Nigthmare Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Dodges The Death Penalty, Receives Two Life Sentences
72-year-old Kermit Gosnell, the doctor who was convicted for killing three babies that were born alive during botched abortion procedures at his Philadelphia abortion clinic has just dodged the death penalty, the Huffington Post reports.
Former employees of the clinic told prosecutors that Gosnell frequently performed illegal abortions at the facility on women who were past the state’s six-month limit. They also testified that Gosenell delivered babies who were still moving, breathing or whimpering and that he would “snip” the spines of the newborns.
One witness testified that Gosnell performed an abortion on a teen who was 30 weeks pregnant. The witness went on to say that Gosnell later joked about the size of the fetus, saying it was so big, it could “walk to the bust stop.”
An FBI raid of Gosnell’s clinic uncovered 47 aborted fetuses, jars contianing severed infant feet, blood-stained furniture and unsanitary medical equipment.
Prosecutors originally sought the death penalty in the case, because Gosnell was responsible for more than one death; however, the AP is reporting that his age presented a likely possibility that he would not make it to his execution date before all of his appeals ran out.
Jack McMahon, Gosnell’s attorney said that his client has accepted his fate.
“He wanted this case aired out in a courtroom and it got aired out in a courtroom in a fair way. And now he’s accepting what will happen. He’s an intelligent guy.”
Gosnell is also facing federal charges and has yet to be formally sentenced in the overdose death of a patient and hundreds of other charges.