The controversial case against a Philadelphia abortion doctor came to a verdict today, when jurors found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was accused of performing late-term abortions on babies and then killing them by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.
The doctor was convicted on three of the four counts of murder involving the death of four babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of former patient Karnamaya Mongar.
Gosnell ran the Women’s Medical Society for more than 30 years until the FBI shut it down after a 2010 raid focused on his high-volume business distributing painkiller prescriptions.
According to Fox News, authorities instead stumbled upon abortions under way late at night amid allegedly filthy conditions and found 47 aborted fetuses stored in refrigerators at the clinic.
The trial will now move into a sentencing phase to decide whether Gosnell, 72, should receive the death penalty or face life in prison.