A 72-year-old doctor whose abortion clinic was described by prosecutors as a “house of horrors” was convicted of first-degree murder charges in the death of three infants.
Gosnell, who did not take the stand in his own defense, had been charged with killing four babies that were allegedly delivered alive at his clinic and third-degree murder for the 2009 death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar, who prosecutors say died from an drug overdose administered by Gosnell’s untrained and unsupervised staff administered.
He could now face the death penalty.
The jury returned the verdict after 10 days of deliberation. Earlier in the day, they told the court they were deadlocked on two unspecified counts but were ordered to keep trying.
The clinic served mostly low-income women and teens, and went years without a state inspection. Gosnell also faced more than 250 counts of abortion-law violations, for allegedly performing third-trimester abortions and failing to counsel patients.
The nearly seven-week trial brought out grim descriptions of Gosnell’s clinic, known as the Women’s Medical Society, in west Philadelphia, that District Attorney Seth Williams called “a house of horrors.”
Ashley Baldwin, a clinic worker, testified that she saw such fetuses moving, breathing and, once, “screeching.” Another employee, Sherry West, described a 2-foot-long fetus that “didn’t have eyes or a mouth, but it was like … making this noise. … It sounded like a little alien.”
Lynda Williams, another ex-clinic worker, testified that, as ordered, she used surgical scissors to snip the spine of an aborted fetus she’d found in a toilet, its arm still moving. “I did it once, and I didn’t do it again,” she said. “…it gave me the creeps.”
I am against the death penalty on principle, so I hope it is not ordered in this case. But boy, does this monster deserve it.