Philly ‘Abortion Doc’ Gets 3 Life Sentences

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“Unfortunately with this trial things like pro life and pro choice take the forefront. For me and for all of us, it wasn’t about abortion. It was about the murder of these children,” Glinski said.

One juror, Joseph Carroll, 46, said the women undergoing abortions should have been charged too.

“It should be their fault too for having such late term babies. The mothers should have been charged. Women know when they are pregnant,” Carroll said.

Gosnell was sentenced on Wednesday to a life term in the murder of Baby A, whom a clinic worker said the doctor had described as “big enough to walk me to the bus stop.”

He had previously been sentenced late on Tuesday to two life terms in the murders of Baby C and Baby D.

With three capital murder convictions, Gosnell faced a potential death penalty. The same jury was to decide his fate next week, but the sentencing deal eliminated that possibility.

Gosnell was also sentenced on Wednesday to up to five years for the involuntary manslaughter of a patient, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, who died from a drug overdose after going to him for an abortion.

He also was sentenced to up to 20 years each for two conspiracy charges in the babies’ deaths and a charge of running a corrupt organization.

Testimony depicted a filthy clinic that prosecutors called a “house of horrors.”

The jury also convicted Gosnell of infanticide and 211 counts of failing to comply with a state law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion is performed.

In addition, he was found guilty of performing 21 abortions after 24 weeks into pregnancy at his clinic. It is legal in Pennsylvania to abort a fetus up to 24 weeks.

Given that Gosnell will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders, Judge Jeffrey Minehart declined to sentence him further.

Nine states ban abortions after 20 weeks, according to the pro-choice organization NARAL. Other states recently put new restrictions on abortions, with Arkansas banning them at 12 weeks and North Dakota at six weeks.

Ninety-two percent of abortions are performed before 14 weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 1.3 percent are performed beyond 20 weeks.

Gosnell has been in jail since his arrest in January 2011.

Eight other defendants have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges and are in jail awaiting sentencing later this month. They include Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, a cosmetologist who helped perform abortions.

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