CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin was in the Philadelphia courtroom Monday when Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted. The abortion provider was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. She describes to Anderson Cooper what happened after the verdict was read.
A grand jury investigation found that Pennsylvania health and licensing officials received reports about Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion practice, the Women's Medical Society, but took no action. Official inspections, dating as far back as 1989, repeatedly found health violations in the clinic, but no one ever ensured they were corrected.
The grand jury report also said, "the medical examiner of Delaware County informed the department that Gosnell had performed an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl carrying a 30-week-old baby." They also received official notice of the death of a 41-year-old woman, for which Gosnell now faces a murder charge.
The Pennsylvania Department of State, through its Board of Medicine, received a complaint a decade ago from a former employee of Dr. Gosnell, who according to the grand jury report, "laid out the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedation; and the underage abortion patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street." An investigator was assigned, but Gosnell was interviewed offsite. There was no inspection of the clinic or interviews with employees. Yet, the complaint was dismissed.
We’re Keeping Them Honest tonight with a report on an abortion doctor on trial in Philadelphia on eight counts of murder. That’s for the deaths of seven babies and one 41-year-old woman seeking an abortion, who allegedly died after receiving too much anesthesia.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused of performing illegal abortions past the 24-week limit allowed by law. According to the grand jury report, Gosnell “regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns.”
In January 2011, shortly after Gosnell was charged, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams told CNN, "It was a house of horrors beyond any type of definition or explanation I can humbly try to give.”
Illinois Republican Representative Joe Walsh stated his abortion views while battling for re-election which has outraged some.
During a debate with Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth hosted by CNN affiliate WTTW Rep. Walsh stated, "I am pro-life without exception. Understand though that when we talk about exceptions we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of a woman is not an exception."
At a press conference after the debate, Walsh was asked to clarify his comments and seemed to suggest medical advances made dangerous pregnancies rare. Walsh stated, "There's no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology. Health of the mother has been, has become a tool for abortions any time under any reason."
California Rep. Jackie Speier spoke out on the House of Representatives floor in 2011 to talk about an abortion she needed to save her life.
Tonight on AC360 she responds with outrage over Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh's comments.
Keeping Them Honest, Anderson Cooper shows how both Mitt Romney and President Obama created misleading ads about contraception and abortion.
Bay Buchanan and Neera Tanden debate which candidate appeals to voters who are most concerned about abortion and contraception.
Mitt Romney backtracked after saying he would not pursue abortion legislation during an interview he gave on Tuesday to the "Des Moines Register." Critics point to his comment as further proof he's embracing a centrist position to appeal to voters, especially women.
A campaign spokeswoman released a response to the "National Review" soon after, telling them, "Governor Romney would, of course, support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." On Wednesday, Romney told reporters "I'm a pro-life candidate, and I'll be a pro-life president." He went on to say he would immediately eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.
Mitt Romney says in an interview he would not pursue abortion legislation. His comment is criticized as a flip-flop. Jen Psaki and Kellyanne Conway weigh in on the controversy.