Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, a cosmetologist who helped perform abortions.
Yes… A cosmetologist. Performing abortions.
This is not a pro-life v. pro-choice partisan issue – EVERYBODY is against practices like this. Making this into a political issue is really a level of disgusting on-par with Dr. Gosnell’s clinic. The clinic catered to poor, desperate women with no other alternatives who often paid cash for their procedures. Without irony, Pro-life supporters are calling for Dr. Gosnell to receive the death penalty.
“Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty and will get what he deserves. Now, let’s make sure these women are vindicated by delivering what all women deserve: access to the full range of health services including safe, high-quality and legal abortion care,” said Ilyse G. Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
So conservatives: If you are really outraged over the way Dr. Gosnell ran his clinic, you should be a big fan of legal, safe, and regulated abortions. I mean, you don’t think an isolated incident like this should cause ALL abortions to be outlawed, do you? Remind me again about how all guns shouldn’t be outlawed because of the actions of a few criminals, and how this is different?
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Let’s stop turning every bad person into a way to cram your political agenda down everybody’s throat. Sometimes, people are just evil, crazy assholes. Nobody supports the actions of one doctor who was operating an illegally run clinic. It doesn’t represent the industry any more than a few crazy Muslim terrorists represent all of Islam or a few crazy people shooting up a school represent millions of responsible gun owners.
Sometimes, it really IS black and white. Let’s call for unanimous consent a bit more so we can focus on the real places where we can improve lives. Passing meaningful immigration reform, jobs bills to help improve the economy, fixing our crumbling education system and infrastructure, and making sure we leave America in a better place than we found it.
LOL I’m kidding. I meant… BENGHAZI!
–Sean Kemmerer is a freelance writer, administrator of Politics Without The Crazy Pills , and wonders if there is a doctor out there willing to abort Glenn Beck in his 172nd trimester.”
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