The Jury in the landmark case against late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell yesterday delivered their verdicts following 10 days of deliberation. The Jury found Gosnell guilty on 3 counts of 1st degree murder and one count of 3rd degree murder. Gosnell was also convicted on many of the lesser remaining charges including racketeering, performing illegal abortions after 24 weeks, failing to observe Pennsylvania's 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed and endangering a child's welfare for employing a 15-year old in the procedure area.
The court heard during the trial how Gosnell and his unqualified staff persuaded vulnerable women seeking abortions to give birth to live babies, whom they killed by "snipping" their spinal cords with scissors.
"It was literally a beheading," Stephen Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate who worked at the clinic, testified. "It is separating the brain from the body."
The case generated widespread revulsion in America and throughout the world despite the fact that the US media failed to adequately report it.
Gosnell now awaits sentencing and it has been reported that the prosecutor may seek the death penalty.
The convictions were based upon the horrendous and extensive evidence presented by the prosecution through 54 witnesses during more than a month-long trial that concluded with Gosnell's defense attorney offering no witnesses or other evidence in his defense, except to argue contrary to the evidence, that the babies killed by Gosnell or his associates were already dead when they were born. The prosecution's case was that the case was, "the most extraordinary hype and exaggeration in the history of the criminal justice system" and was solely based upon the "political climate of racism and elitism." The defense made a critical misstep in arguing that the neck snipping was to alleviate any pain that the brain might detect, indicating that there may have been brain function together with the sensation of pain in these babies before their spinal cords were cut. Pennsylvania law says brain wave activity after birth is evidence of being "alive."
This is a timely reminder if ever it was needed, of the ugly reality of abortion, at a time when the Irish Government is determined to introduce legislation permitting it in Ireland. We can no longer keep our heads in the sand and refuse to look at what really happens in abortion clinics. Butchering babies in the womb is just as horrific and cruel as it is babies who are alive. The only difference is you can see and touch the babies aborted alive while they are being killed.