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Gosnell and NH: The horror of late-term abortion

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted on Monday of three counts of first-degree murder for violently severing the spines of three newborn infants. His defense was that these babies were not born alive, but were killed inside the womb. The jury did not believe it. The difference between him walking away a free man or facing a possible death penalty was a matter of centimeters.

A great deal of the media attention that finally fell on Gosnell focused on the repulsive conditions in his filthy clinic. Were his rooms pristine, the results would have been the same: babies extracted from drugged up mothers, then murdered as they struggled for life, sometimes screaming in pain.

Gosnell was tried for the murders of four infants. The jury could not conclude that the fourth was born before it was killed. That one is counted as an abortion. Perhaps this is the appropriate moment to point out that New Hampshire does not restrict abortions based either on weeks of gestation or fetal viability. That is, with the exception of partial-birth abortion (in which the baby is partially extracted before being killed), it is legal in New Hampshire to abort a baby at any time during pregnancy, including moments before birth.

House Republicans attempted to pass a bill in the last session to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. It failed.

Abortion providers say these late-term abortions do not happen in New Hampshire. Maybe they don’t. But they could. Under Roe v. Wade, states may outlaw abortions in which the babies are “viable,” meaning capable of living outside the womb. New Hampshire does not. It should.


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