Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia abortion doctor, was convicted on May 14, 2013. As part of a deal with prosecutors in which Gosnell waived his rights to appeal his conviction, the court sentenced Gosnell to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering babies during late-term abortion.
“It was business as usual for him,” juror David Misko told reporters outside the courthouse where Gosnell was sentenced.
Two of the jurors said they believed Gosnell had opened his clinic in the poor West Philadelphia neighborhood intending to help young women in dire straits, as the defense contended, according to NBC News.
72 years old Gosnell was arrested in January 2011 and charged with eight counts. The murder charges related to a patient who died while under his care and seven newborns said to have been killed after being born alive during attempted abortions.
CNN reported reported in March 2011 that prosecutors were considering seeking the death penalty.
Before the trial opened, all defendants apart from Gosnell and one other had already pled guilty to similar charges.
The trial of Gosnell and the last remaining defendant began on March 18, 2013. On May 13, 2013, Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and numerous lesser charges, including 211 counts of failing to wait 24 hours between consulting with a patient and performing an abortion. He was found not guilty of one other charge of murder.
He was also sentenced to up to five years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died from a drug overdose after going to his clinic for an abortion.
” His defense lawyer said he was convicted in the public’s mind before trial because of a grand jury report that described the clinic as a “house of horrors” splattered with blood, staffed by unlicensed workers and filled with broken-down equipment”, media reported.
But his client, he said, is not a murderer.”He believes what he did was not homicide. He believes he never killed a live baby,” McMahon said.
“Dr. Gosnell is far from a monster and this was not a house of horrors.”Gosnell still faces a federal trial in September on allegations he wrote fraudulent prescriptions for pain pills. McMahon said he “probably” will make a deal on those charges.
Gosnell’s dangerous practice was discovered during a prescription drug raid by federal agents.
“From the lack of funding available for low-income women to access abortion services, to the sharp decline of reputable providers in Pennsylvania, to the gross negligence of authorities to enforce the law after complaints were filed against Gosnell, each aspect of this case must be a teachable moment for lawmakers: until we reject the politicization of women’s medical care and leave these decisions where they belong – between a woman and her family and her doctor – women will never be safe, ” the abortion advocates said in the statement.
The case has made the doctor the latest focus in the nation’s bitter debate over legalized abortion.