Abortionist charged with murder, pro-lifers step up amid Roe v. Wade anniversary
Even as pro-life groups across the nation are participating in anti-abortion activities to coincide with the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, an abortion doctor in Philadelphia was charged with eight counts of murder.
Kermit Gosnell, 69, was charged in the death of a woman from anesthesia overdose, and seven babies that he killed by slicing the backs of their necks and cutting their spines, according to The New American.
Also arrested were Gosnell’s wife and eight others. District Attorney Seth Williams said Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh and eighth month of pregnancy, and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” The New American reported.
Gosnell is also indicted for the third-degree murder of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died from anesthesia overdose in Nov. 20, 2009. Gosnell, a family practitioner, was never a certified OB/GYN, The New American said. He allowed unlicensed personnel, including a 15-year-old, to administer anesthesia and perform operations, The New American said.
New York Pro life presscon
Meanwhile, pro-lifers across the nation stepped up activities in anticipation of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court 1973 decision that legalized abortion), The Wall Street Journal reported.
In New York, the Chiaroscuro Foundation held a press conference with the archbishop of New York, a leader of Agudath Israel of America, an African-American pastor and the spokeswoman for Democrats for Life, The WSJ said.
According to WSJ, 41 percent of pregnancies in New York are aborted. In terms of demographics, the rate is more than twice as much for Hispanics than for whites. Also, the ratio of abortions to live births for African-Americans is 1, 489 abortions to 1,000 live births.
Meanwhile, NY City Council speaker Christine Quinn is advocating a bill that will require Crisis Pregnancy Centers to, among others, advertise that they don’t perform abortions nor refer abortion clinics, WSJ said.
However, WSJ noted that Planned Parenthood 2008 statistics (their most recent) showed that 324,000 abortions were performed nationwide, and 2,405 adoption referrals were made by them.
Washington state prolife rally
In Washington state, thousands marched to the Capitol armed with roses, signs and crosses for the 33rd annual March For Life rally. Across from the crowd, more than 10 pro-choice advocates, most of them in high school, gathered at the Temple of Justice with signs such as, “Keep your laws off my body,” The Seattle Times reported.
One of them, Phoebe Blanding, 17, told The Seattle Times that she has been protesting the March For Life rally since she was 11 years old.
Up to 50 million abortions were done in America since Roe V. Wade. Under the George W. Bush administration late-term and partial-birth abortions were banned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Carhart, The New American reported.
The Born Alive Infant Protection Act, also passed under Bush, protects the right to life of infants who are born alive despite an abortion, The New American said.