By Jonathan Easley - 05/13/13 07:41 PM EDT
Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder on Monday in Philadelphia and could face the death penalty. Gosnell was accused of performing partial-birth abortions and killing one woman.
Prosecutors believe he was involved in dozens of illegal late-term abortions, forcing the live births of fetuses up to eight months old, and in some cases “snipping” the spines of the babies that survived the abortion attempts with scissors. Media reports say some of the babies were born breathing and screaming, and that body parts were kept in jars around the filthy blood- and feces-stained clinic.
Gosnell was charged with partially delivering seven babies that were 24 weeks or older, although prosecutors say the actual number is far higher. He was also charged with the death of one of the mothers who went into cardiac arrest during a procedure.
No Democrats defended Gosnell’s crimes, and many denounced him. However, Stockman on Monday sought to tie Gosnell to the pro-abortion rights stances of many Democrats.
“The courts call it murder. Democrats call it ‘health care,’” Stockman said. “Despite the blood-soaked horror of Gosnell’s clinic, Democrats refuse to loosen their embrace of unrestricted, unregulated, taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.”
“Even more chilling, as an Illinois state senator Barack Obama voted several times to make Gosnell’s inhuman crimes the law of the land,” he added. “I hope this verdict moves him to look into his soul and change his position.”