Abortion doctor found guilty of three first-degree murder charges

Abortion doctor Gosnell

by Melissa Barnhart

Newscast Media PHILADELPHIA—Abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar who died at his late-term abortion clinic, and three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four babies allegedly born alive inside the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, Pa., that he operated for 40 years.

Mongar, 41, a Nepalese refugee who lived in Virginia with her family, died in 2009 after Gosnell’s untrained and unlicensed staff administered a lethal dose of Demerol, an opioid pain reliever, and then failed to provide emergency care when she stopped breathing during her abortion.

The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, reached a verdict on all 268 charges on the 10th day of deliberations, after having sent a note to Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart at 10 a.m. Monday announcing they were deadlocked on two of the charges. Minehart instructed the jurors to continue their deliberations and attempt to reach a consensus on the last two counts, which the judge is required to do by law.

During a five-minute meeting, which began at 11:15 a.m., the judge reminded jurors that they “must be unanimous on all counts and asked the group to return to the jury room and discuss the charges further,” according to NBC-10. The local station also noted that the jurors had three options: return to the court with a question, request a re-examination of the evidence, or to notify the judge that they’re unable to reach an agreement on two of the charges.

Jurors spent 10 days deliberating murder charges against Gosnell and his co-defendant, Eileen O’Neill.

Gosnell, 72, now faces the death penalty or life in prison, without parole.