By Diana Hsieh
Is killing a baby born after an abortion a form of murder? Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for murder, due to accusations that he killed infants who were delivered in abortions at his clinic. If the facts are as reported, should he be convicted of murder? What should be done when a baby is born alive during an abortion? What are the likely cultural and political implications of this trial?
My Answer, In Brief: According to the testimony at the trial, Kermit Gosnell did not merely perform abortions: he killed born babies, i.e. persons with a right to life. A person who does that is guilty of murder, and he should be prosecuted and punished.
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Tags: Abortion, Children, Crime, Ethics, Infanticide, Law, Politics, Pregnancy, Rights
- The Atlantic: Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story and 14 Theories for Why Kermit Gosnell's Case Didn't Get More Media Attention by Conor Friedersdorf
- CBS News Coverage of the Kermit Gosnell Trial
- The "Personhood" Movement Is Anti-Life: Why It Matters that Rights Begin at Birth, Not Conception by Ari Armstrong and Diana Hsieh, particularly Rights in Pregnancy
- Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Condemned by Pro-Abortion Rights Groups
- Gallup: Americans' Abortion Views Steady Amid Gosnell Trial
- Philosophy in Action: Criminal Death of a Fetus
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