Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty
Abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was found guilty yesterday of 3 counts of murder and one count of manslaughter. In a case that has sparked outrage from anti-abortion and pro-choice groups alike.
Gosnell was found guilty on 3 counts of murder for his actions on the deaths of 3 live fetuses he claimed were already dead. The prosecution claimed Mr. Gosnell had snipped the spinal cords of these live fetuses. He was also found guilty of manslaughter in the case of a Bhutan immigrant who died while in his care.
He was found guilty on 37 other counts as well. These counts were for violating
Pennsylvania state informed consent laws as well as performing abortions after the 24 week mark as is the state limit. Gosnell faced over 200 counts related to being in violation of several abortion laws and racketeering. He is also facing a federal drug charge as well.
Abortion rights groups are pointing to this case as a reason to keep abortion legal to prevent women from being forced to use back alley quacks like Mr. Gosnell for abortions. President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Ilyse Hogue said "We hope that the lessons of the trial do not fade with the verdict. Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell".
Anti-abortion groups say this is exactly why abortion should be banned in every instance. Because evil doctors are able to prey on vulnerable women in a time of desperation. Anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said “The greatest tragedy is that Kermit Gosnell is not alone. Exploitation of women and complete disregard for their health and well-being are problems endemic to the entire abortion industry”.
Many conservatives claim there was a "media blackout" by the mainstream liberal media on this case. The facts do not seem to look as if this was truly the case. This case had an entire page dedicated to it on the rather liberal Huffington Post website and was covered on television shows such as Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. So there may not have been massive coverage by liberal news media but there was coverage. Also, many would have seen too much coverage sensationalism and giving this monster to much publicity which he does not deserve. Whatever the reason for less coverage of of this case by liberal news outlets the fact it it was covered by them.
Both side are claiming a victory with this verdict. It does not appear there is a winner here as a woman is dead and Gosnell is guilty of some very horrific acts on defenseless fetuses that had been born alive and he killed by cutting their spinal cords. With his conviction Gosnell could face the death penalty.