Both sides in abortion debate highlight Gosnell verdict - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Both sides in abortion debate highlight Gosnell verdict

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) -- Groups who support and oppose abortion rights highlighted Monday's guilty verdicts in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder.

Gosnell, an abortion provider, was accused of killing babies by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.

Anti-abortion groups said the ruling underscored a blight of immoral procedures taking place at facilities providing abortions around the nation, but groups supporting abortion rights countered the details of the Gosnell case would become more widespread should abortion be prohibited.

"The Gosnell case serves to highlight two major problems with the abortion industry in this country - its callous disregard for the health and safety of women and the inhumanity of abortion, especially late-term abortion," said Anna Higgins, the director of the Center for Human Dignity at the conservative Family Research Council.

"The lack of concern for both unborn babies and babies that survive an abortion is not an attitude isolated to Kermit Gosnell," Higgins continued. "More recent reports show other abortionists have no respect for human life and are willing to kill babies very late-term or even let babies who are born alive die."

The notion that Gosnell represents a broader force of unscrupulous abortion providers was echoed Monday by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a major anti-abortion advocacy group.

"The greatest tragedy is that Kermit Gosnell is not alone," Dannenfelser said. "Exploitation of women and complete disregard for their health and well-being are problems endemic to the entire abortion industry."

A different take was offered by groups who support abortion rights.

"Justice was served to Kermit Gosnell today and he will pay the price for the atrocities he committed," said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We hope that the lessons of the trial do not fade with the verdict. Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell."

"Until we reject the politicization of women's medical care and leave these decisions where they belong - between a woman and her family and her doctor - women will never be safe," Hogue continued.

  • Keldon Becomes a Pilot for a Day

    Keldon Becomes a Pilot for a Day

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:36:28 GMT
    Keldon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. He has been in remission for a year and finishing up treatments. NAS Kingsville along with Driscoll Children's Hospital invited him out to be a pilot for a day.More >>
    Keldon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. He has been in remission for a year and finishing up treatments. NAS Kingsville along with Driscoll Children's Hospital invited him out to be a pilot for a day.More >>
  • United We Stand

    United We Stand

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:22:40 GMT
    The local NAACP is hosting the United We Stand event in honor of the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.More >>
    The local NAACP is hosting the United We Stand event in honor of the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.More >>
  • Holiday Inn Downtown Marina Evacuated as CCFD Responds to Fire

    Holiday Inn Downtown Marina Evacuated as CCFD Responds to Fire

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:34:27 GMT
    Firefighters were called out Tuesday afternoon to the the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, in the 700 block of Shoreline Boulevard.The entire hotel was evacuated and Corpus Christi police were dispatched to assist firefighters with traffic control. As of around 4 p.m., the fire was out and guests were allowed to return to their hotel rooms.Guests staying on the third and fourth floors of the hotel, which received the most smoke from the blaze, will be given new rooms according to hotel officials....More >>
    Firefighters were called out Tuesday afternoon to the the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, in the 700 block of Shoreline Boulevard.The entire hotel was evacuated and Corpus Christi police were dispatched to assist firefighters with traffic control. As of around 4 p.m., the fire was out and guests were allowed to return to their hotel rooms.Guests staying on the third and fourth floors of the hotel, which received the most smoke from the blaze, will be given new rooms according to hotel officials....More >>