On Anniversary of Gosnell Murder Conviction, Protections for Late-Term Babies Imminent

UPDATE!! Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes US House by a vote of 242-184!

House to vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with new provisions to ensure as many babies survive as possible.

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Two years ago today, a jury walked into a Philadelphia courtroom and convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of murder. But this was anything but a routine murder case.

The victims were tiny babies in the late stages of pregnancy who were born alive during shoddy abortions at Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ abortion mill, then intentionally murdered by snipping their spinal cords through the backs of their necks while the infants struggled for life. The murder trial was extensively covered by Operation Rescue, which was in the courtroom for most of the trial.

Evidence presented during that case horrified many who heard of it, including Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ). Franks made it his business to seek protections for babies like those murdered by Gosnell.

Today, two years later, a vote is scheduled on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act introduced by Franks earlier this year, which will halt nearly all abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when babies are known to feel pain.

After the delay of a promised vote in January, new language has been added to ensure that as many babies as possible are given a chance at life.

A controversial rape exception has been modified to provide counseling for rape victims at least 48 hours in advance. If an abortion is done under the rape exception, the abortion may only be done in the manner in which “provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.”

“This would mean there will be no more Gosnells in America. It could also mean no more fatal digoxin injections into the hearts of babies 20 weeks and older, no more dismemberment of these children, and no more babies being born into toilets, which we find all barbaric methods of killing pre-born children that are currently going on today,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who was arrested on March 25 with other pro-life leaders outside Speaker John Boehner’s office while protesting the delay in a vote on the late-term abortion ban. “In essence, all babies that reach 20 weeks gestation would either be completely protected, or in very rare cases, would be afforded at least a chance at life.”

The new language provides that in the extremely rare event that an abortion at 20 weeks or later is done under a narrow rape exception, a physician trained in neo-natal resuscitation must be present during the abortion and provide the child with medical care to give the child the best opportunity at survival.

“While this may not be a perfect scenario, this legislation will save thousands of lives a year. Banning late-term abortions is something Operation Rescue has directly worked to accomplish for the past 13 years beginning with our work in Wichita, Kansas, where we relocated our office in 2002. This bill means a lot to us, but it means even more to the babies it will protect from a brutal, inhumane death,” said Newman.

The Center for Disease Control reports that there were 7,325 abortions in the U.S. in 2011 that were done on babies over 22 weeks gestation and older. This number is considered low because of several states that do not report abortion numbers.

“We estimate that approximately 10,000 babies will be spared yearly due to this legislation,” said Newman. “Any time one can save that many lives – or even one life — it would be immoral not to do it.”

A vote in the House is expected today and should soon be followed by a vote in the Senate. President Barack Obama, a radical supporter of unfettered abortion, has voted to veto the bill.

“We are praying for a miracle override or maybe even a change of heart that will make this bill become law as soon as possible,” said Newman. “A few years ago, no one would have thought this kind of legislation could ever be introduced. Nothing is impossible.”

Read about March 25 protest that resulted in Newman’s arrest.

Read about May 7 protest.
Read the full text of HR 36, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Learn about late-term abortion methods currently employed in the U.S.

Gosnell Post Script: How They Were Sentenced

The last of the Kermit Gosnell co-defendants were sentenced in June, 2014, putting an end to the Philadelphia abortion “House of Horrors” murder saga. Below is a list of charges for which they were found guilty and the sentences they received.

A list of each defendant’s original charges can be seen here.

The full archive of original reports from Operation Rescue related to the Gosnell abortion/murder case can be viewed here.

KERMIT GOSNELL

Found Guilty at Trial: Jury found him guilty of 3 counts of First Degree Murder, 21 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit, 211 counts of misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law, numerous conspiracy and corrupt organization charges. In addition, he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. He also pled guilty to Federal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, alprazolam, and codeine; distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone; and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Sentence: Three consecutive life terms in State prison without the possibility of parole. Gosnell gave up his right to appeal the verdicts in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. Gosnell also was sentenced to an additional 30 years in prison on the Federal drug charges.

ADRIENNE MOTON

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to Murder in the Third Degree and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: Time served (28 months) and 3 years of probation.

LYNDA WILLIAMS

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to 2 counts of third degree murder, distribution of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. She agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial but did so less than enthusiastically.

Sentence: 2 1/2 years in prison, which was less than prosecutors had wanted.

STEVEN MASSOF

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to two counts of third degree murder and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. He testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: 6-12 years in prison.

SHERRY WEST

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that she administered some of the overdose of Demerol that killed abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. She also admitted to participating in a cover-up by lying about what happened and destroying files. During her court testimony for the prosecution, West denied ever having done anything wrong.

Sentence: 5-10 years in prison.

PEARL GOSNELL (Kermit Gosnell’s wife)

Pled Guilty: Illegal late-term abortions, racketeering, and conspiracy. She turned against her husband to save herself, but did not testify against him at his trial.

Sentenced: 7-23 months in prison.

EILEEN O’NEILL

Found Guilty at Trial:
Guilty of numerous crimes, including conspiracy, participation in a corrupt organization, and two counts of theft by deception.

Sentence: 6-23 months of house arrest, 2 years of probation, and 100 hours of community service.

ELIZABETH HAMPTON (Pearl Gosnell’s foster sister)

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to perjury. Agreed to testify against Gosnell in exchange for sentencing leniency.

Sentence: 1 year probation.

TINA BALDWIN

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to sustaining a corrupt organization and other offenses.

Sentence: 30 months of probation.

MADALINE JOE

Charges Dropped: Joe’s single charge of conspiracy was dropped. She never testified at Gosnell’s trial.

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Historic New Archive Documents Sensational Gosnell Murder Case Through Exclusive Operation Rescue Reports

Gosnell ArchivePhiladelphia, PA — Operation Rescue has published a permanent archive of exclusive reports related to convicted murder and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger was among the first to understand the importance of the case. She covered the story from the moment Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” West Philadelphia abortion clinic was raided in January, 2011, through his trial in April-May, 2013, to the 2014 sentencing of notorious case’s final defendant.

Her exclusive first-hand reports from the courtroom — well ahead of any national media outlet — prompted a Tweet-fest that drew national attention to Gosnell’s gruesome crimes. The impact of this case and Operation Rescue’s momentous coverage sent reverberations throughout the United States and has resulted in new laws that continue to close abortion clinics across the country.

“As the first anniversary of Gosnell’s historic conviction nears, it is imperative that the record of events be preserved. This historic archive, written exclusively from the pro-life perspective, is a crucial reference that gives us all a first-hand look at inside the courtroom. We pray this will be a useful resource for future readers that will ensure the important lessons learned from the abuses and corruption uncovered in Philadelphia are not lost to history,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The archive will be permanently available through a link on the home page of OperationRescue.org.

View Operation Rescue’s Exclusive Gosnell Report Archive