May 20, 2013

Dr. Kermit Gosnell may have been convicted May 13 of murder at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, but “nothing can bring back the innocent children he killed, or make up for the vulnerable women he exploited,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a May 14 statement.

A jury May 13 found Gosnell guilty of murder in the deaths of three babies born alive during abortions and acquitted him of a fourth similar charge.

He also was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death by a drug overdose of a patient who had an abortion.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, said Gosnell is not an aberration.

At least 15 states have launched investigations into conditions and practices at abortion clinics in the last three years, she said.

“These investigations were triggered by women’s deaths, reports of dangerous and unsanitary practices that exposed women to injuries and infections, and infants born alive following attempted abortions.”