As if we hadn't been facing enough horrors in this country already lately, here comes a breaking story about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the longtime Philadelphia abortion provider accused of killing four babies and one patient, among numerous other charges. After initially splitting on two of the over 200 counts in the case -- including racketeering and conspiracy charges, as well as abortion law violations -- the jury reached a verdict today and found Gosnell guilty on three of four counts of first-degree murder. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. However, the doctor was cleared in the death of a fourth baby.
The jury will return May 21 to hear evidence on whether Gosnell should get the death penalty, which almost doesn't seem like it should be much of a question given the atrocities carried out by this man and described by authorities.
And whether Dr. Gosnell will live or die is not the only question that remains. How this case and these horrors will go down in history is the other. Since the story broke, the national debate has surrounded what Gosnell's crimes say about abortion.
Of course, anti-abortion activists have argued that what he was doing is simply indicative of ALL abortions in this country. But to say that a man who delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering, or breathing, then "snipping" their spines is illustrative of what legit abortion providers do is completely insane. Rather, the disturbing details of what happened in Dr. Gosnell's clinic are indicative of what desperate women may be subjected to if we keep chipping away at Roe v. Wade or outright make abortion illegal again.
It's clear this man and his practice were doing something completely extreme, vile, monstrous. Not even close to anything legal. There's a HUGE difference between what Gosnell was doing and what is legal. As horrifying as this trial is, that's a difference this ruling underlined and it couldn't hurt for us to be reminded of.
What's your reaction to Dr. Gosnell's conviction?