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Dr. Gosnell Will Get A Life Sentence For Having Zero Regard For The Lives Of Others

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prision gatesYesterday, we reported that 72-year-old Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three murder counts for his grisly rendition of illegal abortion practices. But despite attempts by the prosecution to get Back Alley Butcher Gosnell put to death for callously jeopardizing the health and lives of his patients, he has been “spared.”

Associated Press reports that he has given up his right to appeal and will face life in prison. The prosecution’s reasoning for chasing after the death penalty reportedly had everything to do with the gruesomeness of his crimes, including killing babies who were born alive with scissors:

Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole, and Gosnell was to be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell’s own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

Zero complaints from me. Justice righteously served for someone who had the gall to treat women and babies with such butchery hardly fitting of the term “doctor.” Now on to the many others — such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health — that failed these desperate patients, I say.

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13 Comments

  1. Emmali Lucia

    May 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    To be honest, at 72 years old. If he faces the death penalty he will most likely die before all the appeals are over. It usually takes from ten to twenty some odd years from sentencing to the actual execution.

    So giving him the death penalty will just be a huge waste of time and money. What he did was awful and inexcusable, but he’ll be dead soon anyways.

  2. Katia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Your first paragraph is misleading. Most of us are disgusted about the baby killing not that it was risky healthcare. You don’t need to make every article feminazi

    • Annie

      May 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Misleading how?

      I don’t see how this is a “feminazi” article. Dude ran a slaughterhouse and despite being very openly advertised as a medical clinic and having a crazy number of scripts for narcos being written, health officials didn’t pop their heads inside to see if, oh, people were being treated in literal cat shit and disembodied fetal limbs.

      You don’t have to be a feminist to be outraged about this. Everyone should be. Dozens of people allowed this to happen and have yet to answer for their callous disregard of (non-white, impoverished) human life. It’s insane.

    • meteor_echo

      May 15, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Because most of you value the aborted fetuses more than you value the lives of the women that died during horrible, unsanitary procedures. You have to be a pro-forced-birther to have an opinion like yours.

    • Mel

      May 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Oh, you mean those things that were born, breathing and whining, before they were killed? Fuck yeah we value those lives! Honestly, with that attitude, you rate right up there with Gosnell. And I’m pro choice.

    • meteor_echo

      May 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Those things that were born, breathing and whining, were children that were killed, yes. However, I do value the lives of those dead women AND those killed newborns more than the fetuses that Gosnell had aborted in his so-called “clinic”, which pro-lifers like Katia (who also call feminists “feminazi”) are up in arms about. Now be so kind as to fuck off and READ THINGS before you start typing.
      You don’t sound pro-choice at all, more like anti-women.

    • Mel

      May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

      You don’t sound like you value the lives of those children. At all. So stop acting like you care, because I HIGHLY (look, I can use caps too!) suspect that you don’t.

    • meteor_echo

      May 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      1) I value the lives of adult people more than I value the lives of newborns. While all the victims here are human and their lives should have never been lost, I think that grown-up women, who were loved, treasured, who had impact on numerous human beings should be sorrowed for more than tiny humans whose lives didn’t go on for more than an hour. You really are anti-woman.
      2) What part of “fuck off” don’t you understand?

    • Youknitme

      June 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

      How about equal rights and equal value? One is not more important than the other.

    • meteor_echo

      June 11, 2013 at 2:26 am

      How about no? I’m not going to pretend that a life of a freshly born baby is equal to the life of an adult woman. One is important to a lot of people, and makes a bigger impact in the world, while the other is important only for its parent(s).
      As for equal rights, it seems like “pro-lifers” (who should be called anti-choicers anyway) value the development of a fetus much more than they value the life of its host. However, once that fetus is born, they magically stop caring. So no, fuck this. Either sort out your priorities and just declare that you don’t give a shit about women, or stop being hypocrites.

  3. SusannahJoy

    May 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I’m glad to see that justice was served. Now we just need to work on not allowing this to happen in the first place.

  4. missiemeghan

    May 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Pennsylvania usually takes over 20 years to exhaust appeals. We don’t execute very often. He definitely would be dead before his appeals ran out. The thing that matters — that he will never walk free, he will never be a doctor again, won’t be able to spend that ill-gotten money, the life he knew is gone — are achieved just as nicely with two life sentences.

  5. Rachel Sea

    May 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Death is the most expensive sentence possible. States practically bankrupt themselves over death row prisoners. As much as some people might deserve to die, it’s not worth punishing every other person in the state to do it.

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