It's not over yet, and he still faces the death penalty, but for some unesplicable reason the judge has already let him skate on three of the charges. From Human Events:
Without further explanation, Judge Jeffrey Minehart has dropped three of the eight murder charges against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, including the charge for murdering the 28-week-old baby he kept in a water jug in the clinic freezer. Five counts of corpse abuse were also dropped at the request of defense attorneys, according to LifeNews. These charges apparently referenced Gosnell’s habit of keeping severed baby feet in jars.
Gosnell remains on trial for four infant deaths, plus the death of an adult patient due to an overdose of anesthetics, and the Associated Press maintains that he could still face the death penalty if convicted. The AP report speculates that the judge threw out three of the murder charges because he didn’t see enough hard evidence that the babies were alive when their spinal cords were cut:
Unbelievably sad, sick, wrong. An example of totally heartless indifference to life. Story from Breitbart:
Kareema Cross, a former employee of Kermit Gosnell, gave chilling details about Gosnell's abortion clinic the Women's Medical Society in her testimony. These details include filthy conditions and babies born alive. She reported him to authorities in 2008 under a fake name, but no one took action against him.
At first Gosnell had her take patients' vital signs and do typical front desk work, but after two weeks he had her performing tasks she was not licensed or qualified to do. She said her ultrasound training consisted of observing one ultrasound procedure. If the baby was over 24 weeks she would have another woman do it to make sure the baby measured less than 24 weeks. No matter what happened, Gosnell would redo them to make sure the baby measured exactly 24.5 weeks. He forgot the legal limit is 24 weeks.
Even if you discard the moral argument for a moment, this is still shocking when you consider the implications from the parental rights angle. This ruling further erodes the notion of family, eliminating the parents' role in raising their kids, transferring it instead to the State with all their wisdom.
Morality step back in, and what you have here is an excuse in a bottle. The easier you make it for kids to do whatever they feel like, the more often they will do it. No risk, no consequences, easy fixes. Why not?
The hoops that I as a parent currently have to jump through just to get an asthma inhaler kept at my kids' school for emergencies are there by design to keep them safe, keep the medicine from being abused (intentionally or unintentionally), and so that we can be notified by their medical staff whenever it needs to be used. But if a "13 year old can purchase a powerful hormonal drug that can almost quite literally rip out her uterus lining without anyone ever having to know about it" that's just fine and dandy.
A 7-year-old can be suspended for making a Pop Tart gun, and his 12-year-old sister can get the pill whether her parents like it or not. -@jtLOL
Way to stand your ground! Not. CNSNews:
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2013 that fully funds the implementation of Obamacare during that period.
The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of conservative members to include language in the bill that would have withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively, that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Similarly, 14 Republican House members, led by Rep. Diane Black (R.-Tenn.) and Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.), wrote Boehner and Cantor last week asking them to include language in the CR that would reverse the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation in order to protect the free exercise of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Originally see at Sister Toldja. Here's the summary: Yes it is a life. I'm more important. So what?
The writer is Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams and she gives you a LOT of insight into the TRUE inner-workings of the typical rabid “feminist’s” mind when it comes to the issue of abortion. Again, I’ll let her words speak for themselves (bolded emphasis added by me):
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
Michelle Obama wrote a letter in 2004 endorsing partial-birth abortions, a heinous procedure that involves removing an unborn baby during the latter stages of the second trimester or early stages of the third trimester and crushing the back of her head with scissors. Obama, in a fundraising letter on behalf of her husband's 2004 Illinois Senate campaign, said bans on infanticide were "clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned."
"The fact remains, with no provision to protect the health of the mother, this ban on a legitimate medical procedure is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned," Obama wrote, according to a letter discovered by LifeNews. "Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush believe so zealously in their cause that the privacy right of patients are under assault. They believe we have no federal right to privacy when it concerns our medical histories."
The Supreme Court in 2007 upheld the ban on partial-birth abortions.
Bzzzt. Wrong answer Mr. Vice President. The correct answer would be:
Planned Parenthood itself has claimed it committed 985,731 abortions in just the last three years alone.
In front of that crowd, Biden said, “And now these guys pledge that they are going to defund Planned Parenthood, which under law cannot perform any abortion” The fact is, though, Biden simply lied (again).
There is no law at all that prevents Planned Parenthood from committing abortions whenever and whereever it likes.
There is a law that prevents PP from using Federal subsidies to pay for all the abortions, but good luck sorting out their general fund to figure out what came from where. The claim that they legally can't do something they are obviously doing is the flip side of previous statements saying Planned Parenthood does something that it does not. The assertion that they perform mammograms for example.