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#1 DocM

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:57

http://cbsnews.com/f...=0&videofeed=36

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the 72-year-old abortion doctor accused of murdering four babies after they were allegedly born alive during abortion procedures at his Philadelphia clinic, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder Monday.

Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient who came to him for a later-term abortion procedure.

He was acquitted of a fourth charge of first-degree murder.

The verdict was reached after ten days of deliberations and the announcement Monday that the jury was divided on two counts, though it wasn't immediately clear which counts those were.

He had been accused of severing the spines of babies whose mothers came to him for late-term abortion procedures at the Women's Medical Society, his clinic in West Philadelphia. He was also accused of third-degree murder in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old immigrant who died after having an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.

Eight former workers have pleaded guilty to murder or other charges and have testified to seeing babies move, breathe or whine.

Gosnell's attorneys argued that the doctor provided care to poor, minority women and that the prosecution was "racist" and elitist" in pursuing their case against him. Calling the operation a "house of horrors," prosecutors allege the doctor created an "assembly line" of patients, performing more than 1,000 abortions a year and profiting lavishly, while treating women with unsterilized equipment and employing untrained workers.

The jury also weighed hundreds of abortion-law violations. Gosnell allegedly performed third-trimester abortions and failed to counsel patients.

Earlier this month, the judge in the case threw out three of the seven first-degree murder charges against Gosnell, ruling that the prosecution failed to present evidence that the infants were born alive.

Prosecutors put on about five weeks of testimony, and co-defendant and former clinic employee Eileen O'Neill called several witnesses.
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#2 seta-san

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:01

good. one more abortionist off the streets


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:51

The crazy thing is that he had customers and did not get busted earlier.

Seriously people should decide earlier to make the abortion, children are horrible expensive and damaging to one's life.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:25

damaging to one's life.


Bwuh? Wow, that's gotta be way up there in the top 10 list of the most stupid things I've ever seen written down.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:00

This is why late-term abortion procedures should be banned. A good ruling, I think.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:04

This is why late-term abortion procedures should be banned. A good ruling, I think.


Aren't they already?

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:12

I have no issue at all with abortion, but doing it that late is just crazy.
It can't be safe for the mother, and the embryo is to far advanced.
I assume the normal term for abortion in the USA is at the latest 12 weeks?

Good ruling from the jury and judge

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:26

Aren't they already?


http://www.guttmache...s/spib_PLTA.pdf

Best link I could find in a hurry. Sorry.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:33

http://www.guttmache...s/spib_PLTA.pdf

Best link I could find in a hurry. Sorry.


Thanks. I wasn't aware that was even legal in my state of PA.

#10 Davo

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:42

No words. Deciding that you want an abortion early on is traumatic enough but killing a baby that's been born?

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:51

Whenever I read a story like this, it always begs the question: There were plenty of people that knew what was going on and that it was wrong, perhaps even illegal, but why do they never report it???

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:53

I'm 100% for abortions....when they're done early. You ****ed up and it's too late? Too bad


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 14:58

I am firm believer that women and families should have the right to choose abortion, when the procedure is performed properly and at an early stage. It is a crime to see the horrors of malpractice that have unfolded in this particular case.

Edited by hdca18, 14 May 2013 - 14:59.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:12

Like others, I have no problem with abortions themselves, but 12 weeks, maybe 16 at the absolute outside, should be the limit unless there is a high chance of the mother dying.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:04

Update: in a deal with prosecutors he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to avoid a death sentence.