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March 2, 2011

"Prosecutors to pursue dealth penalty in abortion doctor case"

The title of this post is the headline of this CNN article discussing a high-profile prosecution in a very disturbing case from Pennsylvania.  Here are details:

Philadelphia prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with murder after allegedly performing illegal late-term abortions at a dirty facility.

Authorities allege that some of the infants were born alive and then killed with scissors, which were used to cut their spinal cords. Dr. Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder, which include seven babies and one 41-year-old woman. Karnamaya Mongar died November 20, 2009 after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Gosnell's attorney, William Brennan, has stressed that his client should be "presumed innocent."

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett fired a half-dozen employees and announced changes in two departments, calling state oversight of an abortion clinic where the deaths occurred "despicable." The Department of Health and the Department of State have primary oversight over such clinics. "This doesn't even rise to the level of government run amok. It was government not running at all. To call this unacceptable doesn't say enough. It's despicable," Corbett said....

District Attorney Williams earlier called the facility "a house of horrors" that performed "botched and illegal abortions" and was full of containers of fetuses' body parts. Six other defendants face charges. All had some role at the Women's Medical Society clinic, which was run by Gosnell and served mostly low-income minority women, Williams said.

A grand jury investigation determined that health and licensing officials had received repeated reports about Gosnell's practices for two decades, but taken no action -- even after learning that women died during routine abortions -- Williams has said.

March 2, 2011 at 02:27 PM | Permalink

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