May 13th, 2013
03:51 PM ET

Abortion doctor guilty of murder

A jury Monday found a Philadelphia abortion provider guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was accused of killing babies by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.

Monday's first-degree murder conviction means Gosnell, who is not a board-certified obstetrician or gynecologist, could be sentenced to death.

Gosnell also was accused in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died of an anesthetic overdose during a second-trimester abortion at his West Philadelphia clinic. In that case, the jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Gosnell was also found guilty of 21 counts of abortion of the unborn, 24 weeks or older.

In Pennsylvania, abortions past 24 weeks are illegal unless the health of the mother is at stake.


Filed under: Abortion • Crime • Pennsylvania
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    To some this man is evil others he was heaven sent.....what say you?

    May 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucinda

      Doctor Gosnell assisted many disadvantaged women with their reproductive rights under arduous circumstances. He is being discriminated against by elitists and rashial prejudice. Our president supports late term terminated pregnancies for post natal unwanted pregnancies and elitists should not get between a woman who wants to terminate her baby and her treating physician. Our president will grant you clemency, Doctor Gosnell! Women's Reproductive RIGHTS!

      May 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "Our president supports late term terminated pregnancies for post natal unwanted pregnancies...."
      No, he doesn't; I don't think you understood exactly what you have written here. I further do not think you understand what an "elitist" is.

      May 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Not according to one witness who testified @ Lucinda The good ole doc was racist as they come...
      "A: It was – he sometimes he used to – okay. Like if a girl –
      the black population was – African population was big
      here. So he didn’t mind you medicating your African
      American girls, your Indian girl, but if you had a white girl
      from the suburbs, oh, you better not medicate her. You
      better wait until he go in and talk to her first. And one day I
      said something to him and he was like, that’s the way of the
      world. Huh? And he brushed it off and that was it."

      May 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweet Sista

      Abortion is disgusting on any level. Anywho. Now we gots the justice department secretly obtaining phone records of reporters from the associated press. Along with this we have the IRS targeting republican affiliates. I see a pattern here. To not raise an eyebrow is unpatriotic

      May 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha Leigh

      It's disheartening, at the least. President Obama said today regarding the IRS "if it indeed did happen". WTH? Really sir?! The IRS has admitted to doing it fishy indeed

      May 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevo

      Chirp chirp chirp. Hamsta I've never seen it so quiet on here. Is there one big welfare convention goin on or somethin? Lol

      May 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yak

      Can we say obamagate? Water gate was nothing compared to this. Oh wait I have articulate what scandal I'm referring to. Banasy/Chrissy. Where are you on these. HELLO? Dam there is an echo in here as people are abandoning ship

      May 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shhhhh

      Chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp. All it takes is three scandals to silence the usual bloviating perps on here. S kel. I just heard a mouse fart it's so quiet on here. Or was that you hiding in the corner?

      May 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariola

      @martha Leigh. It's because he is lying thru his purple lipped mouth. The IRS did infact admit to it. It was on this blog if I'm not mistaken. But of course that's what this man does is lie. No surprise coming from a Chicago politician

      May 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      the silence is because the liberals can't defend their socialist brown shirt known as Obama anymore. All those accusations they threw at conservatives, the Tea Party, republicans and Bush are slapping them in the face right now. You should know by now that if a liberal's lips are moving they are lieing and if a liberal points a finger a guilty conscience is attached to that finger. Where I come from 3 felonies = life in prison and treason carries the death penalty. So the entire Obama administration belongs in prison, Obama should be exiled and Hillary is guilty of treason.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scandal 3

      Chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp. Hilarious. Their silence speaks volumes Shhh. They figure if they ignore the scandals they will magically go away. Well it's been a whole day since a new scandal broke. I'm waiting for a new one today at the rate this party is handling their affairs. I won't hold my breath

      May 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarice

      Well did u expect anything different from the usual suspects on here? They voted for the lying thief and now they have their heads buried in the sand to ignore the facts coming out. That's just typical liberal behavior and par for the course. Yawn

      May 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Liberalism is the leperosy of society.

      May 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Kermit Gosnell has, in astounding selfishness, damaged the cause of Choice.

    May 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    this man was herodian and sinful...true face of plannedparethoodlums and murderous industry called would be a great day to remove this scourge from american policy, laws, culture, society and soil...the district attorney are cowards for letting soany get away...see the face of obamacare reproductive rights!

    May 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      While I'm opposed to abortion, in favor of birth control, but despise the idea of unwanted or parentless foster children living in poverty. What's the solution, if there is one?

      May 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      people are generally want to be healthy and want the eco-system to be healthy...natural family planning is the answer...the only method I know that reverence the dignity of the child and the woman and out planet...those hormonal medicants do not degrade and pollute the waterways...this also happen with guys using testosterone supplements...these are pollutants...self gratification comes a a high price...

      May 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It's shameful that they even consider using the word "doctor" when describing this beast. This one deserves to have his life ended in the same manner.
    And you are right JIF, this really gives the anti-choice groups ammunition to use in their argument

    May 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      give? give??? his little shop of horrors is what pro-lifers have been talking about since before the 1950' begins at refuse to reconize life in the womb is also a refusal to reconize any of its dignity...contraceptives label the unborn a mistake and the mothers reduced the unborn an object to be discarded and the abortion industry reduce to a commodity for profit...govt want to use your tax paying dollars to continue these death camps under healthcare mandates...this should be rejected...gosnell demonstrated the callousness cold hearted hatred they harbor against the unborn...

      May 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      and let us not forget the women harmed by these abortion physically and mentally and even impacts guys as the cigarette industry...they do not want you to know the health risks associated with having being breast, cervical and liver cancer....

      May 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sally

    Snipping baby spines in Philly, kidnapping for carnal delights in Cleveland, Mother's Day parade shootout in New Orleans... Isn't diversity grand?

    May 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    money, mmoney, mmmoney!

    May 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    what gosnell did in his office is what obama and his administration are doing: nationalizing full-term atrocities across america as legitimate benefit...these clinic have no health standards, not regulated, provider of these service don't need to be on-call, providers of these service don't have to be affiliated with any hospital, provider aren't even is a legalized butcher chop...these rogue individuals put on a suit or a dress and get before the camera and congress...and behave as if it's bonafide...people wake up...unregulated surgical procedure killing babies and NOT regulated...this is a HOTBED story and the media sat onnit and keppit on the down

    May 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Don't the States or Local governments authorize, control and license abortion clinics......? So what's all this Obama says this or that stuff?

      May 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweet Sista

      Portland. Obama is in bed with planned parenthood after they donated lots n lots of money to his reelection. Just last week he thanked them by appearing at a PP event. I say again, abortion is disgusting on every level. Thank you Rascal for articulating my exact same sentiments

      May 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Health deliberately chose not to enforce laws. My Goodness, Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.

    May 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    The Department of Health conducted sporadic, inadequate inspections for 13 years, and then none at all between 1993 and 2010.

    May 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    By 1989, Gosnell, who is not board-certified as either an obstetrician or a gynecologist, was the only doctor at the facility

    May 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Noting the hour, I will call it a night...

    May 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    The answer is simple. Tie Mr. Kermit Gosnell down to a table. Then take a pair of dull gardening pruners, and snip "his" spine. But we can't do this...we'd be racial profiling.

    May 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    NO ONE supports late term abortion! And youre right @ Portland tony, it is controlled by state governments. Some people just wanta blame Obama for everything. And @ Rascal, abortion was legal looonnng before Obamacare!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Your statement that no one supports late term abortion is false. In 2001, in response to nurse Jill Stanek's tale of a Down's Syndrome baby born alive Obama argued in the Illinois State Senate that a baby who survived a late-term abortion should have been killed, in deference to what Obama argued was a woman’s absolute right to an abortion, such that no restriction must be placed on the right of a mother to abort her child. Fact.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      And so this would be one of the acts that the president would support @ Emily ?
      "We heard evidence that Gosnell often mutilated dead babies and fetuses by
      cutting off their feet, which he, weirdly, kept in specimen jars in the clinic. During the
      February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a shelf in the clinic
      containing fetal parts."

      May 14, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      excuse me chrissy...obama is making unprecedented federal leap and bounds to entrench this scourge into society and violating religion liberties...and did you forget obama voted for late term abortions...he supports killing babies that can survive outside the womb...obama has the mindset of "intellectual" atheists...

      May 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    Just because BHO bald faced lied about Benghazi, created the Al Qaeda state of Libya by toppling Qadafi for no reason, watched helplessly as Arab Spring extremists swept the middle east , did nothing about Iran's and NK's nuclear proliferation, permitted IRS selective targeting of political foes, supports late term abortion, and wiretapped the AP doesn't make him a bad president. He makes the rich pay their fair share and hands it out to people that vote for him.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Ok maybe i shouldve said no one in their right mind would support late term abortion! However im not taking anyones word that Obama said that!

    May 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      didnt know looking into the horses mouth was one of your a favorite pass time...sorry to burst you bubbles, chrissy, but obama wears his baby killing badges openly and proudly...

      May 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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