Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell May Face Death Penalty For Murdering Infants

Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell May Face Death Penalty For Murdering InfantsDr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was convicted of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over abortion.

‘Babies who were still moving’

Gosnell was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion.

Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal late-term abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants “snipped” the newborns’ spines, as he referred to it.

‘Thousands of abortions’

Prosecution experts said one was nearly 30 weeks along when it was aborted, and it was so big that Gosnell allegedly joked it could “walk to the bus.” A second fetus was said to be alive for some 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped its neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic employee grabbed it and severed its spinal cord, according to testimony. Baby E let out a soft whimper before Gosnell cut its neck, the jury was told; Gosnell was acquitted in that baby’s death.

Gosnell’s attorney, Jack McMahon, argued that none of the fetuses was born alive and that any movements were posthumous twitching or spasms. He performed thousands of abortions over a 30-year career.

Are you for or against abortion? What is your take in the Doctor Kermit Gosnell’s case?

Source: Fox News

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Woman Denied An Abortion In Irish Hospital Dies Of Blood Poisoning

Woman Denied An Abortion In Irish Hospital Dies From Blood PoisoningThe husband of a pregnant woman who died in an Irish hospital has said he has no doubt she would be alive if she had been allowed an abortion.

‘First baby’

Savita Halappanavar’s death, on 28 October, is the subject of two investigations. An autopsy carried out two days after her death found she had died from septicaemia, according to the Irish Times. Ms Halappanavar, who was 31 and originally from India, was a dentist. Praveen Halappanavar said Savita had been “on top of the world” before experiencing difficulties.

“It was her first baby, first pregnancy and you know she was on top of the world basically,” he said. “She was so happy and everything was going well, she was so excited. On the Saturday night everything changed, she started experiencing back pain so we called into the hospital, the university hospital.”

He said she continued to experience pain and asked a consultant at the University Hospital Galway if she could be induced.

“They said unfortunately she can’t because it’s a Catholic country,” Mr Halappanavar said. “Savita said to her she is not Catholic, she is Hindu, and why impose the law on her. But she said ‘I’m sorry, unfortunately it’s a Catholic country’ and it’s the law that they can’t abort when the foetus is live.”

‘Substantial risk to the life’

The baby’s heartbeat stopped on the Wednesday. He said some of Savita’s organs stopped functioning and she died on Sunday 28 October. University Hospital Galway is to carry out an internal investigation. It said it could not comment on individual cases but would be cooperating fully with the coroner’s inquest into Ms Halappanavar’s death.

Abortion is illegal in the Republic except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health, of the mother. The Irish government in January established a 14-member expert group to make recommendations based on a 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgment that the state failed to implement existing rights to lawful abortion where a mother’s life was at risk.

Should the University Hospital Galway be held responsible for Savita Halappanavar’s death? In light of this situation, what is your view regarding lawful abortion?

Source: BBC News

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