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Philadelphia abortion doctor is convicted of murder

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3170 (Published 15 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3170
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor who ran an abortion clinic serving women in mostly poor and minority groups, was convicted yesterday of three counts of first degree murder after a long trial and lengthy jury deliberations.

He was found guilty of killing three babies who were born alive by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. He agreed on 14 May to give up his right to an appeal and faces life in prison, but will be spared a death sentence.

Gosnell was found not guilty of murdering a woman who died from an overdose of sedatives, but he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in her case. …

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