A jury has just convicted Kermit Gosnell, MD, the infamous Philadelphia abortionist, of murder in the first degree on three counts. Each of these counts involves a baby that was more than 24 weeks along.
Details on the Kermit Gosnell verdicts
The jury in People v. Kermit Gosnell announced at about 2:30 p.m. ET today that they had a verdict. The judge immediately locked everyone in and ordered everyone present to turn off “all electronics.” That means smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, the works.
The clerk finished reading and “publishing” the verdict at 3:20 p.m. today,
The salient parts of the verdict are:
- As to the deaths of Babies A, B, and D: guilty of murder in the first degree.
- As to the death of Baby E: not guilty.
- As to the death of a patient from an anesthetic misadventure: guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
In fact, Kermit Gosnell stood charged with more than 200 felony counts. This is why the reading of the verdict took nearly an hour.
TV reporters on the Fox News Channel said Kermit Gosnell’s defense lawyers left court with “angry looks on their faces.”
Next step: the penalty phase.
What next for Kermit Gosnell – and abortion?
Under Pennsylvania law, Kermit Gosnell could suffer death for what he did. The same jury that convicted him of killing those three babies, will decide that. Even if he does not suffer death, he will serve at least one life sentence – and maybe three, if the judge tells him to serve those sentences consecutively.
But Kermit Gosnell is not the only one whom the public ought to hold to account.
Who is on trial here?
Governor Tom Ridge
The grand jury, in indicting Kermit Gosnell for the deaths of the babies (and one adult patient), took ;this grim note. Governor Tom Ridge (R-PA) never pushed to inspect abortion clinics in his State. Had he done so, that patient who died of the anesthetic misadventure, would still live. So might those babies.
The mainstream media
The mainstream media, except for two outlets, ignored the case of Pennsylvania v. Kermit Gosnell. One was The Philadelphia Inquirer. The other was Fox News Channel. Reporters for those two media outlets had the reserved media seating section to themselves. The spectacle of those empty seats should haunt every city editor and TV managing editor who refused to send anyone to cover this trial.
The public at large
Why might the public at large be just as guilty of those babies’ deaths as Kermit Gosnell? Because they see nothing wrong with abortion on demand and without apology. Or at least not enough wrong to stand up, in any election season, and say, “I refuse to vote for any candidate for executive, legislative, or judicial office who permits this atrocity.”
The argument-in-chief of the defense in Pennsylvania v. Kermit Gosnell was: these were abortions, these babies were going to die anyway, and their deaths are, therefore, none of the State’s business. To be hyper-technical, the defense argued that none of the babies was “born alive.” But remember: the American people re-elected a de facto President who refused to support a law in his State to protect infants born alive during an abortion.
For that matter, Governor Ridge neglected to inspect abortion clinics because the people did not want him to. Or at least, so he thought. And he might have had good reason so to think. True, that does not excuse him. Even an elected official must give precedence to his judgment over the wishes of the people, when the people wish something atrocious. But every voting citizen of Pennsylvania must examine his or her conscience today. So must every voting citizen of the United States.
If the public does not want such atrocities to happen again, the public can stop them any time. They can certainly stop them at the next election. They can elect super-majorities in Congress and charge them to:
- Write and propose a Constitutional amendment to define a “person” as “a human being at all stages of development.”
- Remove every pro-abortion judge or Justice from the bench, on impeachment for, and conviction of, accessory to murder.
Until both these things happen, many other Kermit Gosnells will ply their trade. Lila Rose recently showed that Kermit Gosnell is not the only one even today. And Kermit Gosnell still has his defenders, and this by no means limits itself to his defense team.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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