Pro-life advocates gathered in Philadelphia Saturday to honor the newborn babies who were killed by a convicted abortion doctor in a case that garnered national attention.
A memorial service was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery on Ridge Avenue where the newborn victims of convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were buried. The groups, which included the Pro-Life Leadership Coalition, conducted a religious service at the cemetery.
In May, 2013 Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who police said were born alive before having their necks cut with scissors. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a 41-year-old woman who was a former patient.
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Prosecutors said Gosnell delivered the babies alive at his West Philadelphia clinic during abortion procedures and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. His former patient, Karnamaya Mongar, died in 2009 after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during an abortion procedure.
The investigation against Gosnell began in 2010 after FBI and DEA agents raided his clinic on 3801 Lancaster Avenue following a tip that a prescription pill mill was operating inside.
When they arrived, officials say they found blood-stained rooms, filthy and old equipment and untrained staff members. Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic. Philadelphia district Attorney Seth Williams referred to the clinic as a “house of horrors” in a 2011 grand jury report.
Gosnell is currently serving a life sentence for the deaths of the three babies and Mongar. He is also serving an additional 30 years for trafficking narcotics out of his clinic, which is now closed.