FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 13, 2013
Contact: Leslie Palma
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, had the following comment on the verdict in the Kermit Gosnell trial:
“The guilty verdict on charges of killing babies following abortion shows that the law recognizes a point at which the ‘right to choose’ must yield to the right to life, and also shows that abortionists don’t know where that point is. Such laws must be strengthened in every state.”
Note: the babies in this case have been given names by Priests for Life and more information on that can be found HERE.
“Gosnell’s guilty verdict in the death of Karnamaya Mongar is different. Gosnell didn’t slit her neck but he did create conditions that caused her death. And Mongar is not the only mother harmed or killed in the hundreds of dangerous, unregulated, legal abortion clinics across our country. There are hundreds of Gosnells and they have to be stopped.
“The lessons to be learned from this case, and the actions that should follow upon it, are largely independent of the verdict rendered today. Those lessons and actions are summarized in my public statement about the case.
Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, also commented on Gosnell’s conviction in the death of Karnamaya Mongar:
“On behalf of the many women who have died and the countless numbers of women who have been physically injured in abortion clinics across our nation, and whose abortionists have not been brought to justice, I applaud the jury for recognizing that what happened to Karnamaya Mongar was not an accident. Justice for Karnamaya provides a measure of justice for all women harmed by abortion. The abortion procedure kills a child, sometimes kills a mother and is always damaging to women. This product called abortion should be recalled by the government.”
Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said of the guilty verdicts:
“Justice was served with these verdicts, but injustice will continue unless we end abortion in this country. Gosnell was not the only abortionist who killed newborn babies and their mothers, he was just the one who got caught. Now we have to turn out attention to charging, trying and convicting others like him.”
Father Pavone said Priests for Life continues to pray for Ms. Mongar and her family, for Dr. Gosnell and for all involved in the case.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.