May 13 2013
Contact: Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins, (202) 225-3951
Washington, D.C. - A jury today found Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder against newborn babies who survived his abortions. The jury also found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of one of his female patients, Karnamaya Mongar. Gosnell had been charged with the serial murder of infants, the murder of a female patient, and other felonies committed in the operation of his abortion clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement reacting to today’s verdict.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Justice has been served today but it comes too late for the woman Kermit Gosnell killed in his clinic and the newborn babies who survived his abortions only to be murdered at his hands. The crimes Gosnell committed against the most innocent and vulnerable among us are unconscionable and have shocked us to our core. We must ensure this never happens again.
“What is equally troubling about this case is that the grand jury report found that numerous state and city regulatory agencies in Pennsylvania failed to monitor abortion facilities for political reasons. Federal, state, and local governments cannot idly stand by while such horrific crimes against humanity happen. The House Judiciary Committee is in the process of gathering information from state attorneys general that will help Congress determine how it might help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.”
Last week, Chairman Goodlatte and Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to attorneys general in all 50 states and the District of Columbia seeking to find out if state and local governments are being stymied in their efforts to protect the civil rights of newborns and their mothers and if the federal government might be able to partner with states to prevent newborn homicides. The letter asks the state attorneys general to respond to several questions and to provide copies of any official written procedures or guidance that relate to the gathering of information on, or the prosecution of, newborn homicides by June 1, 2013.