Kermit Gosnell Abortion Clinic Case
A doctor Kermit Gosnell, aged 72 years owner of the abortion clinic ‘Women’s Medical Society’ in West Philadelphia, performing late term abortions was convicted on Monday. When he was convicted for murdering three babies and for ‘involuntary manslaughter’ of the patient the defense lawyer argues that the no babies were born alive and claims the cause of ‘unforeseen complications’ for the death of the patient.
When there is huge debates on the legality of killing the fetus inside the womb, what we are forgetting is the routine performance of the late term abortions in the country when Pensylvannia sets 24 weeks as the limit. The doctor along with the assistants ‘snipped’ the baby spines when the babies delivered were moving and breathing.
The major question put forward was whether the fetus and the baby are the same or not. Whether the biological specifications and distinction legalize the killing of a life, when given a chance be grown up into a human being claiming rights and performing duties? Who will shoulder the faults which lead to the violation of rights if these lives? The supporters and opponents for abortion are making their parts clear by citing the example of this particular case.
There is no less hues and cries for this case as different from others. But the effect it makes, the thoughts it will create in the minds of the authority is important. Let’s now wait for the final verdict.
Legal Intern at Biz and Legis
LL.M (CORPORATE LAWS)
HIDAYATULLAH NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY,