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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Pacifiers Could Cause Emotional Immaturity For Boys

Popping a binky in a baby’s mouth is a quick way to stop them from fussing, but for boys, it may also short-circuit their emotional growth.

Before a baby can talk, he or she relies on non-verbal cues, especially facial expressions, to communicate. Babies also mirror those cues, and in so doing, discover the emotions the cues are attached to. In a recent study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, researchers from the University of Wisconsin scientists evaluated over 100 kids and found that that six and seven-year-old boys who had heavily used pacifiers were worse at mimicking emotions expressed by faces on a video.


“Females tend to be more precise both in both expressing and reading emotional cues,” lead author Paula Niedenthal, PhD, tells Shine. “We don’t exactly know how that occurs. One reason might be that be that society encourages girls to read emotions. They might work harder at it.” Since boys aren’t expected to be as emotional, parents may not compensate for pacifier use by helping them learn in other ways.

Niedenthal acknowledges that asking parents (and babies) to chuck their pacifiers puts her on shaky ground. She also says pacifier use while sleeping doesn’t harm boys emotionally. “We already know from this work that nighttime pacifier use doesn’t make a difference, presumably because that isn’t a time when babies are observing and mimicking our facial expressions anyway. It’s not learning time.”

How often do you offer a pacifier to your baby? Do you agree with this study that heavy use of pacifiers could hamper emotional growth of baby boys? Feel free to express your opinions!

Source: Yahoo News

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