PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dr. Kermit Gosnell considers himself a pioneering doctor who helped desperate women get abortions, but a Philadelphia jury calls him a murderer who killed three babies born alive.
The 72-year-old Gosnell also was found guilty Monday of manslaughter in an abortion patient's overdose death, but acquitted of murdering a fourth aborted baby.
The verdict follows 10 days of deliberations. The jury must return next week to decide between a life sentence and death row.
Defense lawyer Jack McMahon says he faced an uphill battle, given the strong feelings over what prosecutors called Gosnell's "house of horrors."
Both sides in the nation's sharply disputed abortion debate endorse Monday's verdict.
Supporters of legalized abortion say the case shows the need for access to safe procedures. But opponents say the disturbing evidence shows what abortions are really about.