Guest blogger Sarah Cohen lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their cat.
Today a Philadelphia jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter, and acquitted him on one count of first-degree murder. This outcome is, in short, excellent news. I want to distill the outrage and bluster over Gosnell’s practices and prosecution into a few simple talking points. The most basic is that everyone, regardless of his or her stance on abortion, should be appalled by Kermit Gosnell.
A quick recap of the case: Women’s Medical Society [WMS] in West Philadelphia, run by Kermit Gosnell, was billed as a clinic that provided health care from geriatrics to OB/GYN, including abortion services. It had a reputation for seeing patients who may have been turned away from other abortion providers due to lack of money, absence of parental consent, unwillingness to comply with Pennsylvania’s mandatory 24-hour waiting period, or the advanced stage of their pregnancy. [Read more...]