A Philadelphia jury found Pennsylvania late-term abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths three infants born alive. He will now face the possibility of the death penalty in all three cases.
The 72-year-old was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a 41-year-old immigrant. The jury acquitted Gosnell in the death of a fourth baby.
Earlier jurors said they were deadlocked on just two counts in the more than 200 they were considering. The judge, however, asked them to come back with a unanimous verdict.
The Gosnell trial has shed new light on the abortion industry.
***CBN News's John Jessup, who has been following trial closely, will share his thoughts on Monday's verdict on Newswatch, May 13.
Pro-choice groups call Gosnell's practice, which went unchecked for years, "appalling" and an "outlier" in the abortion industry.
But some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have rejected that argument, saying the Gosnell case has shown how abortion clinics in other states need stricter regulation and oversight.
"What we are finding now through looking at the information from 15 of the states is that maybe it's not an outlier," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said. "And when you're talking about the health, the safety, and the life of women and children, it is imperative that we hold the states accountable."
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has sent a letter to all 50 states requesting information to examine how they monitor abortion clinics in their state.