9 of 12 Jurors in Gosnell Trial Are ‘Pro-Choice’

May 13, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Gosnell (AP Photo/Yong Kim)

(CNSNews.com) – According to Philadelphia local affiliate NBC 10, nine of the 12 jurors reaching a verdict in the trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell are “pro-choice.”

The jury today found Gosnell guilty of third-degree murder in three instances of killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

According to NBC 10 reporter Jacqueline London, “And to give you some background on the jurors, of the seven women and five men who are on the jury, at least nine told the court that they are pro-choice.  Two say that they are neither pro-choice nor pro-life.”

“So, interesting background on them, they have been very attentive throughout this entire trial,” said the reporter.

The verdict in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was announced today.

In addition to the three first-degree murder charges, Gosnell was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a woman, Karnamaya Mongar, and more than 200 other related charges.

Earlier on Monday the jury was hung on two of the counts, though the court would not specify which ones.  Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart told the jurors to try again to reach a unanimous verdict.

Explicit details of what went on are documented in the grand jury report on the case, which was released in January 2011; Gosnell’s trial started on Mar. 18. (Grand Jury Report.pdf)

Testimony during the trial revealed horrors of babies born alive, “swimming” in toilets to try to survive and deplorable conditions.