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Was the Kermit Gosnell 'guilty' verdict a win for the pro-life or pro-choice movement?

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Anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators argue in front of the Supreme Court. Both the pro-choice and pro-life camps claim that the Gosnell decision was a victory. Who's right? Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Doctor Kermit Gosnell was found guilty yesterday of murdering three babies and one female patient. He may face the death penalty. Authorities say the three babies were alive when they were delivered, but Gosnell then snipped them with scissors. Gosnell was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for a drug overdose given to the female patient.

Many abortion rights advocates believed Gosnell should have been convicted for his gruesome acts, but they argue that more abortion restrictions would only lead to more illegal practices. Anti-abortion activists say this case highlights what abortion truly is. Politicians have taken note of this case. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is trying to move the Senate to review abortion policies.

Does regulating clinics make them safer or is it a plot to shut them down? Why did so many women go to Gosnell? Would more legislation drive women to questionable facilities? Are there more doctors like Gosnell or is he an outlier?


Dr. Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue

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