Kermit Gosnell was found guilty today of three counts of first-degree murder today for the death of three infants born alive at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Gosnell was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar who died after undergoing an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic.
Gosnell was also found guilty of a slew of other charges including violating the states informed consent requirements a number of times and regularly performing abortions after the legally allowed 24 week limit.
The folks over at Huffington Post reported on this topic not too long ago.It would appear that this case is rather dramatic while simultaneously being absolutely horrific. However it would appear that it has not had the dramatic change of public opinion regarding abortion that many had predicted.
According to a Gallup poll released last Friday, the statistics regarding abortion opinions has not changed dramatically since 1975 when the Supreme Court trial Roe vs. Wade began the long and dramatic conversation of abortion in America.
Activists on both side of the debate have raised interesting concerns regarding this issue. Some entities like New York Daily News have challenged that pro-life entities should use this incident as a chance to push for reform to decrease abortions, similar to the gun control reforms that were championed by the president following the Sandy Hook massacre. Still there are other pro-choice entities that insist this is a perfect reason why safe abortions should be more readily available to women. Planned Parenthood released a statement saying…
“This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”
This news is still fresh and the implications of it all have not been truly felt. It is difficult to predict the influence, if any; this trial will have on abortion policy in America. We will be waiting to see the ripple effect from this dramatic decision and what the future might hold for abortion in America.
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