For 72-year-old Kermit Gosnell, convicted Monday of the first-degree murder of three babies born alive at his Philadelphia abortion facility, a new chapter of his life has begun, one that will likely end in prison or execution by lethal injection for the abortionist, whose jury returns next week to weigh evidence to determine if he should receive the death penalty.
For America, the Gosnell case has introduced a new chapter in the abortion debate. Pro-life leaders reacting to Monday's verdict said the trial had succeeded in shining a light on gruesome abortion practices in the United States.
"Abortion is America's little hidden secret. People still don't talk about it," Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, told me. "Girls aren't sitting at the family dinner table saying, 'I'm going to take off from school tomorrow because I'm going to get an abortion.'"
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